Super easy updos for women

22 Super Easy Updos for Beginners to Try in 2023

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#1: Twisted Up

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!

This is my #1 favorite style for a client who wants to look formal without looking too overdone. You may dress this style up or down, depending on your outfit and the occasion you are wearing it to. It’s an ideal choice for somebody with 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.

#2: Classic Full Updo

A classic full updo will have you feeling timeless for your next formal event. This super polished wrapped bun has been seen and worn by celebrities over the years. I always prep the hair with a workable hairspray. Then I apply a dime size amount of the tame wild in between my palms, grab a brush, and gather it into a ponytail. I then split the pony into two sections, wrapping, smoothing, and pinning it into place.

Elegant braided updo formal updos easy

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#3: Elegant Braided Updo

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!

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#4: Braided Bun

This style is a bohemian braided updo. The loveliest thing about this look is how much detail can be seen in the style due to the thickness and color of the hair, giving a sophisticated yet effortless finish.

Loosely wave your hair using a soft tong first, as this will help to shape your hair much easier. The essential products for achieving this look are texturizing powder for teasing to create a chunky braid with hold, and a natural hold hairspray to finish. This style best suits medium to thick hair and the detail is much more visible on lighter hair. This style is perfect for a wedding or special occasion.

#5: High Bun

This curly updo is a real stunner! A marvelous and effortless look for any red carpet event!

#6: French Twist

Be a maiden with hair so fair wearing this dashing formal hairstyle. Best to keep hair away from your face as you tuck it up in a low hairdo partnered with flower decor.

#7: French Braid

Loose and messy updos are always beautiful, but when combined with a halo braid then, you certainly have reached perfection!

#8: Two-Toned Twists

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.

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#9: Simple Airy-Textured Bun

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.

#10: Messy Bun

Q&A with style creator, Chloe Bartley
Bridal Stylist @ Shique Hair & Beauty Salon in Bowen Hills, QLD

How would you describe this look?

This look is a textured bun. The cutest thing about it would be the effortless look. It’s soft-looking and I love the fact that it can be dressed up with a delicate hair piece to suit any occasion.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The thing with a bun is you can have them so many different ways, so my advice would be to get your stylist to play around, make the style lose, give it a sleeker polished look, have less or no hair shaping around the front, or keep the hair out around the face. Also, you can add hair pieces to dress it up. A bun is a simple style but have fun and make it your own.

I would definitely be looking at the color of your hair. A dark color is not going to have as much definition and show as much texture as the lighter hair colors. Most hair types will be able to do this style but again depending on length and thickness you can achieve a similar look but won’t be exactly the same as we have to work with what you have

#11: Top Knot

Elegant and sophisticated – it’s a twist on a classic high bun. I love that it’s a little more undone and effortless. It’s a great look to complement a high neckline and showcase the delicate back details. This style is perfect for the client who wants to look like a modern-day princess with a fun-loving personality. It’s also a great look for a client who needs her style to last all day or will be in warm temperatures and wants her hair out of her face.

Sometimes clients think they need to have super long hair to achieve this look (or any updo at all), but that’s not true. I used Aquage products to achieve this look. Started with a detailing crème, curled all of her hair with a 1.5″ marcel. I then used a wide tooth comb to gently separate the curls, then I took a section of hair from the crown of her head and put it in a ponytail. I teased it and rolled it up to create a bun (instead of using a hair donut). Finally, I began to pin the curls up around the bun. I always use a working hairspray throughout the process, then use a finishing hairspray and spray-on shine at the end.

#12: Donut Bun

Q&A with style creator, Lais Corrêa
Freelance Hairstylist @ Lais Corrêa Penteados in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

How would you describe this look?

It is an elegant, classic, princess-like hairstyle. It’s really feminine. The best part about it is that depending on how you style it, this look can be used at a huge variety of events, so it’s very versatile.

Any advice for someone considering it?

As hairstyles may reflect our personalities and lifestyle, I would indicate this look to those who are compatible with the adjectives mentioned before. That said, this look goes with any type of hair and almost any length of hair. It’s an easy updo, so all you need are strong bobby pins, the right size of hair donut, and hair spray to tame the flyaways.

Picture of a vintage inspired swirls formal easy updo

#13: Vintage-Inspired Swirls

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 special birthday like a quinceanera.  Although, I would have to advise keeping headbanging to a minimum!

#14: Unstructured Messy Chignon

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!

#15: Simple Faux Braid

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 hairstyle

#16: Boho Chic Updo

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 hairstyle

#17: Knotted Bun

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.

#18: Fishtail Twist

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.

#19: 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 hairstyle

#20: Modern Chignon Bun

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.

#21: 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.

Sock Bun

#22: Sock Bun

Arrive in fashion with braids up in a big bun. The secret? A sock to serve as the body of your hair’s main attraction.

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