31 Simple Updos That are Cute & Easy for Beginners

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Updos are an easy way to bring 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, give one of these eye-catching simple updos a try!

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#1: Double Pull-Through Braids and a Roll Bun

Try a double-sided pull-through braid with a rolled-up bun for simple updo hairstyles. Try splitting your hair in half down the center for fun, easy style. Use small elastics to create little ponytails down each side. Pull each ponytail in through the next to mimic braiding. Make your hair wrap around itself into a low bun and secure it with bobby pins.

#2: Loosely-Styled Twisted Low Middle Bun

This loosely-styled low, middle bun is an excellent option for those seeking simple and cute updos. Start by sectioning hair from the center of your head back, then gathering it into two of the same ponytails. Tie each section off with an elastic band. Twist the pieces together to create a long rope shape. Roll it up towards the nape of your neck, securing it with bobby pins into a secure knot at the base of your scalp. You’ll love how the updo brings out the highlights in your hair. You’ll want to add a medium-hold hairspray, such as Redken’s Control 28, to keep it in place.

Simple Easy Center Top Knot Updo
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#3: Easy Center Top Knot

Create an effortless yet chic look with a center top knot. This simple updo is perfect for beginners, as it can be achieved in just a few steps. Start by gathering the hair at the crown of your head and tying a half-up ponytail to secure it. Twist the length of your ponytail before pinning it into the desired high but loose bun shape. Use bobby pins to help secure pieces in place and achieve your desired style. Hairspray can also be added for extra hold. Try the Paul Mitchell Super Sculpt Hairspray. Finish off this look with Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Rose Hair Serum for nourishment.

#4: Soft Messy Twisted Bun

A soft messy twisted bun is a classic updo that’s perfect for beginners. It’s created by gathering the hair at the nape of the neck, some of it left out to frame the face, and twisting it into a bun. To finish off this look, spritz with hairspray for hold. The best part about this style is that it looks great on all hair types and lengths. But if you would like a fuller look, add some clip-in extensions. For an extra boost in volume and texture, add a few curls using your curling iron. Allow cooling and gently run your fingers through for a softer feel.

#5: Soft Curly Top Bun

The soft curly top bun is the perfect way to create a secure and simple updo hairstyle that’s cute and easy for beginners. Pair it with any outfit for an instant upgrade! Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail to achieve this look. Then, separate the tail into two sections. Twist each section around itself until you have created a tight coil at the base of your head. Secure with bobby pins and finish off with hairspray for a long-lasting hold. With just a few strands left loose around the face for softness.

#6: Side Bun and Big Braid for Long Hair

Many long-haired ladies love the look of a side bun and big braid for formal occasions. This braided sleek, chic style is easy to achieve with some simple accessories to keep it in place. To get this look, communicate your desired outcome to a hair professional. They’ll need some sections of hair pulled back into two plaits on either side. Then, they’ll be twisted together at the nape. Finish off with a few pins or clips, and you’re good to go!

#7: French Braid and Bun Hairdo

One of the most asked-for looks is a plait of some sort. I find a plait into a bun at the back of the nape is a modern but chic take on an updo. Remember that tight, stiff hair is not what you want, so opt for a looser, full plait. If your hair isn’t thick enough, your stylist can use padding to give your hair more volume.

#8: Face-Framing Brunette Bun

Airy, loose updos are the look right now. A low knot gives a sophisticated class. Ask for volume at the crown to provide a softer shape and leave strands loosely curled around the face to frame it. For long hair, remember your bun will look full. But the position may need to be brought up to allow for the clothes neckline.

#9: Relaxed Chignon with a Face Frame

A relaxed chignon is a vibe for any formal occasion. Add a point of detail by crossing the hair and weaving it into a shape that is great if you’re not into accessories. Applying hair padding to the nape for the hair to sit around will give the look foundation and fullness. I recommend styling with a loose soft face frame for a feminine take.

Dashing Dark Brunette Twisted Bun
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#10: 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 and a little 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 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 turn heads with this beautiful updo!

#11: Pretty Loose and Messy Low Chignon

This pretty low chignon paired with a few dainty pearl hair pins is 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, begin 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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#12: Sweet Low Updo for Brunette Hair

A sweet low updo works beautifully on collarbone-length hair or longer. If you wear shorter hair, 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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#13: 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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#14: 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 simple hair updos don’t have to be complicated. I suggest using second-day hair without washing to have a bit of texture and not get so frizzy when you pull it apart to make the updo fuller. Dry shampoo is also highly recommended.

#15: 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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#16: Romantic Quick Twist for Natural Hair

Go for a simple updo that can be done for any occasion when you 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 that you can easily do it yourself in 5 to 10 minutes.

An updo is best if you have second-day hair to give it more dimension. Pull some soft pieces out on your sides to make it look really romantic. 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 short to medium hair length.

A Romantic Low Bun
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#17: 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 ensure it’s smooth.

If you have little time, you can do this with straight hair. However, if you have thin hair, you’ll want to ensure a lot of volume and texture are added before starting the updo. Once you’ve added volume, you can 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!

#18: 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 will work if you want a flowy, romantic, loose hairstyle. This is it if you are looking for a classy, elegant hairstyle that looks modern and creative. It works well for clients who want their hair up and away from their face without a high, sleek updo. This effortless style can be achieved with most hair types and can be enhanced by adding hair accessories or braids.

Classic French Braid Updo
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#19: Classic French Braid Updo

This inside-out weave ends in an exquisite twisted low bun that gives off a bohemian finish. Match with flowing lacey dresses, and you will receive endless compliments.

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

The Easiest High Bun
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#21: 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, wearing hair bands or flowers is not necessary, 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.

#22: Smooth and Big Bun

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

#23: 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.

#24: Fantastically Twisted Braids for Mid-Length Hair

An effortless twisted updo! This elegant look 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 is 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, curl the bottom section over and the top section under, rolling them into the back to blend into each other to create a braid-like look.

#25: 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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#26: 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. 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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#27: Soft & Feminine Braided Updo

My favorite part of this look is the braid. This client has thick hair with a coarse texture, making 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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#28: Simple Chignon Updo

This look would best describe the classic chignon or 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!

It would be best if you had bobby pins, a hair donut, texturizing powder, and a light hairspray. Mold the donut into an oval shape before pinning it to your nape. Tease the roots from the crown 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!

Classic full updo
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#29: Classic Full Updo

This is an elegant but simple look. Creating such a smooth style is very tough because not everyone’s hair has a perfect texture. As a stylist, you need to know your stuff and prep the hair as much as possible. 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 possible. 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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#30: Timeless & Simple Updo

This upstyle is classic yet romantic. It has simplicity and softness to make it a timeless look. My favorite things about this style are the twisting sides, which anyone can wear.

With every upstyle like this, I curl to set the hair to achieve the most volume. Regarding products, I love to use Kenra Working Spray as I do the style because it doesn’t get tacky or too stiff. It gives me the hold I am looking for and 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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#31: 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 wear it 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 pinned together. Make sure you zigzag the part, so you don’t see any lines when you comb it down into the bun. Use light hairspray! This look is great for any face shape and anyone who wants a simple, effortless style.

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