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10 Stunning Updos For Long Hair

Undoubtedly the best thing about long hair is the ability to dress it up and fashion it into new shapes. Even if your hair isn’t mermaid length, extra help is available. Try using extensions, hair pieces, buns or padding for added volume and thickness or to get really creative.

Formal events, parties or a Friday night out all present fun opportunities to experiment with unique looks. Dressing long hair can be super fun and quick too. Many of these styles can easily be accomplished in ten minutes or less.

Wearing your hair up during colder months also eliminates static flyaways and lessens heat damage due to overuse of hot styling tools. Get inspired with these perfect gorgeous updos for long hair.

1. Twisty Hawk

A sweet and romantic take on the Femme-Hawk.

Twisty Hawk Updo for Long Hair

Twisty Hawk Updo for Long Hair View 2

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Section off the entire right side, then begin an underhand French braid. Lace the hair strands up and over (instead of under) to create a puffy effect.

3. Next, move to the top fringe section. Take this section, pull the hair straight up and lightly backcomb. Gather hair and hold three inches from the ends. Then, loosely twist the hair down and secure with bobby pins.

4. Continue this technique while working your way down to the nape area, creating loose twisty curls to resemble a mohawk style.

5. Now, move to the left temple area and twist hair into a knot and secure with a bobby pin.

6. To keep this look soft, pull some strands out and allow those curls to fall.

Recommended Hair 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, square or oval-shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

For a fuller mohawk, try braiding both sides for added volume and thickness.

2. Grecian Lady

A modern interpretation of an ancient hair design.

Grecian Lady Coiled Updo For Long Hair

Grecian Lady Coiled Updo For Long Hair View 2

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Gather hair into a high ponytail. Be sure to keep hair smooth and free of tangles.

3. Begin by separating 1″ wide strands of hair at the perimeter of the ponytail. Delicately twist each strand and secure with a hair pin. Continue this process all around the back and side sections of the head.

4. Next, take a 2″ wide strand toward the center of the ponytail. Brush the strand gently to smooth, then twist it and secure with a hair pin. Repeat as necessary until all hair is secure.

5. Finish with a hard hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair 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 most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Add pearl or diamond accented hair pins for extra flair.

3. Braided Darling

A luxurious braided style, perfect for an elegant evening out.

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How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray. You will be creating seven (7) three-stand braids for this style.

2. Create a deep side part and separate hair into three sections: the right side, the top crown area and the fringe. Pin these sections away and leave remaining hair loose.

3. Take the loose hair and divide into four sections to create four different braids. Begin in the nape area, create a simple, three-strand braid. Loosely coil and secure with bobby pins. Begin your second braid on the bottom left side of the head, coil and secure the braid into place. Create your third braid just above and secure behind the ear. The fourth braid will begin just above and in front of the ear. Keep this braid soft so it sits tightly against the head and secure.

4. Next, move to the right side to create a low-slung braid and coil it up above the braid in the nape area. Move on to the top crown area, gently brush hair smooth and create another low-slung braid and pin it above the second braid created on the left side of the nape area. Now, move on to the fringe area to create the last braid. Brush hair smooth and create a soft braid along the face and secure with a bobby pin.

5. Pull out a couple of face framing strands and finish with a medium-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy HAIR.RESORT Spray for added texture with great hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Try backcombing the braids for a deconstructed look.

4. Geisha Girl

A graceful yet simple, Japanese-inspired updo.

Geisha Girl Glamorous Long Hair Updo

Geisha Girl Glamorous Updo Back View

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray. You will be creating four three-stand braids for this style.

2. Create a soft side part and separate hair into four sections: the right side, the left side, the top crown area and the fringe. Pin these sections away and leave remaining hair in back loose.

3. Begin in the back and create a high ponytail. Braid this section into a three-strand braid and coil loosely in the center back of the head. Pin securely with bobby pins.Next, take the hair on the left side and brush it upward to create another small ponytail. Repeat this process on the right of the head. Take both ponytails and tie them together into a relaxed hair bow, as you would do with shoe laces. Move on to the top crown section and brush it back smoothly and away from face. Create a three-strand braid and wrap it around the hair bow.  Secure into place with hair pins. Be sure to leave some sleek ends out for a soft finish.

4. Set this style with a hard hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

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

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Create smaller braids on the dangling ends and pin them up as well.

5. Pincurl Deluxe

A classic style that’s quick and easy to set.

Pincurl Deluxe Updos For Long Hair Side View

Pincurl Deluxe Updos For Long Hair Back View

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Create a soft side part and separate the fringe and right section of the hair. Pin away from the rest of the hair for now.

3. Begin by smoothly brushing the hair on the left side. Take small sections in the back crown area and begin setting your pin curls. Work your way down the head, pin curling small sections until you reach the nape area. Next, smooth the hair on the top and right sides and mist with spray gel. Using a fine-tooth comb, style the fringe into a finger wave pattern. Set the shape into place with duckbill clips and allow hair to set.

4. Remove clips and finish with hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Davines Defining Invisible Honey Gel for strong, natural control and long-lasting wet styles.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Add a sweet bow or barrette for an elegant touch.

6. Flared Bun

This mid-1940’s-inspired bun and pomp are ready to party.

Flared Bun Dramatic Long Hair Updo Retro Glamour

Flared Bun Dramatic Long Hair Updo Back View

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Take the fringe section and create a slight pompadour. Twist and secure with a bobby pin.

3. Brush hair smooth. Gather hair at the ends and begin rolling it under and in an upward direction. Pin hair at the base of the nape area. Place both hands in the open areas of the bun and flare them upwards to create a ‘V’ shape. Secure with bobby pins.

4. Finish with a light-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Moroccan Oil Gold Glimmer Shine Spray for long lasting shine while protecting hair from the effects of UV light and free radicals.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Use a sock bun/padding to ease rolling hair and to maintain shape. Accent with a vintage hair net.

7. Messy Chic

Take bedhead to the next level with this deconstructed side bun.

Messy Chic Loose Long Blonde Updo

Messy Chic Loose Blonde Long Updo Back View

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Create a side part and section the fringe area away. Take remaining hair and create a low side pony. Backcomb the entire ponytail, fold hair upward and secure at the base of the ponytail with bobby pins. Using your fingers or a rattail comb, tug on strands for a messy finish.

3. Move on to the fringe area and brush hair smooth. Rake fingers through hair and allow it to fall. Secure into place with hair pins for a natural finish.

4. Set this look with a light-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FRESH.HAIR for perfect next-day 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 a cute headband for an on-trend look.

8. Holiday Style

This graceful look showcases contrasting textures with a polished edge.

Holiday Long Hair Updo Glamorous Low on Neck Style

Holiday Long Hair Updo Glamorous Low on Neck Style Back View

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Create a side part, brush hair smooth and create a ponytail at the base of the nape area. Take a 2″ wide strand and separate it for now. Backcomb the remaining hair and create large, soft curls and secure with bobby pins. Continue until all hair is secured. Next, take the 2″ wide strand you separated earlier and create a three-strand braid. Wrap the braid on top of and along the bun. Secure into place with hair pins.

3. Set this look with a light-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Sebastian Whipped Creme for delicious curls and perfect waves.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Try adding a flower or even mistletoe for holiday flair.

9. Decadent Diva

This massive bun is a brilliant way to style ultra-long hair.

Decadent Diva Brunette Updo For Long Hair

Decadent Diva Brunette Updo For Long Hair Back View

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Create a side part and separate the fringe and face framing side sections.

3. Next, create a high ponytail. Backcomb the ponytail, twist hair loosely and coil it around the base of the ponytail. Keep this look soft by tugging at strands while securing with hair pins.

4. Move to the fringe and right side section and brush gently to smooth. Take the ends to create a twist and pin it into place with a bobby pin. Repeat this technique on the opposite side.

5. Set this look with a light-hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER for massively big 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 a jeweled headband or a feather fascinator for a stunning finish.

10. Goddess Bun

A ravishing bun with super reflective shine.

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 How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light-hold working hairspray.

2. Brush hair smooth and gather into a ponytail. Separate a few 2″ wide strands and create three braids. Tie them off with small rubber bands and clip away for now.

3. Next, backcomb the underside of the ponytail while keeping the surface area smooth. Curl hair under to create a large bun, securing bottom and sides with bobby pins.

4. Take two of the braids and accent the bun on both the right and left side. Take the last braid and wrap it round the base of the bun.

5. Set this look with a hard hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Oribe Apres Beach for touchable waves with beautiful shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Use a hairpiece or padding for extra volume.

As you can see, many styles are quite simple and easy to achieve with no heat-styling.  Keep in mind, these looks do tend to work best on medium to thick hair. However, fine-haired girls can use clip-in extensions, hair pieces or padding for super volume too.

Keep things simple by sectioning your hair for control and taking things one step at a time. The only hard part will be choosing which look to try first!