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Upside-Down French Braid Photo Tutorial


Last Saturday, we shared an Instagram of Rachel’s ‘Brunch Braid’ (a.k.a. an upside-down French braid with a bun) and we were overwhelmed by the interest in how to create this style! Your wish is our command. Rachel re-created the look with step by step photos and tips so you can do it yourself. 

You will need:

  • 1 strong pony holder
  • 1 thin pony holder
  • 1 sock that matches your hair color
  • Scissors
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair spray
  • Hair Brush

Step 1:

As with most styles and updos, second or third day hair is best. 


Step 2: 

Flip your head upside down and brush your hair out. 


Step 3:

While upside down, grab a small chunk of hair from the nape of your neck and begin to French braid. 


Step 4: 

Continue the French braid untill you’ve gone two-thirds of the way up your head. Fasten the braid with a thin pony holder.


Step 5: 

Flip right side up and brush through the top of your hair. Take a strong pony holder and and create a high pony.


Step 6:

Take your sock and cut off the toe. Then roll the sock into itself until you have a donut. Then slide the donut over your pony.


Step 7:

Pull your hair around the pony so you have the shape of a bun. Begin to fold the excess hair under the bottom of the bun and fasten with a pony holder. 


Step 8:

Pin bun into place.


Step 9:

Spray flyaways and there you have it!


Try the brunch braid yourself and send us pictures! You can tweet us or send them to!

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