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How to create a romantic braided updo

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By senior colourist at Luc Espace, Giulia Parrinelli

Any time is a good time for a romantic updo. Softly styled hairstyles are very versatile and can easily bring enchantment to seemingly ordinary events like a dinner party with friends, a movie with your partner or a girls’ night out. Luckily, the options are endless when it comes to playful and flowy updos – and they never fail to appeal and inspire romance.

Looking to get your hair off your neck and up into a cute hairstyle? This slightly tousled, plaited bun can take you from day to night with ease. It gives you that casual, undone feel, which goes hand-in-hand with summer. As elaborate as it may appear, this look can be achieved in only a few minutes and six easy steps.

How-To Steps:

1. Turn your head upside down and spray the root area with Aveda Air Control to make the hair more malleable. Blow-dry it smooth with Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep so you have a good canvas to start on. Section off a triangle from the top of your head to each corner of your forehead and clip that section of hair up.

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2. Bring the remaining hair to the left side, plait it to the end and tie with an elastic band.

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3. Pull the plait backwards and wrap it around itself in a bun. Secure it with bobby pins.

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4. Now go back to the front section, braid it to the end and tie with an elastic band.

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5. Hold the end of the braid with your left hand and gently pull the braid apart with your right fingers for a bit of added volume and thickness.

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6. Pull the braid to the back and pin it underneath the bun. Pull out random bits of hair for a loose, undone look. Finish off with spritz of Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine to add shine, eliminate flyaways and tame frizz.

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