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20 Stunning Updos For Black Women

Updos can be really easy or really cumbersome when it comes to setting them, but I have found 20 stunning updos for black women that are DIY styles that any woman can do! Get ready to go on a journey through the past and the present of awesome updo creations.

20. Peek-A-Boo Patsy

This style is a timeless style that will last for a good week or 2 if you are consistent with your hair regimen. Let’s see how she did it!

PeekABoo Patsy Updo For Black Women

How To Style:

1. Set hair with rollers or use 2 inch curling iron to create curls.
2. After applying serum to finger tips, comb through hair with fingers.
3. Smooth both sides into loose Mohawk and pin into place.
3. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Use Softee’s Maximum Control Marcel Wax for protecting hair from heat damage.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style best suits oval shaped faces and medium textures.

Tip(s):

I recommend this product be used along with Bergamot Hair Dress and conditioner. This combination will help keep your set looking great!

19. French Roll: 1940’s Edition

I just love how the 1940’s roll back into style! Let’s see how to achieve such creativity with grace.

French Roll 1940s EditionHow to Style:

1. Part hair into 3 vertical sections. Smooth middle portion from nape to forehead.
2. Smooth both sides into flat curls that lay in the middle.
3. Create a roll with left over hair going towards the face.
4. Use firm holding spray for the finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

Use ‘u’ pins and a very firm hold finishing spray from Logics Color DNA Creative Styling spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes and all hair types of short to medium length hair suit this style.

Tip(s):

Because this spray dries quickly, your u-pins will help keep the style. Once completely dry, remove the u-pins for a flawless look.

18. Beloved Bun: Smooth Living

Fun up-dos for this season are now in effect. This side bun will keep the audience intrigued. Let’s see how it’s done.

Beloved Bun Smooth Living Updo For Black Women How to Style:

1. Part hair into 2 horizontal halves.
2. Smooth front portion into a ponytail and create a loose bun. Pin bun into place.
3. Smooth back portion into a ponytail and create 1 large ringlet.
4. Use light sheen and holding spray to keep the shape of hair.

Recommended Products:

Use Sebastian Re-Shaper spray. It doesn’t leave a sticky feeling, but keeps the desired shape, especially for the teased part of the style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with medium length, smooth hair suit this style.

Tip(s):

Sebastian has a fantastic line for hairsprays alone. Make sure you use the right one for the right time. Use the working spray for when you are doing the style. Use a finishing spray and ultra hold sprays for afterwards.

17. The Mohawk Movement: First Edition

Her fabulous hair with fabulous flair will receive a lot of stares! Keep reading to see how it’s done. The Mohawk Movement First Edition

How to Style:

1. Part hair into 2 horizontal sections. (Make sure top half is larger than bottom half.)
2. Smooth each section into 2 ponytails.
3. Glue/clip weave into bangs flowing towards the face.
4. Glue/clip/pin vertical Mohawk roll into place.
5. Use hairspray for light hold.

Recommended Products:

Try out Robert’s Diamond Bond Protective shield for hair and scalp protection where hair glue never touches your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes with any length of smooth or natural hair texture suits this styles.

Tip(s):

Spread this product completely to cover all areas where wefts will be added. Last but not least, make sure you dry hair completely with dryer.

16. The Mohawk Movement: Brown Beauty Edition

The natural look will take you on an endless journey of styles! Our natural Mohawk movement is just a glimpse of how dreads are worn. Let this up do take you away.

The Mohawk Movement Brown Beauty Edition

How to Style:

  1. Braid hair into large corn rows into side Mohawk.
  2. Use rubber bands to hold corn rows in place.
  3. Use Spritz for the finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

For moisturized dreads, try out Castor Oil by Now Solutions.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape  with medium length dreads are recommended for this hairdo.

Tip(s):

The recommended oil is 100% pure castor oil. Since biblical times, it has been used to support and soften hair and skin. Get yours today.

15. Beloved Bun: High Quality Edition

Subtle and classy always do the trick. This classic look will take you anywhere you want to go!

Beloved Bun Updo For Black Women

How to Style:

1. Braid hair into corn rows into a ponytail using loose extension hair. (Braid hair down to the end.)
2. Braid the ends of the corn rows into 4 bigger plaits.
3. Wrap the plaits into a stylish bun and pin into place.
4. Use light sheen to seal the look.

Recommended Products:

Use Xpression hair from your local beauty supply store.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style suits all types of faces and works best on smooth, medium to long length hair.

Tip(s):

To create the braid, use some of the same Xpression brand hair.  Another great brand is X braid.

14. The Mohawk Movement: Bun Edition

We are totally in love with this movement! The additional large buns turn this regular mohawk into a BUNdle of fun. Keep reading to see how it’s done.

The Mohawk Movement Bun Edition

How to Style:

  1. Braid hair into corn rows using loose extension hair.
  2. Make sure braids are braided into desired style.
  3. Twist the ends of the braids so that it coils tightly. Secure this twist tightly, pin and spray into place.
  4.  Repeat this until 3 buns are created.
  5. Use firm holding spray for the finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

Use 100% Kanekalon hair for smooth results and light weight hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style fits all face shapes and all hair textures.

Tip(s):

Sometimes if you add too much X-pression extension hair the client will feel a bit of weight. Kanekalon is much lighter and is a perfect fit for this style.

13. The Fro Hawk Frenzy

Luscious big hair is such a fashion forward style that works for almost anyone! Let’s see how it’s done.The Fro hawk Updo For Black Women

How to Style:

1. Part hair into 3 vertical sections.
2. On the outside sections, braid cane rows going from the forehead back to middle in the shape of a stretched out “u”, then straight up in the back.
3. Bantu knot the middle section to get hair curly. Use fingers to comb out curls into a fro.
4. Add shine for the finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

Try out Cantu Shea Butter for soft defined curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape with curly to wavy hair is recommended for this hairdo.

Tip(s):

For amazing results with bantu knots, make sure the hair is COMPLETELY dry and add serum to your fingertips when unwinding the knots.

12. Pearls and Curls

When you’re on your way out on the town with a bunch on friends, don’t forget your pearls to go along with these stunning curls!

Pearls and Curls Updo For Black Women

How to Style:

1. Part hair where desired.
2. Curl hair using a large barrel gold iron creating ringlets.
3. Leave some curls out to frame face.
4. Sweep hair to the side and pin into place.
5. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Buy Outre weave from your nearest Beauty Supply Warehouse for luscious, naturally shiny hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Slender face shapes with long length hair and smooth texture suit this style.

Tip(s):

Keep in mind that bleaching or lifting color can change it’s quality, therefore choose your colors wisely so you won’t have to change the extensions.

11. Twisted Over You

This combination style of braids and twists give a whole new meaning to the traditional twists style. It’s fun, it’s funky and it’s what you’ve been waiting for. Why not give it a try?

Twisted Over You

How to Style:

1. Part hair into 2 horizontal sections. Part top half into 3 sections.
2. Top half: Cornrow both sides going to middle of head using kinky twist hair. (Two-strand twist the ends.)
3. Top half: Two-strand twist the middle portion towards the front.
4. Bottom half: Cornrow both sides going to middle of head using kinky twist hair. (Two-strand twist the ends.)
5. Pull ends into bun that sits on top of the head. Pin into place.
6. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Order Afro kinky twist synthetic hair by Janet Collection for that natural look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape with medium to short length hair of any texture suits this style.

Tip(s):

Prices per pack of hair are rounded off at $7 each. Make sure your desired hair is in stock and if ordering online do not forget to add shipping fees.

10. Beloved Bun: Natural Dread Edition

How can you not feel like an urban princess with such a beautiful bun? This is for our dreadlock sisters out there!

Beloved Bun Natural Dread Edition

How to Style:

1. Flat twist hair into spiral bun.
2. Make sure you pin or tie dreads into place.
3. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Try out Jane Carter Solution: Natural Hold Locking Spray to hold freshly twisted hair and for smoothing locks.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape with medium to long length, dreadlocked hair suit this style.

Tip(s):

If you feel like your scalp needs some therapy, try  Nioxin scalp therapy during the shampooing phase.

9. Beloved Bun: Royal Edition

Her high bun along with that enchanting smile will captivate any prince! Keep reading for more details.

Beloved Bun Royal Edition

How to Style:

1. Section out bangs and flat iron hair away from face.
2. Smooth hair into high ponytail.
3. Use donut stuffer to firm up bun.
4. Wrap hair around donut stuffer.
5. Use loose extension hair to create plait to wrap around the bun for additional style. Pin into place.
6. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Use extension hair to create the braid around the bun.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape with medium to long length, smooth textured hair suits this style.

Tip(s):

Go online and find out how to make a sock bun from scratch.

8. Dread Lock Lucy

You can try this style whether you have faux dreads, real dreads, twists or braids!

Dread Lock Lucy Updo For Black Women

How to Style:

1. Create 3 large inside cornrows into ponytail.
2. Take left over dreads and wrap around corn rows for security.
3. Leave some dreads down for additional style.
4. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Try Hicks Edges for edge control. This really smoothes out the hair like a jam.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape with medium to long length, dreadlocked hair suits this style.

Tip(s):

Try not to use pins for this style. The dreads may be too big and wrapping the dread makes the style a bit more polished.

7. The Mohawk Movement: Winter Fresh Fun

The deep, rich color brings this beautiful mohawk to life and is perfect for cooler weather.

The Mohawk Movement Winter Fresh Fun

How to Style:

1. Part hair into 3 vertical sections.
2. Smooth sides into the middle to create Mohawk. Design sides as desired.
3. Flat iron top half of the middle section so it falls forward towards face.
4. Flat iron bottom half of middle section into spiral curls.
5. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Check out Tresemme’s color protection shampoo for long lasting color up to 8 weeks.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

A round face shape with medium length and smooth texture hair suits this style.

Tip(s):

Always use products created for color-treated hair. These products have the technology to protect your color and keep it vibrant.

6. Beloved Buns: Bunny Tail Beauty

Our full low bun will take us to church, work, or night out on the town.

Beloved Buns Bunny Tail Beauty

How to Style:

1. Part u-shape section at the front middle of the head.
2. Smooth the rest of hair into ponytail. Create a bun and pin into place.
3. Curl top section and pin into desired style.
4. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Try out Shea Butter lotion for hair and Salon Finish for hair protectant.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape with medium to short length hair of any texture suits this style.

Tip(s):

The combination of recommended hair products above would seem to promote tons of oil and grease, but it’s the complete opposite. Some oils sit on the hair but this combo penetrates nicely without leaving a tell-tail oil stain on chairs or walls after leaning on them.

5. Flat Out Fabulous

If your flat ironed hair gets greasy after some time, this is a great go to style to do on it!

Flat Out Fabulous Updo For Black Women

How to Style:

1. Flat iron hair and slightly curl the bottom.
2. Part hair as desired and fish tail a large cornrow to one side. Use a rubber band to hold braid into place.
3. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

If your hair tends to get greasy quickly you should always have a plan b and c style to help carry you through the week. Use dry shampoo to remove oil from hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape with long length, smooth textured hair suits this style.

Tip(s):

Products are not nationality specific! Try using dry shampoo for braids, weave, or extremely greasy hair.

4. Wedding Hair Wednesday

This is most definitely a classic wedding up do that we will forever love. Here’s a reminder on how to style it!

Wedding Hair Wednesday

How to Style:

1. Part u-shape section at the front middle of the head.
2. Smooth hair into French roll.
3. Create ringlets using gold barrel curling iron.
4. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Use a combination of Infusium and diluted Lotta Body setting lotion before drying the hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape with long length, smooth textured hair suits this style.

Tip(s):

If your hair is natural use Shea Butter Lotion in addition to Infusium and Lotta Body to help smooth out the hair while blow drying.

3. Prom Queen Princess

This is a quick and easy DIY style for your 2015 prom! Girls let’s get focused and see how it’s done. Prom Queen Princess

How to Style:

1. Smooth hair into high Mohawk.
2. Use extension clip ins or glue clip ins to create elongated bun.
3. Tease the bun and add the hair jewelry top referred side.
4. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Buy Soft and Natural extension hair from Golden Queen brand.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape with medium length, kinky textured hair suits this style.

Tip(s):

This synthetic hair is not suited for any electronically heated tools. If need be, shampoo hair with lukewarm water and air dry the hair to maintain the integrity of the extension hair.

2. Beloved Buns: Sexy Senorita

Finally we end today’s beloved bun journey with our sexy senorita edition! Ladies add accessories to your hair style to bring your spin on it!

Beloved Buns Sexy Senorita

How to Style:

1. Part hair into 2 vertical sections. (Make sure 1section is significantly smaller than the other.)
2. Braid the smaller section into 1 inside braid.
3. Smooth other section into side ponytail.
4. Wrap wavy weave into bun. Leave piece out for additional style and pin into place.
5. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Order hair from GMBShair.com for Sensational Indian HH Pre-waved Curly hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape with medium to long length, smooth textured hair suits this style.

Tip(s):

Since weave and extension hair have all been processed it’s a good idea to wash the weave before applying it. Soak the weave in conditioner overnight, wash off and let air dry for amazing results.

1. Natural Beauty

Not every hairstyle you choose has to be complicated or fashion forward, but it does have to reflect your personality type, so get out there and be you with this sweet natural updo!

Natural Beauty Updo For Black Women

How to Style:

1. Section out and braid 4 corn rows as desired. Use rubber bands to secure braids.
2. Pin hair up into French roll.
3. Leave hair out at the front as bangs.
4. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Use perm rods from your local beauty supply store hair for more uniform curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Slender face shapes with medium to long length, natural hair suits this style.

Tip(s):

If you’re like most kinky-haired women, there are least 2-3 curl patterns that grow on their scalp. Once you get the curls the same with the perm rods, once  finger comb them out for an even finish. It will then look like the style you meant to achieve

Thanks for taking the journey with me today to search for the perfect updos for black women! I hope you were able to choose a style along the way. Talk to you soon!