It’s wedding season! If you’re not tying the knot this summer, then chances are you know someone who is. So whether you’re a bride-to-be or simply a guest, this braided updo is one you should try at your next event. It may seem daunting, but I promise it’s not as hard as it looks. With a few little tricks and some practice, you’ll have everyone wondering how you mastered such a pretty ‘do.
1.Take a 1-2 inch curling iron and wrap 2-inch sections away from the face. Wrap around the barrel (rather then clipping inside), leaving the ends out.
2. Create a side part and french braid the front section of hair along the side of your face. I opted for a dutch braid (inside out), but you could easily do a normal french braid as well. Secure the end with a clear hair band.
4. Do the same thing on the opposite side.
5. Now braid the 3 braids together on each side. Take off the clear hair bands and secure them all using one. This will make the end less bulky and easier for tucking later.
6. Pull each side toward the back of your head and simply tie a knot. Depending on the length of your hair you may be able to repeat this a couple more times.
7. Tuck the ends of the braids in and secure the whole thing with bobby pins. Loosen the front braid so it’s not too tight and pull out any strands you’d like around your face. Done!
– by Erica Davidson
Erica was born and raised in Santa Monica. After graduating from college in Northern California, she moved back to L.A. to pursue her career as a makeup artist and hair stylist. In 2008, she joined Aim Artists and has been represented by them since. When she’s not busy working on commercials, print, editorials, and red carpet events, she’s blogging about all things beauty on her own blog Pretty Pleased. Erica lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Benji, and son, Jack.