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Bow Braided Hairstyle | Wedding Hairstyle

When it comes to your wedding day, or any formal occasion, long hair can be difficult! Curls wont last, updo’s fall… so we have quite the solution for you.

We like to call this beauty the Bow Braid. Complex, elegant look, that’s surprisingly easy to achieve! Follow this simple step by step tutorial to achieve this beautiful long lasting style, you’ll be sure to turn heads.

Bow Braided Hairstyle | Wedding Hairstyle

Supplies for your perfect wedding hairstyle:

  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Shine Spray
  • Hairspray
  • Clips
  • Bobby Pins
  • Hairties
  • Spray Bottle with Water
  • One Large Hairpin
Using no heat means no damage!

Step 1: Sectioning.

As with any style begin by brushing out any tangles. The sectioning will create four sections, all diagonal: Bangs, 2 large diagonal section for braiding, and one small diagonal section at the bottom. Cleanly section the hair and clip up with butterfly clips.  See photos for reference.

Section bang section diagonally.
Following the diagonal of the bangs, section from your right temple to the top of your left ear.
Following the same diagonal, make the third section the same size as the second.
For the final section, you should have a diagonal section at the bottom, about 2 inches on the larger side (on the right for our example)


Step 2: Top French.

In section number 2, create a standard french braid. Braid to the end and tie off with a hair tie.

Wet hair before braiding for extra control.


Step 3: Bottom Dutch.

In section 3, braid an inverted french braid, also known as a dutch braid.

Make your sectioning clean and even.


Step 4: Insert hairpin

To begin the bow, we are going to insert our hair pin under our top notch of the top braid as shown below. (This particular mannequin has thick hair, so instead of a hair pin, we will be using a bent wire.)

Notice the pin is UNDER the top notch.


Step 5: Slicing.

Next, we are going to section off a small slice at the corner of the bang section. Be certain to keep this slice VERY THIN! This will help you in an upcoming step.

The slice should follow the diagonal parting.

Step 6: Create a loop.

Using a small amount of shine spray, smooth the section until no fly-aways remain. Then create a loop and insert into the top of the hair pin. It is important to work with a small section to ensure the loop fits in the pin.

Insert loop into pin.


Step 7: Extend the loop.

Pull the loop until about 2″ away from the end of the SHORTEST LAYER OF HAIR! Pulling the end of any layers through this look will make your bows look messy!

This mannequins hair is quite broken, so we’ll only pull the hair through this far.


Step 8: Pull through braid.

Holding on the top of the loop, pull the pin through the braid. This will create your first bow!

Hold the top, otherwise it will just pull the loop out!
Your first bow!


Step 9: Tuck the tail.

As you see, we have a tail that remains. To cover, simply tuck the tail along the top of the braid. It will be covered by all the bows you will make.

Ignore the tail, you won’t see it soon.


Take a small section.
Create loop, and thread it through the hair pin.
Make the loop as big as you can with no ends coming through the pin.
Hold top of loop and pull pin through braid.
Voila! Your SECOND bow!


Step 10: Bottom row.

Repeat all the bow making steps exactly the same, except add to the bottom rung of the braid.

Insert pin under bottom rung.
Create a slice.















Make a loop.
Extend the loop.
Pull pin through braid.


Step 11: Hiding the ends.

Once you have the entire head finished, you will need to take the ends of the braid and bobby pin them along the bottom hairline. Remove the hair ties before. This will finish your style!

Pin securely!
Back view!
Side view!

Congratulations on your patience and your beautiful new hair!

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