You can achieve beautiful updo hairstyles with micro braids. Whether you need a professional look for the office or are styling your hair for the prom micro braids can go from casual to formal with a few styling techniques. Some updo styles can be finished in five minutes while others take a little more time to create. As with most updos you'll need hairspray and several hairpins to hold the style in place.
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Poufy Micro Braid Updo
The poufy micro braid updo combines a ponytail with crisscrossed braids to create big hair with a sleek finish. With this style, braids on the top of the head are combined with braids in the back of the head into a ponytail with the ends tucked up underneath with hairpins, creating a circular pouf. One section of braids from both sides of the head are crisscrossed over the top of the head, wrapped around the poof and tucked under the ponytail with hairpins.
French Twist Micro Braid Updo
You can create an elegant French twist with micro braids. Part the braids in a side part or work them all towards the back of the head as you would a regular ponytail for the top portion. Bring the braids into a ponytail with the elastic, and fold the ends into a French twist. Secure the style with hairpins and hairspray.
Loc Micro Braid Updo
The loc updo starts from the back and works its way forward. Working with the bottom half of micro braids only, secure a bun at the middle back of your head with an elastic ponytail holder. It needn't be perfectly neat; you can make the braids sprout out in all directions. Random sections of the leftover micro braids can be wrapped or wound around the bun, preferably starting from the top back of the head and working forward. The last section of the updo should be a wide portion of micro braids that swoop like fringe from one side of the forehead to the other, secure the braids in the back with hairpins.
Curled Micro Braid Updo
If you don't want to completely enclose the ends of your micro braid updo, consider curling them instead. Start with an updo like the poufy updo and instead of securing the ends of the braids in a bun, curl them using rubber rods and a blow dryer. Rubber rods are like curlers, except they're longer and flexible. Put mousse on the ends of the braids and curl them around the rubber rods. Heat and dry them with a blow dryer for 15 to 20 minutes before removing the rods. Separate each micro braid from the rod to create an voluminous curly updo.
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