If you’re looking for a new way to wear your hair that adds volume and sophistication, why not try a braided bun? While you might think that creating this style is a no-brainer (just make a braid and wrap it around itself), it looks a lot better if you take the time to make it thick. Here’s how to get it right, according to The Beauty Department.

First, use a shine-enhancing shampoo in the shower to be sure that your strands are sleek and smooth. Afterward, when your hair is dry, create two equally sized ponytails wherever you want the bun to be centered. They should be pretty close together

Now twist each ponytail into a rope braid, which is a lot easier than it sounds. You just divide it into two sections and twist them around each other. Secure the end of each one with an elastic. Use your fingers to fatten up the twists a bit for some texture, and use a strong-hold hairspray if a few pieces are falling out.

Now coil one of the braids up and over the back of your head, pinning it in place as you go. Tuck the end under the bottom of the other braid, then wrap that second one inside the other, concealing the center. Pin it in place and you’re done!