One of the reasons braided bun hairstyles are so popular is because of their versatility. They range between casual coiffures and fabulous formal ‘dos, but you can wear them anywhere, for anything, and you’ll fit in seamlessly wherever you are.
The good news is that if you know how to braid and how to twist a killer bun, you can probably create most of these styles yourself. You can also flash your favorite photo at your stylist, and she or he will work some magic on your hair.
Beautiful Braided Bun Hairstyles
Cocktail party, birthday party, girls’ night out—throw your hair into a braided bun hairstyle and head out the door like you just spent hours and a small fortune on your hair.
Braids are funky, buns are classic, and the combination of the two is sheer perfection. Don’t believe it? Check out the following 40 braided bun hairstyles.
Braided bun hairstyles are surprisingly easy to style. They look complicated, but the truth is that even when they look a bit messy, they still exude glamor. The braided crown here tucks straight into the bun, where a few tendrils escape to soften the back and sides.
2. Side to Side
This braid is different, in that the braids form at the temples. If you’re new to the fine art of braids and braided buns, then this is the perfect style with which to practice. It’s easier to start with two separate braids. Work your way up to crafting a braid that wraps all the way around your head.
3. Marvelously Messy
Messy buns are all the rage and have been since … well, since the 1990s, at least, and probably well before that. Guess what happens when you introduce braids? You get the epitome of the Boho look. All you need is a maxi dress and some oversized sunglasses.
To create a braided bun hairstyle that’s even more casual than a messy bun, you can always opt for a tousled chignon instead. Chignons are typically situated down at the nape of the neck. They’re casual and elegant on their own. Add some thick braids and a messy twist, and you have unkempt perfection.
Don’t worry—waterfall braids look more intricate than they are. It takes practice, however, and you might need an extra pair of hands. The way the braid spirals into the bun makes it all worthwhile, though.
6. Double-Braided Bun
Look closely and you’ll see that one braid begins at the crown, then splits off into two. The technique used here appears to interweave strands from the top braid into the bottom braid, creating an interesting crosshatch effect as it twists around to form the bun. Magnificent!
7. Big Bun and Double Braids
This double braid bun hairstyle is more distinct. That is, the braids are more defined. They simply tuck into the bun, as well, so you don’t have to braid the tendrils all the way to the ends—unless you want to, of course. That would look neat, pinwheeling through the bun.
8. Braided and Looped
Braided headbands are all the thing, you know. Unlike others, however, this one occurs near the top of the head, but back from the forehead. Instead, soft tendrils of hair drape down the jaw. The braid is mostly separate from the bun, as well, and winds all the way around the crown.
9. Upside Down Braided Bun
Upside down braids are difficult to perfect. If you try this yourself, you’ll spend a lot of time with your head hanging upside down. It’s worth the payoff, though—few things look cooler than a braid that starts at the nape of your neck. Love the way it circles the bun, too.
10. French Braids
We’re looking at the ultimate French braid here. This plaiting technique uses a crosshatch pattern, as well. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it’s entirely possible that there’s another braid on the side of the head we can’t see. This is the perfect updo for prom, a wedding, or any other special event.
11. Braided Half Bun
A bun doesn’t have to encompass your entire head of hair, you know. A half bun keeps the hair out of your eyes and face but looks incredibly chic. Start off with a French braid, then wrap the rest of the hair section into a neat bun. All done!
12. Crowned Bun
Wear your braid as a crown. Better still, wrap it around a high, thick, beautifully formed bun. Pull down a few soft tendrils to frame your face, focusing on the hair at your temples and the nape of your neck. It’s simple to do and stunning to see.
13. Cross Braids
How nifty is this braided bun hairstyle? From the back, it’s almost an optical illusion. It’s actually quite easy, though. Simply separate your hair into three sections, French braid the sections on the side until your reach the back of your head, then tuck one beneath the other and continue braiding. The ends of your pigtails, along with the third section of hair, form the bun.
14. Snaking Plait
This braid sneaks around the head. Look at the curve it creates. You have to begin at one temple, then French braid all the way over to the other temple. A bobby pin or two will help hold the plait in place.
15. Boho Chignon
A thick, messy braid is perfectly fine, even for formal occasions. It’s even red carpet approved. Lead your big, sloppy braid down to a chic chignon, and you’re ready to wow everyone you meet.
16. Double Braided Half Buns
Here it is: one of the cutest braided bun hairstyles you’ll ever see. It looks complicated, but you’re basically French braiding the top half of your hair, then twirling the remains into a bun. The bottom half of your hair flows free and loose.
17. Braided Side Bun
Side buns are vintage through and through, but they’re not just making a comeback—they’ve already arrived. To make this retro-inspired coiffure even classier, weave a thick braid from one side of your head to the other, keeping it low toward the nape of your neck.
18. Classic Braided Bun
Simple, chic, elegant—there’s nothing complicated here. You can begin with the bun or the braid; it’s up to you. Just make sure you carefully comb out and measure the section of hair you intend to braid before you do anything else.
19. Jagged and Edgy
You don’t have to spend a lot of time on braided bun hairstyles. Keep it sloppy. That’s edgy. No lie—just look at this. Straight ends stick out from everywhere, you can see bobby pins, but the style is still spot-on.
20. Keep It Thick
Behold: the ultimate braided bun. The braids are thick, the bun is thick, her roots are thick, her blonde color is on-point. Definite win!
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Braided bun hairstyles don’t have to take hours, but if you feel like experimenting, many of the styles are beautifully intricate. How do you combine braids and buns when you do your hair?