Braids & Up Styles Tutorials - Ultimate Guide [10 Videos]

No matter the occasion, braids and upstyles are always in! You can wear a simple braid to tame frizz on a casual day or create a more complicated upstyle for a formal event – especially during wedding season!

So whether your hair is short or long, thin or thick, curly or straight, susceptible to frizz or flat and lifeless, we have a hair style for you. See below for full tutorials and even more fresh hair ideas.

Braids & Up Styles Guide Overview:

1. The Foundations of Up Styling
Master the foundations of Up Styling to become better at understanding the what, how and why behind Hair Styling.
3 video techniques
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2. Short & Medium Length Hair
These techniques will prepare you for success in hairstyles for short and medium lenght hair.
3 video techniques
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3. Long Length Hair
Discover multiple ways to take advantage of long length hair in this video series
4 video techniques
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1. The Foundations of Up Styling

Foundations are everything when it comes to braiding and creating complicated upstyles. In this series, you’ll learn the basics that will become the foundation to all braids, ponytails and buns that you’ll create. Once you master these techniques, you’ll be set to tackle even the most complicated hairstyles. So, let’s get started!

1. Foundations for Upstyling Series: Foundation 1 - Braids
2. Foundations for Upstyling Series: Foundation 2 - Ponytails
3. Foundations for Upstyling Series: Foundation 3 - Buns


Foundations for Upstyling Series: Foundation 1 - Braids

foundations braids

Romantic floating twist up-dos are what you see all over Pinterest for wedding/event hair styles, how do you create such a loose looking style that will last them till the end of the night?!

Sam Villa ArTeam Member Anna Peters shares tips and tricks for upstyling in this series, demonstrating how to create a romantic soft twisted up-do that they can dance all night with!

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Foundations for Upstyling Series: Foundation 2 - Ponytails

foundations ponytails

The chignon is a classic up-do, this video shows a modern take on a classic style.

Sam Villa ArTeam Member Anna Peters demonstrates a triple chignon in this upstyling series, sharing how to create a soft finished up-do that will last all night!

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Foundations for Upstyling Series: Foundation 3 - Buns

foundations buns

Creating beautiful upstyles, updos, prom looks, or wedding looks that can last while still looking soft is all about building solid foundations first!

Watch as Sam Villa ArTeam Member Anna Peters walks you through a loose and voluminous style utilizing a bun as the anchor point.

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2. Short & Medium Length Hair

Short haircuts are coming back in a big way. From short pixie cuts to mid-length bobs and lobs, There’s never been a better time to go for a short haircut. However, one of the biggest drawbacks that can stop women from cutting their hair short is their ability (or lack thereof) to style their hair into braids or updos.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Whether you need inspiration for an updo for a wedding or party, or you simply want to know how to create easy ponytails and braids to wear during the day, these are the best braiding and updo hairstyle tutorials for short to mid-length hair.

1. Basket Weave Braid on Curly Hair
2. How to Create a Four Strand Push Up Braid
3. Basket Weave Braid Hairstyle Tutorial


Basket Weave Braid on Curly Hair

curly hair braid

A basket weave braid on curly hair adds texture and dimension to any look! Watch how simple, fast, and easy it can be to add visual value to a curly hair style.

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How to Create a Four Strand Push Up Braid

four strand push up braid

Discover how to create a four strand push up braid in this quick and easy tutorial.

It's a beautiful addition to straight or curly hair and can be done on short, medium, or long hair.

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Basket Weave Braid Hairstyle Tutorial

Basket Weave Braid

In this basket weave braid hairstyle tutorial, Sam Villa shows a very simple pattern that can easily be transformed into many different styles.

Just a simple 2 strand twist technique creates a braided pattern that draws a lot of attention to long, medium, and short hair.

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3. Long Length Hair

Enhance your daily hair routine by recreating one of our awesome braid or upstyle tutorials for long hair. From fishtail braids to updos and messy ponytails with MEGA volume, you’ll find a tutorial that suits your hair type and braiding ability with this ultimate guide to braiding and styling long hair.

1. How to Create a Unique Braid with a Crochet Technique
2. Easy Bubble Braids Tutorial
3. Box Fishtail Braid - Four Sided Fishtail Tutorial
4. Ponytail Side Knot Tutorial


How to Create a Unique Braid with a Crochet Technique

crochet braid

Discover how to create a unique braid with this crochet technique from Sam Villa.

By using a similar pattern with your hands that you would with a crochet hook, you can build awesome visual texture that can be modified in many ways to suit your salon guest.

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Easy Bubble Braids Tutorial

Bubble Braids

Bubble braids are the trendy braid that anyone can learn, but have you learned how to make it it look thicker?

Discover how Anna Peters with the Sam Villa ArTeam makes these braids more volumous, thicker, and have an added texture in a very simple manner that will save you time.

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Box Fishtail Braid - Four Sided Fishtail Tutorial

Box Fishtail Braid - Four Sided Fishtail Tutorial

Discover how to create a Box Fishtail Braid or Four Sided Fishtail braid in this easy to follow tutorial.

Make sure to watch all the way to the end for a unique way to finish your styles using Redken Fashion Work 12 and the Sam Villa Signature Series Sleekr flat iron.

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Ponytail Side Knot Tutorial

Ponytail Side Knot

A ponytail can be transformed with the simple addition of this side knot technique.

Watch as Sam Villa transforms a basic ponytail with a very quick hair styling technique and then converts this long hair style into a lived-in updo with the use of a hair pin.

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