Create a Braided Low Bun Hairstyle in 4 Easy Steps

July 16, 2020
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
4 Steps to Create the Perfect Low Bun

Even beauty editors don’t spend a gazillion hours doing their hair in the morning. In fact, we’re almost always looking for easy styles we can create that will only look like they require effort. The low bun hairstyle is a go-to. It’s simple yet sophisticated, and it can be done in a variety of ways. 

Here, Jill Engelsen, senior stylist and educator at Butterfly Studio Salon in NYC, is sharing how to create a chic, braided low bun in just four steps. “This look is super easy and can be worn day and night, casual or fancy,” she explains. “I see this on someone with a frilly dress, in a suit or even at a black-tie event. It’s so versatile and easy!”

  • STEP 1

    Create a Clean, Center Part

    Start by brushing your hair and applying an oil like the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Deep Nourishing Treatment through the ends of your hair to give it shine and nourishment. From there, create a clean center part using a comb.

  • STEP 2

    Secure Your Hair Into a Low Ponytail

    Brush through your hair with a mixed-bristle brush like a Mason Pearson. “I like this because it has both nylon bristles and natural boar bristles,” says Engelsen. “The nylon bristles help organize the hair and get bumps out while the boar bristles help smooth the surface of your hair for a shinier finish by bringing the natural oils from your scalp down through the mid-ends of your hair.” Using the brush, bring your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck and then secure it with a hair tie.

  • STEP 3

    Braid Your Hair

    Clean up any remaining flyaways with Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Aerosol Hairspray by spraying in the direction of your hair and gently patting them down into place. “Make sure you don’t forget those ears!” says Engelsen. “Either tuck both sides behind your ears or make sure both are covered if you don’t want your ears to show.” After that, braid your ponytail using the classic three-strand braid technique and secure with a small elastic band. To create an even bigger bun, gently pull your braid out a little to make it the size you want.

  • STEP 4

    Wrap Your Braid Into a Low Bun 

    Wrap the braid around the base of your ponytail and then bobby pin it to secure. Using a hand-held mirror (or a real one), check for balance. If it's unbalanced, make adjustments where needed by pulling at your braid gently. "Add a little hairspray and shine spray like the Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hair Sheen — and voila! You have a chic bun in just minutes," says Engelsen. 

    To take the look up another notch, experiment with hair accessories. Stack some embellished clips or barrettes above the bun or on one side of your head. 

Hair: Jill Engelsen, Makeup: Justine Sweetman

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