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20 Completely Easy Long Hair Updos For You To Try

You’ll be ready to rock those long tresses this season with these quick and easy updos for long hair. These styles will have you looking perfect for an outdoor wedding, music festivals or a simple picnic at the park.

If the idea of styling all that long hair gets you tangled up, take it slow! Begin with an easy ponytail, braid or low bun. Then divide that up into smaller sections or make multiple braids.

Take one section or braid at a time to twist, curl and pin up to your heart’s content. Now, you’re ready to enjoy the best of both worlds. Happy styling!

#1 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 Hair Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

Looped French Braid Updo for Long Hair Back

Style by Alyssa Shatek, Makeup by Claudia Alvarado, Blaze Hair 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 into a loop.
  4. Secure with bobby pins as needed, leaving the ends loose.
  5. Pull 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.

#2 Dutch Halo

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Elegant Dutch Braid Hairstyle for Long Hair

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

Elegant Dutch Braid Hairstyle for Long Hair Back

Style by Danielle Albrecht, Makeup by Jenna Romeo, William Wesley 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 it 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.

#3 Textured Twist-Up

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This is a super fashion-forward look that you can actually rock every day!

Updo with Twists and Texture

Style by Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

Updo with Twists and Texture Side

Style by 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/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 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 ends under then pin to secure.
  6. Move back to the fringe and backcomb it to create a pompadour. Twist and pin it, 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.

#4 Pretty Glamorous

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

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 TIGI Bed Head HARD HEAD Hairspray for superior hold and high shine.

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:

Accent with gold hair pins.

#5 Wrap Around Braid

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Wrap Around Braid Up Style

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

Wrap Around Braid Up Style Back View

Style by Kendal 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:

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

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 a vintage hair comb.

#6 Captivating Side Sweep

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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 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 fringe area to your desired style.
  8. Pull hair over to side and keep in place with bobby pins.
  9. Fluff hair as needed for extra volume.
  10. Set style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold.

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:

Accent with a fascinator or lace netting.

#7 Simple French Twist

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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, Vienna, VA

Simple French Twist Hairstyle Back View

Style by Brenda Rosenberg, Victoria Station Salon, 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 Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER for extra hold and volume.

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:

Try liquid colored hair chalk to play with different hues.

#8 Undone Beauty

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This updo strikes a nice balance between polished and messy.

Polished Up Style with Headband

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

Polished Up Style with Headband Side View

Style by Katherin 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:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.GUARD leave-in creme to smooth and protect hair with extra shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Add a boho headband for a fun, festival-worthy look.

#9 Ballerina Bun

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Try this relaxed ballerina bun for a quick finish.

Polished Ballerina Bun Hairstyle

Style by Yadera Colyard and Calliie 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 Kevin Murphy BODY.MASS to boost fine, thin hair texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Add some sparkle with Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER BUG!

#10 Naturally Curled

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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 Ouidad PLAYCURL Volumizing Foam to build body and boost the volume of fine, thin curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Add some sparkle with Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER BUG!

#11 Curls and Bangs

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Up Style with a Heavy Fringe

Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

Up 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:

Try Kevin Murphy MOTION.LOTION curl enhancer to define curls with frizz control.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Create a soft wave on the fringe using a straightening iron.

#12 CINNAMON CURLS

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Add some Mad Men fever to your long hairstyle with this bouffant hairdo with low swirled curls.

Bouffant Easy Updo with Swirled Curls

Style by The Columbus Academy, Columbus, OH

Bouffant Easy Updo with Swirled Curls Back View

Style by The Columbus Academy, Columbus, OH

 How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light texturizing spray.
  2. Divide the hair horizontally from ear to ear across the back of the head.
  3. Pin the top section away for now.
  4. Gather hair in the lower section into a low ponytail. Split the ponytail into smaller sections. Take the smaller strands and loop and pin into place as desired. Continue looping all the strands in the lower section.
  5. Next, move to the top section. Backcomb the base interior of the top section.
  6. Create a deep side part and sweep hair over to the left side. Keep the surface area smooth. Sweep hair back and loop strands through the design. Curl any ends, then tuck and pin into place.
  7. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER Leave-In for big bouffants and beehives.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Accent with a sparkly hair pin.

#13 BLONDIE TWIST

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This low deconstructed braid begins at the nape and sweeps up and around to create a beautifully soft updo.

Low Deconstructed Braid Updo For Long Hair

Style by Shae Pavesich, Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

Low Deconstructed Braid Updo Back View

Style by Shae Pavesich, Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a leave-in treatment.
  2. Create a soft side parting. Next,begin your braid in the nape. It may be easier to begin your braid if you flip your hair upside down.
  3. Start the braid on the right side of the nape and slowly move to the left side as you work your way up the head. Incorporate hair into your braid as you would for a French braid. Finish off your braid as your reach the back crown area.
  4. Take the crown layers and tuck and wrap them around the braid ends.
  5. Move to the sides and weave and tuck small strands through the hair design.
  6. Style the fringe down with a few face framing layers around the face.
  7. Set this style with a light 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 most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Add some sparkle with Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER BUG!

#14 STRAWBERRY SWIRL

Written by Tanya Ramirez

A simple low side bun and a gentle twist of the fringe brings simple elegance to this refined look.

Simple Low Side Bun Updo with Fringe

Style by Laura Pacoriek, Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light thermal protectant or leave-in creme.
  2. Blow dry hair with a Denman or paddle brush for a low volume look.
  3. Create a deep side part and section off the fringe for now.
  4. Sweep hair to one side and tie into a low ponytail. Twist hair completely then fold back against the head. Gently tug on strands for light separation and pin into place for a floral design.
  5. Take the fringe section and smooth. Now, take a smaller section to twist and wrap around the larger fringe strand. Secure with a bobby pin as needed. Tuck the ends of the fringe section into the floral bun.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.GUARD leave-in creme to smooth and protect hair with extra shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Add a bejeweled headband to accent your look.

#15 MILK MAIDEN

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Try this clean milkmaid braid hairstyle that radiates youth and innocence.

Milkmaid Braid Updo

Style by Tess, Barbaria Salon, Foster City, CA

Easy Updos for Long Hair

Style by Tess, Barbaria Salon, Foster City, CA

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light pomade.
  2. Blow dry hair with a Denman or paddle brush for a smooth finish.
  3. Create a side part then brush hair smooth.
  4. Now, create a simple three-strand braid and secure the ends with a small rubber band.
  5. Next, take the braid and sweep it across the head for a milkmaid-inspired finish. Secure the braid’s end with a bobby pin.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try DermOrganic Windswept DEFINING WHIP for separation and definition with bounce and movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Accent this look with some colorful ribbon woven through the braid.

#16 GOLDEN CURLS

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Here’s a chic look that will have you looking perfectly cute in a matter of minutes.

Chic Updo with Curls

Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Chic Updo with Curls Side View

Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light hold flexible hairspray.
  2. Create a deep side part and sweep the fringe over to the right.
  3. Gather hair loosely and twist it slightly. Push it back against the head for volume, then pin to secure.
  4. Next, take the section above the right ear and form a vertical, forward-facing barrel curl. Pin to secure.
  5. Now, simply take the fringe and curl only small section in a spiral pattern. Leave remaining fringe smooth.
  6. Deconstruct the overall style by tugging at strands for a soft finish.
  7. Set this style with a light 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 round, hear and oval shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Use some spray wax for more defined separation and volume.

#17 ISLAND TENDRILS

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This look is perfect for curly haired girls. Enjoy this look during your tropical island getaway!

Curly Updo with Flower Accessory

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

Curly Updo with Flower Accessory Back View

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

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a curl enhancing lotion.
  2. Begin by separating the fringe and sides and pin away for now.
  3. Backcomb the crown area slightly, then divide from ear to ear. Take this section, loosely twist/wrap it, then secure against the head using bobby pins.
  4. Next, take another small section at the back of the head and repeat the same process of twisting hair then securing with bobby pin.
  5. Now take the hair in the lower nape area and twist your curls so they hang slightly. Secure with bobby pins.
  6. Move to the fringe and side areas. Create small curls using a small to medium barrel curling iron from the mid-lengths down to the ends.
  7. Sweep the crown layers back into the hair design and pin them into the design.
  8. Leave some tendrils loose and falling along the face frame.
  9. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Ouidad STYLING MIST to lock in your style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Accent this look with a beautiful flower.

#18 FISHTAILED UPDO

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Try a neat twist on a fishtail braid with this dual textured updo.

Fishtail Braid Updo with Texture

Style by Kelley Danford, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Fishtail Braid Updo with Texture Side View

Style by Kelley Danford, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light hold flexible hairspray.
  2. Smooth the crown layers and side back. Begin in the back crown area and begin forming a fishtail braid.
  3. Continue your braid by incorporating hair into the braid as you work your way down the head.
  4. Secure the braid against the head using a few bobby pins.
  5. Leave some tendrils falling softly around the face.
  6. Set this style with a light 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 oval, round or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to fine hair.

Tip:

Wrap the fishtail braid around to form a top knot.

#19 RETRO CRUSH

Written by Tanya Ramirez

You can create this fun look a few ways. Try it with a low bun, or by wrapping a braid up! Add some vintage details by finishing with pretty pin curls.

Retro Low Bun Updo For Long Hair

Style by Ashley Garnaas, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Retro Low Bun Updo Side View

Style by Ashley Garnaas, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light working hairspray.
  2. Brush hair smooth and gather in the nape area. Create a three-strand braid and secure it along the right side.
  3. Take the right side section and form a few pin curls for a retro-inspired finish.
  4. Style the fringe as desired.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Oribe APRES BEACH 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:

Create a piecey perimeter with a light hold wax.

#20 BELLE NOUVEAU

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This sexy style is so easy to create. Save it for that special night out!

Easy Sexy Updo with Curls

Style by Yellow Strawberry Salon, Sarasota, FL

Easy Sexy Updo with Curls Side View

Style by Yellow Strawberry Salon, Sarasota, FL

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a dry shampoo.
  2. Create a side part and sweep hair over to the right side. Backcomb the surface layer in the back to create volume for your twist.
  3. Next, take hair and twist it clockwise to create a roll. Smooth the surface area with a comb or a grooming brush.
  4. Secure the twisted roll against the head using bobby pins.
  5. Allow ends to cascade of the left side. Backcomb the interior for extra volume. Curl ends with a large barrel curling iron as needed.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FRESH.HAIR for perfect next-day hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Accent this look with hair jewels.

Play up your long tresses this season with any of these fun and easy updos for long hair!