This braided updo is a kind of hybrid between a French braid and a braided ponytail, combined to make an intricate, polished hairstyle that is a great alternative to a classic bun. It has a lot going on but, at the same time, it’s super chic and a great way to keep your hair off of your face and neck all day long. By running a flat iron though your hair, you can get your tresses looking sleek and smooth, giving the updo a glamorous sheen once it’s completed. For extra hold, make sure you mist with a generous amount of hairspray and pin back any unwanted flyaways with extra bobby pins. After that, you and your new statement hair should be good to go!