This pretty style, created for Real Simple by The Small Things blogger Kate Bryan, calls for a French braid on one side of the head.
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Side French-Braid Updo
Hairstylist Kate Bryan says medium to long, curly or wavy hair works best for this style: You’ll want the ends of your hair to curl up and around the bun. (Is your hair straight? See Bryan’s video tutorial on how to curl hair with a curling iron.) A key component of this do: the French braid. If you need to brush up on your technique, see her how-to video.
Read on for the step-by-step how-tos, or click here to see the video tutorial for the Side French-Braid Updo.
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Unclip the right side. Separate the hair at the crown and at the very front of your head, and then clip up the rest. Gather the hair you’ve just separated out and fold it over the part you made down the back of your head. Inserting a bobby pin vertically, pin the hair in place to hide the part. Unclip the rest of the hair on your right side and allow it to fall over the remainder of the part. Wind the end of the braid around to the back of your head and secure that, too, with a few bobby pins inserted vertically.
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Gather your hair into a ponytail near the end of the braid. Secure with an elastic. Using a fine-tooth comb, tease the ponytail to create texture and volume. (For the basics of teasing, see Bryan’s video tutorial.)
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Have a handful of bobby pins ready to grab. Separating the ponytail into strands, pin the ends onto your head around the elastic, making sure to cover all the bobby pins you used in steps 2 and 3. Finish with a generous mist of hair spray to hold the style.