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How to Do a Braided Updo with Big Bow

Learn how to do a braided updo with a big bow from professional hairstylist Joy La Rosa in this Howcast hair tutorial.

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So we're going to start by doing a very soft side swept french braid. And then we're actually going to integrate a big bow. This would be a good holiday party look or a good wedding look.

So we're going to start with three sections. We're going to leave a little bit of hair out around the face for softness. We're going to pull our section on the top pretty far up and we're just going to create a graceful shape here with our french braid.

Start with three sections. Do a couple of braids before you start adding hair in. Pull from the top, cross over the center. Pull from the bottom, cross over the center. Pull from the top, cross over the center. Pull from the bottom, cross over the center.

So now that I'm at the back of the ear, I going to start moving my shape down. Pull from the top, cross over the center. Pull from the bottom.

Now we're starting to round the head so we're still pulling from the top. And it's going to swoop over. So pull from the top. Cross over that center. Pull from the bottom, cross over the center. From the top, cross over the center.

We are almost out of hair so I'm going to grab this one last section from the bottom. Pull it over the center. I'm going to do one more braid from the top too without pulling hair. Just to secure it into place.

Then I'm going to take a clear elastic band and secure it right here to a really beautiful side ponytail. And this is where we're going to add our bow.

So we are going to cross it over the front of the head. We're going to cross it under the ponytail that we created. Securing it into place.

You can also do this look with a soft silk scarf, a simple ribbon, or lace, something creative. Now we're going to tie it over the top of the ponytail.

Then to get a good bow, we're going to make two loops and cross them over each other. Then fluff up your bow how you like it. Fluff up your ponytail.

We're going to take this section in the front. I'm going to just pin it back, but leave a little bit softness. So it's going to cover up this hairline here. Just create a seamless little joint. Pin it in.

There you have a beautiful up-do with a big bow.

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