braid tutorial #2: kate’s side bun braid

If you follow my instagram, you’re aware that my friend Ali is a master at braiding my hair (follow her twitter/instagram). And if you follow Kate Miss, you know that she, too, is a master braider (and really good at doing braids on herself). I can’t braid to save my life, but I have thick hair so…I’m a good hair model?

The point is that Kate, Ali and I recently got together to photograph our favorite braids so we could post tutorials — three different braids, three girls, three kinds of hair. The first tutorial for The Ali Special is up on Kate’s blog and it’s the one you most often see me sporting on instagram. Today we’re featuring Kate’s simple side bun braid — a braid you could more easily do on yourself.

A quick note that these tutorials aren’t going to teach you how to French braid hair (here is an incredible thorough tutorial that you can use to practice on friends and your own hair) but are ideas for how to apply braiding to some of our favorite looks.

Side Bun Braid

Recommended supplies:
A wide tooth comb
Clear elastic bands, like this (
Bobby pins – if you can get them, these Japanese pins ( the best, you can also get them in Japanese beauty supply stores

Tips: Dirty hair is better for braids! Greasy? No problem, it will hold better.

Brush your hair out and grab a small section of hair behind your ear to start with. The braid shown in the photos is an inside out French braid, or Dutch braid – which means instead of grabbing more hair and putting it into the middle braid, you grab more hair and pull it under. Kate finds this braid much more easy to do on myself do to the position of my hands behind my head. But this braid can also be done as a regular French braid. You want to braid the back of your hair straight across until you hit your ear, then tie it off with an elastic band. Wrap the rest of your hair into a loose bun and pin in place. If you have really long hair you could tie the rest of the hair into a bun with an elastic band and then pin the sides of the bun down. The bun looks better messy and loose. Alternately you could braid the rest of your hair all the way down and rock a side braid, but this is better with longer hair!

Kate is inspiring me to shoot film again (more soon!) so that second to last shot was taken with her Mamiya 645, the rest are my normal 5D Mark II.

Kate’s Lipstick is Nars in Heatwave and the necklace is one of her own creations.

Stay tuned for Ali’s braid on friday!

11 Responses to “braid tutorial #2: kate’s side bun braid”

  1. bex says:

    YES! I’m doing my hair like this tomorrow. : )

  2. Dennise says:

    I adore Kate’s blog and I love seeing her in front of the camera as she’s so lovely! These braid tutorials are amazing! xo

  3. Hila says:

    Very cool, this would be such a lovely look for a wedding.

  4. rubi says:

    i love that you guys did this! my friend has a Mamiya and she shoots some of the prettiest pictures with it. That flowery backdrop is to die for.

  5. Jo says:

    Ah, seriously pretty braid. My hair is so pathetically thin I look kind of weird when I do braids like this, much to my dismay! Love it on Kate though, stunning.

  6. LaurenF says:

    I love braids, but I’ve never been able to do them on myself. Curse this lack of dexterity! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a Dutch braid before, but I like it better than a French braid.

  7. katrina says:

    these photos are exquisite. with respect with the tutorials, they make me wish i had longer hair.

  8. laura says:

    I’m going to attempt, ha!

  9. umithepumi says:

    Hooray for Nars-Heatwave!!!! That’s some intense color.

  10. Megan Taylor says:

    Love this post! Actually, just stumbled upon your blog through Simple Lovely. I’ve gotten lost in your archive of beautifully inspirational moments. I can’t wait for more! So wonderful to find you and the aesthetic that you share. Thanks! -Megan

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