Learn How to Style a Braided Updo in 8 Steps

Celebrity hair stylist Mika Fowler gives step-by-step instructions to achieve the romantic look!

Learn How to Style a Braided Updo in 8 Steps

Photo: STAK Photography

Often times, brides will have professional hairstylists create elegant coiffures for their nuptials. For other wedding-related events such as engagement parties, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners, however, brides are sometimes left to style their own tresses. Luckily, celebrity stylist Mika Fowler has given us an easy do-it-yourself tutorial for a braided updo to share with our brides! Incorporating braids into wedding hair is one of the top trends this year since they add a whimsical and romantic touch to traditional wedding hair. Give this braided updo a try and let us know how it goes! 

Step 1: Blow dry towel-dried hair. Place a medium-sized round brush underneath the hair and make sure the blow dryer is at an angle; dry the hair section by section. The round brush ensures that the hair will be smooth with minimal fly-aways and will add the needed volume. 

Step 2: Using a large-sized barrel curler, grab the hair at the crown of the head. Curl all the way to the root and hold for about thirty seconds. Repeat all the way down your scalp. 

Step 3: Section your hair into four separate sections. Leaving two long pieces of hair to frame your face – note: one of these pieces will be used for the braid so the more hair you leave, the thicker the braid will be – clip up a large section and put the bottom layer into a ponytail.

Step 4: Spray a generous amount of dry spray wax on the section of hair that you want to braid. Run a comb through the desired braiding area. 

Step 5: Starting at the top of your head, begin braiding the hair back to the ponytail. Tuck the end of the braid into the ponytail. 

Step 6: Let down the previously pinned up section of hair and wrap it around the ponytail. Try to create some volume on the top of your head by pushing the hair up before wrapping it around the ponytail. 

Step 7: Using bobby pins, preferably a color that is similar to your hair color, start pinning the hair down to your head, section by section. You can make it as loose or tight as you want. Overlapping and crisscrossing is encouraged!

Step 8: Lock in your new hairstyle with some strong-holding hair spray. Take the big barrel curler and curl the other piece of hair that was left to frame the face. 

Mika Fowler is a celebrity hairstylist that works out of the Kim Vo salon in Beverly Hills. Past clients include Emma Roberts, Malin Ackerman, and The Real Housewives of Miami's Joanna Krupa, whose wedding is featured in our Winter 2014 issue!

Opening photograph by STAK Photography