I am so excited for today’s tutorial! There are some styles that I do on my girls and when I’m done, I just want to sit and stare at it because it looks so cool or beautiful. This is definitely one of those special styles for me. For one, I love my girls in an updo. They just look so elegant and lady-like in them. My girls are pretty girly-girly anyway, but there is just something about seeing them all done up like this that makes me smile. I love it!
Even more exciting about this style – Hope loved it too! I am enjoying when she comments and cares about getting her hair done, and when she first saw this style she said “Mom! That looks so cool! I have flower hair!”. I’ll admit, the beautiful style combined with her reaction, I was giddy and did a little happy dance 🙂
I think that this style would be perfect for weddings, prom, dance, or any other time that you want the hair up and out of the way with a beautiful style.
Let’s get started on how to do this 3D Flower Updo!
Time Needed: 10 min
Skill Level: Medium
Step 1. Begin by brushing her hair out, then section the hair in half – from ear up over crown of head to the other ear – as if you were doing a half up/half down style. Secure the top part up and out of the way.
You are going to braid up the back of her head – you can have her lie down on a couch or bed, lie her forehead against a pillow or lean with her chest over the back of a chair. Hope’s favorite is to lie on a bed with her head off the edge so she can see an iPad.
Step 2. Start your braid by gathering a small section of hair from across the nape of her neck. You are going to do a 3D Dutch round braid up the back of her head now. Begin by divide that section into 4 equal sized pieces.
Step 3. Take the outermost strand and go under the two pieces of hair next to it then back up and over the last one it went under.
Step 4. Take the outermost strand from the opposite side as you just braided and go under the two strands next to it and then back up and over the last one it went under.
Step 5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 but add in hair each time until you have braided all the way up the back of her head to the place where you want the flower bun to sit. Once you’ve reached that spot, braid a couple more stitches of your 3D round braid without adding any additional hair into it and then secure it with an elastic.
Step 6. Take the hair from the front of her head down and brush it out, being careful not to brush the braid that you’ve just done. Secure it into a ponytail with the braid.
Step 7. Take the ponytail and do a 3D round braid – same concept as up the back of her head – you alternate sides, taking the outermost strand and going under the two strands next to and back up and over the last one it went under. Detailed tutorial of the 3D round braid can be found here. Secure with an elastic when done.
Step 8. Take two sides of your 3D round braid and pancake them (pull them to make them look more full) the entire length of the braid.
Step 9. Starting at the top of the braid by the ponytail, lay the braid against the head and wrap it around to form a flower. Pin it as you go (it works out better than if you lay it all in place and then try to go back and pin it).
Step 10. Finish by going back and pinning any pieces that aren’t laying as you’d like them too, pull the edges where you need to in order to make it look more full and then add hairspray if you’d like. If you can see a part line on the sides from where the braid up the back of the head ended and where the hair from the front comes together, gently comb it to smooth it out.
I hope that you’ll give this 3D Flower Updo a try! If you do, I would love to see how it turns out for you! You can share it on my Facebook page, tag me in your photo on Instagram @hair_by_lori or use hashtag #HBL3DFlowerUpdo so that I can find it.
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