32 Cute & Easy Updos for Long Hair You Have to See for 2018!

You’ll be ready to rock those long tresses this season with these quick and easy updos for long hair. These styles will have you looking perfect for an outdoor wedding, music festivals or a simple picnic at the park.

If the idea of styling all that long hair gets you tangled up, take it slow! Begin with an easy ponytail, braid or low bun. Then divide that up into smaller sections or make multiple braids.

Take one section or braid at a time to twist, curl and pin up to your heart’s content. Now, you’re ready to enjoy the best of both worlds. Happy styling!

Long Updo Hair Fishtail Braids

Updo with wrapped around fishtail braid
Instagram @hairbysaretta

Q&A with style creator, Saretta Bowerman
Owner / Stylist @ Blue Water Salon in Naples, FL

How would you describe this look?

This look is a classic romantic low updo with a Dutch fishtail braid accent. Romantic style updos are ideal for special events like weddings, proms, and big fancy galas.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To wear this look for a wedding or special event, I would advise that your hair be at least shoulder length. If it is not, consider getting clip-in extensions or use a hair pad for the day off to create fullness.

Fishtail updos show up best on hair that has dimensional color, so if you don’t have that already, consider getting highlights or lowlights. Your stylist will need a curling iron, a good setting spray, a texture spray, a finishing hairspray, and lots of bobby pins.

Heatless Boho Upstyle

Heatless Boho Upstyle hairstyle
Instagram @hairby.bfriee

Q&A with style creator, Brandee Dawn Friesen
Stylist @ Revamp Salon in Saskatoon, SK


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as boho chic. I really enjoy how it looks and how it feels throughout the day.

With only a few elastics and long bobby pins, this look is super comfortable without feeling like it’s coming apart throughout the day. Having updos that are comfortable until the day is done and not damaging to your hair is really important to me!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Whether you are a stylist behind the chair or a client that wants to add more styles to their inventory, this is a good one to start with. I literally whipped this style up in five minutes. I didn’t bother curling my hair because I wanted to prove there are many heatless ways to have great hair.

Medium to long thick hair would be ideal so you don’t have to use any fillers or extensions (which take more time ). I am focusing more on five-minute heatless hairstyles for any occasion (gym, wedding, job interview) and creating tutorials so anyone that wants to learn how to style their own hair without relying on a stylist can benefit!

Stunning Long Hair in an Easy Updo

Q&A with style creator, Liu Janice
Freelance Hairstylist & Makeup Services @ in Jakarta, Indonesia


How would you describe this look?

This look is one of many easy long hair updos tied lower near the nape that people can try when it comes to attending a wedding party or a graduation ceremony (especially in Jakarta, Indonesia).

This low updo is not too messy and not too stiff, but still neat. Since most of my clients have black or dark brown hair, there isn’t much visual texture in many updo styles. This particular updo does show off texture in dark hair and enhances the total look.

Choosing this type of textured low bun like in the photo is a great choice if you have a darker hair color because it adds a little bit of “extra” instead of doing a full chignon low bun. The textured pattern of this look will add a more natural look to the low bun and sometimes, there is no need to use any hairpieces to accentuate this hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Try to be very gentle when twisting the long hair for the low bun since the style needs to be kind of messy but still neat. Be very light handed and, of course, pin the hair to the bun with a bobby pin or hairpin tightly to prevent it from falling. To create this look, you need a strong aerosol hairspray, bobby pins, hairpins, a donut bun.

Updos like this work best with hair that is medium to long in length. Any hair types can wear it, but styling is easier when the hair is not too loose and not too stiff.

The hairstyle is suitable for a mature woman that prefers a neat (but not stiff) hairstyle who is attending a wedding party or her daughter or son’s graduation ceremony. The impressions from this look are simple but glam, neat with a little touch of messy, and very romantic.

Simple Classic Chignon

Simple Classic Chignon hairstyle
Instagram @inaroahmad

Q&A with style creator, Ahmad Inaro
Makeup Artist & Hairstylist @ in Jakarta, Indonesia


How would you describe this look?

This is one of my favorite updos, and I call it the simple classic chignon. I love this look because it is very simple but looks elegant. It is perfect for a special wedding day.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To get this look, the most important thing is to make a perfectly sleek low ponytail, then make it into a chignon without using too many bobby pins. I suggest using an extra hold hairspray.

This look is perfect for someone who has a thick and long hair, and especially great for someone who has dark hair. This look will show others your personality and lifestyle.

Low Bun Updo

Q&A with style creator, Krystle Waivio
Licensed Cosmetologist / Bridal Hair Specialist @ Krystle Waivio Hair in Grand Rapids, MI


How would you describe this look?

This is a lived-in but put together low bun updo. My favorite thing about this look is that it looks so easy, breezy, and simple. Fancy buns are popular for most occasions, especially if you are wanting to show accessories as well.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Something to always think about with updos is the client’s hair color. This updo works great with dimensional color that shows off movement and texture.

This style was created on medium-length hair with layers. Using a texture spray and volumizing powder will help give volume and whimsy! If the client prefers updos that are a little more put together, pinning wispy ends into the low bun will do the trick.

Romantic Long Loose Updo

Q&A with style creator, Nadja Boll
Make-up Aartist & Hairstylist @ Makeup Artist & Hairstylist Nadja Boll in Vorarlberg, Austria


How would you describe this look?

My intention was to create a romantic and loose updo. It’s one of my favorite hairstyles to create. I love that it’s a quick and playful hairstyle with a touch of an undone look. Messy updos can provide a little unique twist from the traditional sleek and straight ones.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This undone look is both modern and trendy. It is very elegant, stylish, and versatile and could be worn by a bridesmaid or even to a prom.

This kind of hairstyle is recommended for a client with full hair. A big curler, a texture spray, and volume powder are the base products for this style. This look is perfect for all face shapes because you can change the styling in front to flatter specific features.

Romantic & Tousled

Q&A with style creator, Dianne Joie Alcantara
Freelance Hairstylist in Baguio City, Philippines


How would you describe this look?

I would describe it as a romantic and tousled bridal updo. It is accented with a makeshift clip to give it a little more bling.

My favorite part about this look is that it’s not a very complicated hairstyle to create. Most lengths of hair, aside from the extremely short and the extremely long and voluminous hair, can achieve this look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend this look for a client who is very sweet, very romantic, and optimistic. It is ideal for someone who isn’t very concerned if the entirety of her face is unobstructed as the hairstyle has a very clean front.

Prior to the wedding day itself, I advise my clients not to use any moisturizing products or any product that will make their hair greasy, limp, or lifeless. It’s shocking to know that as a hairstylist, I actually prefer hair on the dry side. The heat styling will last much longer and the products I use will eventually round out the dryness that their hair had.

When it comes to length, I usually tell my clients to grow out their hair past their shoulders or cut it if their hair is too long. If you have dark brown to black hair, I recommend coloring it a bit lighter to complement your skin tones. Just to a medium brown or lighter brown, nothing too vibrant such as reds or pinks.

Prior to wearing this updo, just take care your hair. Don’t let it dry out too much, but don’t use too much oil or moisture.

Organically Textured Chignon

Organically Textured Chignon hairstyle
Instagram @wb_upstyles

Q&A with style creator, Whitney Burkhart
Premier Bridal Stylist @ Luxe Salon in Lancaster, PA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as an organically textured chignon. My favorite thing about it is that it’s a chic, edgy, and timeless style for today’s modern bride!

Any advice for someone considering it?

First and foremost your hair needs to be at least to your collarbone to achieve this look. You also need to like texture, volume, and products! This client has straight hair, but this style can also be created with someone who has curly hair.

This client also has highlights. Highlights show off more detail than a one-dimensional, dark hair color, so I suggest that someone to have dimensional color to get the most out of this look. Highlights combined with updos create an all around fascinating color scheme so it is important to display the rich hair colors.

I used Spray de Mode by Bumble and bumble, Puff.ME Light by Design.ME hair, and Dry Me dry shampoo by Wella.

Easygoing Updo

Q&A with style creator, Lobke Martens
Stylist @ Kapsalon Ploegmakers in Schaijk, Netherlands


How would you describe this look?

This is an easygoing updo for everyday wear. I love the simplicity of this look because women can do it by themselves and look good in less time.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you want this look, use Redken Windblown to get that full effect on your knot along with a little help from Redken Powder Grip at your roots.

Sophisticated Low Bun

Sophisticated & Effortless hairstyle
Instagram @roslynn.hairdo

Q&A with style creator, Roslynn Viandra
Freelance Hairstylist in Jakarta, Indonesia


How would you describe this look?

I think this look is effortless, sophisticated and classic. My favorite thing about this look is how I twisted the ponytail until it become a bun. It’s so easy!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Don’t forget to use hairnet (if you want it to be more sleek) to secure the ponytail first, then twist until it becomes the shape you want. You can also use a matte wax for the upper section. If you want the look to be more messy, you don’t need hairnet.

Clients who have thin hair are perfect for this look. The thicker a person’s hair is, the more difficult it is to do the twisted part.

Clients with a small face and a v-shaped jawline are ideal for this look. You can wear this hairstyle in the office, at meetings, or even for a wedding event.

Special Flaired Bun

Special Flaired Bun hairstyle
Instagram @lllloriiii

Q&A with style creator, Lori Lehner
Stylist & Artistic Director @ Coiffeteria Salon in East Grand Rapids, MI


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

I love this look because it is classic and simple, but gives a special flair to an average bun. It is also very versatile and works well for day or evening.

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

I used Aveda Air Control for this look, but any medium hold hairspray would work well.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look works great for someone with long, one length or long layered hair. It works with different face shapes depending on where you part the hair, side or middle, and if you leave any fringe or bangs down in the front.

It is a great look for work or a special event.

High Fashion Updo

Q&A with style creator, Luke McCaul
Creative Director @ Hair Cartel in Sydney, Australia


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

I would describe this look as a high fashion upstyle!

My favorite thing about this look is the combination of textures. I love the shiny, sleek back with the texture of the crimped pieces sitting on top. I also love the exposure of the black elastic bands which contrast against the blonde hair.

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

I used American Crew Liquid Wax to sleek back the hair into a bun. I sprayed Oribe’s Soft Lacquer on the pieces I crimped, then added them into the bun and secured it with the elastics.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I would this style for a young, fashion-forward, slender faced woman who is not afraid of having her whole face on show.

Tousled Long Braids

Q&A with style creator, Tasha Hiraldo
Color & Bridal Specialist @ All Dolled Up in Southington, CT


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

This tousled and pinned braided look is very soft and romantic. It’s by far a favorite of mine because the entire thing is done with only two braids

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

In order to recreate this look, you must begin with a loose wave that has been brushed out. There are two products needed for this look and both are by Amika. The first one I used is the Amika Texture Spray. It’s the perfect base for any upstyle. You want to start by spraying the entire head with it, then target the areas where you want more volume and spray away.

The second product is the Amika Touchable Hairspray which is currently my absolute favorite working spray. If you don’t want a stiff look, then you’ll love this hairspray too.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

If you want a soft style and don’t want to put in a ton of effort, then this look is perfect for you. It works best on medium to long length hair, but could easily be customized to work on someone with shorter hair.

If you’re not a fan of a slicked back style and prefer a more tousled look, then grab a couple small elastics and bobby pins and get your style on.

The Messy Bun

Q&A with style creator, Christina Sabounjian
Freelance Stylist / Owner @ Christina Sabounjian Hair in Sydney, NSW


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

This is one of my favorite looks, and I call it the messy bun. It’s an easy way to put your hair up.

What I love most about this style is that it’s so versatile. It dresses up any look instantly! It’s sophisticated and elegant without being over the top, but also fun and glam at the same time. It gives just a little bit of red carpet flare.

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

The key product to create this style is something with texture and Hold. For upstyling, there has to be some grit to the hair so it’s a lot easier to work with. If it’s too soft and clean. the style won’t hold.

On this look, I used Wella Professional EIMI Dry Shampoo to prep the hair, then I curled it using my GHD platinum. As I was styling each section, I used Schwarzkopf osis + Dust It. We finished off with my favorite product, Goldwell Hair Fix Strong hairspray.

The best tip I can give for doing upstyles is don’t over think. Go with what you’re feeling and feel the flow, that’s how you’ll achieve the best style.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I find this look suits most clients! It’s that kind of style that is chic and effortless. Most women with all shapes and sizes will do well with this style. Having those pieces around the front of the hair softens the face up. You can also vary with volume for someone with a smaller frame and so on.

It is ideal to have medium to long length hair for this.

Crown Braid for Bridesmaids

Crown of Braids hairstyle
Instagram @deelushhair

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Sainty
Freelance Hairstylist @ Deelush Hair in Sydney, AU


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

I would describe this look as a crown of braids. The look is very boho chic, and I love the way the braids are the star of this look. Adding in face-framing curls keeps the whole look relaxed and soft.

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

I started by blow drying the hair smooth with a liquid texture spray to add some grip the hair.

I then divided the hair in half, braiding one section from the back to the front of the head in a Dutch braid or “inside-out braid”. Have the client tilt their head forward so you get the right angle while braiding and remember to keep moving around the client to keep the braid close to the head. Leave some hair out around the face.

Repeat with the other side, then spray in a little dry texture spray or light hairspray. Pinch and pull the braid sections to pancake out the braid to make it bigger and fuller looking. Stack the braids across each other to create a crown and secure with pins.

Curls the hair left out away from the face with a large curling tong. Finish with a light spray of hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style of updos is perfect for brides/bridesmaids in a country wedding, or for the “Bridechilla”. You can also add in some flowers or colored hair extensions to be music festival ready. This look is great for warmer days to keep the hair off the neck. This look also suits all face shapes.

Soft Braid-Up

Looped French Braid Updo for Long Hair
Style by Alyssa Shatek, Makeup by Claudia Alvarado, Blaze Hair Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

This ‘looped’ French braid is a lovely look for long hair.

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 into a loop.
  4. Secure with bobby pins as needed, leaving the ends loose.
  5. Pull 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.

Dutch Braid Halo

Elegant Dutch Braid Hairstyle for Long Hair Back
Style by Danielle Albrecht, Makeup by Jenna Romeo, William Wesley Salon & Spa, Davenport, IA

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

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 it 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.

Textured Long Twist-Up for Black Women

Updo with Twists and Texture Side
Style by Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

This is a super fashion-forward look that you can actually rock every day!

How To Style:

  1. Lightly spray dry hair with a flexible hold hairspray.
  2. Leaving the fringe out, create three ponytails (top crown/occipital/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 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 ends under then pin to secure.
  6. Move back to the fringe and backcomb it to create a pompadour. Twist and pin it, 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.

Glamorous Braided Low Bun

Glamorous Modern Updo Back View
Style by Dee Scott, Wavelengths Salon, Newport, RI

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

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 TIGI Bed Head HARD HEAD Hairspray for superior hold and high shine.

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:

Accent with gold hair pins.

Romantic Wrap Around Braid

Wrap Around Braid Up Style Back View
Style by Kendal Diver, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

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

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:

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

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 a vintage hair comb.

Captivating Side Swept Half Up

Side Swept Hairstyle with Curls
Style by Dee Scott, Wavelengths Salon, Newport, RI

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!

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 fringe area to your desired style.
  8. Pull hair over to side and keep in place with bobby pins.
  9. Fluff hair as needed for extra volume.
  10. Set style with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold.

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:

Accent with a fascinator or lace netting.

Simple French Twist

Simple French Twist Hairstyle Back View
Style by Brenda Rosenberg, Victoria Station Salon, Vienna, VA

The French twist is a classic upstyle that can easily be worn to the office or to a glamorous party.

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 Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER for extra hold and volume.

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:

Try liquid colored hair chalk to play with different hues.

Messy Updo with Long Headband

Polished Up Style with Headband Side View
Style by Katherin Allen, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

This updo strikes a nice balance between polished and messy.

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:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.GUARD leave-in creme to smooth and protect hair with extra shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Add a boho headband for a fun, festival-worthy look.

Ballerina Bun

Polished Ballerina Bun Hairstyle
Style by Yadera Colyard and Calliie Sanders

Try this relaxed ballerina bun for a quick finish.

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 Kevin Murphy BODY.MASS to boost fine, thin hair texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Add some sparkle with Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER BUG!

Naturally Curly Hair Updo

Naturally Curly Up Style
Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

For a super simple way to pull up your natural curls, try this curly girl updo!

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 Ouidad PLAYCURL Volumizing Foam to build body and boost the volume of fine, thin curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for heart, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Add some sparkle with Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER BUG!

Relaxed Curls with Bangs

Up Style with Heavy Fringe Back View
Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

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

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:

Try Kevin Murphy MOTION.LOTION curl enhancer to define curls with frizz control.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Create a soft wave on the fringe using a straightening iron.

Pinned Up Swirled Curls

Bouffant Easy Updo with Swirled Curls Back View
Style by The Columbus Academy, Columbus, OH

Add some Mad Men fever to your long hairstyle with this bouffant hairdo with low swirled curls.

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light texturizing spray.
  2. Divide the hair horizontally from ear to ear across the back of the head.
  3. Pin the top section away for now.
  4. Gather hair in the lower section into a low ponytail. Split the ponytail into smaller sections. Take the smaller strands and loop and pin into place as desired. Continue looping all the strands in the lower section.
  5. Next, move to the top section. Backcomb the base interior of the top section.
  6. Create a deep side part and sweep hair over to the left side. Keep the surface area smooth. Sweep hair back and loop strands through the design. Curl any ends, then tuck and pin into place.
  7. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER Leave-In for big bouffants and beehives.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Accent with a sparkly hair pin.

Low Braid Twists for Prom

Low Deconstructed Braid Updo Back View
Style by Shae Pavesich, Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

This low deconstructed braid begins at the nape and sweeps up and around to create a beautifully soft updo.

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a leave-in treatment.
  2. Create a soft side parting. Next, begin your braid in the nape. It may be easier to begin your braid if you flip your hair upside down.
  3. Start the braid on the right side of the nape and slowly move to the left side as you work your way up the head. Incorporate hair into your braid as you would for a French braid. Finish off your braid as your reach the back crown area.
  4. Take the crown layers and tuck and wrap them around the braid ends.
  5. Move to the sides and weave and tuck small strands through the hair design.
  6. Style the fringe down with a few face-framing layers around the face.
  7. Set this style with a light 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 most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Add some sparkle with Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER BUG!

Side Bun with Twisted Bangs

Simple Low Side Bun Updo with Fringe
Style by Laura Pacoriek, Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

A simple low side bun and a gentle twist of the fringe brings simple elegance to this refined look.

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light thermal protectant or leave-in creme.
  2. Blow dry hair with a Denman or paddle brush for a low volume look.
  3. Create a deep side part and section off the fringe for now.
  4. Sweep hair to one side and tie into a low ponytail. Twist hair completely then fold back against the head. Gently tug on strands for light separation and pin into place for a floral design.
  5. Take the fringe section and smooth. Now, take a smaller section to twist and wrap around the larger fringe strand. Secure with a bobby pin as needed. Tuck the ends of the fringe section into the floral bun.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.GUARD leave-in creme to smooth and protect hair with extra shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Add a bejeweled headband to accent your look.

Milkmaid Braids

Milkmaid Braid Updo
Style by Tess, Barbaria Salon, Foster City, CA

Try this clean milkmaid braid hairstyle that radiates youth and innocence.

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a light pomade.
  2. Blow dry hair with a Denman or paddle brush for a smooth finish.
  3. Create a side part then brush hair smooth.
  4. Now, create a simple three-strand braid and secure the ends with a small rubber band.
  5. Next, take the braid and sweep it across the head for a milkmaid-inspired finish. Secure the braid’s end with a bobby pin.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try DermOrganic Windswept DEFINING WHIP for separation and definition with bounce and movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Accent updos with some colorful ribbon woven through the braid.

Wedding Updo Curls with Flower

Curly Updo with Flower Accessory Back View
Style by Jessica Oswald, Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

This look is perfect for curly haired girls. Enjoy this look during your tropical island getaway!

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a curl enhancing lotion.
  2. Begin by separating the fringe and sides and pin away for now.
  3. Backcomb the crown area slightly, then divide from ear to ear. Take this section, loosely twist/wrap it, then secure against the head using bobby pins.
  4. Next, take another small section at the back of the head and repeat the same process of twisting hair then securing with bobby pin.
  5. Now take the hair in the lower nape area and twist your curls so they hang slightly. Secure with bobby pins.
  6. Move to the fringe and side areas. Create small curls using a small to medium barrel curling iron from the mid-lengths down to the ends.
  7. Sweep the crown layers back into the hair design and pin them into the design.
  8. Leave some tendrils loose and falling along the face frame.
  9. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Ouidad STYLING MIST to lock in your style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

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

Tip:

Accent this look with a beautiful flower.

Retro Swirls

Retro Low Bun Updo Side View
Style by Ashley Garnaas, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

You can create this fun look a few ways. Try it with a low bun, or by wrapping a braid up! Add some vintage details by finishing with pretty pin curls.

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a light working hairspray.
  2. Brush hair smooth and gather in the nape area. Create a three-strand braid and secure it along the right side.
  3. Take the right side section and form a few pin curls for a retro-inspired finish.
  4. Style the fringe as desired.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Oribe APRES BEACH for touchable waves with a 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:

Create a piecey perimeter with a light hold wax.