33 Ridiculously Easy DIY Chic Updos

Looking for a new way to twist your hair into shape? It’s time to break out those bobby pins! We’re here to share some swoon-worthy updos that are surprisingly easy to create. Find a new way to play up your personal style with these chic updos.

Elegant Braided Updo

Picture of an elegant braided formal easy updo
Instagram @ellebelle_hairandlashes

This features a super charming and romantic simple updo. Super easy to do – just create a thick loose braid starting from the side of your head down to the other side, let down some front pieces and curl them for a flirty vibe, and you’re ready to strut!

Two-Toned Twists

Picture of two-tones twists formal easy updo
Instagram @hairstylist_aida

A really simple yet sophisticated-looking updo is this twisted bun that works amazingly when you have highlights or ombre going on with your hair. The twists give your colored hair dimension and interest without effort.

Simple Airy-Textured Bun

Picture of simple airy textured bun formal easy updo
Instagram @fringebyparis

A messy yet sleek and classy bun gives a flattering look for any occasion whether it be a formal night or a day in the mall. Add texture to your hair by spraying some sea salt spray or simply tousling it before doing this lovely low bun.

Vintage-Inspired Swirls

Picture of a vintage inspired swirls formal easy updo
Instagram @katebotcherby

Q&A with style creator, Kate Botcherby
Hairdressing Apprentice @ Albert Fields in Reading, UK

How would you describe this look?

This is completely romantic and perfect for clients looking to add a little bit of Hollywood glamour to their style, while still keeping it sweet and contemporary.

I love the way the slight gaps in the top layer of hair reveal the curls underneath. I feel it adds texture and interest to the look as opposed to one coherent wave over the surface.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would always consider the client’s hair length and density. I imagine building a look like this, like building a house if there aren’t enough materials to build a solid house, don’t start. It’ll just fall down!

In this instance, my client has waist length hair that is fairly fine, and to be honest, in need of a good cut! However, it made the perfect base to start with, as the length gave me loads to work with and the flyaway nature of the hair gave me lots of additional hold when backcombed! Hairspray is an absolute must, and the Wella Eimi Misitify Me Strong Hairspray is my favourite for constructing these types of looks.

The flowers I included are interchangeable and I did think retrospectively how cute this might have looked with a metal hair piece that was really punky and ornate – think a steampunk kind of thing!

I love that contrast of something really beautiful and classic juxtaposed against something really solid and urban. However, my client was after something to reflect her own style. So we went with two small pink roses to compliment not only her hair colour, but also her stature. Any larger type of flower on such a petite lady may have looked slightly OTT, and ruined the delicacy of the overall finish.

All in all, this look is perfect for a formal event, summer garden party, wedding, or birthday.  Although, I would have to advise keeping headbanging to a minimum!

Twisted Up

Q&A with style creator, Emily Fishburn
Mobile Bridal Hairstylist @ Dolls & Sailors in Brisbane, QLD


How would you describe this look?

The Textured French Roll is designed to be a modern take on the classic French Roll. This look is quite heavily textured to feel modern and chic while remaining as sophisticated as the original classic style. I always make sure to leave a few tendrils out around the face for softness. My favorite thing about this style is that it is a wearable style that can complement almost any outfit!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is my #1 favourite style for a client who wants to look formal, without looking too over-done. You may dress this style up or down, depending on your outfit and the occasion you are wearing it too.

It is an ideal choice for somebody who has shorter hair who may struggle to get their hair into an updo.

I always incorporate a crescent hair-padding piece to finer hair to give the illusion of thickness.

I find myself recommending this style to wedding guests so they can have their hair styled up, without looking like a bridesmaid.

Unstructured Messy Chignon

Unstructured Messy Chignon hairstyle
Instagram @stellaandhutch

Q&A with style creator, Heather
Executive Senior Stylist @ Stella & Hutch in Belmont / Newtown, VIC


How would you describe this look?

This is an unstructured, messy chignon. I love the fact that she looks like she has loads of hair, but it is actually a long bob that barely touches her shoulders.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look was perfect for my client that was off to a family wedding and wanted to look like she had made an effort but without trying to outdo the bridesmaids!

Simple Faux Braid

Simple Faux Braid hairstyle
Instagram @katieelombardi

Q&A with style creator, Katie Lombardi
Hairstylist @ Quattra Via Aveda Salon Spa in Carlsbad, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a simple faux braided look that has an elegant feel to it without having to try too hard at all to achieve it. My favorite thing about this look is that it’s SO easy to create, but it still looks very put together.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Prep your hair to be smooth before doing the “braid” if you want a sleek look like this photo. Use smoothing products from your favorite professional line on wet hair and blow dry your hair smooth. I used Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep and Aveda Glossing Straightener to blow dry, then smoothed the hair over with Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Serum.

If your hair gets frizzy, lightly run a flat iron on low heat over your hair, then mimic the “braided” look with elastics! An even easier option would be to work with your natural wave or day-old curls for a looser, more romantic “braided” look.

This style is perfect for work events, holiday parties, interviews, weddings, or any event when you need to look pulled together but don’t have the time to put in a lot of work to get a pretty style!

Boho Chic Updo

Boho Chic Updo hairstyle
Instagram @hair.x.haley

Q&A with style creator, Haley Hotchkiss
Hair Artist @ Kiss and Makeup in Spokane, WA


How would you describe this look?

This look is so boho chic. I love that it requires minimal to no heat, so it’s a look I can do on the fly!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for recreating this look would be to secure the braids by making an “X” with your bobby pins. This will keep the hair nice and secure while you pull out all the pieces you want to give it texture! I teased my hair slightly at the crown and sprayed it with a little texture spray to give it some volume, but you can customize it to your own style and hair texture!

This look holds all day long and is a fun alternative style to keep your hair out of your face. You could also add some fun hair jewelry to make it even more festive and chic!

Knotted Bun

Knotted Bun hairstyle
Instagram @ufirami

Q&A with style creator, Galyna Poczciwinski
Senior Designer @ Ulta Beauty in Milford, CT


How would you describe this look?

This knotted bun is great for any occasion, formal event, or even an everyday look. I love how easy it is to achieve and still looks sophisticated.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look works great for medium to long hair and can be worn by anyone.

I used Redken Control Addict 28 to set this style. It is a strong hold hairspray that helps fight against humidity without residue or flaking. It is also flexible, allowing you to easily change the style if needed.

Fishtail Twist

Fishtail Twist hairstyle
Instagram @devatpuresalon

Q&A with style creator, Devlyn McCormick
Hairstylist @ Pure Salon in Columbus, GA


How would you describe this look?

I call this hairstyle the fishtail twist. It’s a simple hair bump wrapped with a fishtail braid, that is also wrapped with the front/bang piece.

My favorite thing about it would be the twist around the fishtail braid. While I was creating this updo, I did it thinking it would look kind of strange, but it turned out looking cute and different!

Any advice for someone considering it?

It is best to curl hair prior to starting the updo. Tease the top and crown to desired height. You can customize the braid to any type of braid you are best at!

Make sure you have enough hair in the front to loop around the braid and all the way to the back of the head.

Simple & Elegant

Q&A with style creator, Tara McCutchen
Cosmetologist in Plano, TX


How would you describe this look?

I love this look because it is so simple and easy to do! Literally, anyone could do it, I swear!

I think this look is so elegant and simple, making it perfect for any occasion. I’ve used it on clients who are just wanting something simply, flirty and elegant, and I’ve also used it on brides with the addition of a nice jewel clip or even a flower crown.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look took me no more than ten minutes to create. I prepped the hair with sea salt spray to give it a little bit of grip, then finished it off with some medium hold hairspray. I’ve created this look on anyone from shoulder-length hair to hair that’s down their back.

I love that you can make this look a little messy and relaxed for a boho-type feel, or extremely tight and neat for a special event.

Modern Chignon Bun

Modern Chignon Bun hairstyle
Instagram @trenadee.sky

Q&A with style creator, Trenadee Sky Broberg
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist @ Distinctive Salon & Spa in Phoenix / Biltmore, AZ


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

I’d describe this look as a modern take on the classic chignon bun.

My favorite thing about this updo would be the movement of it all. I love how the hair drapes, sweeps and wraps around itself to create an effortless look.

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

This guest had a finer texture, so I used Aveda’s Thickening Tonic to give the illusion of thicker hair and a thicker bun. A helpful tip when creating a slightly textured look is to pinch and clip little sections of hair with small double-pronged clips, then spray with Aveda’s Control Force to hold the pieces in place. The more you clip, the more piecey the look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for someone with fine to medium textured hair that is attending a special event such as a gala or holiday party. This sort of look pairs nicely with a dress that has a higher front neckline and a slightly draped back.

Heatless Modern Chignon

Q&A with style creator, Janel Schulz
Senior Stylist / Makeup Artist @ Simply Stunning Hair & Makeup in Fort Saskatchewan, AB


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

I would describe this look as soft, simple and romantic. My favorite thing about this look was that it was done without the use of hot tools.

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

My favorite products for a recreating a look like this are from Unite. I love 7 Seconds Glossing to smooth out the sections and add shine, Texturiza for pancaking the twists and adding texture to the look, and Expanda Dust for tons of volume.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for a client with medium density and medium length hair. It’s perfect for someone who wants a modern, romantic twist to a classic low chignon.

#1 Flapper-esque

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Here’s a 20s-inspired look that is both beautiful and effortless.

Flapper Inspired Look with Headband
Style by Carly Dehmer, Moda 330 The Salon
Flapper Inspired Look with Headband Back
Style by Carly Dehmer, Moda 330 The Salon

How To Style:

  1. Lightly spray dry hair with a flexible hold hairspray.
  2. Backcomb the top crown section.
  3. Gather hair into two sections at the occipital and nape. Twist each section loosely, then pin to secure. Pull on a few strands for fullness and volume.
  4. Accent with a sparkly headband, then push it up to create that volume boost at the crown.
  5. Set this style with a soft hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Oribe Après Beach Wave And Shine Spray 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:

Add a sparkly headband to dress up this look for an evening out.

#2 Princess Twist

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This elegant updo is super fast and simple to create.

Easy Elegant Twist Updo for Long Hair
Style by Alysha Frary, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH
Easy Elegant Twist Updo for Long Hair Back
Style by Alysha Frary, Makeup by Robbin Jackson, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Brush dry hair through and lightly backcomb the back.
  2. Brush remaining hair smooth through the ends.
  3. Take the ends and slowly roll hair up towards the nape .
  4. Secure the horizontal shape with bobby pins as needed.
  5. Style fringe loosely.
  6. Set style with a firm 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 round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on medium hair.

Tip:

Fan the roll for a flowered effect.

#3 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 Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA
Looped French Braid Updo for Long Hair Back
Style by Alyssa Shatek, Makeup by Claudia Alvarado, Blaze 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 and into a loop.
  4. Secure with bobby pins as needed, leaving the ends loose.
  5. Pull out 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.

#4 Dutch Halo

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Easy Dutch Halo for Long Hair
Style by Danielle Albrecht, Makeup by Jenna Romeo, William Wesley Grand Salon & Spa, Davenport, IA
Easy Dutch Halo for Long Hair Back
Style by Danielle Albrecht, Makeup by Jenna Romeo, William Wesley Grand 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 in 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.

#5 Nouveau Twist

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Take your look to the next level with this sleek twisted chignon.

Sleek Twisted Chignon for Long Hair
Style by London Hair

How To Style:

  1. Lightly spray dry hair with a flexible hold hairspray.
  2. Create a soft side parting.
  3. Brush hair smooth with a boar bristle brush to enhance natural shine.
  4. Gather hair at the back and twist it near the nape. Anchor some hair pins at the base to hold the shape. Continue to pin as you move up the head.
  5. Twist and swirl hair up, then tuck ends into place.
  6. Set this style with a soft hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kenra Professional Shine Spray for added 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:

Accent with a vintage scarf!

#6 Textured Twist-Up

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This is a stunning, fashion-forward look that is suitable to wear every day.

Easy Twist Up with Texture
Style by Natalie Young, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH
Easy Twist Up with Texture Side
Style by Natalie Young, Makeup by Jason Kelly, 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 and 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 the 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 the ends under and pin to secure.
  6. Move back to the fringe and backcomb it to create a pompadour. Twist and pin this section, 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.

Tip:

Try metallic gel for a striking finish.

#7 Wrap Around Braid

Written by Carina Connelly

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

Wrap Around Braid Updos
Style by Kendall Diver, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH
braided updos
Style by Kendall 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:

Aveda’s Air Control is a workable hairspray with a flexible hold that is perfect for loose and romantic styles.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect all face shapes and hair densities.

#8 Princess Bun

Written by Carina Connelly

Feel like a Disney princess wearing this gorgeous updo with braided details.

Princess Bun Updo with Braided Detail
Style by Salvatore Bosco, The Gallery Hair Design, New London, CT
Princess Bun Updo with Braided Detail Side View
Style by Salvatore Bosco, The Gallery Hair Design, New London, CT

How To Style:

  1. Starting with clean and dry hair, pull hair into a high ponytail, leaving out the bang area.
  2. Separate a two-inch thick section from the ponytail. Braid the section and place an elastic around the ends.
  3. Grab ends of ponytail and backcomb it.
  4. Gently roll ends of ponytail under horizontally and secure with bobby pins.
  5. Fluff the bun to your desired height and fullness.
  6. Grab the braid and wrap it around the bun and bobby pin ends under the braid.
  7. Style bangs as desired.
  8. Set style with a firm hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Aveda’s Force Control for an ultra firm hold that lasts and lasts.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will work for all face shapes and for those with long, medium to thick density.

#9 Pretty Glamorous

Written by Carina Connelly

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

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 Aveda’s Brilliant Hairspray for extra shine with a strong hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will work for all face shapes and those with medium to thick hair densities.

Tip:

When setting hair in hot rollers, roll hair away from face to create a backward sweeping look.

#10 Captivating Side Sweep

Written by Carina Connelly

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 Updo 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 bang area to your desired style.
  8. Pull hair over to side and keep in place with bobby pins.
  9. Fluff hair as desired.
  10. Set style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

To create definition and separation between curls, try using Aveda’s Light Elements Defining Whip.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

#11 Simply Twisted

Written by Carina Connelly

This style looks like a simple braid from the front but from the back, it’s all twists!

Twisted Braid Hairstyle
Style by Connie Massulo
Twisted Braid Hairstyle Back View
Style by Connie Massulo

How To Style:

  1. Set hair in medium to large hot rollers.
  2. Allow rollers to cool.
  3. Prep hair with a texturizing spray.
  4. Create a side part.
  5. Take one side of hair to center of head and create a loose twist. Secure the twist as you move down the back of your head. Stop when you reach the nape of your neck.
  6. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Take the ends of one twist and continue twisting to the ends. Repeat on the other side.
  8. Bring ends together and secure with an elastic.
  9. Finish with a shine enhancing hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Aveda’s Pure Abundance Hair Potion for texture and grit that creates the perfect hold for updos.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will work for all face shapes and for those with medium to thick hair densities.

#12 Simply Pulled Back

Written by Carina Connelly

This simple updo is unfussy, super easy to do, and perfectly polished.

Simple Pulled Back Up Do
Style by Abigayle Conway, Lindsay Melton, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH
Simple Pulled Back Up Do Back View
Style by Abigayle Conway, Lindsay Melton, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How To Style:

  1. Starting with dry hair, prep hair with a heat protecting mist.
  2. Lightly curl mid lengths and ends with a curling wand.
  3. Gently backcomb the top and crown.
  4. Pull sides and ends back and secure with a bobby pin.
  5. Gently finger comb through ends.
  6. Finish with a flexible hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Aveda’s Witch Hazel Hairspray for a light and flexible hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

#13 Bohemian Braid

Written by Carina Connelly

Looking for a loose and romantic style that reflects your free spirit? Try this gorgeously haute bohemian braid.

Bohemian Braid Hairstyle
Style by Jessica Nicholas, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH
Bohemian Braid Hairstyle Back View
Style by Jessica Nicholas, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

How To Style:

  1. Starting with air dried hair, prep hair with a texturizing spray.
  2. Pull bang area back towards crown and secure in a slight puff.
  3. With the rest of your hair, create a loose and simple three-strand braid.
  4. Secure end of braid with an elastic.
  5. Gently pull on sides of the braid to loosen braid.
  6. Set style with a light mist of hairspray.

Recommended Products:

For beach waves, try Aveda’s Volumizing Tonic. Spritz on ends and gently scrunch as you blow dry for perfect, just-back-from-the-beach waves.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will work for all face shapes and those with long hair and thick density.

#14 Simple French Twist

Written by Carina Connelly

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 & Spa, Vienna, VA
Simple French Twist Hairstyle Back View
Style by Brenda Rosenberg, Victoria Station Salon & Spa, 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 Moroccan Oil’s Illuminous Hairspray for extra shine with a natural hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

#15 Half Up Twists

Written by Carina Connelly

This simply gorgeous style shows off sweet and chic delicate twists to add dimension and interest.

Half Up Hairstyle with Twists
Style by Kimmy Sherwood, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How To Style:

  1. Starting with dry hair, prep hair with a thermal protectant.
  2. Curl hair vertically with a curling wand.
  3. Take a small section from the front and create a small loose twist.
  4. Take front and side sections and pull backwards.
  5. Secure sides just under the crown in the middle.
  6. Finish style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

For long lasting curls with tons of shine and a thermal protectant, try Davines’s No. 9 Structuring mist.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

#16 Undone Beauty

Written by Carina Connelly

This updo strikes a perfect balance between polished and messy. It’s the perfect amount of both mixed fabulously together.

Polished Updos Style with Headband
Style by Catherin Allen, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH
Polished Updos Style with Headband Side View
Style by Catherin 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:

For a satin finish with a medium hold, try Aveda’s Air Control.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

#17 Ballerina Bun

Written by Carina Connelly

To feel instantly polished and beautiful, try a sleek ballerina bun.

Polished Ballerina Bun Hairstyle
Style by Yadira Colyaro & Callie 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 Aveda’s Light Elements Smoothing Fluid for weightless shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

#18 Naturally Curled

Written by Carina Connelly

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 Aveda’s Be Curly curl enhancing hairspray for more defined curls with shine and tons of hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will work for all face shapes and those with curly hair types.

#19 Curls and Bangs

Written by Carina Connelly

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

Updo Style with a Heavy Fringe
Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH
Updo 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:

For extra shine with a medium hold, try Aveda’s Brilliant Hairspray.

#20 A Twisted Chignon

Written by Carina Connelly

For a prim and proper updo, try this sleekly twisted chignon.

Sleek Twisted Chignon
Style by Salon Beauchesne, Manchester, NH
Sleek Twisted Chignon Back View
Style by Salon Beauchesne, Manchester, NH

How To Style:

  1. On slightly damp hair, apply a medium hold gel.
  2. Section off the top and lightly backcomb the top.
  3. Smooth sides and top to a half-up ponytail.
  4. Gather bottom section into a low ponytail.
  5. Grab top ponytail and twist. Secure twist into low ponytail.
  6. Wrap ends of low ponytail around and bobby pin ends to elastic.
  7. Fan sides of looped ponytail out and bobby pin in place.
  8. Set style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Aveda’s Confixor for a lightweight gel with shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

Try one of these super gorgeous updos next time you are looking for a swoon-worthy look!