Channel Your Inner Star With These 21 Glam Celebrity Updos

Celebrities have a way of making everything look effortless. Check out these twenty one  glamorous, yet simple, star-studded celebrity updos for your next special occasion!

Timeless Chic

Holly Madison keeps her low curly side bun smooth and polished for a classic feel.

Holly Madison - Celebrity Updos

How to Style:

  1. Work styling cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair to the side over one eye.
  3. Blow dry completely.
  4. Use a large barrel curling iron to add curls to the front sections of hair.
  5. Use a smaller, ¾-inch barrel curling iron to add curls to the mid-lengths and ends.
  6. Pin hair low and to one side in back with bobby pins. Arrange hair so it’s not too loose or too tight to the head.
  7. Finish with medium hold hairspray for style memory and shine spray for added gloss.

Recommended Products:

Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist is an aerosol illuminating hairspray that boosts shine and tames flyaways for a silky look.

Face Shapes:

This hairstyle complements any face shape!

Dark Drama

Rhianna’s curly side updo is paired with a wide headband or a head wrap to give it an edgy finish.

Rhianna Curly Side Updo

How to Style:

  1. Work styling cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Blow dry completely. Use a round brush to blow dry fringe forward and out then gently sweep to one side.
  4. Use a medium barrel iron to curl mid-lengths and ends.
  5. Gather hair low and to one side and secure with a ponytail holder that matches your hair color. Pin some hair loosely around the elastic to hide it.
  6. Spray ponytail and fringe with medium hold hairspray.
  7. Finish your style by adding a wide headband or a head wrap.

Recommended Products:

Find the perfect hair accessory at www.icing.com or www.etsy.com!

Face Shapes:

oval, heart, diamond, long

Messy Modern

Alexa Chung rocks the breezy feel of this no nonsense, casual updo.

Alexa Chung Casual Messy Updo

How to Style:

  1. Spray root booster through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair in the middle and push the fringe forward.
  3. Blow dry completely, tousling hair with fingers as you dry.
  4. Gather hair haphazardly in the middle of the back of your head. Secure in random sections with bobby pins.
  5. Tousle fringe so it’s slightly messy. The less perfect it is, the better!
  6. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Super Clean Spray adds fullness, texture and flexible hold and dries fast for quick and easy styling!

Face Shapes:

oval, heart, diamond, long

Layered Bun

The layers in Kimberly Cole’s bun are piled neatly, yet give a carefree feel to her otherwise sleek look.

Kimberly Cole Layered Bun Hairstyle

How to Style:

  1. Work volumizing cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Blow dry completely.
  3. Gather hair to the top and slightly back part of your head.
  4. Secure into a ponytail with an elastic.
  5. Twist the ponytail until it begins to coil around itself.
  6. Coil hair into a bun and secure and hide ends with bobby pins.
  7. Use fingertips to loosen the edges of the bun to create a not-so-perfect finish.
  8. Add style memory with medium or high hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try OSiS Body Me Bodifying Volume Serum to create amplified locks and protect against humidity.

Face Shapes:

oval, diamond, petite

Piled High

Amy Child’s bun is piled sky-high for a vertical twist on a classic hairstyle.

Amy Childs High Bun Hairstyle

How to Style:

  1. Work volumizing cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Blow dry completely.
  3. Gather hair to the top and middle back part of your head.
  4. Secure into a ponytail with an elastic.
  5. Twist the ponytail until it begins to coil around itself.
  6. Coil hair into a high bun and secure and hide ends with bobby pins.
  7. Use fingertips to loosen the edges of the bottom of the bun to create a slightly messy finish.
  8. Add style memory with medium or high hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Aveda Brilliant Medium Hold Hairspray defends against humidity and adds brilliant shine and definition.

Face Shapes:

oval, heart, diamond, petite round

Polished Princess

Scarlett Johansson is always finished to the nines and her sleek, curly updo is no exception!

Scarlett Johansson Sleek Curly Updo

How to Style:

  1. Work smoothing serum through towel-dried hair.
  2. Part hair to the side over one eye.
  3. Use a combination paddle/boar brush to blow dry completely.
  4. Use a large barrel curling iron to add large, wavy curls to the front sections of hair.
  5. Use a smaller, ¾-inch barrel curling iron to add curls to the mid-lengths and ends.
  6. Pin hair low and to one side in back with bobby pins. Arrange hair in an “S” pattern in the front before you secure it in with the back. Make sure it’s not too loose or too tight to the head.
  7. Finish with medium hold hairspray and a fine shine mist for added gloss.

Recommended Products:

Use Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine attracts and reflects light to give hair a gorgeous gloss finish.

Face Shapes:

oval, petite, heart, diamond, long

Flirty Fringe

Kimberly Hines accentuates her eyes with this fun and flirty hairstyle!

Kimberly Hines Flirty Hairstyle with Fringe

How to Style:

  1. Work styling cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair to one side and push fringe forward.
  3. Blow dry completely, tousling the back of your hair with your fingertips and using a paddle brush to slightly smooth fringe forward as you dry.
  4. Secure back into a low, messy bun. Use bobby pins to keep in place.
  5. Use a medium barrel curling iron or a flat iron to add waves to loose pieces in front.
  6. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Hairspray flawlessly shapes and finishes any hairstyle.

Face Shapes:

oval, long, diamond, heart

Sleek Sister

Kat Graham knows how to keep it hot with a high ponytail.

Kat Graham Sleek High Ponytail

How to Style:

  1. Work smoothing serum through towel dried hair.
  2. Use a medium or large-sized paddle brush to smooth hair as you blow dry completely.
  3. Gather hair into a high ponytail and secure with a clear elastic.
  4. Wrap extra long wefts of 100% remy human hair extensions around the base of the ponytail if you’d like more length. Secure them in with bobby pins.
  5. Use a piece of hair from the ponytail to wrap around the elastic and/or wefts to hide them.
  6. Use a flat iron to smooth ponytail.

Recommended Products:

Check out the Babyliss PRO Nano Titanium 1¼-inch Straightening Iron on www.folica.com. It features temperature controls that you can adjust according to your hair texture.

Face Shapes:

oval, petite, round, diamond, heart

Bonus Tip:

The term “remy” is used to describe hair of which the outer cuticle layer is all facing the same direction. This is considered the best type of human hair extension as it doesn’t tangle as easily as non-remy hair and tends to also look shinier. Also, never use hot tools on synthetic hair because the hair WILL melt!

Belle of the Ball

Camilla Belle finishes her look with a tight, low bun on a deep side part.

Camilla Belle Low Bun with Deep Side Part

How to Style:

  1. Work smoothing serum through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair to the side over one eye.
  3. Use a paddle brush to blow dry completely.
  4. Use a medium barrel curling iron to add curls to the mid-lengths and ends.
  5. Create a bun or haphazardly arrange hair low in the back of your head and secure with bobby pins.
  6. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Smooth Sexy Hair is a lightweight anti-frizz and shine spray that seals in moisture and blocks humidity.

Face Shapes:

oval, square, round, heart

Half-Up Hit

Ana Gasteyer hits a grand slam with the curls and height of this half up hairstyle!

Ana Gasteyer Half Updo with Curls

How to Style:

  1. Work smoothing serum through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair to the side over one eye.
  3. Use a paddle brush to blow dry completely.
  4. Backcomb or backbrush sections of hair near the roots to give hair a boost in front. Do not backcomb the very front hairline. Leave a one-inch perimeter of hair out of the backcombing.
  5. Smooth hair over without brushing out your back-brushed volume.
  6. Secure into a poof with bobby pins in the back. Add a decorative clip to hide the bobby pins if you wish.
  7. Use a medium barrel curling iron to add curls to the mid-lengths and ends then tousle after they’ve cooled.
  8. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Use KMS California Free Shape 2-in-1 Styling + Finishing Spray dries instantly and provides your hair with thermal protection against the high heat of styling tools.

Face Shapes:

oval, diamond, long, square

Super Sexy

Leave it to supermodel Niki Taylor to make this messy, low pompadour hairstyle look WAY sexy!

Niki Taylor Low Pompadour Celebrity Hairstyle

How to Style:

  1. Spray root booster through towel dried hair.
  2. Blow dry completely, tousling hair with fingers as you dry.
  3. Slightly backcomb top front sections to add some volume.
  4. Gather hair haphazardly and secure back in random sections with bobby pins.
  5. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Looking for the perfect backcombing brush? Try the Amped Up Teasing Brush by Cricket.

Face Shapes:

petite, diamond, pear, round

Brunette Bombshell

AnnaLynne McCord rocks a middle part and wavy ponytail.

AnnaLynne McCord Wavy Ponytail Celebrity Hairstyle

How to Style:

  1. Work styling serum through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair down the middle.
  3. Blow dry completely.
  4. Use a large barrel curling iron to add curls to the front sections of hair.
  5. Use a smaller, ¾-inch barrel curling iron to add curls throughout hair.
  6. Secure hair into a low ponytail at the back of your head.
  7. Finish with medium hold hairspray for style memory and shine spray for added gloss.

Recommended Products: OSiS Elastic provides movable and touchable styling control and contains resins that protect against humidity.

Face Shapes: oval, diamond, petite, heart

Let it Flow

Kristen Bell’s casual updo glows in front with natural blonde highlights that bring focus to her eyes and cheekbones.

Kristen Bell Updo with Blonde Highlights

How to Style:

  1. Spray root booster through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair in the middle and fringe forward.
  3. Blow dry completely, tousling hair with fingers as you dry.
  4. Gather hair haphazardly into a bun in the middle of the back of your head. Secure with bobby pins.
  5. Tousle fringe so it’s slightly messy. The less perfect it is, the better!
  6. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

KMS California Hairstay medium hold hairspray provides workable hold and humidity resistance.

Face Shapes:

heart, long, square, heart

Making Waves

America’s favorite funny girl Amy Poehler shows her glam side with this chic, wavy updo.

Amy Poehler Chic Wavy Updo

How to Style:

  1. Spray root booster through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair to the side over one eye.
  3. Blow dry completely, tousling hair with fingers as you dry.
  4. Use a deep waver to add texture throughout.
  5. Gather hair haphazardly into a bun in the middle of the back of your head. Secure with bobby pins.
  6. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Volume Boost infuses stability, fullness and hydration into every strand while lifting roots and refreshing hair between shampoos for 72 hour volume and shine.

Face Shapes:

This hairstyle flatters most face shapes!

Easy Breezy

Gorgeous covergirl Reese Witherspoon rocks an effortless updo which pairs well with her formal attire.

Reese Witherspoon Updo

How to Style:

  1. Spray root booster through towel dried hair.
  2. Blow dry completely, tousling hair with fingers as you dry.
  3. Slightly backcomb top front to add some volume.
  4. Gather hair haphazardly and secure back in random sections with an elastic.
  5. Use bobby pins to arrange hair into a bun or around the base of your ponytail to hide the elastic.
  6. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry two-day extender and oil-absorbing dry shampoo

Face Shapes:

heart, oval, round, diamond

Glamour Curl

Melissa Joan Hart shines in this side updo with a retro-inspired front.

Melissa Joan Hart Retro Side Updo

How to Style:

  1. Work styling serum through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair to the side over one eye.
  3. Blow dry completely.
  4. Use a large barrel curling iron to add curls to the front sections of hair.
  5. Use a smaller, ¾-inch barrel curling iron to add curls to the mid-lengths and ends.
  6. Pin hair low and to one side in back with bobby pins. Arrange hair so it’s not too loose or too tight to the head.
  7. Finish with medium hold hairspray for style memory and shine spray for added gloss.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum speeds up drying so you get silky smooth results in record time.

Face Shapes:

oval, diamond, petite

Horizontal Bun

Kimberly Perry nails it with this voluminous bun that’s the perfect height for nearly any face!

Kimberly Perry Voluminous Celebrity Updo

How to Style:

  1. Work volumizing cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Turn head upside down and blow dry completely.
  3. Gather hair to the top and slightly back part of your head.
  4. Secure into a ponytail with an elastic.
  5. Twist the ponytail until it begins to coil around itself.
  6. Coil hair into a bun and secure and hide ends with bobby pins.
  7. Use fingertips to loosen the edges of the bun to create a not-so-perfect finish.
  8. Secure loosened sides of the bun to your head, giving the bun a slightly flatter look.
  9. Add style memory with medium or high hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Go to www.sallybeauty.com to find bobby pins that match your hair color.

Face Shapes:

oval, heart, round, diamond, petite

High Society

Kate Beckinsale knows how to take a ponytail to the next level by adding a little height in the front and tons of volume in the back.

Kate Beckinsale Ponytail with Volume

How to Style:

  1. Work volumizing foam through towel dried hair.
  2. Use a medium or large-sized paddle brush to smooth hair as you blow dry completely.
  3. Backcomb a few sections in the top so there’s extra volume in your ponytail.
  4. Gather hair into a high ponytail and secure with a clear elastic.
  5. Wrap extra-long wefts of 100% remy human hair extensions around the base of the ponytail if you’d like more length. Secure them in with bobby pins.
  6. Use a piece of hair from the ponytail to wrap around the elastic and/or wefts to hide them.
  7. Use a curling iron to add large, wavy curls to the ponytail.
  8. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus humidity resistant volumizing spray mousse provides extra hold and humidity resistance, all while plumping up hair at the root.

Face Shapes:

heart, petite, diamond, oval

Flawless Fringe

Beth Behrs goes bold with a full fringe and low bun.

Beth Behrs Low Bun with Full Fringe

How to Style:

  1. Work styling serum through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair to one side and push fringe forward.
  3. Blow dry completely, tousling the back of your hair with your fingertips and using a paddle brush to slightly smooth fringe forward as you dry.
  4. Secure back into a low, messy bun. Use bobby pins to keep in place.
  5. Use a medium barrel curling iron or a flat iron to add waves to loose pieces in front.
  6. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Bed Head Superstar Blowdry Lotion is a thermal blow-dry lotion that protects hair from styling damage.

Face Shapes:

long, pear, oval

Boho Braid

Ellie Goulding hits a high note with this baby blonde messy side braid!

Ellie Goulding Messy Side Braid

How to Style:

  1. Work styling cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair to the side over one eye.
  3. Blow dry completely.
  4. Spray dry shampoo though roots to give hair that “second-day” feel.
  5. Braid hair from the back around to one side and secure ends with an elastic.
  6. Finish with medium hold hairspray for style memory.

Recommended Products:

KMS California Hair Play Dry Touch-Up adds slight grip and texture to freshly washed hair, giving it a more lived-in feeling.

Face Shapes:

oval, square, petite, diamond, round

Part-y Rock

Taryn Manning chooses a deep side part and waves to add texture and variation to her platinum blonde updo.

Taryn Manning Updo with Deep Side Part and Waves

How to Style:

  1. Spray root booster through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair to the side over one eye.
  3. Blow dry completely, tousling hair with fingers as you dry.
  4. Use a deep waver or flat iron to add slight texture throughout.
  5. Gather all hair except the front and facial layers haphazardly into a bun in the middle of the back of your head. Secure with bobby pins.
  6. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Moroccan Oil Luminous Hairspray is a lightweight and workable hairspray that offers a long-lasting, flexible hold without leaving a sticky residue.

Face Shapes:

oval, long, square, petite

Effortless style is all about attitude. Don’t fuss too much about making these celebrity updos perfect or just like the images shown here. As long as you feel confident, the style will complement YOU!