Updo Hair Styles

Cute Updo Hairstyles To Rule Your Look

Looking for elegant updos for short to medium hairstyles and long hair? You’ve come to the right place! These red-carpet, daily wear looks and wedding updo hairstyles will inspire you to try out a new and fresh look. Whether it is curly hair updos or updos for layered hair, we have the perfect quick and easy updos with tutorials on how to do an updo hairstyle.

15 Easy hair updos for long hair, short hair, and medium hair have been listed below with step by step instructions. Take a look!

Easy Updos for Long Hair

These cute updo hairstyles for long hair can be used at weddings, daily basis, or at a simple party.

1. Dutch Flower Braid Updo Hair

Updo hairstyles for long hair might look complicated and hard to do, but they’re actually quite simple to do. Here is how to create this easy long hair updos:

  • Create a dutch braid beginning from the right corner of your head, working your way across to the other side.
  • Continue to braid your hair all the way to the bottom and secure it with a hair tie.
  • Gently pull on the braid so that it appears fuller. This is especially useful if you have fine, thin, or scanty hair.
  • To finish the flower look, take your braid and place it in a spiral, going from big to small.
  • Pin it into place using secure bobby pins so that the simple updos does not come loose.

2. Fishtail Bun Updos – Double Side Inverted


This doubles as formal updos and updos for wedding. In fact, this hairstyle would best suit women over 50 or 60. Here is how to create this look:

  • Part the top half of your hair into two sections and create inverted fishtail braids.
  • With the bottom half of your hair, using some teasing and perhaps a faux bun, create a bun, or a roll using bobby pins to secure it into place.
  • Pull gently on the fishtail braids to create more volume and wrap it around the bun, interlacing one on top of the other.
  • Pin and secure it into place with bobby pins.

3. Wedding Updos for Long Hair – Elegant Hair Puff


Updo wedding hairstyles like this might look complicated but, with a little bit of hairspray and a straightener, you can achieve this look easily. Here is how:

  • The first thing you will need to do is straighten your hair completely.
  • Flip your hair over and place a hair puff on the back of your head.
  • Place your hair over the puff and smoothen it out, making sure that there are no flyaways.
  • Tuck the remaining length of your hair under the puff and pin it down.
  • You could also roll your hair with the puff to create more volume, leaving a part of your hair to smooth and tuck over the remainder for a clean finish.
  • Finally using a LOT of hairspray and wide bobby pins, spray the front portion of your hair and arrange it, using the bobby pins to keep it in place while it dries.
  • Use extra amount of hairspray to ensure that it stays puts through the day.
  • Remove the bobby pins once it is dry.

4. Easy Elegant Updos for Long Hair – French Twist

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The French Twist is one of the more common long hair updos, however, it is most certainly not the most boring one. This hairstyle is one of the easy updos that do not require much thought and time. It is easier to do with long hair although it can be used as short – medium hairstyles for weddings and other formal occasions. Here is how to do it:

  • Brush your hair to one side of your head.
  • Using bobby pins and hairspray secure your hair on one side in place.
  • Take the remainder of your hair and twist it to form a roll towards the pins.
  • Secure the twist with bobby pins and a LOT of hairspray.

5. Pretty Updos for Long Hair

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If you’re looking for easy long hair updos then this is the best one you can find. It is both elegant and simple to do and is guaranteed to shock people when you say that you created the look all by yourself! Here is how to achieve this look:

  • Create your basic French braid beginning at the crown of your head.
  • Take the extra part of the braid and roll it inwards, toward your neck.
  • Secure it there using bobby pins.
  • Pull gently on your braid to add volume and texture.
  • Use hairspray to secure the look.

Classic Updos for Medium Hair

Medium length hairstyles can be tricky as the hair does not qualify for long nor short. However, this could be an advantage as too much hair could be too much volume, and too little hair could mean not enough volume. Medium length hair updos are easy to deal with as they are the perfect length.

6. Braided ‘S’ Easy Updo for Medium Hair


When people talk about hair updos for medium length hair you probably just imagine general top knots and low twist buns but, these braided medium length updos are simple and creative, not something you would generally think of. Here is how to achieve these hairstyles for medium hair:

  • Begin by sectioning your hair into three sections from top to bottom at the back of your head.
  • Start with section one, beginning your Dutch braid from one side to the other.
  • When you reach the end begin integrating the braid with section two and braid towards the other corner.
  • Finally, integrate the braid into section three and finish it off by tucking the end of the braid into the hair and securing it with a bobby pin.
  • Gently pull on the braid to create more volume and a more casual look. You can also use bobby pins to make the hairstyle more secure.

7. Easy Updos for Medium Hair – Upside Down Rope Braid Flower


These easy updos for shoulder length hair are great for all types of hair – straight, curly and wavy. The whole idea of this look is to create a braid that begins from the nape of your neck and moves upwards to the crown of your head, hence the term ‘upside down’. Here is how to create simple updos for medium hair using an inverted method:

  • Begin by flipping your hair over and begin rope braiding your hair by twisting two strands of hair separately and then joining them together. (Practice the braid normally first before trying it inverted.)
  • Braid your hair up to the crown of your hair, adding more hair as you go, as you would do a french braid.
  • When you reach the crown, bring all the hair together in a ponytail and finish your braid.
  • Finally arrange your braid in a spiral, beginning from the out, in, to form the flower.
  • Secure it with a bobby pin and some hairspray.
  • Gently tug on the braid in the flower to add more texture and volume.

8. Easy Updos for Medium Length Hair – Milkmaid Braid


If you’re looking for easy updos for medium hair to do yourself then this is the easiest one you will find. The reason why we consider this as one of the easy updos for mid length hair is, it contains two simple braids and two bobby pins with no tugging, teasing and hairspray. Here is how to create this look:

  • Create a center parting and two simple standard three-strand braids on either side.
  • Take one braid and wrap it over the crown of your head to create a braided crown effect. Use bobby pins to secure it into place.
  • Similarly, wrap the other braid over the first one and tuck the end under the first braid. Use bobby pins to secure it.
  • You can leave a few locks of hair out to frame your face.

9. Bun Donut For Medium Length Updos

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This cute updo hairstyle is one of the most easy updos for medium hair and can be used for layered hair too! You can either use a donut hair bun, a sock, or a hair twist to create this look. Here is how:

  • Gather your hair at the top of your head like you would a ponytail and place the donut bun or sock bun. Wrap your hair around it until you have a nice compact bun.
  • If you’re using a hair twist then insert you hair into the twist tool and roll it. Once you have done this connect the hooks together and set your hair so that the device is fully concealed.
  • You can also leave a small portion of your hair out and braid it. Then wrap the braid around the bun for a more elegant updo bun hairstyle.

10. Curly Hair Updos for Medium Length Hair


A faux mohawk may not be everyone’s first choice as a wedding hair updo as it is not considered to be formal enough for the occasion. But, a combination of natural curls and a mohawk can prove to be the perfect wedding hairstyles for medium hair. Here is how to create this look:

  • If you do not have naturally curly hair, you can always achieve heatless curls overnight, or using a curling rod.
  • Create a very messy dutch fishtail braid, right till the end of your hair.
  • Once you are done creating the braid, gather the extra amount of hair and roll it towards the neck (inwards).
  • Secure it to the base of your neck using bobby pins.
  • Secure your braid to the center of your head using bobby pins, so that it does not move off center.
  • Tug on the braid until it looks light and fluffy.
  • Use hairspray and gel as required.

Easy Updos for Short Hair

Short hair updos are hard to find as most ladies do not normally consider trying an updo with short hair. For this reason, we have included two half updo hairstyles and a bridal hairstyle for people with short hair.

11. Simple Short Hairdos – Upside Down Dutch Braid Bow Buns

Following the same method used to create the upside down rope bun, we can now create much more updo hairstyles for short hair that are fun and casual. Here is how:

  • Divide your hair into two sections (left and right).
  • First begin with one side by flipping your hair and Dutch braiding it all the way to the crown, while the other remains clipped.
  • Once you have reached the crown, tie a ponytail by taking your hair through the hair tie two and a half times.
  • Separate the remaining half of the pony (the folded side) into two parts.
  • Take the extra piece of hair sticking out (the ending half of the pony) and wrap it in the center of the two halves to create the center of the bow.
  • Do this on the other half of your hair as well.
  • You can use bobby pins and hairspray to secure the makeshift bows in place.

12. Easy Short Hair Updos – Headband Tuck

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This is a super easy short updo ideas and a laid-back way to tie your hair up. It’s perfect for a picnic day! How to do it:

  • Wear a headband, one that goes right around your head.
  • Tuck your hair up into the band. Use bobby pins to secure it.

13. Faux Fancy Updos

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If you’re searching for updos for hair that is short and layered (like a layered bob), then try this cute easy up hairstyle that makes your hair appear to be in an updo, while it actually isn’t. This updo styles for short hair works best for people with really short hair. How to create this look:

  • Create this look by first adding volume to your hair by curling it and then backcombing or teasing it.
  • The trick with this style is to create a look like it has been pinned up at the bottom. To do this roll the bottom of your hair and pin it using a bobby pin.
  • Use a lot of hairspray to set the final look.

14. Half Updo Hairstyles for Short Hair – Inverse Pony


This hair updos for short hair is very simple and is considered to be the quickest and easy up hairstyles ever. Here is how to create it:

  • Create a normal half ponytail, making sure that your hair tie is not too tight.
  • Here is the fun part, hold the ponytail in your hand and create a partition above the hair tie.
  • Take your ponytail and insert it into the partition.
  • This will create a twist. For more twist repeat the previous step.
  • Finally, set your hair so that it looks equal in all areas.

15. Half Up Hairstyles for Casual Wear

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This short hair updo is easy as it follows the basic instructions for a half ponytail. The main difference here is the play with texture. How to achieve this look:

  • Create a half ponytail by creating a parting between the top half of your hair and the bottom half.
  • Leave the top half in a bun for now while you work on the bottom half.
  • Straighten the bottom half of your hair and use gel or spray to keep it in place.
  • Using a backcombing method, create texture in the top half of your hair and then gently comb it. This will create more volume on the top of your head.
  • You can also use a curling iron to create soft curls for your ponytail.
  • Add an embellishment/accessory for a little extra spunk!