July 20, 2014

Pancaked Bun of Braids | Updo Hairstyles

Based upon the number of views, we can tell you’ve all loved our Rope Twisted Bun from a few months back! As lovely as that hairstyle is, it can take awhile to create.

Bun of Braids

So, this week, Kamri and I thought it would be fun to show you another of our adorable textured bun hairstyles, that uses some of the same techniques, only much faster to complete!

Bun of Braids

This style is called the Pancaked Bun of Braids! The updo uses a bun maker/donut over a ponytail, and is exactly what the name states… a bun full of pancaked braids! {If you do not have a bun maker, you can make one simply by cutting the toe off of a long sock, and then rolling up the sock.}

There are a few tricks to getting this bun just right, and in this tutorial {particularly the video} I will show you several tips on how to do this.

Bun of Braids

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Bun of Braids

This hairstyle would be perfect for dance, gymnastics, ballet, cheer, weddings, Prom, Homecoming, or for every day wear!  You can dress it up by wearing something formal, or dress it down with a cute t-shirt and jeans.

The best thing about this beautiful bun, is that it can last you for two days!


Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, bun maker, 1 small hair elastic, 6-8 hair pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 10-12 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with your hair in a high ponytail…
  2. Put the ponytail of hair through the middle of a bun maker, and let the hair natural separate and fall until it covers the entire bun maker…
  3. Now create a little separation in one spot on the bun maker {this is where you will begin your first braid}…
  4. Gather about one inch of hair, and begin a simple braid {the braid needs to be somewhat loose, don’t pull it too tight as you braid}…
  5. Braid down this length of hair about 6-8 inches, enough to wrap around the bun maker once, and that’s it…
  6. Now, stick your fingers down through the middle of the bun maker, and underneath it, grabbing the end of the braid and pulling it through {this wraps the braid once around the bun maker}…
  7. Next, taking that same braid, separate any still braided hair so that all the hair in the strand is loose again…
  8. Add in about ½ inch of new hair to your first strand, making sure to mix the hair thoroughly by running your fingers through it {ensuring that the short strand is now evenly mixed with the longer new strand}…
  9. Now, divide your newly-created section of hair into three even strands and begin a regular a new three strand braid {again, only braid down about 6-8 inches}…
  10. Reach your fingers down through the bun maker, and underneath it, and pull through this braid, making another braid wrap around the bun.
  11. Next, take a hair pin, and pin together the very outside edges of the two braids, on the underside of the bun {helping to cover the bun maker}…
  12. Now loosen any left over braiding to the strand, and add in a new 1/2 inch section of hair once again…
  13. Complete Steps #8-12 until you have used up all remaining hair…
  14. One your last braid, continue with a simple braid all the way down the strand, and secure with an elastic…
  15. Wrap this braid around the bun maker as many times as you can, keeping in mind that it needs to be loose enough to pancake it {the number of wraps depends on your hair length, for Kamri’s I wrapped it twice around and pinned the end inside the bun} …
  16. Now go back and pancake the braids by tugging on the elbows of the braids, to create a full textured effect to the bun {you really want the braids to be nice and flat, which will very much help hide the bun maker}…
  17. Use hair pins, to help make the bun have a perfect look…
  18. Add an accessory and hairspray {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think updo! To where would you wear this style?

Happy Hairstyling!

We’ve been traveling a lot this summer, and our twins are now in Utah for two weeks without us! {Yes, I miss them terribly!} So, in preparation for the trip, the girls filmed a teen “Airplane Essentials” and uploaded it on Wednesday to their BrooklynAndBailey YouTube channel! Simply click below to see a haul of what they take with them on a plane! Great tips!

  • Angela Nickie Reed Pick

    I did this on my daughters hair, for her gymnastics pictures today. It was so pretty.

  • This is the cutest! Absolutely adorable. 🙂

  • Alli Kelly

    Can’t wait to try this for a gymnastics meet today!!

  • ST

    So pretty!!!

  • Madison Lindquist

    This is so adorable! I love the flowery look of this! The bow just finishes the look. <3

  • cortney brown

    Kamri is to cute. Pretty!

  • Brooklyn

    I entered in Brooklyn and Bailey’s giveaway!!!💕I absolutely love this hairstyle, it is my favorite!!

  • Tatum

    We do this for our dance hair! It stays in very well and looks clean on stage!:)

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    Beautiful! 🙂 I will try it for my cousins wedding c: But i think i will fail because my hair hates me and I’m not very good in such things :/ 😀

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  • Teacup2155

    I do dancing so I have to where buns. I like to have something a but different so thankyou for doing these tutorials . This is my hair from this video

  • Desirae Powell

    Hey I’m Desi and I’ve been watchin CGH for over a year and I just love you guys. I check every Sunday for a new hairstyle. Cutest family ever. Thanks for making CGH!!

  • Angela

    We love this hairstyle so so so so much!!!!!!!!!!! We do it almost do it every day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • L ydia

    if you put a micro braid in the hair that went up to the bow it would be sooooo cute!

    • mrshairdo

      Great idea!

  • Kaitlyn

    I love love love it

    • mrshairdo

      Happy that you do! xoxo

  • OMG it’s me

    This hairstyle is so stunning. I’m 11 yrs old and I’m in 6th grade and have loved your videos since the beginning of 5th grade and I love the hairstyles. I can do most of them and my mom can’t even

  • Okay. On the pancake bun. Of braids. What. Do. You do. It you have short hair do. You use a hair tie as a bun. Maker . But. I. Have one so. What. If your hair is short and it stops at. Your shoulders what. Do. You do. Because I. Want to do. It because it looks really cool. Looking .

    • I. Mean. I. Love the hair style and everything but. Can you give me some advice on. What. You do. With short hair if you want to do. This cute hairstyle

  • Awesome lovely ideas Brooklyn&Bailey! Lovely hairstyles Mindy

  • Awesome ♥ it !

  • it is cute

  • Brenda

    I have to do a hair updo for a Quineanecera. It’s like a sweet 15. This is adorable. Would you think it would look big enough with a crown. This girl does have thicker and longer hair. Let me know what you think, I’ll be doing it Sat Oct 11, 2014.

  • Angelica

    Great style for my 7 year old who has long hair and I don’t want her to wear it down while in school.

  • Ali

    I am a big fan and I was wondering if u could do a braid under a pony tail

  • Frances Exum

    Great article! Having the perfect hairstyle is the most important part of dressing up for women. Hairstyle impact an individuals look to a great extent. I’ll definitely try this hairstyle. I came across a similar article related to pony tales. Have a look.

  • It’s soooo lovely!!



  • Meagan

    You can wear it for 2 days.

    • Alli

      Omg awesome hairstyle looks more intricate than the pinwheel bun but is so much easier and faster best bun ever.

  • payton logan

    sorry, mayby its too early for you but im in New zelad for the summer hollydays and its 12:06 here

  • payton logan

    Lovley! it looks like a flower!

  • Meg

    Ooh! So you asked where I’ve traveled, and I think the most amazing place I’ve ever been is Jordan (right by Israel). My dad and I went to visit some friends of ours and it was SO cool. We saw Petra, the Jordan River, floated in the Dead Sea and gave ourselves mud facials, and saw all these neat ruins! Now I want to go back after I finish high school and live there. 🙂

  • Madeline

    Brooklyn and Bailey, you are so lucky to have been on a plane! So tell me again, when are you going to Utah, and where in Utah will you be? I know that we have already met, but you guys are, like, my heros, so please tell me when and where!

  • larabob

    love the look of this bun and love your website and the hairstyles on it.
    please reply 🙂 🙂