Tucked Braid Updo

Tucked Braid Updo (click through for full tutorial)Hello, everyone! It’s Katie here again! Ever since Emma cut her hair several months back, I’ve been wanting to find more hairstyles for her new length.

It’s such a great cut, and I have quite a few friends who have this same general style, so I knew I needed to find more things that work for this length! Today, I have an updo for you to try out!

-hair elastics (3 or 4, depending on the thickness of your hair)
-bobby pins
-hair spray (optional)

Step 1- Section off the top of your hair into a ponytailStep One: Use your comb to gather the top section of hair from your head and tie off with an elastic. The goal here is to have three equal sections, so keep that in mind when gathering your first section.

Step 2- Section the middle off and create another ponytailStep Two: Gather hair from the middle section of the head and tie off with an elastic.

Step 3- three ponytails ready for braidingStep Three: Gather your last section, which is the bottom section, and tie off with an elastic. 

Step 4- begin french braiding the hairStep 4- continue braiding to the bottomStep Four: Begin French braiding down the ponytail, incorporating the hair from all three small ponytails. Continue until you reach the bottom.

Step 6- pull the braid so it separates and becomes fullerStep 6- Make the braid fullerSteps Five & Six: After you have reached the bottom and tied the braid off with an elastic, pull the braid outward to create a fuller-looking braid. Be careful not to pull it too much, or it will be extremely loopy when it’s finished. I learned this the hard way.

Step 7- take the top of the braid over the top hair elastic and pin into place with a bobbi pinStep 7- pin the topStep Seven: Take the top of the braid above the first hair elastic and pin into place. Try to hide the elastic completely.

Step 8- roll the bottom hair elastic under and pin into placeStep 8- pin into placeStep Eight: Roll the bottom of the braid under and pin into place. Finish off the style by pinning the sides down until all the elastics are covered. Your final product should look something like this:

Tucked Braid Updo (click through for full tutorial)Lovely Tucked Braid UpdoTucked Braid Updo (click through for instructions)Emma’s hair is such a great length for this style, and it looks beautiful on her! Don’t be scared off if your hair is a little shorter or a little longer than Emma’s. I think this style could work for a lot of lengths!

I’ll be sharing some more styles in the coming weeks for all you gals with medium-length hair! Until then, happy braiding! xo. Katie

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Credits // Author: Katie Shelton. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. 

  • This is particularly lovely…i have absolutely no highlights in my hair so a bit of texture is always welcome…thanks for sharing this post..

    New reader! 🙂

  • I have short hair (a bit over my shoulders), it’s fine but I have quite a lot, so I thought that this would no work on my hair but I was so wrong!! I find quite hard to find different hairstyles for short hair, specially braids but I tried this and it worked perfectly!! I did it in like 5 minutes and it looks amazing!! Definitely will be waring this over the week!!

  • I really love how that came out. I’ve done the french braid out of the three hair sections before, but I’ve never thought of tucking it at each end. With some ribbon or little rhinestone pins this could become a really pretty bridal style!

  • So lovely! Katie, I have really fine long hair so it’s really tricky to style as it’s wont twist into shape it just flops. Do you know any great styles for fine hair or have any products and tips which might help me out? Thank you 🙂

  • So so pretty! But kinda impossible to do alone though!!! 😉

  • Mine was a little (or a LOT) messier of a final product, but it worked! My hair is curly, layered, and coarse, so I rarely try hair tutorials. This actually worked for my hair, though! I have a feeling that with enough practice, I can make it neat (tidy) enough of a ‘do to wear in the classroom.

    Thank you so much for a tutorial that works for atypical hair- I can’t wait to see the next one!

  • My hair is very fine and thin (natural blonde) and I just tried this. Not only did it work, it looks very full and just amazing, and it was so easy to do!! Give it a try!

  • I love this! It makes me wish I had long hair again.


  • This hairstyles so gorgeous! i love the braid co-operated in it and how simple and easy it looks to do!
    I’ll definitely be giving this hairstyle a try!


  • What a lovely hairstyle! Perfect for summer, so I definitely try this one out 🙂

  • This is beautiful! Wish my hair was even remotely long enough to try this…guess I’m going to have to try it out on my roommates 🙂


  • I love braids.. unfortunately I am not that good at them, but I keep practising all the time, in the hope I get better of course!
    I french braid my hair upside down so its backwards. Theres a picture of me with a backwards french braid on this blog post: https://esrscreatives.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/summer-lasting-sheer-red-lip-for-day/

    if you are interested!

  • wow that is so pretty! Really love it, but I’d never have the patience to do it lol.

  • Wow.. it looks great on Emma! Love the colors of her hair! I’m always afraid of wearing braids, but maybe I will give it a try… 🙂

  • So pretty! My hair is about that length and I am going to take this style for a ride!

  • I love EVERYTHING about this look!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

  • I am in love with this braid!!! I have long hair and it worked perfect for me!!! So easy for work and also could be super fancy. Thank so much for the great tutorials.

  • This is so cute! I have been thinking about cutting my hair for awhile! This will be a great hairstyle!

  • This is so cute! I’ve been thinking about cutting my hair recently, but I was wondering how I could do different hairstyles with a shorter length. This would be perfect for the length I want to cut my hair!

  • I love love love this! I’m always looking for new ways to wear my hair in updo’s because of my job, and I think this would work great with my curly hair! Loved this article!


  • This is really cute. I usually just wear my hair down- but when I saw this, I immediately though, “for spinning class!” I hate it when my hair falls down on my neck when I’m that sweaty! I’ll have to practice and see if I can learn to do this quickly.

  • SO gorgeous! I love how the style complements Emma’s highlighting as well. You are so creative with hair 🙂


  • You make it look so easy! I’m sure if I attempted this mine would be a much messier version, haha! It does look really gorgeous though, and is such a pretty hairstyle for the Summer as you definitely don’t want loads of hair hanging around your head in the heat! x


  • YESSSSS!!!!! LOVE a messy braid up do. yes. miss the hair videos!!! <3

  • This looks very nice but with all hairstyles like this.. I cannot practice it on myself! 🙁
    Braiding is too complicated!

  • This is so beautiful, my friend has hair a similar length, I might have to give it a go!Amazing tutorial!


  • I’m loving this! I need to try it!

    ♥ Naomi Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups

  • This is brilliant, definitely going to give it a try!
    Becky x

  • This looks so easy, but I don’t know if I could do it without help! This model’s hair is so gorgeous!

  • Oh my, thank you so much for this updo. Maybe I’ll try it myself tomorrow. I’m really bad at fixing my hair (or anyone else’s hair for that matter, but I’d really like to try. Looks easy, probably isn’t 😛 Thanks again!

    Have a nice day!

    – Vilde http://vfagerland.com

  • C’est trop joli !! Bravo et merci pour ce tutoriel !! Thank you!

  • Love this! What a great updo for a hot summer day! So sweet!


  • Ooooh a couple more weeks and my lob may be long enough to attempt this! So smart securing sections with elastics first to help hold in place 🙂
    Kristiana | http://love-loft-life.com

  • I love this! I’ve been wanting to cut my hair shorter but was afraid I couldn’t do pretty updos (which I love). So this makes me happy and feel a little braver about getting it cut soon!

  • Cute! That’d be a great way to do a faux french braid that won’t fall out.

  • Awe, that’s cute! I may see if my mom can do this for me when she comes over this week 🙂


    Laurali Star


  • I love this look! Braids are such a favorite of mine, and I love the take on them here! I’m going to have to test this tutorial out 🙂 xx

    The What’s In Between

  • OMG! That is such a nice hairstyle! And so simple!
    Tks for the tip!

  • This is so cute! I love the way that it is simple. Sometimes the best things are the simple things.

  • So cute! Perfect for a hot summer day, if only I could style my own hair! But this seems easy enough I might just try it 🙂

  • What a beautiful hairstyle! Makes Emma’s hair so much longer! I’m definitely giving this a try because I love braids 🙂 And thanks for the clear and detailed pictures- so helpful! 🙂


  • LOVE the way the blonde mixes in with the dark brown in Emma’s braid! The contrast looks so good! It’s a gorgeous hairstyle, especially for those days when your hair gets a little dirty and you don’t want to wear it down. Great for casual days and for more businessy looks!

    Neha // http://nehasharmaphoto.com/blog/

  • So pretty! And you’ve broken it down in a perfect way…I almost feel like I could do it! I’ll try it this week!

  • This is such a clever idea, and it looks gorgeous on Emma, especially with the colours of her hair. Can’t wait to try it myself!

  • SO CUTE! I love that you made it loose, I’m obsessed with that look right now.

  • that actually looks easy enough, I might actually be able to pull it off. thanks for sharing!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Such a pretty hairstyle! I haven’t put my hair in a braid for a very long time. I may have to try again! Are you still doing Project Life? I would love to see more of your pages!

  • This is so cute! I need my hair to be a LITTLE longer and then I will be able to do this!

  • Curious…what type of hair does Emma have? Mine is very fine thin and doesn’t hold many hair styles(none). It’s often just up in a scrunchi….yes scunchi! Her hair looks similar to mine but photos can be deceiving. I would love to have an up do like hers.

  • I always love trying new hair-dos! 🙂 Love the braided bun look!

    Hope you have a beautiful day!


    the bbb blogger

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