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How To: Upside Down Braid Bun

This heat! We’re in Arizona, and it’s one of the most important factors in choosing our everyday styles. Wearing your hair completely down during the day is almost impossible without feeling a blanket over your neck, so most of us choose up-do’s during this time of the year. Best one that I’ve come across would be the upside down French Braid.

It’s quite easy to do, and it’s great for a casual day or even a fancy night event. If you know how to French Braid, this should be no problem for you, and if you’re new to French braids, that’s okay! I’ve come up with an easy step by step how-to for you!

Things that you’ll need:

  • A brush
  • Tiny elastic hair tie (matching your hair color)
  • Regular elastic hair tie
  • Bobby Pins
  • This look works best with hair that isn’t freshly washed, so 2nd or 3rd day hair work best


  1. Flip your head upside down and brush through from the nape of your neck to the end of your hair
  2.  Separate a section of your hair from the nape of your neck into 3 equal pieces

Now you can start French braiding!

  1. Take the left piece and pull it over the middle piece, so that the left piece is now the middle piece
  2.  Now, put the right piece over what is now the middle piece.
  3. Add in more hair to what is now the left piece
  4.  Put the left piece, plus the added hair over the middle piece, so that it is now the middle piece
  5. Do the same with the right side, and continue up to the crown of your head
  6. Once you’ve reached the crown of your head, gather the braid in the small elastic hair tie

The hard part is over, now you can make your bun! You can do a teased messy bun, or an elegant sock bun look to top off this upside down French Braid. Either looks work fine.

  1. Put remaining hair and the tail of the braid into the large elastic hair tie
  2. Wrap your hair into a bun, and bobby pin the loose ends down to your head.

Here are some photos of the steps I went through, and my finished product!


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Article by Tiffany Hopkins for Phoenix Fashion Week

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