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Braided Top Bun

THE LOOK

The braided top bun is a great way to stand out in a crowd. It’s an excellent style if you have long hair and don’t quite know what to do with it all. The extra height you get from this style is subtle yet still has a big impact, and for that reason it’s perfect for a networking event or if you’re out with tall friends!

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No, but you can use a ponytail extension to create a fuller bun.

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

No

ACCESSORIES

A decorative hairband around the crown of your head will emphasize the bun. A colorful ribbon tied around the base of the bun will also give the style more pizazz and add extra hold.

TRY THIS

Add a hair donut, as shown in the tutorial, for a giant top bun hairstyle that will make you look taller. You can also do this hairstyle without the extra padding by just twisting your braid around to form a bun.

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Top : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Emily M. Meyers/The Freckled Fox.
Bottom left : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Christina Butcher.
Bottom right : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Christina Butcher.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • Strong hair elastic
  • Hair donut
  • Clear hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray (optional)

HOW TO GET IT

1). Brush all your hair up into a high crown ponytail and secure with a strong elastic.

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2). Place a hair donut at the base of your ponytail. Split your ponytail into three and make a basic braid.

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3). Braid all the way to the end of your ponytail and secure the end with a small clear hair elastic.

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4). Twist your braid around your hair donut to form the braided top bun. Tuck the ends of your braid under and pin in place with bobby pins. Stretch your braid out to emphasize the shape and to make sure the donut is covered. If required, spritz with hairspray for added hold.

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TOP TIP : The secret to the perfect high crown ponytail is to brush your hair with your head turned downward. Use one hand to hold your hair at the top of your head and smooth your hair with a brush held in your other hand. Make sure your ponytail is even, then secure with a strong hair elastic.

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