With the temperatures rising (triple digits here in Texas), that means most of us just want our hair up and off our necks!  Martha Lynn here, and I love the idea of this braided updo as an alternative to a plain pony tail. While this look can work with casual daytime clothes, it’s sweet and feminine enough to wear down the aisle on your wedding day as well. This one is so easy you can do it in minutes — and I love the idea of finishing this style off with a fresh flower for a special occasion!

  1. Start with your hair in a deep side part. Grab two thick sections of hair from the shallow side of the part. (You could do smaller sections for a more intricate look but using large sections makes it quick and easy!)
  2. Begin your twist by taking the front piece and laying it over the second piece. After you have twisted one rotation, pick up a new (third) piece and add it to the previous piece.
  3. Repeat twisting and adding a new piece/section working your way around the head until you reach the other ear, twist all the way down.
  4. This is where you can get creative. On Bridget I wrapped it into a small bun and secured with bobby pins. You could also do a side ponytail or braid.
  5. Take the remaining hair from the ear forward and slightly twist it away from the face and start pinning it around the bun that you created. Don’t overthink it, just look at the hair and see what it needs. If a piece is sticking out or you don’t like it just twist it and pin it somewhere else!
  6. Finish with a light flexible hairspray like Living Proof Flex that won’t flake and will help block out humidity!

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  1. 1
    Shannon at www.strippedchic.com July 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    That is beautiful. I’ve seen it quite a lot as a bridal style but like the idea of wearing this more casually. Especially in this heat!

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    Vanessa Steil July 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    This is such a pretty look. I can’t wait until my hair gets long enough for this to work!

    http://www.livinginsteil.com

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    • Martha Lynn Kale July 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      This is actually GREAT for medium/short hair. As you twist it around you can totally fake the length…give it a try!

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    Rose Tinted Home July 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This is so pretty and perfect for summer! I have an outdoor wedding in August and this will be perfect to keep my hair up and out of my face!

    xo Rachel

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    missjessicamezo July 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I love updos, especially in the summer heat. It also seems as if it’ll be an easy style that I can hopefully do myself. *fingers crossed* I’ll try it tomorrow. I also love the dress – where did it come from?

    http://jesca.me

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    signe July 24, 2014 at 10:35 am

    This looks lovely! I would be everso excited if I could convince my hair to cooperate enough to stay styled this way… even with a bottle of hairspray, it doesn’t like to do what I ask it to do! I follow you with Blog Lovin and hope you’ll connect with me!
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