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How-To: Hot Cross Bun Updo

Looking for something new to do to your hair, and just plain out of ideas? We've got you covered with these easy steps for a gorgeous braided updo!

Before you begin, use a deep conditioner to detangle and soothe wild hair. By using Joico K-Pak Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor in the shower before styling, you can replenish, rebuild and smooth hair for easy updo's. The awesome thing about this style is that is works great with straight or curly hair.  After deep conditioning, let hair air dry naturally before beginning.

Now, it's time to style!

Hot Cross Buns Updo

Step 1: Section off the front two sections of hair close to your face and clip apart from the rest. To do this easily, try using Cricket's Super Grip Clips. Then grab the top part of your hair, and tease underneath to add volume.

Step 2: Gather teased section with the rest of your un-clipped hair and tie off together in a tight, low ponytail.

Step 3: Twist ponytail into a tight bun and secure with a hair tie, still leaving the front two clipped sections separate.  If you prefer a big, luxurious bun, try using Sultra's Uptown Chic Bun Shaper!

Step 4: Take one separate section of hair and begin braiding close to the scalp, along your head back towards your ear.

Step 5: Once the whole section is braided down the the end of your hair, take braid and wrap it around your bun.  Secure with a bobby pin.

Step 6: Once you braid the opposite front section of hair, wrap around your bun and pin. You're all set!

This style is so versatile you can truly wear it to any event. It stays secure all day without any extra product due to the tight bun and braids!

For even more braided updos, check out this awesome tutorial and even more inspiration on The Layer!

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