22 Simple Updos That are Cute & Easy for Beginners

Simple updos for women

Updos are an easy way to bring some creativity and versatility to your look. Whether you’re going to a wedding, headed out for a night out on the town, rocking out at a concert, or simply wanting to change things up a bit, give one of these eye-catching simple updos a try!

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Dashing Dark Brunette Twisted Bun
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#1: Dashing Dark Brunette Twisted Bun

This is the love child of a knot and a chignon. I love the simplicity of the overall look combined with the detail in the back. I like the stray flyaways that go out from the knot. The flyaways give your hair a soft, natural, real feel.

This hairstyle is great for a woman who likes a softer, more natural look but also likes a little bit of extra detail. It’s perfect for just about anything ranging from a daytime event, a night out, or a wedding – for a bridesmaid, or even for a bride! It’s so versatile! With a few tweaks here and there, it can be customized for all hair types, textures, and personalities. You’ll definitely turn heads with this beautiful updo!

#2: Pretty Loose and Messy Low Chignon

This pretty low chignon paired with few dainty pearl hair pins is such a romantic hairstyle. In my experience with this type of low updo, I prep the hair with texturizing spray to create a gritty base. When you plan to start to form your chignon, start by curling in sections. Do this with a big barrel curling iron and hold the curl in your hand until it has cooled down, then drop. Separate and wrap into a loose bun, pinching and pulling pieces for an airy effect.

Simple Sweet Low Updo for Brunette Hair
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#3: Sweet Low Updo for Brunette Hair

A sweet low updo works beautifully on collarbone-length hair or longer. If you do wear your hair shorter, I suggest adding some clip-in extensions. Or, try hair padding for more fullness in your bun. Leave out a couple of random tresses around your face for softness. A guaranteed hold for your elegant look will require a strong hold finishing spray.

Easy French Twist
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#4: Easy French Twist

Tuck in those dimensional strands into a straightforward elegant bun! Gorgeous for any casual or red carpet event.

Golden brown low updo for prom formal simple updos
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#5: Golden Brown Low Updo for Prom

This is a simple yet stunning updo for prom. My favorite thing about it is how fast it was to create this look, as updos don’t have to be complicated. I suggest using second-day hair without washing so that it has a bit of texture and won’t get so frizzy when you pull it apart to make the updo fuller. Dry shampoo is also highly recommended.

#6: Sexy Twisted Updo

This is simple and understated. It’s an elegant updo with a beautiful undone feel to it. This style is for the girl who doesn’t like her hair to be too structured. I like to do a little backcombing at the crown to add a little height. I use a texturizing spray like Joico Hair Shake to add texture and grip to the twisted sections. A little updo like this is a joy to create.

Romantic Quick Twist for Natural Hair
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#7: Romantic Quick Twist for Natural Hair

Go for a simple updo that can be done for any occasion when you just want your hair out of your face. It could also be great for a romantic dinner or special occasion if you add a few accessories. My favorite thing about this updo is you can easily do it by yourself in 5 to 10 minutes.

An updo is best if you have second-day hair to give it more dimension. To make it look really romantic, pull some soft pieces out on your sides. If you have fine hair, second-day hair is best. Unless you use some hairspray to make it more textured for some dimension. If done on second-day hair, hairspray won’t be needed. It could be done on any hair texture and hair type.  It’s best suited for a short to medium hair length.

A Romantic Low Bun
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#8: A Romantic Low Bun

I’ve been seeing variations of these romantic low buns all over the internet lately, and I love them! I love how soft and classic they are. This is a timeless look that will not go out of style. For the most beautiful finish, you’ll want to curl your hair first, give a light tease to your roots, and make sure it’s smooth.

If you don’t have a lot of time, then you can do this with straight hair, too. However, if you have thin hair you’ll want to make sure there is a lot of volume and texture added before starting the updo. Once you’ve added volume, you can start to twist and pin the back. You will want to add volume in different places and amounts depending on the shape of your face. Then, tease your hair that is not pinned, smooth it out, and twist and roll it up into a nice bun. Pin it in place and you’re done! Make sure to lock it in with enough pins and hairspray so it will last all day!

#9: Cutest Side Bun

This look is meant to be effortless and flow harmoniously with your hair. We wanted something that looked classy and polished without being super structured or detailed. This hairstyle would work if you want a flowy, romantic, loose hairstyle. If you are looking for a classy elegant hairstyle that looks modern and creative, this is it. It works really well for clients who want their hair up and away from their face, without being a high, sleek updo. This effortless style can be achieved with most hair types and can also be enhanced by adding hair accessories or even braids.

Classic French Braid Updo
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#10: Classic French Braid Updo

This inside-out weave ends into an exquisite twisted low bun that gives off a bohemian finish. Match with flowing lacey dresses and you’re sure to receive endless compliments.

Picture of a trendsetting high bun simple updo
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#11: Trendsetting High Bun

The Easiest High Bun
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#12: The Easiest High Bun

I love the simple updo look very much. Updo buns make the woman naturally younger and simply much more elegant. Sometimes, there’s no need to wear any hair bands or flowers, but it still makes you attractive. To me, limited hair accessories are the best. An updo bun is suitable for women who want to look younger. You can wear it to parties, prom, or birthdays, such as a quinceanera. It’s also a good choice for brides.

Picture of a smooth and big bun simple updo
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#13: Smooth and Big Bun

This is a soft, elegant, high-top, big bun. To achieve this style you will want to make sure you have a body-building spray for added volume and hold. The perfect product to use is Texture Wave from Shu Uemura. Spray all over on dry hair before securing it into a high ponytail. Back-brush the ponytail and softly twist it around the base of the elastic band and pin it into place. Spray Sheer Lacquer from Shu Uemura to hold into place.

#14: Must-Try Messy Bun Wedding Updo

This is a messy yet simple style. If you do not have a lot of hair, find a stylist who works well with baby, fine hair. It’s all in the teasing and twisting! Also, use a lot of dry shampoo. That helps to add texture and grit to your hair.

#15: Fantastically Twisted Braids for Mid-Length Hair

An effortless twisted updo! This look is very elegant and gives your hair volume and texture without looking messy. It’s perfect for bridal or special occasions like a classy or boho look. My favorite thing about this style would be that the curls you create are the foundation for the look.

Medium to thick shoulder-length hair is great for this style. Highlighted hair types will create amazing depth and movement. Brunettes can also rock this look. To create the feature side twist, simply curl the bottom section over and the top section under, rolling them into the back so that they blend into each other to create a braid-like look.

#16: Classy Bun with a Bow

This look is a simple, yet flirty style. It shows the elegance of a classic bun, but the bow gives it that extra sass. This look is perfect for any wedding party member needing a little classy spice!

I recommend starting with fresh, clean hair that is blow-dried with the Bumble & bumble Thicken Up product line. Finish with Kenra’s High Def Spray and Firm Hold Hairspray to ensure the look will stay through the night!

Wearable braided bun updo
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#17: Wearable Braided Bun

This is a hairstyle created with wavy hair. It looks light and elegant and can be worn for special occasions like going to the theatre or a classical concert. This hairstyle is also suitable for a wedding. Just add some fresh flowers or an elegant accessory and it will look even more beautiful. This hairstyle is easiest to create on women with at least medium-length hair and looks best on blonde and brunette hair.

Soft & Feminine Braided Updo Hairstyle
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#18: Soft & Feminine Braided Updo

My favorite part of this look is the braid. This client has very thick hair with a coarse texture, so it made for a great full braid. Start with curling or smoothing out your hair and some teasing around the crown. Always pull out your braids to make them appear fuller. I do this on every braid, even when the client has full-textured hair.

Classic Chignon hairstyle
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#19: Simple Chignon Updo

This look would be best described as the classic chignon or classic low bun. My favorite thing about this upstyle is that it’s elegant and effortless. It’s also simple to do. With just a few steps, you can achieve this timeless look!

You need bobby pins, a hair donut, texturizing powder, and a light hairspray. Mold the donut into an oval shape before pinning it into your nape. Tease the roots from the crown all the way to your hairline for volume. Spray the updo, then dry your hairstyle with a diffuser to help set it. It won’t move after that!

#20: Classic Full Updo

This is an elegant but simple look. It’s very tough to create such a smooth style because not everyone’s hair has a perfect texture. As a stylist, you really need to know your stuff and prep the hair as much as you can first. My favorite thing is how smooth the hairline is and how full the bun is.

There were a few tricks to this updo that you wouldn’t guess. I used about four to five rubber banded ponytails to get it as tight as I could. I love Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to give it more stability. I also used a donut bun to help give it more fullness.

Timeless Upstyle hairstyle
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#21: Timeless & Simple Updo

I would describe this upstyle as classic yet romantic. It has simplicity and softness to make it a timeless look. My favorite things about this style are the twisting sides and that anyone can wear it.

With every upstyle like this, I always curl set the hair to achieve the most volume. As far as products go, I love to use Kenra Working Spray as I am doing the style because it doesn’t get tacky or too stiff. It gives me the hold I am looking for and also the flexibility to move pieces and still look soft. Another go-to is Oribe Shine Spray. With any upstyle, using matte bobby pins makes a huge difference in hiding your pins.

Bohemian Bun hairstyle
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#22: Bohemian Bun Updo

I love this bohemian bun because it’s so versatile. My favorite thing about it is that you can dress it up for a formal occasion, or dress it down for everyday wear. You can achieve this look in just a few minutes!

This bun was created by making two pigtails with pulled-apart braids that are pinned together. Make sure you zigzag the part so that you don’t see any lines when you comb it down into the bun. Definitely use a light hairspray! This look is great for any face shape and for anyone who wants to have a simple, effortless style.




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