Is there a more easy way to freshen up than to make one of braided bun hairstyles? There are quick and casual buns you make in a matter of minutes when you are short on time, and there are stylish variations of braided buns for a romantic date, night out with friends, prom or even wedding. Do you want to look classy and elegant but maximally natural and spontaneous? Then do not look any further than a chic braided bun. We have 20 stellar examples to share.
#1: Birdcage Bun
Symmetry wins with this braid around bun! The visually stunning braid interwoven with strands from the center gives you a topper reminiscent of Grecian ladies flowing in art. You have a way to keep all of your hair in one place but with an intricate lattice work that flows into a smooth swirl.
#2: Criss-Crossing Braids and Messy Bun
For a completely modern hairstyle, try this braided bun combination here. It’s perfect on those long hot summer nights, when you want to keep the hair off your neck. Complete with a woven set of skinny braids, topped off with a sock bun – you will have everyone asking how to recreate your look!
#3: Untraditional Pinup Style Dutch Braid Updo
This fascinating look is based on a Dutch braid updo. The vibrant colors are shown off nicely with a thick grouping of chunky braids, creating a pompadour in the front that takes you back to the forties. Wear with a comfy dress or some tights and a loose blouse!
#4: Cascading French Braid Swirled Bun
This visually moving French braid with a flower is a classy twist, fit for an evening at the symphony or a simple road trip. With a cascading thicker French braid that turns around into a spiraled bun at the bottom, this hairstyle creates the perfect place to clip a fresh bloom right in the center. This will automatically dress up your look for a romantic date!
#5: Loose Bun With a Crown Braid
For longer hair, a braided bun featuring a braid around is a way to go. The idea is to create a loose bun, with twists of locks tucked in to finish the look off. A crown braid keeps all of the loose fly-aways in line, while finishing a sweeping updo that shows off your texture and lovely hair color.
#6: Double Braided Racing Stripes
Two braids are better than one! This dual corded French braid set at a 45 degree angle will have everyone turning their heads to get a better look! The ends of the braids can be twisted, making a fluid U shape at the base of your neck. You will be ready for any invitation that comes your way!
#7: Twisted High Crown Bun
A thick, high crown braid with a full, sock bun on top is a style fit for a Queen. Elegant, out of the way, and yet modern enough to wear to the club, this style gives you the height, both on top, and in the front. Wear with a sexy little black dress to make a strong impression on your adoring fans.
#8: Messy Braided Updo Bun
While some of us are more traditional, there are those who have wild hair or just want to look trendy. Something messy and unique can be found in this updo bun. A series of woven braids in a bun form an impressionist version of the styles of old – perfect for a creative soul!
#9: Blushing Bride’s Braided Updo
The colors of today’s salons are not your grandmother’s colors! We have reclaimed the pinks, purples, and blues of yesterday’s chairs. This messy updo consists of three loose French braids and a low bun, featuring a nest of adorable rosettes fit for a bride!
#10: Box Braid Bun
A pile of box braids is no short commitment, but it’s well worth the time it takes to give you gorgeous looks in a variety of simple hairstyles. It’s a classic style that can be done with braids of varied thickness, so make sure you consult with your hairstylist to select a braid type which is suitable for your needs and facial features!
#11: Fishtail Spiral Bun For Longer Hair
Fishtail braids were all the rage in the 90’s, and they’re still a great style today. This braided bun is an intricate path of braids ending in the center. A comb, or veil, might rest atop the bun to accentuate the lines even further. Loose and beautiful – make sure you use lots of pins with this one!
#12: Frosted Box Braid Twist
This variation of box braids shows a bit more of an artistic theme, narrowing to the point in the center of the hairline. The elegant twist of braids gathered into a bun gives volume, thickness, and class to your already eye-catching updo!
#13: Pretty ‘Bow’ Peep
Two braids can also be joined into a bow style at the base of your neck. Your hair creates a simple illusion while holding everything in place. With a small lift at the roots in the front and a split bun at the bottom, two textured French braids ride over the crown of your head, giving you a style ready for fun!
#14: Lazy Elegant French Braid Updo
Rows of messy braids take the eye to the back of this updo, where a simple, loose french braid bun gathers in an easy style that is ready for the beach or a road trip with the ladies. Wear anywhere hair is essential, especially when you are hitting the beach or rolling down the windows. Get ready for adventure!
#15: Sculptured Updo with Braids
The snaking black braids are sculpted into an intricate maze of twists and turns, while the smooth line of the part enhances the volume of the top in this elegant and sophisticated work of art. The smooth sides give a greater impression of the braided details. Wear if you dare!
#16: Cornrows into a Statement Bun
Cornrows have always been a traditional way to tame locks that have a mind of their own. Keeping the strands close to the head gives you control, while the braid of the contrasting color draws attention to the bun. Ready for work or play, this style is classic and can be worn any time in any setting.
#17: Messy Bun with a Twist
This messy look is great when you are relaxing by the pool or spending time in nature, because the thicker twist in the front keeps you hair off your face and works as an interesting detail. The messy loops give a cool effortless-looking texture for your cute French braid bun.
#18: Side Braided Low Bun
The sweeping side bun reminds us of times gone by and is reinvented here in this low braided updo. While the rest of the hair is straight, the loose curves of the braid give a new definition to this style. Being sure you look elegant and classy, you can wear this with your most formal gown or a sleek office blazer.
#19: Rope Braid Bun
Another low bun option is the rope braid bun. Twisted strands braided together create a swirl that looks great when embellished with a flower! Grab your favorite A-Line dress, and go looking fabulous!
#20: Vintage Rope Braid Updo
For those ladies who want to keep tradition alive, the rope braid updo is a way to go. A network of thicker braids weaves together into a lower bun, resulting in one of the best braided bun hairsyles for longer hair. It can be worn for casual or dress up time. The loose curls in the front and intricate twists in the back give you a timeless look everyone will remember!