Show Off Your Beautiful Curls With These 37 Curly Updos

We’ve got love for all the curly girls out there! Check out these amazing curly updos. Whether it’s your natural curl or you added it with a curling iron, we promise not to tell!

Curly Low Braided Updo

Curly Low Braided Updo
Instagram @guilhermeviega

If you’re looking to tuck up all your locks easily, braids are the chicest way to do it. This ‘do can be as formal or casual and boho as you want!

Beautiful Curly French Twist

Beautiful Curly French Twist
Instagram @locksandlasheswi

Hair stylist Stephanie created this attractive French twist updo with lots of texture that’s suitable for girls with medium hair. The texture and volume creates the illusion of having a lengthy hair while feeling lightweight at the same time.

Stunning Curly Braided Bun

Stunning Curly Braided Bun
Instagram @veronicafensel

This glorious work of art is achieved by first creating curls that provide that immense depth and volume then holding them up in a big low bun. Finish by adorning it with a thick twist and a cute floral crown for a feminine vibe.

Enhanced

Picture of enhanced curly updo
Instagram @hairbysamortega

Enhance your natural curls with this simple yet brilliant updo. Awesome for any occasion whether it be a date night or a casual walk out on the beach!

Loose Curly Updo

Q&A with style creator, Dyana Nematalla
Master Stylist @ Melrose & McQueen Salon in Atlanta, GA

How would you describe this look?

This look is an undone romantic updo. It’s perfect for a naturally curly girl who is going to a fancy event but does not want to straighten her hair out and go through putting it up that way. It’s a more organic looking and tousled way, and it’s one of my favorites.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I usually like to start by wetting your hair and putting a curl cream (Twister by R&Co) and Chiffon Mousse also by R+Co. I then diffuse upside down. It’s perfect for a girl who already has texture in her hair and wants something different for a formal event. This look can also be achieved for straight haired girls by curling and adding texture then slowly raking the front to make a softer more romantic look to the hair.

Tucked Grecian Curls

Q&A with style creator, Krystal Hopkins
Stylist @ Krystalized Hair in Auburn, MA


How would you describe this look?

This Grecian upstyle is not only great for a formal event, my guest here had dinner reservations! The silver bobby pins really brought it home for me. It gave some interest and dimension along with a relevant “Shabby Chic” look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you have curly or wavy hair already, perfect, you will save yourself some time and have yourself a great daily look.  For those that can’t stand their frizzy curls on that second day, pinning your hair up can really be beautiful.

This look was prepped with a triple barrel waver on pin straight hair with my favorite KMS products!

ADD VOLUME liquid dust-blow dried into the hair to plump and give some grit.

THERMASHAPE 2 in 1 spray for heat protection and styling.

HAIR PLAY dry wax-for separation and added texture after we waved the hair, great for all curls.

Curly Low Bun Textured Twist

Q&A with style creator, Michelle
Licensed Cosmetologist @ Makeup and Hair By Michelle in Clearfield, UT


How would you describe this look?

I would describe the style for this look as it being the option of being a formal or not formal style and I love that it has so much natural texture to it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure you have a good hairspray that holds down the curly flyaways. I prefer Kenra hairspray.

Also, pick elastics and bobby pins that match your hair color. This style keeps your hair out of your face with its secure twists and gives it a fun playful style to match your personality.

Romantic Curly Low Updo

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Peters
Independent Stylist in McLean, VA


How would you describe this look?

I did the hair while working for Jewel Hair Design (@jewelhairdesign). I would describe this look as a sophisticated romantic low updo. I think my favorite thing about this style is that it truly embraces natural curls. We didn’t curl her hair at all except in a couple places where there was a kink or a wonky end, but 95% of what you see is her natural texture, so I love that women can embrace the curls they were born with even in updos.

I also love how this style is very versatile. If someone wanted it to be more boho we could let a few tendrils down or we could make it tighter for something more structured. It has options.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is perfect for clients with naturally curly hair and wants to love their curls on their big day. It’s a very secure style so it’ll be perfectly intact by the end of the evening even if she dances the night away.

As for products I used Kenra Smoothing Serum to unify and tame any fly-aways or frizz near the root, Kenra 25 Hairspray and once everything was in place, Kenra Shine Spray to give it a bit of a boost and catch everyone’s eye.

She has lighter pieces that help add dimension, but I always recommend my dark-haired brides to get a few highlights, even if its “milk chocolate” brown highlights to add dimension to a style. Otherwise, details can get lost.

Styling tools I used: 1″ curling iron from Pro Tools, Diane Teasing Comb, Olivia Garden Teasing Brush and Diane Bobby and Hair Pins. The accessory is from Hair Comes The Bride.

Prom Worthy Pinned Curls

Q&A with style creator, Becki Geiger
Hairstylist & Makeup Artist @ Marty’s Salon in Lederach, PA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this textured updo as a romantic, effortless style. My favorite thing about it is that it’s anything but effortless for the stylist! It’s a challenge! Pinning the curls in a specific way is very important in creating a soft, waterfall effect. Everyone’s head and hair are completely different, so a technique that worked for one person may not work for another.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For any formal style or updo, always come into the salon with dry, unwashed hair. Dirty hair is better, so go as many days as you are able to without washing your hair. Feel free to use dry shampoo during those days, it’ll help the teasing process for us! Don’t worry, us stylists will do the work of making your hair not look dirty for the big occasion.

For any curly haired clients out there wanting an updo like this or very similar, expect to get your hair flat ironed before the curling begins! Unless you have perfect, structured curls we would prefer to smooth out your curls, and then curl with a curling iron to create a softer look without any frizz.

I personally think this style is perfect for any hair texture and density! The curls will allow thin, fine hair to appear fuller. A hair length that is between shoulder length to the middle of the back is more suitable for this updo. Any shorter and a bun would not be able to be created and any longer, the hair may be too heavy to give a nice hold.

Many young women turn towards this effortless updo because of the texture. It’s always a go-to for prom and weddings. It adds a little more “personality” than an elegant, sleek style would.

Effortless Curly Half Updo

Effortless Curly Half Updo
Instagram @becky1hair

Q&A with style creator, Becky Gonzalez
Senior Stylist @ InStyle Salon at J.C Penney in Roseville, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as effortless, fun, and versatile.

My favorite thing about this hairstyle is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s a hairstyle that looks like you might have put a lot of work into it, but it’s actually super easy! I also love that you can wear it casual, or fancy it up by adding some jewels or tiny flowers.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To me, the most important part of this hairstyle is the curls that you start with. This hairstyle works best with medium to thick, curly, or wavy hair. If you’re going to try this look with your natural curls, make sure you have enough product in your hair before starting, that way it doesn’t frizz and it’s easier to work with as you pin it up. You can try this style with freshly washed hair or second-day curls.

My client in the photo already had naturally curly hair, so when she came in I re-wet her hair with a spray bottle, applied mousse and a light serum, and dried it on low heat with a diffuser attachment.

If your hair is wavy with minimal curl, you could also touch up a few pieces with a small curling wand or curling iron before pinning up. Just make sure your curls are dry before pinning everything up!

For the next part, just pull the top half of your hair into a ponytail. Make sure to leave a few pieces out in the front for later. I like to divide the ponytail into two sections, twist each of them, and wrap them into a soft bun. Pin it very securely, you can always gently tug on your bun after it’s secured to loosen things a bit.

Touch up those pieces you left out in the front with a curling wand to give everything a softer look and you’re done! Finish off with a light hairspray. I like to use something with a soft hold so that the curls stay natural-looking and don’t feel sticky or hard. My favorite is Soy Touchable hairspray by Healthy Sexy Hair.

The most important thing to remember is that it doesn’t have to look perfect. The more effortless and soft it looks, the better!

Textured Curly Chignon

Textured Curly Chignon
Instagram @ringletts

Q&A with style creator, Mindy Hobley
Owner @ Ringletts Salon in New Orleans, LA


How would you describe this look?

I love this look because it is full and effortless. The current upstyles at Ringletts Salon are softer and easier now. This look exemplifies the texture and simplicity that we embrace.

What is so great about this look is that it can be done on any texture from straight/fine hair to the most coiled curls with proper preparation and styling tools.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look was created on a naturally curly girl.

We polished her with a gloss serum when dry, then twisted and molded the perfect shape into a very textured chignon.

Soft & Organic Natural Curls

Q&A with style creator, Samantha Jane Money
Hairstylist @ Fortelli Salon & Spa in Mississauga, ON


How would you describe this look?

I love working with curly hair! My client was attending her sister’s wedding and we decided to work with her natural curls. I love how soft and organic this looks.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you plan on having a natural curly upstyle, a great way to prep your hair on the day of is to first wash or condition your hair. Use a curl cream or light gel to reduce frizz and twist small, inch by inch sections to form your curls while they are still wet. Make sure you diffuse your hair or have enough time for your hair to dry naturally before meeting with your stylist!

Tousled and Elegant Updo

Tousled and Elegant Updo hairstyle
Instagram @gevhair

Q&A with style creator, Givini E. Vega
Texture Master & Hair Stylist @ Willow Organic Salon & Day Spa in Jacksonville, FL


How would you describe this look?

This is a tousled and elegant updo that is perfect for the carefree, boho bride that allows the curls to do all the work. I absolutely adore how this style seems so effortless.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For this look, we started freshly washed curls that were co-washed with Aveda Be Curly CoWash. I styled with the BeCurly Style Prep and Curl Enhancer, along with a few spritzes of the Aveda Texture Tonic for volume and added texture. I dried her hair for same day volume using my CurlyCo. diffuser. The diffusing allowed for her fine texture to have as much volume as possible with minimum teasing.

If someone wants to attempt this style, I would highly recommend spiral or corkscrew hairpins. They gather plenty of hair with minimal pins. Finishing this style with a bit of hairspray will definitely keep the flyaways at bay.

Romantic Chic Updo with Curls

Romantic Chic Updo hairstyle
Instagram @abbietko

Q&A with style creator, Abbie
Manager / Senior Stylist @ Total Knockout Salon & Spa in Canandaigua, NY


How would you describe this look?

This is a romantic chic updo. I love it because this is a type of look that looks so intricate, but it didn’t take forever to create. What I love most about it are the little curls that hang down in the front and the overall tousled texture that brings out the romantic feel.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To get this look, you should have a 2C or 3A curl type at about a medium length. Day two hair is great to give you a little more tousled and natural look, so a little frizz is GOOD!

If you’re the type who isn’t too high maintenance but loves to dress your hair up a bit, this is a great ‘do for you!

Effortless & Natural

Effortless & Natural hairstyle
Instagram @danipiszczek

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Piszczek
Hair Designer @ Lovely Salon and Spa in Milwaukee, WI


How would you describe this look?

I love this look and would describe it as effortless and natural. Her hair was made for this style! I’m not a fan of forced updos, so when this fell into place it was meant to be.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to someone who wants this style would be that they should have some natural texture. It could work with naturally straight hair, but it would take much more preparation to achieve this look.

Curls are fun and wild so if you were blessed with this hair texture, go with the flow of your hair’s natural desire.

Soft Updo for Tight Curls

Q&A with style creator, Kelley
Hair Artisan and Colorist @ Vincent Salon in Eagan, MN


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a great upstyle for a bride, bridesmaid, or any special event.

What I love most about this look is the softness. By taking a small curling iron (one about the size of the curl pattern) to the client’s natural curl, we were able to create a more polished look without losing its authenticity.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

To achieve this look, a curl-enhancing regimen of shampoo, conditioner and mousse was used. I love the Living Proof curl line because it works wonders for fine/density challenged hair such as this. Before curling, I layered Living Proof’s Dry Volume Blast and Control hairspray. If humidity is a factor, layer Living Proof’s Humidity Control as well.

To finish, I added another round or two of Control hairspray. TIP: Use more hair pins than bobby pins to achieve a softer look. They tend to not disrupt the curls as much either!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Being that I’m a believer in enhancing one’s natural beauty, I feel this look is a great and flattering option for naturally curly girls. The iron size should vary based on the curl pattern and the hair should always be wrapped around the barrel for a more authentic look.

The final product is in the details. By taking into account the client’s features and face shape, we created softness by framing her face with cheekbone-grazing curls and neck brushing tendrils.

Relaxed and Textured Messy Updo

Q&A with style creator, Stacie Goodwin
Moblie Wedding Hairdresser @ Stacie Goodwin Hairdressing in Suffolk, England


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a relaxed, textured updo. My favorite thing about it is that it’s a very versatile style. It can be worn simply by itself or you can add a number of accessories. You can try a band as pictured, a hair vine, small pins, or even fresh flowers would all suit this kind of updo.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

This look was created by mainly using the client’s own natural curls. I used a combination of products including Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil and Kenra Matte Texture Putty. I mixed the two and used it to define the curls.

My tips would be to not be too neat and structured when creating this style. It’s supposed to look effortless, as if it has been put up in a few minutes. Another tip is if you find you need to define the curls further, a small curling wand is a great tool. It curls the hair in a way that still gives a natural effect.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this hairstyle for anyone looking for a soft, relaxed style. It is suitable for a bride, adding fresh flowers and a veil, but equally suitable without  accessories if you were going to dinner with friends.

Although this client has naturally curly hair, it can be created easily with a curling wand on most hair types. I’d recommend having shoulder length hair or longer. I think this look suits most face shapes because of the relaxed, tousled feel of the style.

Soft & Timeless Updo

Q&A with style creator, Brandy Godden
Hairstylist @ Studio 62 Salon in Victoria, BC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I feel this look is a soft, romantic and timeless updo that embraces her beautiful natural curls. It’s delicate yet elegant, and beautiful for a wedding or a graduation.

I love texture in upstyled hair becaise it adds such softness. I loved working with the hair vine as well. It was my first time using one and found it allowed so much room for creativity.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I asked her to come in with her natural curls dry and set with her usual curl cream. I love Redavid Orchid Oil and I used it to smooth over her dry hair. I also used Sexy Hair 450 Protect and wrapped each curl around a 1/2-inch curling iron, alternating directions.

I created a low bun as a cushion and pinned the ringlets into the base. I pinned in the vine in at the end and sprayed with shine spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for anyone with curly hair that would like to enhance their natural texture. It would be a great look for any formal occasion. It’s a perfect way for those who love to embrace their curls to feel elegant and still feel like themselves.

Romantically Braided Curly Updo

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Aguilar
Stylist / Colorist @ The Style Bar in Stamford, CT


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a romantic updo. My favorite thing about it is how the curls give it a soft yet very elegant look.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Start off by prepping the hair with a light oil to get rid of flyaways and give the hair some shine. I used a small amount of the Bumble and bumble Hairdresser Invisible Oil. To finish, I set with a light hairspray so that the curls stay in place but don’t look crunchy or stiff. I used Bumble and bumble Does It All Hairspray with her because of she has fine hair, but you can always use something with a little more hold depending on the hair type.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

What I love about this look is that it’s very versatile and any woman can wear it. It looks beautiful on any face shape. I always pin the hair around the face last so that I can frame the hair around the face to flatter each individual. This look is great for any formal occasion!

Curly Top Knot

Curly Top Knot
Instagram @justinemarjan

This messy yet awesomely done high knot is surely an eye-candy! You can leave some of your soft curls down your face for a flirty vibe and a framing effect.

Curls ‘N Sheen

Glam curls combined with red highlights make this hairstyle one that you and all your friends will love!

Glamorous Curly Updo with Red Highlights

How To Style:

  1. Work curl defining cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Blow dry hair completely using a dryer with a diffuser attachment. Make sure the dryer is on a low or medium heat setting.
  3. Backcomb hair near the scalp and just above the forehead area.
    Smooth some hair from the hairline towards the back so the backcombing doesn’t show through.
  4. Secure hair up and slightly to the side in a ponytail.
  5. Spray curl setting spray on hair that will be curled.
  6. Use a 1 or ¾-inch curling iron to add curls (or define your own) in the ponytail.
  7. Pin some curls near the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic.
  8. Spray with medium or high hold hairspray for all night hold.

Recommended Products:

Try Bed Head Foxy Curls Mousse which is an extreme curl mousse designed to condition and soften hair while maintaining shape and style!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is best for those with oval, heart, round and square faces who have thick, naturally wavy or curly hair.

French Twist Curls

Check out this great combination of curly hair in a classic updo.

Curly French Twist UpdoCurly French Twist Updo Back

How To Style:

  1. Wring excess moisture from freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  2. Work a high hold curl defining cream or gel throughout hair.
  3. Use a blow dryer, set to medium heat, with a diffuser attachment to blow dry hair completely and enhance curl.
  4. Pull hair into a one-sided French twist and secure with bobby pins. Allow the loose ends to come out of the top.
  5. Arrange curls along one side.
  6. Finish with medium to high hold hairspray for added style support.

Recommended Products:

Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hairspray contains wheat protein and an organic aloe blend that expands when hair is wet and retracts when dry to enhance curl or wave.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle is best on those with naturally wavy or curly hair and who have an oval, pear, diamond or round shaped face.

Subtle Side Curls

Softly defined curls are the perfect complement for this flowing style and two-toned blonde color!

Soft Curly Updo with Braid

How To Style:

  1. Work styling cream through towel-dried hair.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Blow dry completely, smoothing with a paddle brush as you go.
  4. Add an inverted French braid about two inches away from your hairline. Begin the braid behind one ear, then work it over your head and down to the ends behind your other ear.
  5. Spray thermal heat protectant through the rest of your hair.
  6. Use a 1-inch barrel curling iron to add curls through the front of your hair, curling away from your face for a whimsical yet grown-up style.
  7. Use bobby pins to loosely secure hair to one side.
  8. Finish with a medium to high hold hairspray for style memory.

Recommended Products:

Try Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable, which is a light hairspray that supplies hydration to nourish and repair hair while offering UV and heat protection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle works best on naturally wavy or straight hair and those with an oval, square, diamond or heart shaped face.

Inverted French Twist

This style has flipped the script on the traditional French twist by styling the hair below the twist rather than on top.

Inverted French Twist HairstyleInverted French Twist Hairstyle Back

How To Style:

  1. Spray a light styling spray throughout hair to give it some grip.
  2. Gather hair to the top of one side and twist it down and towards the other side into an inverted French twist.
  3. Secure with bobby pins to hold the style in place.
  4. Use a ¾ or 1-inch barrel curling iron to add curls through the loose ends.
  5. Use additional bobby pins to arrange the curls around the open end of the twist to hide it and create lots of volume at the bottom of the style.
  6. Finish with medium or high hold hairspray for added style memory.

Recommended Products:

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist is a lightweight, instantly absorbing mist that can be used as a treatment or a style primer to eliminate frizz, shield hair from heat styling tools, enhance shine, and protect color while boosting your hair’s health.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style works best on those with naturally curly or straight hair and on those with an oval, heart, or diamond shaped face.

In the Wild

Go crazy and have fun with more of a haute couture style in this naturally curly style that’s injected with tons of volume.

Haute Couture Curly UpdoHaute Couture Curly Updo Side

How To Style:

  1. Wring excess moisture from freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  2. Work a medium hold curl defining cream or gel throughout hair.
  3. Use a blow dryer, set to medium heat, with a diffuser attachment to blow dry hair completely and enhance curl.
  4. Using various random sections, pull hair up to the crown (top of your head) and use bobby pins to secure. Let some random pieces fall, as this style looks amazing when it’s purposely left a little undone!
  5. Use light or medium hold hairspray for added style support.

Recommended Products:

AG Hair’s High & Dry matte volume and finish spray is a versatile, high-grip spray that infuses hair with natural lift and a matte texturized finish. The non-powdery and non-sticky spray creates the perfect balance of volume and texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle looks great on those with naturally very wavy or curly hair and those with a petite, diamond or oval face.

Sweet ‘N Simple

This style may look difficult, but it’s really all about simple weaving and pinning!

Sweet Simple Curly UpdoSweet Simple Curly Updo Side

How To Style:

  1. Work styling cream through towel-dried hair.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Blow dry hair completely.
  4. Starting in the middle back, use a 3/4 or 1-inch barrel curling iron to add curls throughout.
  5. Weave curls in and