Hair Tutorial / Pretty Side French Braid low Updo

low french braid updo hair style video tutorial

I wore a more relaxed version of this hair style in an outfit post in June of 2009 but for reasons unbeknownst to me, I never did a tutorial for it. Recently though, a few of my lovely readers have asked for it …so here it is.


If you can’t see the video go to: Pretty Side French Braid Updo

* * * it would be so pretty with tiny flowers pinned in * * * *

low french braid updo hair style

low french braid updo hair style

* * * wearing the braid left out and long * * * *

DIY low french braid hair tutorial

diy low french braid hair tutorial

And a few days ago, I wore it more casually, braiding it with straight hair instead of waved.

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Have Fun!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Wida

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    I’m trying this tomorrow! Thank you for this tutorial! 😀

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  • Noemi

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    Fantastic, and I love how the two tones on your hair comes through 🙂
    ♥ Noemi
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  • Matter Of Style

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    very beautiful,it looks like a professional hairdo!

  • Matter Of Style

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    Meagan,i gave you the stylish blogger award!

  • Michelle's Style File

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    This is wonderful- thanks for sharing.


  • Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    You´re so good in this… I´d never be able to do this on my own… 🙁

  • taylor

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    this is so gorgeous! i think it would make a really pretty updo for a romantic wedding. i wish i could braid my own hair but i always feel like i need at least one other set of hands!

  • Melody

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    SO Pretty!! I’m going to try it now! : )


    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    It’s something they could make on a catwalk! amazing!!

  • Karin Şen Cankan

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    Love the hair and not to mention the tatoo


  • Collections

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    This braid is beautiful. I love learning new ways to do my hair!

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  • { aggie }

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    Oh, how pretty! Now if only I had thick hair 🙁

    And I can never tie a french braid by myself!

  • Behind the Lashes

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    Love it! I never could french braid, not even on someone else haha.

  • Sara Pierce

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    You have SUCH beautiful hair! I’m dying for mine to grow out so I can do fun summer updos!

  • Evelyn

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    You are soo gorgeous, loved the tutorial, Im gonna try it 😉

  • Sing

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    That is very pretty and unique.

  • CessOviedo

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    Just beautiful! If only I had long locks like yours! It looks so elegant and different, have to try it!

    Cess O. <3
    The Outfit Diaries

  • Nuha

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    oh my god. I absolutely love it!! Is there anything you can’t do?!

  • anhesty

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    lovesss it! been trying to do this hairdo too but i am just not as talented. my hands get all twisted with each other. not even funny… lol looks great!!

  • Morgan | Mrs. Priss

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    Loooooove this! So gorgeous! My hair is juuust long enough to try it I think, yay!

    While I was watching the video, my two year old came up and asked who you were, I told her, then she said, “Oh, cute Maegan!” and walked away. lol, you have a young fan.

  • jilliandanica

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    This is beautiful! I’m going to try this tonight. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • kerilynn

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    this is beautiful!! i cant wait to try it- and ps- i LOVE all your tutorials:)

  • Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    Love the golden highlights in your hair……..and your brother should make a portfolio of your photos……for himself and you, too!

  • drollgirl

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    g-g-g-g-g-g-g-gorgeous! so romantic and PRETTY!

  • NINA

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    love it, awesome!

  • modanista junkie

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    After you tweeted about this, I couldn’t miss this!!!
    Love how the braid looks with your highlights!! It’s so pretty.

    You should post one of your outfits on The Wear to go Girls’ facebook for a chance to be feature Best Look of the Week!!


  • Lorena

    April 12, 2011 | Reply
  • Katherines Corner

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    This is lovely. I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Hugs!

  • Craftmaker

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    I love it! So romantic and fancy. I’m running to the mirror right now to try doing it myself. Thanks for sharing!

  • Steffi

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    this is gorgeous! I tried this but it didn’t work…I’m not talentet for this hairdo -.-

  • Cara

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    LOVE it! So Pretty!

    I think I have asked this before but I would love to know what products you are using right now for your hair. From Shampoo to Style. What on a daily basis?

    We have similiar hair and I don’t know if its from traveling so much between Cali and NV but my hair will not act right!!!

  • SC

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    What the hell!!! PERFECT! So glad I’ve found your blog! I’ve started working at L’Oréal sooooo … hairstyles like these will do me good 😉 Thx!! x following

  • Katie

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    Whoa girl this hairstyle is stunning on you. Well done with the braid. xxx

  • La Petite Olga

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    If my hair would be longer I would try this one right away!!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Mel82

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    Love it! Now I am going to have to learn how to do a french braid on myself and then learn how to do that one…I also have to grow my hair out at least five inches…argh! Lol.

    Love the look.

  • The Creative Muslimah

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    This is so cute and simple! And you’re great at teaching! 😛 I looooooove how yours is half brown and half blonde, it looks sooo cool 😀 multi-colored hair for the win! 😛 I’d never be able to try this out on my hair unless it was like extremely straight (cuz ive got extremely curly hair) but I would love to try it out some day! 😀

    thanks for sharing

  • A Chic Critique

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    Maegan, you should seriously be a hair stylist. First of all, I’m obsessed with your hair – total hair crush. Secondly, I love how you change it up all the time; all of the styles you do are so effortless-looking, sexy, and creative. I LOVE this loose, bohemian braid you’ve done. It would be beautiful for a wedding! Annie from Nashville, TN –

  • Lau D.

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    It would be nice if you show us how you do your makeup, I’d love that!!!


  • Francesca

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    simply beautiful! I want to try this now.


    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    WELL COLOR ME HAPPY. Saw the lovely comments you left on my site and popped over to see what you are up to…here I am, glued to the screen, thinking of how I need to grow my hair another 2″ so I can braid it up like this. Dang you’re good! And you’ve got some gorgeous hair 🙂

    I’ll be popping back soon!

  • Nadine

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    I love how the dark tones of hair come through underneath. Is that your natural colour? It’s gorgeous.

  • Monique

    April 13, 2011 | Reply

    Love it! I really want to try this!

    Monique xx

  • Beautiful Stranger

    April 13, 2011 | Reply

    omg…I absolutely adore this hairstyle! I wish my hair was long enough!!(:

  • Kelly

    April 13, 2011 | Reply

    Can you please come to my house and do this to my hair? Excellent.

  • bianca

    April 13, 2011 | Reply

    I LOVE this!!!

  • buyaionaccounts

    April 13, 2011 | Reply

    I’m loving this relaxed style yet elegant looking hair do. Its kinda frustrating making braids but I do think practice makes prefect though. I’m starting to practice now. 🙂

  • For all the shoes

    April 13, 2011 | Reply

    Wonderful! Can’t wait to have my hair of the right lenght to do it!

  • yifie

    April 13, 2011 | Reply

    so lovely 🙂

  • dezzer

    April 13, 2011 | Reply

    i copied it 20 minutes after watching the tutorial.

    thanks so much for posting this! it’s given me variety for my protective styles (i’m “hiding” my hair until september to retain length) & a well-deserved break from my ballerina buns. my hair thanks you.

  • Daria

    April 13, 2011 | Reply

    I wish I never chopped off my hair so I could try this!

  • shari

    April 13, 2011 | Reply

    I tried it, and got as far as the back of my head… and then I couldn’t tell what was happening anymore. I’m hair style retarded, and was super excited at getting the first part looking good. Anyway, I ended up just twisting the rest of it, and it looked, well…. interesting? Yours looks beautiful… I’ll practice a little and see what I can do. {sigh} Thank you for the awesome tutorial, though!

  • Holly

    April 13, 2011 | Reply

    so pretty!! prepare to see these photos all over pinterest!

  • Jennifer

    April 14, 2011 | Reply


  • Frk. Steenberg

    April 14, 2011 | Reply

    It’s a veeery lovly hair style!
    Love it 🙂

  • Car`s Closet

    April 14, 2011 | Reply

    Looks fantastic!!!!!!

  • Kimberlee

    April 14, 2011 | Reply

    Total hair envy! So gorgeous 🙂

  • Anna

    April 15, 2011 | Reply

    I LOVE the hair tutorials. Thank you so much for doing them. I think I’m going to try the french braid tomorrow 🙂

  • Lorraine

    April 15, 2011 | Reply

    Gorgeous hair tutorial! I added you on my link love post!

  • Anonymous

    April 16, 2011 | Reply

    You look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    April 16, 2011 | Reply

    Gosh, this looks gorgeous!!

  • Van

    April 16, 2011 | Reply

    You and your hair are so stunning!
    I love it. Hopefully this updo will work with my hair too.

  • jenn~the stylish housewife

    April 17, 2011 | Reply

    so…i was here a few days ago all ready to tell you how much i LOVE LOVE LOVE this updo and BAM i couldnt leave a msg because my personal family blog had unusual suspicious activity and it was invisible and i had to go through ridiculous security measures to prove it was my blog. i couldnt even comment on any blogger blogs…so HERE I AM AGAIN. just to tell you that i LOVE that friggen updo. lol…that is some serious dedication. =)

    ~xo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • A.Co

    April 17, 2011 | Reply

    LOVE this!! You are so innovative when it comes to hair and do such a great job.

    This looks incredible, both ways and I love how it really makes the tones and colours of your hair stand out.

    Beautiful and well done. Thanks for sharing, I always LOVE your videos 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    April 18, 2011 | Reply

    I’d almost let my hair grow, just so I can wear it like that!

  • emily

    April 20, 2011 | Reply

    can’t wait to try this- thanks for the inspiration.

  • Kristen M

    April 22, 2011 | Reply

    Your tutorials are heaven sent! Gahhh!! Iv’e always wanted to do this!!:) And the braids and stuff (saw your other posts) but wasn’t so sure how! You’re now on my bookmarks 🙂


  • Martha

    May 2, 2011 | Reply

    The first photo is Amazing..and I saw it some days ago on a norwegian blog..Totally fell in love with this photo..
    I am not good with braids..but gonna try this on one of my girls..

  • bojana

    May 4, 2011 | Reply

    i made this tonight. like shari from the previous comments, i made it to the back of my head, and there it looked too low. so i made another braid from the other side, and i connected them where they met in the back.
    amazing. i would have never tried this if it wasn’t for your tutorial. thanks.

  • Jamie

    May 13, 2011 | Reply

    I wore my hair in french braid low bun today and I got so many compliments! its such a great style! I love the tutorials thank you so much!

  • Bonnie

    May 19, 2011 | Reply

    I watched your video and wore my hair like that last night and got so many compliments! someone even told me that I should always wear it like that, it was so “classically elegant”! Thank you for sharing!

  • Vanessa, Take only Memories

    May 20, 2011 | Reply

    I love this! Soooo beautiful!

  • Kate

    May 25, 2011 | Reply

    this is soo pretty… and omg I have the same copper necklace you are wearing with the black Tshirt. I got mine from my great grandmother, it was hers… I have never seen another one like it until today 😉

  • eversojuliet

    May 30, 2011 | Reply

    I tried this today (and blogged about my attempts) – I absolutely love it, thanks!

  • Anonymous

    May 30, 2011 | Reply

    Me gustan tus ideas para el cabello. tambien soy rubia y los he aprovechado mucho. Gracias… Eres muy linda!!!
    (I like your ideas for hair. well I’m blonde and I used a lot. Thanks … You’re so cute!)

  • stephanietait

    June 13, 2011 | Reply

    I love this! I know how to french braid but I never tried it on myself
    I think it’s a lot easier in my opinion to braid my own hair

    I wore it to a brunch and got a lot of compliments, it’s not nearly as neat as yours but I braided in some pink roses to give it my own little twist 🙂

  • Anonymous

    June 15, 2011 | Reply

    I love your hair tutorials. I have the same hair type and about the same length as you, so these tutorials work out really well for me. Thank you!

  • Sweetly Surprised

    June 20, 2011 | Reply

    I just randomly stumbled upon your site! Now, I have the braid in my hair 🙂 That was awesome. I’ve never come across a hair styles blog -such a cool idea. Thank you for the lesson!

  • Skinception

    June 24, 2011 | Reply

    Loooooove this! So gorgeous! My hair is juuust long enough to try it I think, yay!

    While I was watching the video, my two year old came up and asked who you were, I told her, then she said, “Oh, cute Maegan!” and walked away. lol, you have a young fan.

  • Anonymous

    July 5, 2011 | Reply

    i absolutely love it! ♥♥♥

  • Ren

    July 21, 2011 | Reply

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  • Andrea

    July 24, 2011 | Reply

    LOVE this hair style SO MUCH!!! I can’t do a french braid for the life of me though otherwise I would be wearing this all the time! I had a hair dresser do it for me though for a wedding I was in in June. So great!


  • nnicolee

    July 28, 2011 | Reply

    I stumbled upon this post in your blog awhile ago and fell in love with it! I do this style all the time (the down do version) and always always always get tons of compliments just on the sheer originality of it. I was stumbling this evening when I found another site that reposted it and didnt credit you (just used your photos and video) and it made me a little mad, so i put the link to the article so you could contact them and right their wrong. this style is to awesome for them to jack.

  • Practical Fashionista

    July 31, 2011 | Reply

    I am going to try this very soon – this looks awesome!

  • Lila

    August 2, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks so much!

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  • Anonymous

    August 18, 2011 | Reply

    I LOVEEE this hairstyle!! It’s awesome how you can wear it casually or sophisticatedly (yes??) Anyways, your hair is awesome and these videos are easy to follow. THANKS!!

  • Daniela Zagnolli

    August 18, 2011 | Reply

    wow nice hair styles. i like all the hair styles. really nice and i dont have enough words to support this…thanks

  • dred

    August 24, 2011 | Reply

    amazing 🙂


    August 28, 2011 | Reply

    i love this hairstyle! so pretty! thanks for posting!

  • Mike

    August 28, 2011 | Reply

    Great job. So, what were those little clear plastic clips you picked up to secure the bun? I couldn’t recognize them.
    I’m doing hair for a wedding in a few weeks and the bride wants all the girls to have side-buns. I definitely plan to suggest your braid. Thanks!

  • Cristinine Moore

    September 3, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, it was such a great tutorials.!!I know its not easy especially if you make that hairstyle without the help of the others.You absolutely did a good job.natural products
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    September 5, 2011 | Reply

    OK! With your permission I will place video here

  • thesketchyeasel

    September 22, 2011 | Reply

    love love LOVE!! Always looking for new ways to do my hair. Thanks!

  • Angie

    September 23, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you so much you are stunning and this hairdo is wonderful! 🙂 I am going to try it tomorrow, it look very professional and sophisticated! Awesome job girl! Props and thank you so much!

  • Kate Knudson

    October 4, 2011 | Reply

    I wore this to a wedding, and got soo many compliments! It also worked out well because I was late getting there and was able to do it in the car on the way! (my boyfriend was driving) Thank so much!

  • Anonymous

    October 9, 2011 | Reply

    I have been searching for a month for a hairstyle to wear to the Melbourne cup (who cares about the horse race, it’s all about the fashion) and this is perfect for my dress and fascinator. Thankyou so much!!!!

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    October 26, 2011 | Reply I guess you would like it

  • Angelika

    November 11, 2011 | Reply

    Oh, it looks so awesome and nice! I wanna try it right now)) hope, my hair will allow me to do it 🙂

  • melissa

    November 20, 2011 | Reply

    Just beautiful! Your hair are so stunning.

    I want to put these pictures on my blog

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  • Stella

    January 15, 2012 | Reply

    You’re coulour mix in your hair looks so nice in this braid!

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  • Flemingmandy

    March 5, 2012 | Reply

    Love the hairstyles!! Any chance you ran into a 1950’s Pan-Am inspired hair updo tutorial or could I request you to make one?
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  • Nina

    March 18, 2012 | Reply

    Alas! My hair is too thin and too slippery, so it wouldn’t come out right. What a shame, because it is GORGEOUS!
    Maybe I’ll try again and blog about it, haha.

    xoxo Nina

  • giay cao got

    March 23, 2012 | Reply

    If you have a buddy to help you do your hair (or you just want to hear how to do this in English), check out this tutorial here. I would have embedded it, but the code was taken down. Have no fear LadieswithShortHair! Here’s a quick video tutorial (under 1 minute) on how to do a french twist and securing it with a comb.

  • Kimmy

    April 3, 2012 | Reply

    Ohmygoodness. This is so gorgeous and I’m definitely trying this tomorrow with straight hair. (:

  • Nisha

    April 4, 2012 | Reply

    Excellent tutorial!
    Kinda complicated though with practice I should be able to do better. But I think it looks better because of your hair shades; mine are all black.
    And you’re so pretty 🙂

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  • Jessica @ Zipper Supplier

    April 16, 2012 | Reply

    Wow beautiful braid work!

  • rainbowsilk

    April 20, 2012 | Reply

    It’s great.

    I do this.

    And it is very useful to me.
    Thanks for the great article.

  • rainbowsilk

    April 24, 2012 | Reply

    I love it.
    It’s wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Your hair is GORGEOUS. I suck at doing my own hair, but I’m going to try this anyways.

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    May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I wish to say that this article is awesome! I would like to see more posts like this, Well done!

  • Allie

    June 11, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Maegan!! I just love your blog!! You are so inspiring. I recently put together a 20 Summer Braid Hairstyle Tutorials Roundup and your mad skills made the list 3 times!! ha! I featured this post, your hunger games braid, and your cascading braid. Come check it out and grab a button if you like!! Have a great week!

  • Beauty Tutorials

    June 17, 2012 | Reply

    Going to try this…it looks really fun and not overly difficult!

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    June 24, 2012 | Reply
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    July 12, 2012 | Reply

    Good like hairstyle

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    July 17, 2012 | Reply

    Really fabulous….

  • Aline Falar de Moda

    August 28, 2012 | Reply

    Very nice 😉

  • Cindy Cheung

    September 5, 2012 | Reply

    Ooooh I wish I had longer hair to try this on!

    It’s really gorgeous. I love it!

  • Bakeca Incontri Udine

    October 3, 2012 | Reply

    This is great! I love it!

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  • Nancy Sam

    December 10, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks a ton for the walk through, I’d of had no idea how to do that, perfect for a messy braid on the weekends.

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    January 10, 2013 | Reply

    What great and creative ideas. I can’t wait to try some. Thanks for sharing

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    January 27, 2013 | Reply

    Just Looooooooooooooooove this hair style

  • Phen375

    January 27, 2013 | Reply

    I will try this for my cousin’s wedding.

  • for girls

    July 11, 2013 | Reply

    pretty hairstyle !

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    July 12, 2013 | Reply

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  • Rachel

    January 24, 2014 | Reply

    fantastic blog. nice hair.

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    May 18, 2014 | Reply

    What a beautiful pictures you used!

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    April 20, 2015 | Reply

    there is complete tutorial, Now I can try it 🙂 thankyou …

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