Fishtail Accented Headband Updo

Fishtail accented headband updo

I have been loving headband updo’s lately!  In February, I had the opportunity to get all dressed up for a fundraiser date with my husband.  I, of course, wanted to do something special with my hair for the event – especially considering how rare it is that I have a chance to get glammed up!  I decided to do a pretty updo with a headband from Infinity Headbands. (Be sure to use coupon code “LORI” to receive 10% off there!) 

Fishtail accented headband updo - perfect for any formal event! love this curly updo! So pretty! red dress and pretty updo

I felt like a princess!  The sparkly headband definitely helped with that ;-).  I loved it so much that I wanted to do a tutorial for the style so that you can try it out too.  Today’s tutorial is a modified version of this hairstyle.

First, a quick side note –  in the nature of full disclosure, I want to share that Infinity Heabands sent me the sparkly headband that you see above for free.  However, I loved it so much that I bought the headband that you see below myself (along with a bunch of other pretty styles for myself and to give as a gift to a friend).  As always, whether sponsored content or not, any and all opinions that I share about a product or brand are my own. 

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I spent a lot of time doing the curly updo that I wore to my fundraiser event, so I simplified the bun that you see in today’s tutorial.  However, if you would prefer to have the curly look that you see in my updo with the red dress, then check out this tutorial by Cinthia Truong.  The way I’m teaching it today is much faster!

How To:  Fishtail Accented Headband Updo

Tools you will need: hairbrush, clip to temporarily hold hair out of the way, clear elastics, teasing brush, bobby pins, a headband, and hairspray

Time to complete:  15 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

Step 1.  Begin by sectioning off a portion of hair from your part line down to your ear. Secure the rest of the hair out of the way with a clip or an elastic.

Step 2.  Pick up a section of hair near the part and divide it into two pieces for the fishtail braid. Take a small section from the front half, cross it over and add it into the back section. Now pick up a small section from the back half, cross it over and add it into the front section. Cross another section from the front half over to the back, then pick up a section of hair from underneath and cross it over the front section and add it into the back section. Now take a section of hair from the back half and cross it over to the front half, then pick up a section of hair from underneath and cross it over the back half into the front half. Continue braiding like this all the way down, until there is no more hair left for you to add into the brad, then braid the rest of the hair into a regular fishtail braid.

Step 3.  Take and gently pull the edges of your fishtail braid to give you a more full look. I like to start at the bottom and work my way up, pinching and pulling as I go.

Step 4.  Check to make sure that the braid is long enough to reach back to the center of the back of your head, then secure the ends with the elastic.

Step 5.  Next, let down the rest of your hair. Temporarily secure the top half of your hair out of the way with a clip or an elastic. Take a small clear elastic and tie the bottom half up into a messy bun. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you will adjust it later.

Step 6.  Let down the top section of hair. Pick up a small section of hair from the crown of your head and use a teasing brush or comb to tease the underside of it, then smooth out the top of it. Now take that teased hair and a little more hair from below it, pull it back towards the back of your head, give it a slight twist and slide a bobby pin in to secure it.  Pull at the top as needed to achieve desired volume.

Step 7.  Take the remaining loose hair and twist it into a messy bun and then secure in place with bobby pins. Now pin your bottom messy bun to your liking. 

Step 8.  Take your headband and lay it across your head, and fasten in place.

Step 9.  Take the end of the fishtail braid, pull it back to your buns and pin in place.

Step 10.  Finish with hairspray.

You’re done! 

If you are crunched on time (and are a slow fishtail braider like me) you can do a regular French braid instead of the fishtail braid like I teach in my tutorial.  I recently did this on my sweet neighbor for her winter formal dance.

this would be such a gorgeous wedding hairstyle! Love this updo beautiful braided updo   such a pretty updo! beautiful headband updo

If you want to recreate the above look, you will substitute a French braid for the fishtail braid.  Then make sure that you braid it out all the way to the end of the hair.  Wrap the braid back over the buns and pin in place.  Easy, peasy!

I hope that you love this fishtail accented headband updo as much as I do!  I’d love to see how it turns out for you if try it and want to share.  You can share it on my Facebook page, tag me in your photo on Instagram @hair_by_lori.  Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you’ll come back soon!

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