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Braided Knot Buns

THE LOOK

A braided variation on the classic French twist,  this row of mini braided buns creates a knotted effect down the back of your head. This style looks complicated, but it’s not that difficult to do. Working in small, separate sections is key to managing this intriguing style. This updo is made up of four stacked ponytails, one on top of the other at the back of your head, and each bun is independent of each other. You only need to know how to do a basic braid to create this hairstyle. Similar to mini buns, this style is more suited to long or thicker hair.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

No

ACCESSORIES

The detail in the braided knot buns means that you don’t need to add any hair accessories in this style. If you have bangs or layers, use a jeweled clip to pin them back, away from your face.

TRY THIS

If your hair is fine or short, try mini buns instead. Alternatively, customize the style to suit your hair.

Hairstyling and photography by Christina Butcher, modeling by An Ly.

HOW TO GET IT BRAIDED KNOT BUNS

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • 8 small clear hair elastics (2 per braided bun)
  • Bobby pins

1). Start by brushing all your hair back. You can leave your bangs loose or include them in the style. Take a section of hair running from about your temple back and secure it with a hair elastic.

2). Next, take a section between your temple and your ear and pull it back to make another ponytail section. Secure with a hair elastic. Pull back a third section of hair just level with the back of your ears and make a third ponytail. Gather the rest of your hair into a ponytail directly underneath the other sections you have just made. You should have four ponytails.

3). Braid the top ponytail and secure the end of your braid with an elastic.

4). Wrap the braid around itself and pin in place to make a little bun.

5). Repeat this with the three remaining ponytails to form a vertical row of braided buns.

TOP TIP : Using clear elastics for this style is best, as they don’t protrude from the buns and will create a seamless finish. With so many sections, each braid can look a bit thin on its own, so make sure to stretch them out to make them look thicker.

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