Dutch Braid Bun – Fancy, Elegant Doll Updo Hairstyle

  1. Hey, guys! Remember back when I did this photoshoot and promised I’d share a tutorial of how I did the pretty braided bun in Taryn’s hair? If you don’t, that’s okay, because I forgot about it, too. *facepalm* I was actually looking through my photo library in search of something else and then found the pictures for the tutorial! I love this Dutch braided bun – it’s so elegant and fancy but not hard at all!

Can I interrupt myself for a minute?

I just want to say that I’m working on my AGSM and should have the trailer up soon! I’ve just run into some… problems. In addition to the terrible lighting outside whenever I try to stop motion, the spring winds are upon us – or should I say, heavily upon my dolls. They have all had multiple face plants with the concrete. Now their faces and other parts of their bodies are all obviously scratched. It’s really hard for me not to get frustrated and upset – even my beautiful new Taryn now has obvious scuffs and scratches on her face and hands and it’s very, very sad. 🙁

I’m thinking about sending Josefina to the doll hospital, even, but I’m not sure because of recent rumors about squishy vinyl. I’m really trying to get the trailer up as soon as I can, though. I shall overcome. ?

Also, I have quite a few comments I haven’t replied to – I’ll be replying to everything very soon! I just have to post this right now, go finish something and stop motion before my lighting is gone, and be right back to reply to everything. 😉 I love you guys’ comments and messages so much! ❤️

Okay, now that the update is over, back to the tutorial!

Step 1. Separate your doll’s hair into two sections and make a Dutch braid on either side of her head.

If you do not know how to Dutch braid, check out Jessica’s lovely picture-by-picture tutorial at her blog American Girl Fan – that’s where I learned it! She explains it much better than I could… ? You’ll need to make one Dutch braid on either side of your doll’s head.

If they turn out all wacky like the picture above, that’s perfect! You’re going to be positioning them in a wacky shape later, so that’s all the more convenient.

2. Take the left braid and curl it up, securing with bobby pins.

You’re going to want to scoop it around the bottom of her wig like picture above, then curling up and over as to where just barely touches the other braid. Be sure to bobby pin it so it is secure.

Pro tip: Use bobby pins that match your doll’s hair color.

3. Take the right braid and scoop it under the left braid, curling the end over it as pictured above. Bobby pin it very securely. Curl both of the tuft-ends so they touch together like shown, then bobby-pin where they touch.

You will most likely need to use more bobby pins this time as the tuft end of the left braid is reaching over the other right braid. Be sure the end of the two tufts touch together like shown above. Then use one bobby pin to secure each of them down where they touch.

4. Add accessory in back.

There are two ways you can accessorize; using a big flower / bow clip in the back will hid the empty space the two tuft ends form. I usually clip it to the tufts (which is why it’s important to secure their ends).

Doesn’t it look so pretty?!

5. Add accessory in front.

If you do not mind the empty space the two tufts form in the back, adding a smaller flower clip in the front is a gorgeous way to top off this elegant style. It’s personally my favorite way to accessorize it!

Pro tip: Choose a flower / bow clip that matches another color in your doll’s outfit, and then choose earrings in that color, too!

DOESN’T TARYN LOOK SO PRETTY?! She really rocks this style. Her dream job is to be the business owner of a sky-rocketing Christian business, and this really screams productive-business-owner-classy-lady-ish to me. ?

Aww! Snowy wanted to jump in and get some attention, too. Taryn thinks he is very adorable. Don’t you? ?

See all of Taryn’s photoshoot with this hairstyle here!

Taryn was wearing the shirt I got from my party favors from my 13th birthday party at the American Girl store Dallas. I was making a mini stop motion of her holding up the doll-sized birthday balloon (also a party favor) for my Texas BFF’s birthday on February 3rd! I turned it into a doll gif, which gave me a neat post idea for American Girl doll gifs. (Thou shalt not steal my post idea). 😉

Taryn hopes you will try out this style! If you do, I would seriously LOVE to see a picture! Email me at madison[at]powerofGOD[dot]com!

Also, I’m still working on her profile. Hehehe. ? And also the ones of my two newest dolls *claps hand over mouth* Oops, did I say two?! I meant… K.C. and the doll I ordered from eBay – I mean, uh, oh dear! Me and my big mouth!

Uhh, forget I said anything! Neither of them – oops, I did it again – will be introduced until after my AGSM movie, so thou shalt thinketh no more of them. *shoos you* Go try the style and send me a picture! 😉

Have a wonderful day, everyone! I love and appreciate you guys so much!  I pray daily for anyone who sends me prayer requests – if you need prayer for anything, I’d love to pray with you and for you!

Much, much love,

2018-08-11T18:09:44-05:00 April 3rd, 2017|47 Comments


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    Olive April 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    so PURDY!! I love it. <3 <3
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madison
      Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Olive! <3

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    Grace | The Girl Upstairs April 3, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’ll have to try it on Saige and Beth. 🙂 And I’m sorry to hear about your stopmotion dilemma! Once, while in Williamsburg, Beth fell over and scraped her nose, so I get what you’re saying. And personally, I think if Josie is really scuffed up, there’s nothing wrong with sending her to the hospital. I don’t believe the squishy vinyl rumors, but even if they are true, I don’t think AG would do it within the next weeks, or whenever you’d send her. 🙂

    Good luck with the AGSM movie! 😀 Can’t wait to see the trailer. 😉

    • Madison
      Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks for saying thanks! XD Aw, thanks! Ugh, yes, it’s so so annoying when they fall over and get scraped. 🙁 Thanks so much! I think I might send her to the hospital after all if I can’t find a way to make the scratches less obvious. 😀

      Thank you so much! I can’t wait to release it. 😉

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    From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) April 3, 2017 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    This is amazing! I’m definitely going to try it! Oh, and how do you make a gif? I’m clueless.

    • Madison
      Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! If you do, I’d love to see a picture! You can make one on mobile with the app iMotion HD or on the computer with the program PhotoScape X for the Mac.

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        From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) April 5, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome! I already tried it I just need to take a picture to send you. I’ll have to ask my dad about those! Oh, and BTW I’ve heard that a Magic Eraser helps with scrapes.

        • Madison
          Madison April 6, 2017 at 10:31 pm - Reply

          Oh my goodness, YAY! I’d love to see a pic if you can send it to me! And oh, thank you so much!

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    Christian Homeschooler April 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    That hairstyle is so pretty! Taryn looks great. 🙂
    ~Christian Homeschooler

    • Madison
      Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! Taryn says thanks. 😉

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    Light4theLord April 3, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Ohmygoodness! that is so amazingly beautiful! I can’t wait to see the profiles! 😀 I was so excited to see that you posted! I’ve missed you everywhere!!! 😀
    ~ Light4theLord

    • Madison
      Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, L4TL!! I can’t wait to finally… put them up there… XD Aw, that means SO much!! I’ve missed you guys, too!! Sorry for absence lately. 🙁

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    Olivia Bell (aka Livy) April 3, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I loved this post, Taryn’s hairstyle is beautiful!!! I never knew you had a birthday party at the American Girl Place!! When I was little, I always wanted to do that. 😉 Haha! Did you get a bunch of cool favors, like the shirt Taryn was wearing? I cannot wait to see who the new doll is!! I was thinking you had bought another one…. after the Ebay screen shot… 😉 Mwahahahaha!
    I’m sorry your dolls are getting scratched! Maybe you shouldn’t take them out when it’s windy… 🙁 What were you taking about, squishy vinyl? 😐

    • Madison
      Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Livy! I did! It’s fun, haha! Yes, each guest, including the birthday girl, gets a little bag with some cool party favors inside! Hehehe! 😉 😉 Thanks — I have the AGSM deadline approaching and it’s windy everyday, so my only times to stop motion are when the wind blows. Sadly. 🙁 There have been some rumors going on about American Girl changing the vinyl on their dolls — there’s a post about it here.

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    Taryn April 3, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Yeah. Stupid wind! Charlie has a huge scratch on here left cheek because she faceplanted on the GRAVEL drive way. This is such a pretty up do! I love it!I can’t wait to try it! 🙂
    ~ Taryn


    • Madison
      Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Exactly! 🙁 Oh my, I’m so sorry about Charlie’s scratch! I get so sad when my dolls get scratched. 🙁 And thank you so much! If you ever try it, I’d love to see a pic! 😀

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    Daisy April 3, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Madi, Madi, Madi.

    You just can’t keep a doll secret, can you?

    Haha, great tutorial! And scuffs- ugh, JG has this huge scratch on her cheek and ;( I keep editing it out of photos but… *sadness*

    • Madison
      Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      Daisy, Daisy, Daisy.

      Nope. ?

      Thanks so much! Ugh, I have to edit scratches out of my doll photos sometimes, too. 🙁

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    May @ Forever and Everly April 3, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Oh. My. Gosh. THAT IS GORGEOUS!!! I could never do that, and it looks SO. GOOD!!! Is it possible to fangirl over a hairstyle??? XD And what tis this new doll you speak of??? TELL US YOUR SECRETS, MADI.

    • Madison
      Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      Thank. You. So. MUCH! ? LOL! XDD


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    Reya April 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    It’s so beautiful!!!!!!

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    sara April 3, 2017 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Hey, Madison!!!???
    You did such a AWSOME!! JOB!!??????????
    on this post OH MY GOODNESS!!?????
    it’s such a cute Hairstyle!! As always another successful job! once again!

    KEEP IT UP MADISON!!??????random omojis time!??????????????☺??????????LOL! keep it up madison!

    • Madison
      Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Hey, Sara!

      Thank you so very much! I love the style, too! Thank you so much again, Sara!

      LOL! ? ? ?

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    Gracie April 4, 2017 at 1:20 am - Reply

    This style is so pretty!
    Another doll!?! I mean… uh… K.C…. just K.C…. totally… XD XD (Looking forward to seeing her!) Hm? Seeing what? Probably nothing… yeah… mhm XD LOLOL

    • Madison
      Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much!

      YES! I mean… no… uh, no, definitely not! (Yay!) I MEAN NO, NO NEW DOLLS HERE… XD

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    Taryn April 4, 2017 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Where did you get those flower clips? I love them! 🙂
    ~ Taryn


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    Rebekah April 4, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    So pretty Madison!! I must try this out (if I remember I’ll send you a pic 😉 )

    • Madison
      Madison April 5, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Rebekah! I hope you do! (Ooh, yay! 😉 )

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    Diamond April 5, 2017 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    This hairstyle is super cute! I will have to try this. Wait, YOU GOT TWO NEW DOLLS? Like, other than Tayrn and K.C.? OK, your stopmotion can’t come soon enough. I need to “meet” your new doll(s). Although, I’m pretty sure of one. (see my previous comment)


    • Madison
      Madison April 6, 2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Diamond! I hope you have fun if you do! One more in addition to K.C, yes… I MEAN WAIT WHAT? NO, NO NEW DOLLS HERE… 😉 Hehehe! 😉

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    Christina April 6, 2017 at 8:17 am - Reply

    What a sweet style! It looks so cute on Taryn! Aw:( I’m sorry about all those scratches!

    • Madison
      Madison April 6, 2017 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      Taryn says thank you so much! And thanks. 🙁 🙂

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    Maddie April 6, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Such a cute hairstyle! And Taryn- girl you rock them flower clips XD you are gorgeously stunning!!

    I’ll have to go and try this out on my Saige, she’d love it 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison April 6, 2017 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much! Haha, Taryn says thank you XD

      Ooh, if you do try it, I’d love to see a pic!! 😀

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    ginnie April 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Awesome hairstyle! Very business lady like! 🙂 As for the scratches on your doll vinyl, I have the same issue with one of our TLC dolls. I saw something on YouTube that discussed using a very soft low grade sanding paper for doll skin scuff marks. I’ve never heard of soft sand paper? but I’m going to see if I can find some at the hardware store? 🙂 LOL! I can’t wait to see your stop motion!

    ginnie / http://www.fakingitmostly.com

    • Madison
      Madison April 6, 2017 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! 😀 And ooh, thank you! I’ve never heard of that either, haha! I’ll have to check that out. Thanks again! And yay, thanks so much! 😀

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    Xyra April 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Taryn looks fabulous!

    • Madison
      Madison April 12, 2017 at 8:55 am - Reply

      She says thank you! 😀

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    Sophie Pagr April 8, 2017 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Definitely going to have to try this hairstyle out!

    • Madison
      Madison April 12, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

      I hope you have fun if you do!

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    Kendall April 11, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

    GORGEOUSSSSS! I love that Madi! Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Okay, I’m confused now as to how many dolls and where and when, but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see! 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison April 12, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

      Thank you SO much, Kendall! I’m so glad you like it! 😀

      Hehe! 😉 I’ll be posting about all of them soon! 😀

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