Pulled Donut Braided Updo (It´s Like Magic!) - Sam Villa

Pulled Donut Braided Updo (It´s Like Magic!)

Pulled Donut Braided Updo

Ignite your creativity for several new looks with one jaw-dropping style! In this video, Sam Villa, Redken 5th Avenue Global Artistic Ambassador and the Co-Founder Chief Creative Officer of Sam Villa shares one of his many, must-have styling tricks! An incredibly creative technique that can transform your up styling skills and open your creativity to explore new fun ways to style hair!

How Do I Achieve This Style?

Start with dry, smooth hairsmooth hair to avoid fly-aways or indentations in your style.

To begin your updo, you will create a ponytail at the crown area with all hair directed back. Be sure to have a hair bungee/elastic and hair pins nearby.

  • A great tip to find the placement for your ponytail is to create what Sammy calls a hand pocket.
  • Open your non-dominant hand with your thumb up, facing the ceiling and lay your other four fingers flat (pictured below).
  • Place the knuckles on the back of your hand against the head at the crown.
  • The curve in between your thumb and fingers should lay where your ponytail will be secured on the head.

Step 1

  • Use a Sam Villa Signature Series Paddle Brush to remove all tangles by holding the brush vertically and the handle facing down.
    • Why hold it this way? The rows of the brush are vertical so it mirrors the grain of the hair allowing for better detangling.
    • Brush the hair from the front and back hairlines into the hand pocket to gather hair into a loose pony.

To smooth and polish the hair:

  • Keep your hand pocket secured against the crown and close your fingers around the pony (pictured below).

Step 2

  • Use the Sam Villa Signature Series Styling Brush to gather the hair from the front hairline back (ending at the hand pocket).
  • Once the brush reaches the pony, loosen your grip to gather the smooth hair into the pony laying in your palm (pictured below).

Step 3

  • Close your grip back around the hair to secure (pictured below).

Step 4

  • Continue to brush all the hair around the head as you open and close your grip, until the desired smoothness is achieved.
    • Keep your grip tight around the base of the pony at the crown.
  • Grab your hair bungee (elastic) and place in between your thumb and forefinger of the hand holding the pony (Don’t loosen your grip).
  • Allow 1-inch of the elastic to be left out (pictured below).

Step 5

  • Slide your thumb forward so that the middle of your thumb is touching your forefinger.
    • Keep your grip tight.
  • Wrap the long part of the elastic around the tip of your thumb once.
  • Wrap the elastic around the tip of your thumb once more, then bring it under the index finger and around to the left side of the pony.
    • Your index finger will hold the elastic in place by applying pressure to it laying against the head.
    • Complete wrapping clockwise to reach the starting position (at the thumb).
  • Wrap the elastic around the base of the pony clockwise with tension.
    • Keep a tight grip on the hair.
    • Follow this technique to wrap at least three times.
  • Release your grip.
  • Gather both ends of the elastic above the ponytail and tie as you would a shoelace- two times!
  • Once the elastic is tied twice, keep both ends in your hands and cross your arms over one another, then pull tight (pictured below).
    • You should hear a POP! This will give us the confirmation that the pony is secure.
    • Choose to cut off the remaining elastic pieces or leave them as is.

Step 6

  • To cover the elastic, gather a hair pin (pin #1) and slide the closed end of the pin on a diagonal underneath the elastic that is holding the pony (slide halfway through).

Step 9

  • Gather a 1-4-inch of hair from the opposite side of the hair pin, and bring it up and over the pin.
  • Wrap the hair around the pin counter-clockwise using tension.
  • Place your thumb down to hold the piece securely as you wrap the hair around, until you reach 2-inches from the ends. Stop wrapping.

Step 8

  • Grab another hair pin (pin #2) and gather the remaining ends into the open part of the pin (as if you were threading a needle).
  • With the ends gathered into pin #2 (outside left side of pin #1), pass through the closed end of hair pin #1 (still secured in pony-reference below).
    • The remaining ends should end up on the inside right of pin #1.
    • Place pin #2 down.

Step 7

  • Gather the remaining end, and pull on them as you glide pin #1 down and out of the pony.
    • The ends should glide underneath the elastic as you pull the pin down.

To create the bun, be sure to have a donut, a cloth elastic, small elastics and hair pins readily available.

  • Ask your client to lean forward.
    • HOT TIP: Have your client place their elbows on each thigh, and have them rest their chin in between each fist.
  • Gather the hair from the pony into the middle of the donut.
  • Push the donut up to the base of the pony.
  • Fan the hair out to cover the entire donut and smooth out the hair with Sam Villa Signature Series Styling Brush.
  • Place the cloth elastic around the hair to wrap around the donut.

Step 11

  • Gather hair from the top of the bun and slice into three sections.

Step 10

  • Bring the three sections back and over the bun.
    • At this point your client will sit upright.

Step 12

  • Braid all three strands once.
  • Start gathering the hair from around the bun to include into your braid, directing all strands of the braid towards the inside.
    • Be sure to maintain tension!

Step 13

  • Continue to braid working towards the inside of the bun and adding in hair.
  • Once you reach the bottom of the bun, you will start to gather hair from underneath, bringing it over to the center.
    • This will resemble a fishtail technique.
  • Follow this technique to braid as far to the ends as you can.
  • Tie with an elastic.
    • HOT TIP: If you have an elastic that’s too thick, twist it to tighten it before you tie around hair!
  • Hold the ends of the braid tightly with one hand, and gather hair from the top of the braid in your other hand.
  • Pull on both ends at the same time to loosen the braid.

Step 14

At this point, this can be a style in itself!

To achieve the up-style in the video:

  • Pull onto both ends until the hair pops off the donut!
  • Let go of the hair and allow it to fall into place.
  • Grab the center of the braid with your fingertips and bring it up and over to the top of the pony.
  • Create your up style by pinning into place.
    • HOT TIP: Where you hold is where you pin!

Final Words

This technique allows for several looks from a night out to the runway! Use your creativity and run wild. From a smooth pony to a braided pony, to a unique up style, this one technique opens up an arsenal of new fun ideas! We hope you’ve enjoyed this video!

Recommended Tools for this technique:

Signature Series
Paddle Brush


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