12 Steps to Creating a Pulled Donut Braid
Wedding season is in full swing, which means you need hair options—especially if you’re tired of blending in with yet another polished blowout. For those ready to try an eye-catching and surprisingly easy style, look no further than the Pulled Donut Braid Updo. Created by mane master and Redken Global Ambassador Sam Villa, here’s how to get his exact look step-by-step and slay the next function.
Brush Hair Into a Ponytail
Begin by brushing with the Sam Villa Artist Series Polishing Paddle Brush: $40. Make sure to point your brush vertically when detangling to prevent breakage. Once the tangles are out, work the Sam Villa Artist Series Finishing Brush: $40 through your locks, adding a bit more polish and smoothness to your mane. Bring hair up and into your hands.
Secure Ponytail with a Butcher’s Knot
Gather all your hair into ponytail at the crown or just below it, securing with a butcher’s knot elastic, smoothing with the palm of your hand as you tie. Move the elastic toward the head as you wrap, maintain your tension throughout. By using a butcher’s knot, you prevent messing up the hair that’s just been brushed. Pull twice and listen for a pop – that’s when you know it’s secure. Cut off the excess edges of your elastic.
Hide the Elastic
Next, you want to hide the elastic using a hairpin. Cover the elastic by sliding the head of a hairpin under the elastic, wrap a section of hair around the pin/elastic and then open the legs of another pin; capture the end of the hair that’s wrapped, feed it though the eye of the original pin and pull the tail through while pushing the pin out.
Pull Ponytail Through a Donut
Bring hair down and pull a donut through the pony, fanning hair out over the donut into a bun.
Brush Hair Over the Donut
Brush hair over the donut, spreading it out and wrap a cloth elastic over the bun—make sure to really compress it. Grab hair and divide into three sections.
Feed Hair Into the Braid Through the Center
Take a section and braid through, adding hair into the center. “What’s most important is continuing to keep the tension, we want to create a braid over the bun,” explains Sam.
Continue to Braid Down the Length of the Hair
Go past the bun and work your way down while continuing to braid, before grabbing a small elastic and securing down as far as you can.
Pull the Braid off the Donut
Once hair is totally secure, pull on the braid, so you can take out the donut.
Remove the Donut
Slide the donut back out.
Lift From the Center of the Braid, Pulling the Braid Together
Come through lifting from the center of the braid — pull up and fold over to create your up-do shape.
Place Braid on Head and Pin
Release hair to the crown and pin up the hair as it falls, where a headband would.
“It really is as easy as ponytail, bun, braid, pull off, fold and pin,” says Villa of the super beautiful evening-ready look. Finish the look with Redken Triple Take 32 Extreme High-Hold Hairspray:$22 to last through the night. For more guidance on how to copy Sam’s technique, check out his vid of the style in action.