Updo hairstyles

Whether you’re going to attend a formal event, want to beat the summer heat or just simply having a bad hair day, there’s a perfect updo that’s right for you! Craving for an elegant, glamorous and stylish updo to match your ensemble? Why not try a classic chignon! Looking for an updo with a blasé effect? Go for a messy bun! Check out our list for more!

Clotilde Courau’s Pompadour Updo

Clotilde Courau’s Cool Pompadour Updo

We’re saying yes to Clotilde Courau’s cool quiff updo! A heightened top with slic..

We’re saying yes to Clotilde Courau’s cool quiff updo! A heightened top with slicked out sides will not only level out round-shaped facial structures, it also evokes a hip, avant-garde quality.

How-to:

  1. While hair is slightly wet, apply a volumizing mousse all over…
  2. Blow-dry your mane straight, then blow-dry the front of your hair up and back to exaggerate the volume…
  3. Backcomb the top a bit…
  4. Warm a dollop of styling pomade in your fingers and glide it through the top…
  5. Shape the top into a chic pompadour before gathering the rest of your hair low at the back and doing a French twist.

 

 

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Scarlett Johansson’s Loose Chignon Updo

Scarlett Johansson’s Intricate Loose Chignon Updo

Scarlett Johansson arrived at the ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ premier..

Scarlett Johansson arrived at the ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ premiere in Paris sporting a romantic loose chignon hairstyle. The elaborate hairstyle is twisted upward on one side while the other is a mock long, angular side-swept bangs. Add a crystal-encrusted pin at the back, and you have the perfect wedding ‘do!

Faux Mohawk at the Dannijo Fall 2014 Show

Faux Mohawk at the Dannijo Fall 2014 Show

The faux Mohawk sported by Dannijo models for their Fall 2014 Runway show was..

The faux Mohawk sported by Dannijo models for their Fall 2014 Runway show was the complete antithesis of the highly elegant collection. The fauxhawks are actually disheveled buns that are pulled towards the center. The inspiration came from the designers’  – Danielle and Jodie Snyder – penchant for both boxing and ballet. Ferociously cool, huh?

Large Bun Hairstyle at the Carolina Herrera 2014 Fall Show

Large Bun Elegant Vintage Hairstyle at the Carolina Herrera 2014 Fall Show

First thought: How much does that weigh?! In all its massiveness, we have to ad..

First thought: How much does that weigh?! In all its massiveness, we have to admit that the elegant factor of the hairstyle is still very much evident just like the 2014 fall collection of Carolina Herrera. The hair is neatly slicked back into an intricate high bun, with a wide section (5”) wrapped around it. If you lack the length in order to achieve this hairstyle, use extensions or a faux bun. Fake it ’till you make it!

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Dianna Agron Formal Bun

Dianna Agron's Auburn Hair In Formal Bun Hairdo

Dianna Agron looks lovely with her straight, auburn hair styled into a pretty bun

Dianna Agron looks lovely with her straight, auburn hair styled into a pretty bun. Dianna’s hair is layered and her long bangs look very romantic framing her face. The bun is soft and loose instead of severe to create a sweet hairdo. This look is perfect for prom or for weddings.

Sophia Bush Top Knot

Sophia Bush's Long Straight Hair In Cute Top Knot Hairdo

Sophia Bush looks adorable with her long, straight, brown hair in a top knot hair..

Sophia Bush looks adorable with her long, straight, brown hair in a top knot hairdo. Her hair was straightened with a flat iron to get a sleek, smooth texture before styling hair into a bun on top of her head. Her long, blunt bangs frame her face giving her a girly look. This hairdo is perfect for prom or for weddings.

Rooney Mara Sleek Bun

Rooney Mara's Straight Brown Hair In Sleek Formal Bun

Rooney Mara looked as graceful as a ballerina in her sleek bun hairdo. Rooney’s l..

Rooney Mara looked as graceful as a ballerina in her sleek bun hairdo. Rooney’s long, straight, brown hair was styled in a bun high on the crown of her head for an evening out on the town. To achieve this elegant hairdo, be sure to use a generous amount of hair gel or pomade to keep the hairdo sleek and smooth. There’s not a single out-of-place, flyaway hair in this elegant updo!

Jessica Alba Braid Bun

Jessica Alba's Braid Bun Combination Formal Updo For Prom

Jessica Alba wore a very unique braid/bun combination hairdo to the Met Gala. He..

Jessica Alba wore a very unique braid/bun combination hairdo to the Met Gala. Her hair was styled in an inverted French braid that ended in a top knot bun. This whimsical hairdo was a perfect fit for the Met Gala where celebrities wear outlandish outfits and hairdos. Finish with hairspray to keep flyaways tamed.

Rocsi Diaz’s Sleek Deep Side Part Updo

Rocsi Diaz’s Simple Sleek Deep Side Part Updo

Rocsi Diaz’s simple, sleek updo at the 2014 SAG Awards features a deep side pa..

Rocsi Diaz’s simple, sleek updo at the 2014 SAG Awards features a deep side part and the slightest bump at the crown. This is a classic hairstyle that exudes sophistication in every angle. To make the hair super sleek, apply a straightening cream before blow drying. Finish the look with hairspray to keep frizz at bay.

Emma Watson’s Texturized Messy Updo

Emma Watson’s Posh Texturized Messy Updo

Isn’t she lovely? Before you answer, please bear in mind that we are ready to ar..

Isn’t she lovely? Before you answer, please bear in mind that we are ready to arm wrestle anyone who thinks otherwise. But seriously, we are going totally crazy for Emma Watson’s look at the Late Show with David Letterman! The gorgeous actress’ caramel brown locks are heavily texturized before being pulled into a messy updo. The crown is slightly poufed, and soft strays flow freely all around her face. The hair, the makeup, the Saint Laurent suit, the woman – perfection!

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Paris Hilton’s Side Braided Chignon

Paris Hilton's Side Braided Chignon

Paris Hilton obviously could not resist trendy braids. Her hair is parted in the m..

Paris Hilton obviously could not resist trendy braids. Her hair is parted in the middle, leaving bangs on the side loose as contrast to cute french braid on the other side. Good news for DIY ladies, rest is easy to repeat: Just twist your hair from roots to ends, roll it low and secure with pins leaving few wisps of your hair loose.

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Twisted Braided Updo For Prom

Long Blonde Hair In Twisted Braided Formal Updo For Prom

If you’re looking for a fancy, formal updo to wear to prom, but you don’t have the..

If you’re looking for a fancy, formal updo to wear to prom, but you don’t have the time or money to go to the beauty salon, then look no farther! This is the hairdo for you. Braided buns are very easy to create and look very elegant. The updo may appear complicated, but anyone can do this! Begin by dividing your hair into 4 sections vertically. Braid each section and twist each section into a bun. Secure with pins. Allow curly tendrils to hang loose around the face.

Twisted Updo at Lela Rose Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Show

Twisted Updo at Lela Rose Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Show

A texturized twisted updo is such an elegant-with-an-edge hairstyle. It is definit..

A texturized twisted updo is such an elegant-with-an-edge hairstyle. It is definitely something brides should consider saying ‘I do’ to. You want it? You got it! Here’s how:

  1. Prep hair with a texturizing cream that’s light weight and also has a shine-boosting property…
  2. Curl 1 1/2” sections of a thoroughly air-dried hair using a medium size iron clamp…
  3. Do a center part until the nape once hair has cooled down…
  4. Twist one side from the front until the nape. Do the same to the other side…
  5. Join the twisted portions at the nape with an elastic…
  6. Coil the tail end all around the elastic to hide it then secure with pins. Flowers, crystal hair pins, and all that jazz are optional but are very much appreciated.

 

 

Kate Bosworth’s Loose Bun Hairstyle

Kate Bosworth’s Casual Loose Bun Hairstyle

Notice anything different about Kate Bosworth lately? She’s gotten prettier is one..

Notice anything different about Kate Bosworth lately? She’s gotten prettier is one, and the other is her newly tinted locks! She has ditched her blond tresses for a fiery mane. The switch is for her role as Anne in the upcoming film ‘Still Alice’. The actress bunched up her hair in a loose bun with thin strands flowing freely at the sides. The front and crown are slightly elevated for a relaxed look.  

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Gabrielle Union’s Pompadour Updo

Gabrielle Union’s Fierce Pompadour Updo

Gabrielle Union redefined a retro hairstyle by slightly tilting it to one side. Do..

Gabrielle Union redefined a retro hairstyle by slightly tilting it to one side. Do we love it? With all our hearts! If you’ve got naturally thick and coarse hair, put it to good use by doing a highly sculpted top updo. Just make sure that the sides are slicked out really well to emphasize the contrast. Do give this ultra cool ‘do a try on your big party tah-night!

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Lena Headey’s Braided High Bun Updo

Lena Headey’s Posh Braided High Bun Updo

Looking for a quick fix for an event or even just to cloak a day-old hair? Try Len..

Looking for a quick fix for an event or even just to cloak a day-old hair? Try Lena Headey’s simple high bun hairstyle! Copy her coif in three easy steps:

  1. Brush hair up (crown) into a high ponytail then secure with a clear elastic
  2. French braid the ‘tail and wrap the end with another clear elastic
  3. Coil the braided portion tightly around the base of the ponytail and pin

 

 

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Georgia May Jagger’s Messy High Bun Hairstyle

Georgia May Jagger’s Hip Messy High Bun Hairstyle

If Georgia May Jagger was going for a very modish disheveled hairstyle, we say s..

If Georgia May Jagger was going for a very modish disheveled hairstyle, we say she nailed it! She’s got a little bit of the Bardot vibe going on but with an identifiable modernity to the style. Feel like re-doing this?

  1. Dirty hair (day-old) is easier to work with when doing updos. It will give the style the ‘grip’ needed to make it last.
  2. Mist hair with a volumizing spray then rough-dry using your fingers.
  3. Curl 2” sections using a clampless iron wand for 5 seconds then release.
  4. Once hair is cool to the touch, pick out thin sections of hair in front and at the sides before gathering the rest into a high ponytail.
  5. Jooge the ends of the ‘tail before coiling it loosely around the base (where the elastic is) of the ponytail, and pin.
  6. Twirl the tendrils a bit around your fingers and you’re done!

 

 

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Diane Kruger’s Multiple Braids Updo

Diane Kruger’s Unique Multiple Braided Updo

This is both intense and interesting, isn’t it? The front section of Diane Kruger’..

This is both intense and interesting, isn’t it? The front section of Diane Kruger’s hairstyle is kept modest while the back is a complete opposite. Thin sections of rope braids were bunched up low at the back; one more plait is placed across her head, making the look a very haute milkmaid braid hairstyle.

Katharine McPhee Brunette Wavy Faux Bob

Katharine McPhee's Brunette Hair In Short Wavy Faux Bob Hairdo

Katharine McPhee’s brunette hair is styled in a trendy faux bob hairdo. Celebriti..

Katharine McPhee’s brunette hair is styled in a trendy faux bob hairdo. Celebrities like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry love the faux bob. Girls with long hair can experiment with a shorter look without chopping off their locks at the beauty salon. Faux bobs look best on girls with long layered hair. To style, create messy waves with a styling product, a diffusing hairdryer, and lots of scrunching. Then, tuck the longer layers of hair under in the back leaving the top layers loose. Fun, neon-colored hair barrettes make the look playful and flirty.

Blonde Sophisticated Braided Updo

Long Blonde Hair In Sophisticated Braided Updo For Prom

If you’re looking for an unforgettable prom hairdo, this one’s for you! This haird..

If you’re looking for an unforgettable prom hairdo, this one’s for you! This hairdo is worthy of a princess or a fair maiden from the olden days. To style your hair in this sophisticated, elegant hairdo, just follow these easy steps. Divide your hair into many different strands and braid each strand individually. Then, swirl the braids into a concentric shape and and secure with bobby pins. Finish with hairspray.

Kendall Jenner Simple Ponytail

Kendall Jenner's Long Straight Black Hair In Simple Ponytail

Kendall Jenner looks lovely as she keeps it simple with a casual ponytail. Kenda..

Kendall Jenner looks lovely as she keeps it simple with a casual ponytail. Kendall’s long, sleek, black hair is styled in a high ponytail and slung over one shoulder. To achieve this easy updo, apply leave-in conditioner or smoothing serum to hair and blow dry it straight. Use a flat iron to make her as sleek and straight as possible. Brush hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic. This look is great for a night out or just for everyday wear.

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Katherine Heigl Formal Side Chignon

Katherine Heigl's Blonde Hair In Formal Side Chignon Hairdo

Katherine Heigl looks beautiful and glamorous in this elegant side chignon formal..

Katherine Heigl looks beautiful and glamorous in this elegant side chignon formal hairdo. A glitzy rhinestone barrette makes this hairdo even more special. This hairdo accentuates a swan-like neck and is very graceful. The hairdo reminds me of a Hollywood starlet of the past.

Nichole Scherzinger Top Knot

Nicole Scherzinger's Long Black Hair In Top Knot Hairdo

Nicole Scherzinger’s long, silky, black hair is styled in an elegant top knot haird..

Nicole Scherzinger’s long, silky, black hair is styled in an elegant top knot hairdo. A section of her hair was left out to create a braid that wraps around the bun. This is a modern twist for a classic hairdo. Girls going to prom might want to try out this look. It reminds me of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Kristen Stewart Sideswept Formal Hairdo

Kristen Stewart's Long Auburn Hair In Braided Formal Updo

For Bella Swan and Edward Cullen’s romantic, fairytale wedding in Twilight Sa..

For Bella Swan and Edward Cullen’s romantic, fairytale wedding in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Kristen Stewart’s long, auburn hair was styled in an intricately braided formal updo just as author Stephanie Meyer described in her Breaking Dawn novel. This updo is very feminine and romantic. Loose pieces are pulled of the braids throughout to create a soft, sexy look.

Kristen Bell Blonde Updo

Kristen Bell's Blonde Hair In Elegant Formal French Twist Updo

Kristen Bell chose a classic French twist hairdo for a formal event in Hollywood..

Kristen Bell chose a classic French twist hairdo for a formal event in Hollywood. To create this updo, her hair was curled in  soft waves and twisted in a French twist. Bobby pins were used to secure the hair in the back to hold the style in place. Loose hairs from her shorter layers were left loose to frame her face. This made the hairdo very romantic and feminine. French twists are a great prom hairdo!

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Meryl Streep’s Updo at the 2014 Oscars

Meryl Streep’s Classy Updo at the 2014 Oscars

Oh, Meryl! How we adore thee! The updo is age-appropriate, simple yet striking…

Oh, Meryl! How we adore thee! The updo is age-appropriate, simple yet striking. It was clearly the best hairstyle for her elegant Lanvin ensemble. Her blond hair is pulled back neatly, keeping the top slightly lifted. Notice the small patch of greys on one side? It’s saying: “Look, I’m aging but I’m fab so deal with it.”

Olivia Wilde’s Unkempt Updo at the 2014 Oscars

Olivia Wilde’s Unkempt Updo at the 2014 Oscars

Unkempt done right is what this is! Olivia Wilde’s hair is loosely gathered at the..

Unkempt done right is what this is! Olivia Wilde’s hair is loosely gathered at the back while her bangs are slightly curled as well as some pulled-out tendrils at the sides. Minimal texture is given, keeping her messy style elegant. A pouf is created at the crown to slenderize her strong jaw line.

Lady Gaga’s Sleek Updo at the 2014 Oscars

Lady Gaga’s Simple and Sleek Updo at the 2014 Oscars

You have to admit, Lady Gaga looks extra pretty when she is at her simplest. Su..

You have to admit, Lady Gaga looks extra pretty when she is at her simplest. Such was the case when she arrived at the 2014 Oscars with her hair slicked back into a low updo paired with a bouffant top.

How-to:

  1. Prep your hair with a heat-resistant, smoothening balm while it’s still damp
  2. Blow dry hair flat using the right kind of tool (large paddle boar bristle brush) from the roots until the tip while constantly moving so as not to make your strands crispy
  3. Rub a small amount of anti-frizz serum in between your palms before you glide it over your locks to smoothen it further
  4. Create a 4-inch section in the middle until the crown and tease. Smoothen the top then push it forward to create a pouf. Mist with hairspray
  5. Separate a thin section near the nape before you pull back the rest of your hair neatly into a low ponytail
  6. Cover the elastic with the thin section and pin the end under
  7. Brush the end of your ‘tail then slightly roll it inward (towards your nape) and secure with pins

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Jenna Dewan’s Disheveled Updo at the 2014 Oscars

Jenna Dewan’s Sexy Disheveled Updo at the 2014 Oscars

Highly stiff and insanely neat hairstyles for formal events are great; but if you w..

Highly stiff and insanely neat hairstyles for formal events are great; but if you want to soften your look and appear elegantly slackened, try Jenna Dewan’s disheveled updo!

DIY:

  1. Douse a small amount of texturizing powder on dry hair (roots only)
  2. Lightly shake your hair before gathering it into a chignon
  3. Pull out face-framing sections in front and the sides using the end of a rat tail comb

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Olga Kurylenko’s Wavy High Updo at the 2014 Oscars

Olga Kurylenko’s Beautiful Wavy High Updo at the 2014 Oscars

A high texturized updo juxtaposed with an elegant gown is a look that is contrasti..

A high texturized updo juxtaposed with an elegant gown is a look that is contrastingly good! Gorgeous French model Olga Kurylenko’s coffee-colored mane is tightly curled before being pulled into a high bun. Use a texturizing mousse before curling your hair to keep the style intact.

Julia Robert’s Loose Updo at the 2014 Oscars

Julia Robert’s Loose Updo at the 2014 Oscars

The Pretty Woman kept her coif relaxed and loose at the 2014 Oscars. Her ombre..

The Pretty Woman kept her coif relaxed and loose at the 2014 Oscars. Her ombre hair is styled in a soft, low chignon. The bangs are swooped to one side and ever so lightly given texture. To give your hairstyle the I-didn’t-even-try-to-look-this-beautiful effect, scrunch your mane a little before you create a chignon.

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Kristen Wiig Faux Bob

Kristen Wiig's Blonde Hair In Wavy FAux Bob Formal Hairdo

For the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in 2009, Kristen Wiig wore..

For the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in 2009, Kristen Wiig wore a faux bob hairdo. This hairdo is a fun option for women with long hair to play around with a shorter bob hairstyle without actually cutting it all off at the salon! The length of Kristen’s blonde hair was tucked under in the back and secured with pins. The shorter layers in the front were left loose and curled in spiral ringlets to frame the face. This is a very pretty, formal hairdo.

AnnaSophia Robb Braided Updo

AnnaSophia Robb's Long Blonde Hair In Braided Updo For Prom

AnnaSophia Robb looks adorable in this braided, formal updo. Her blonde hair is p..

AnnaSophia Robb looks adorable in this braided, formal updo. Her blonde hair is parted in a deep side part and braided in French braids around the hairline. This romantic hairdo is perfect for prom or any other formal event. It will make your eyes the focal point of your look and can be paired with any dress. AnnaSophia wore this hairdo to the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2013.

Carrie Underwood French Twist

Carrie Underwood's Long Blonde Hair In French Twist Formal Hairdo

Carrie Underwood channeled Grace Kelly elegance in a sleek French twist updo. C..

Carrie Underwood channeled Grace Kelly elegance in a sleek French twist updo. Carrie’s long, blonde hair was teased at the crown for height and lots of volume and styled into a French twist. The updo was secured with large bobby pins to hold her heavy hair throughout the night. Her side bangs were swept behind one ear and strands of hair from her shorter layers were left loose to frame the face and soften the romantic look. This hairdo is perfect for prom.

Amy Adams’ Sleek Updo at the 2014 Oscars

Amy Adams’ Simple Sleek Updo at the 2014 Oscars

Amy Adams arrived at the 86th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theater in Los..

Amy Adams arrived at the 86th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a duke blue Gucci gown and a sleek updo. The top of her coif was elevated while the sides were kept flat.  Use a glossing cream to rid your mane of frizz and keep the style still.

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Ballerina Bun With Large Hairbow

Blonde Hair In Ballerina Bun With Large Hair Bow Accent

This model’s long, blonde hair is styled in a high ballerina bun. A sock or foam..

This model’s long, blonde hair is styled in a high ballerina bun. A sock or foam doughnut was added to make the bun more voluminous. A large pink and gold hairbow was attached to hair just below the bun to add a whimsical, girly touch. This look reminds me of Cindy Lauper or Madonna in the 80’s. This hairdo is perfect for teens who want to get noticed at prom.

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Long Blonde Formal Updo

Long Blonde Hair In Elegant Formal Spiral Curled Updo

This model’s long, blonde hair is styled in a beautiful, formal updo. Her hair wa..

This model’s long, blonde hair is styled in a beautiful, formal updo. Her hair was teased at the crown. To achieve greater volume, apply hair powder to the roots after teasing. Her hair was twisted and secured with bobby pins at the back of the head. A curling product was sprayed on hair, and then hair was curled with a medium-barreled curling iron. The front section was curled only half-way down the length of hair in one spiral curl to the side. The look is held in place with hairspray. This is an elegant hairdo perfect for any formal occasion.

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Victoria Beckham Stylish Chignon

Victoria Beckham's Short Fine Hair In Chic Chignon Hairdo

Victoria Beckham is the epitome of the style no matter where she goes. Her fine,..

Victoria Beckham is the epitome of the style no matter where she goes. Her fine, brown, straight hair is teased at the crown and styled in an elegant chignon hairdo at the nape of her neck. A few short, loose strands frame her lovely face. This formal hairdo can be worn by women of all ages whether it’s to a romantic evening out on the town or for prom.

Crimped Brunette Beehive Hairdo

Crimped Brunette Hair In Beehive Formal Updo For Prom

This teen’s brown hair is styled in a vintage beehive hairdo. To give the look a m..

This teen’s brown hair is styled in a vintage beehive hairdo. To give the look a modern edge, her long, straight hair was crimped with a crimping iron and brushed out to create an interesting texture. The look was finished with a hot pink head band. This hairdo would look great with any type of formal dress with either a high or low neckline. A beehive is a great way to stand out at prom.

Red French Twist For Prom

Straight Red Hair In Elegant French Twist Updo For Prom

This model’s straight, fine, red hair is styled in an elegant French twist hairdo…

This model’s straight, fine, red hair is styled in an elegant French twist hairdo. Her hair was teased at the crown for height and volume and twisted into a classic French twist. The hairdo is secured with large bobby pins. This hairdo is perfect for girls with hair all the same length. The French twist hairdo is a favorite among celebrities such as Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lopez, and Carrie Underwood.