Today’s hair how-to might just be my favorite tutorial yet. There just aren’t enough examples online of wedding hair that looks simultaneously “done” while also looking like you didn’t try too hard (because I retired that look with prom, thankyouverymuch). But with this easy braided bun, our stylist Yesenia totally nailed it (and in about five minutes, no less). And while this tutorial is mostly straightforward, there are a few modifications you can make based on the texture of your hair to get the most out of this look.
But! Before we get started, a few of you had asked in the comments of the previous hair tutorial where the dresses for this series came from (because they are totally hot bridesmaid dresses y’all). So we just wanted to let you know that all of the dresses in the current Lazy Girl Hair & Makeup series are from APW Sponsor Joielle! These posts were in no way sponsored by Joielle, but they were kind enough to lend us a few of their Ceremony by Joanna August dresses for the shoot, and guys, they were so comfortable. This dress that Meg is wearing? It’s a freaking wrap dress. I mean. I don’t know what else to say.
And now onto the good stuff:
Prepping your hair: Yesenia recommends starting with more polished hair for this look. What that means will depend on your hair’s normal texture (smooth, curly, straight, etc.). Meg’s hair is normally pretty curly, so that meant prepping her hair with Kérastase heat protection and shine serum before blow drying it smooth. If your hair is naturally smooth, you can skip this step and go right to the braiding.
Creating the bun: Depending on your hair’s natural texture, you can create your bun a few different ways. If your hair is finer, you’ll want to take your ponytail and backcomb for added volume, then mold a bun from there (the teasing will make for a bigger, more pronounced bun). If your hair is thicker, you can skip the teasing and just twist a bun like you would normally do, and then secure it with either bobby pins or hair screws.
And that’s all there is to it! If you can french braid (or better yet, if you know someone else who can), then you can create this look! Yesenia does recommend getting help with the upside down part, though we think there should be some sort of APW Best In Show ribbon awarded to anyone to who can braid upside down on their own head. You, friend, get two glasses of champagne.