If you're looking for wedding, bridesmaid, or event hair inspiration – look no further than this oh-so-elegant hairstyle from our friend Hannah Holsomback. Known on Instagram as @bighairedhannah, this Birmingham, Alabama-based stylist and Southern belle has mastered the art of the braid, from luscious french braids to crowns to long, textured fishtails. This sweet, Southern look by Hannah combines a fishtail braid with a messy bun, and is much less complicated than it looks. It's a great, easy updo to keep the Southern heat from ruining your hair and it looks incredibly impressive from all angles. You can easily dress up this look with a formal gown and some heels, or play it off as more casual in a sundress at an outdoor wedding. One key to this Elegant Braided Updo is to spray liberally – this will hold the look in place as well as provide some texture to your 'do.
Hair: Hannah Holsomback
Model: Ellen Mitchell