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Braided side bun

How to do a Braided Side Bun

Hello there! So for the second installment of our step-by-step tutorials to styling your own Big Day up do, I’ve chosen a Plaited Side Bun. This, like all the other hair looks comes from Braids, Buns & Twists, £14.99 (apple press) by Christina Butcher, a fab new book showcasing over 80 picture-perfect ways to style up your do. For this look, long hair is ideal but if, like me you’re lacking in the length department, attach a fool- proof falsie in step 3 to ensure that the doughnut is completely covered. Want to give it a go? Here’s how…



1 Start by making a deep side parting and brush your hair to remove any knots. Take a 2.5cm section on top of your parting and split it into three sections. This is the start of the Dutch plait. The next step will show you how this differs to a traditional plait…


2 Cross the right piece under the middle, then the left piece under the right, forming a plait. When you cross the middle section under, add in some hair.


3 Continue plaiting, only adding in hair on the right-hand side. Angle your plait along your hairline and over the top of your ear. Stop adding in hair when you pass your ear. Finish the plait and secure with a small clear hair band then gently pull at the sides to widen the plait. Gather the rest of your hair into a side ponytail, next to your plait, and secure with a hair band.


4 Backcomb your ponytail and use a hair doughnut at the base of your ponytail to create a large side bun.


5 Wrap your plait around the base of your bun and pin in place. Add a spritz of hair- spray to finish the look.

What do you think? I can imagine boho or beach-bound brides loving this look. I think it’s beautiful as it is but you could always try pushing mini diamante hair pins or fresh daisies into the plait. I’d love to know how you got on if you tried it. Look out for further posts and step-by-steps…

Sarah x