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20 Ridiculously Easy DIY Chic Updos

Looking for a new way to twist your hair into shape? It’s time to break out those bobby pins! We’re here to share some swoon-worthy updos that are surprisingly easy to create. Find a new way to play up your personal style with these 20 chic updos.

  • #1 Flapper-esque

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Here’s a 20s-inspired look that is both beautiful and effortless.

    Flapper Inspired Look with Headband

    Style by Carly Dehmer, Moda 330 The Salon

    Flapper Inspired Look with Headband Back

    Style by Carly Dehmer, Moda 330 The Salon

    How To Style:

    1. Lightly spray dry hair with a flexible hold hairspray.
    2. Backcomb the top crown section.
    3. Gather hair into two sections at the occipital and nape. Twist each section loosely, then pin to secure. Pull on a few strands for fullness and volume.
    4. Accent with a sparkly headband, then push it up to create that volume boost at the crown.
    5. Set this style with a soft hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Oribe Après Beach Wave And Shine Spray for touchable waves with beautiful shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

    Tip:

    Add a sparkly headband to dress up this look for an evening out.

  • #2 Princess Twist

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    This elegant updo is super fast and simple to create.

    Easy Elegant Twist Updo for Long Hair

    Style by Alysha Frary, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Easy Elegant Twist Updo for Long Hair Back

    Style by Alysha Frary, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Brush dry hair through and lightly backcomb the back.
    2. Brush remaining hair smooth through the ends.
    3. Take the ends and slowly roll hair up towards the nape .
    4. Secure the horizontal shape with bobby pins as needed.
    5. Style fringe loosely.
    6. Set style with a firm hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Kevin Murphy YOUNG.AGAIN treatment oil for smooth, shiny hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium hair.

    Tip:

    Fan the roll for a flowered effect.

  • #3 Soft Braid-Up

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    This ‘looped’ French braid is a lovely look for long hair.

    Looped French Braid Updo for Long Hair

    Style by Alyssa Shatek, Makeup by Claudia Alvarado, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

    Looped French Braid Updo for Long Hair Back

    Style by Alyssa Shatek, Makeup by Claudia Alvarado, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

    How To Style:

    1. Lightly spray dry hair with a thermal protectant.
    2. Backcomb the top crown section.
    3. Create a relaxed French braid, then twist it up and into a loop.
    4. Secure with bobby pins as needed, leaving the ends loose.
    5. Pull out some loose strands around the face.
    6. Set this style with a soft hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Joico’s Ironclad Thermal Protectant Spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

    Tip:

    Add a sparkly headband to dress up this look for an evening out.

  • #4 Dutch Halo

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Try this Dutch braid creation for a simple yet elegant statement.

    Easy Dutch Halo for Long Hair

    Style by Danielle Albrecht, Makeup by Jenna Romeo, William Wesley Grand Salon & Spa, Davenport, IA

    Easy Dutch Halo for Long Hair Back

    Style by Danielle Albrecht, Makeup by Jenna Romeo, William Wesley Grand Salon & Spa, Davenport, IA

    How To Style:

    1. Lightly spray dry hair with a flexible hold hairspray.
    2. Create a soft side parting.
    3. Begin your Dutch braid (inverted French braid) at the fringe and continue braiding it around the head to the other side.
    4. Take any remaining hair from the left side and tuck in into and under the braid. Secure with bobby pins as needed.
    5. Set this style with a soft hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Kevin Murphy SESSION.SPRAY for flexible hold with anti-humidity protection.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is suitable for heart, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

    Tip:

    Accent with metallic or colored hair pins to create graphic patterns.

  • #5 Nouveau Twist

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    Take your look to the next level with this sleek twisted chignon.

    Sleek Twisted Chignon for Long Hair

    Style by London Hair

    How To Style:

    1. Lightly spray dry hair with a flexible hold hairspray.
    2. Create a soft side parting.
    3. Brush hair smooth with a boar bristle brush to enhance natural shine.
    4. Gather hair at the back and twist it near the nape. Anchor some hair pins at the base to hold the shape. Continue to pin as you move up the head.
    5. Twist and swirl hair up, then tuck ends into place.
    6. Set this style with a soft hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Kenra Professional Shine Spray for added shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

    Tip:

    Accent with a vintage scarf!

  • #6 Textured Twist-Up

    Written by Tanya Ramirez

    This is a stunning, fashion-forward look that is suitable to wear every day.

    Easy Twist Up with Texture

    Style by Natalie Young, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    Easy Twist Up with Texture Side

    Style by Natalie Young, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Lightly spray dry hair with a flexible hold hairspray.
    2. Leaving the fringe out, create three ponytails (top crown, occipital and nape).
    3. Take the hair in the first ponytail and backcomb the interior, then fold it forward and secure with bobby pins.
    4. Take the next ponytail and use a section of it to cross over the previously folded section. Take the remaining hair and backcomb the underside. Twist it slightly, then pin as needed.
    5. Take the last ponytail at the nape and spread it across the area. Tuck the ends under and pin to secure.
    6. Move back to the fringe and backcomb it to create a pompadour. Twist and pin this section, tucking the ends under.
    7. Set this style with a soft hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try DermOrganic Fast Drying Shaping Spray for great hold with touchable texture.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

    Tip:

    Try metallic gel for a striking finish.

  • #7 Wrap Around Braid

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Create a romantic updo with this loosely braided and wrapped style.

    Wrap Around Braid Updos

    Style by Kendall Diver, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    braided updos

    Style by Kendall Diver, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Prep hair with a small amount of shine enhancing oil.
    2. Create a deep side part.
    3. On the side opposite of your part, create a loose three-strand braid that wraps around the side and to the back.
    4. When you reach the ends of your hair, secure braid with an elastic.
    5. Tuck ends of braid under the braid.
    6. Gently pull on sides of braid to loosen it to your taste.
    7. Finish style with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Aveda’s Air Control is a workable hairspray with a flexible hold that is perfect for loose and romantic styles.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is perfect all face shapes and hair densities.

  • #8 Princess Bun

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Feel like a Disney princess wearing this gorgeous updo with braided details.

    Princess Bun Updo with Braided Detail

    Style by Salvatore Bosco, The Gallery Hair Design, New London, CT

    Princess Bun Updo with Braided Detail Side View

    Style by Salvatore Bosco, The Gallery Hair Design, New London, CT

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with clean and dry hair, pull hair into a high ponytail, leaving out the bang area.
    2. Separate a two-inch thick section from the ponytail. Braid the section and place an elastic around the ends.
    3. Grab ends of ponytail and backcomb it.
    4. Gently roll ends of ponytail under horizontally and secure with bobby pins.
    5. Fluff the bun to your desired height and fullness.
    6. Grab the braid and wrap it around the bun and bobby pin ends under the braid.
    7. Style bangs as desired.
    8. Set style with a firm hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Aveda’s Force Control for an ultra firm hold that lasts and lasts.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and for those with long, medium to thick density.

  • #9 Pretty Glamorous

    Written by Carina Connelly

    This gorgeous style has the right combination of old Hollywood glamour and modern freshness.

    Glamorous Modern Updo

    Style by Dee Scott, Wavelengths Salon, Newport, RI

    Glamorous Modern Updo Back View

    Style by Dee Scott, Wavelengths Salon, Newport, RI

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with clean and dry hair, set hair in medium and large-sized hot rollers.
    2. Allow rollers to cool.
    3. Remove rollers and mist hair with a flexible hairspray.
    4. Section off the top and sides. Place the back in a ponytail.
    5. Release the top and sides. Backcomb the crown and sides.
    6. Create two sections on each side. In lower section create a simple three-strand braid. On the top section, create a twist.
    7. Gently secure both the twist and braid to the elastic.
    8. Twist ends of ponytail up as desired and bobby pin. Leave ends loose.
    9. Finish with a strong hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Aveda’s Brilliant Hairspray for extra shine with a strong hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and those with medium to thick hair densities.

    Tip:

    When setting hair in hot rollers, roll hair away from face to create a backward sweeping look.

  • #10 Captivating Side Sweep

    Written by Carina Connelly

    If you are having a hard time deciding between leaving your hair down and wearing it up, have the best of both worlds with this captivating side-swept style!

    Side Swept Updo Hairstyle with Curls

    Style by Dee Scott, Wavelengths Salon, Newport, RI

    Side Swept Hairstyle with Curls Side View

    Style by Dee Scott, Wavelengths Salon, Newport, RI

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, curl hair with 1¼-inch curling iron.
    2. Curl hair vertically and away from face
    3. At the bang area, curl hair horizontally, alternating the direction of the curls.
    4. Allow curls to cool.
    5. Create deep side part.
    6. Work a small amount of texturizing crème through curls.
    7. With a Mason Pearson brush, gently comb the bang area to your desired style.
    8. Pull hair over to side and keep in place with bobby pins.
    9. Fluff hair as desired.
    10. Set style with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    To create definition and separation between curls, try using Aveda’s Light Elements Defining Whip.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

  • #11 Simply Twisted

    Written by Carina Connelly

    This style looks like a simple braid from the front but from the back, it’s all twists!

    Twisted Braid Hairstyle

    Style by Connie Massulo

    Twisted Braid Hairstyle Back View

    Style by Connie Massulo

    How To Style:

    1. Set hair in medium to large hot rollers.
    2. Allow rollers to cool.
    3. Prep hair with a texturizing spray.
    4. Create a side part.
    5. Take one side of hair to center of head and create a loose twist. Secure the twist as you move down the back of your head. Stop when you reach the nape of your neck.
    6. Repeat on the other side.
    7. Take the ends of one twist and continue twisting to the ends. Repeat on the other side.
    8. Bring ends together and secure with an elastic.
    9. Finish with a shine enhancing hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Aveda’s Pure Abundance Hair Potion for texture and grit that creates the perfect hold for updos.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and for those with medium to thick hair densities.

  • #12 Simply Pulled Back

    Written by Carina Connelly

    This simple updo is unfussy, super easy to do, and perfectly polished.

    Simple Pulled Back Up Do

    Style by Abigayle Conway, Lindsay Melton, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

    Simple Pulled Back Up Do Back View

    Style by Abigayle Conway, Lindsay Melton, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, prep hair with a heat protecting mist.
    2. Lightly curl mid lengths and ends with a curling wand.
    3. Gently backcomb the top and crown.
    4. Pull sides and ends back and secure with a bobby pin.
    5. Gently finger comb through ends.
    6. Finish with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Aveda’s Witch Hazel Hairspray for a light and flexible hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

  • #13 Bohemian Braid

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Looking for a loose and romantic style that reflects your free spirit? Try this gorgeously haute bohemian braid.

    Bohemian Braid Hairstyle

    Style by Jessica Nicholas, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    Bohemian Braid Hairstyle Back View

    Style by Jessica Nicholas, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with air dried hair, prep hair with a texturizing spray.
    2. Pull bang area back towards crown and secure in a slight puff.
    3. With the rest of your hair, create a loose and simple three-strand braid.
    4. Secure end of braid with an elastic.
    5. Gently pull on sides of the braid to loosen braid.
    6. Set style with a light mist of hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    For beach waves, try Aveda’s Volumizing Tonic. Spritz on ends and gently scrunch as you blow dry for perfect, just-back-from-the-beach waves.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and those with long hair and thick density.

  • #14 Simple French Twist

    Written by Carina Connelly

    The French twist is a classic upstyle that can easily be worn to the office or to a glamorous party.

    Simple French Twist Hairstyle

    Style by Brenda Rosenberg, Victoria Station Salon & Spa, Vienna, VA

    Simple French Twist Hairstyle Back View

    Style by Brenda Rosenberg, Victoria Station Salon & Spa, Vienna, VA

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, section off the top.
    2. Taking the bottom section, pull into a low ponytail in the center of your head.
    3. Twist the ponytail up towards the crown of your head.
    4. Secure twist just below the crown with bobby pins. Leave the ends loose.
    5. Release the top section and backcomb the crown and bang area.
    6. Pull top section back towards crown.
    7. Twist section around loose ends of bottom section and push ends into the middle of the bottom section.
    8. Secure twist with bobby pins.
    9. Finish with a shine enhancing hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Moroccan Oil’s Illuminous Hairspray for extra shine with a natural hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

  • #15 Half Up Twists

    Written by Carina Connelly

    This simply gorgeous style shows off sweet and chic delicate twists to add dimension and interest.

    Half Up Hairstyle with Twists

    Style by Kimmy Sherwood, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, prep hair with a thermal protectant.
    2. Curl hair vertically with a curling wand.
    3. Take a small section from the front and create a small loose twist.
    4. Take front and side sections and pull backwards.
    5. Secure sides just under the crown in the middle.
    6. Finish style with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    For long lasting curls with tons of shine and a thermal protectant, try Davines’s No. 9 Structuring mist.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

  • #16 Undone Beauty

    Written by Carina Connelly

    This updo strikes a perfect balance between polished and messy. It’s the perfect amount of both mixed fabulously together.

    Polished Updos Style with Headband

    Style by Catherin Allen, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    Polished Updos Style with Headband Side View

    Style by Catherin Allen, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, prep hair with a texturizing spray.
    2. Gently backcomb the crown area.
    3. Pull hair into a ponytail.
    4. Twist ponytail (like a French twist) and secure with bobby pins.
    5. Put on favorite headband.
    6. Gently pull pieces up in the crown area
    7. Set style with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    For a satin finish with a medium hold, try Aveda’s Air Control.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

  • #17 Ballerina Bun

    Written by Carina Connelly

    To feel instantly polished and beautiful, try a sleek ballerina bun.

    Polished Ballerina Bun Hairstyle

    Style by Yadira Colyaro & Callie Sanders

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, prep hair with a small amount of Argan oil.
    2. Pull hair into a high ponytail.
    3. Curl ends of ponytail with a 1-inch curling iron.
    4. Gently finger comb through curls.
    5. Lightly spritz with hairspray.
    6. Wrap curls around ponytail to form bun.
    7. Secure ends by bobby pinning them to the ponytail elastic.
    8. Gently pull on bun to loosen it to your desire.
    9. Gently pull pieces down to frame face.
    10. Finish style with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Aveda’s Light Elements Smoothing Fluid for weightless shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

  • #18 Naturally Curled

    Written by Carina Connelly

    For a super simple way to pull up your natural curls, try this curly girl updo!

    Naturally Curly Up Style

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Allow curls to air dry naturally, prep dry curls with a shine-enhancing serum.
    2. Gently pull curls back toward crown of head and secure.
    3. Pull hair towards crown of head and secure.
    4. Fluff hair as desired.
    5. Pull a few strands down to frame face.
    6. Set style with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Aveda’s Be Curly curl enhancing hairspray for more defined curls with shine and tons of hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and those with curly hair types.

  • #19 Curls and Bangs

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Try pairing a heavy fringe this with whimsical upstyle for a truly unique look.

    Updo Style with a Heavy Fringe

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

    Updo Style with Heavy Fringe Back View

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, prep hair with a shine-enhancing serum.
    2. Curl hair with a tapered curling wand.
    3. Flat iron bangs as desired.
    4. Backcomb the crown area.
    5. Gently smooth backcombing.
    6. Working in medium-sized sections, pull hair towards center of head. Lightly roll ends and pin in center of head.
    7. Repeat until all hair is pinned up
    8. Gently pull face-framing layers down.
    9. Set style with a shine-enhancing hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    For extra shine with a medium hold, try Aveda’s Brilliant Hairspray.

  • #20 A Twisted Chignon

    Written by Carina Connelly

    For a prim and proper updo, try this sleekly twisted chignon.

    Sleek Twisted Chignon

    Style by Salon Beauchesne, Manchester, NH

    Sleek Twisted Chignon Back View

    Style by Salon Beauchesne, Manchester, NH

    How To Style:

    1. On slightly damp hair, apply a medium hold gel.
    2. Section off the top and lightly backcomb the top.
    3. Smooth sides and top to a half-up ponytail.
    4. Gather bottom section into a low ponytail.
    5. Grab top ponytail and twist. Secure twist into low ponytail.
    6. Wrap ends of low ponytail around and bobby pin ends to elastic.
    7. Fan sides of looped ponytail out and bobby pin in place.
    8. Set style with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Aveda’s Confixor for a lightweight gel with shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

    Try one of these super gorgeous updos next time you are looking for a swoon-worthy look!