Letting those long tresses fly in the air is a pretty sight for sure. But unfortunately, our hair is not always well behaved. Every hairstyle ensures that you walk into a party looking phenomenal, but what about how your hair looks towards the end of the party? Choosing updo hairstyles is a good way to ensure that your hair looks good throughout the party, irrespective of how much you dance. These hair updos are hairstyles that require the hair to be tied together with pins, clips and/or accessories, depending on the occasion. 

10 Easy-To-Try Hairstyles For All Hair Types

1. Braided Updo

One of the easiest updos for long hair, this braided updo is extremely simple and takes very little time or effort. It is mainly suited for Indian outfits and can be turned into an elaborate hairstyle with the help of hair accessories like a diamond brooch or even a floral gajra

Method:

  1. Comb your hair and make a centre parting in the front.
  2. Tie your hair into a low ponytail.
  3. Pull some hair on all sides to add some volume to the updo.
  4. Make a classic three-strand braid on the entire hair length and secure with a rubber band.
  5. Pull at the braid from both sides to make the braid look fuller.
  6. Wrap the braid to make a low bun, securing it with U pins as you go.
  7. When you reach the end of the hair length, hide the rubber band and the loose hair at the end below the bun and secure the bun.

2. Twisted Bun

Don’t know how to make a braid? Try this hairstyle. This updo is ideal for women who are not good at braiding. Simply twist your hair and create this amazing hairstyle that is functional and beautiful at the same time (not to mention very very easy).

Method:

  1. Comb your hair and make a centre parting in the front.
  2. Take a small section of hair from the front of one side, keep on adding thin sections of hair from the back until you reach your ear. Twist all the hair from these sections, roll them inwards and secure them at the back of the head with a pin.
  3. Repeat the process on the other side.
  4. Tie all your hair into a ponytail.
  5. Divide the ponytail hair into two equal sections.
  6. Go on twisting the sections around one another until you reach the end of the hair length.
  7. Secure the end with a rubber band.
  8. Begin wrapping the twisted hair at the back of your head to form a bun.
  9. Secure the bun with U pins.
  10. You can choose to add a hair accessory.

3. Twisted Floral Updo

When it comes to elaborate updo hairstyles, most of us assume that they can be done only by experienced professionals. This updo is so fancy that it can easily be chosen by a bride for her big day. What makes it even more special is that it takes very little skill and an even lesser amount of time to make.

Method:

  1. Comb your hair and make a high ponytail.
  2. Secure the ponytail with a rubber band.
  3. Divide the ponytail into two equal sections.
  4. Take one section in our hand and divide it further into two equal sections. 
  5. Begin twisting both these sections of hair, while twisting them around one another.
  6. Continue this process till you reach the end of the hair length.
  7. Start wrapping this twisted section around the ponytail. Secure with U pins.
  8. Now repeat the twisting process with the remaining section of the hair.
  9. Wrap this section of hair around the first section of hair, making the bun bigger as you proceed.
  10. Secure the ends with the help of U pins.

4. Updo For Short Hair

There are very few options for updo hairstyles for short hair because most of the updo hairstyles revolve around wrapping the length of the hair multiple times in order to make a broad bun. This is one of the classic updos for short hair and it is also suitable for women with fine hair as it makes the hair look thick and voluminous.

Method:

  1. Comb your hair and take a small section from the front.
  2. Backcomb the hair to make this section look fuller. Secure this section to the back of the head with the help of pins.
  3. Take more sections across the front of the head and go on securing the hair to the back of the head after backcombing.
  4. Tie the hair into a loose ponytail, securing it with a rubber band.
  5. Place a doughnut bun on top of the ponytail (you can also make use of a thick rubber band if you do not have a doughnut bun).
  6. Divide your ponytail into two sections, upper and lower.
  7. Hold your hair in such a way that the upper and lower sessions cover the doughnut bun/thick rubber band from all sides.
  8. Place a thin rubber band on top of the hair covering the doughnut bun/thick rubber band.
  9. Secure the loose ends on all sides with the help of pins.

5. Simple Updo hairstyle

Although this hairstyle is suited for medium to long hair, it is most popular amongst the updos for medium hair. What makes this updo special is that it looks good with Indian as well as western clothing. So, whether you are wearing a saree or a gown, going to a mehendi or a cocktail, learning how to make this updo is all you need to do to make your hair look amazing for all occasions. 

Method:

  1. Comb your hair and make a centre parting in the front.
  2. Take a small section of hair from the front of one side, keep on adding thin sections of hair from the back until you reach your ear. Twist all the hair from these sections, roll them inwards and secure at the back of the head with a pin.
  3. Repeat the process on the other side.
  4. Tie all your hair into a low ponytail. Secure the ponytail with a rubber band.
  5. Leave some hair length and half tie another rubber band towards the end of the hair length.
  6. Take all the hair from the lower rubber band and bring it inside the space created over the first rubber band.
  7. Secure the updo with U pins.

6. Half Updo Hairstyle

Many women believe that an updo hairstyle makes them look older. However, the modern-day updo styles are a far cry from the older buns which only mothers or aunts could flaunt. There are also many half updo hairstyles that can be chosen by women who are torn between having an updo hairstyle or leaving their hair loose.

Method:

  1. Comb your hair and make a centre parting.
  2. Make a half pony taking a small section of hair from each side and secure it to the back of your head using a rubber band.
  3. Tie another rubber band 2-3 inches below the first one.
  4. Start rolling the hair in this section inwards, starting from the end of the hair length.
  5. Once you reach the topmost rubber band, secure the bun created with pins.

7. Dual Twisted Updo Hairstyle

This hairstyle may sound difficult and complicated when you first hear it, but once you get to making it, you will realise that it only sounds and looks tricky. All you need to do is keep twisting your hair and before you know, you have yourself a hairstyle that resembles the one an experienced hairdresser would make. What’s more? You can make it in less than 10 minutes.

Method:

  1. Comb your hair and make a centre parting in the front.
  2. Take a small section of hair from the front of one side, twist the hair and roll it inwards. Keep on adding thin sections of hair from the back and twisting them until you reach the nape of your neck. secure at the back of the neck with a pin.
  3. Repeat the above step on the other side.
  4. Make a low ponytail using all your hair and tie it with a rubber band.
  5. divide the ponytail into two sections, one thick and one thin.
  6. Bring these sections to either side on the front.
  7. Starting with the thicker section first, divide the section into two equal sections. Begin twisting both these sections of hair, while twisting them around one another. 
  8. Continue this process till you reach the end of the hair length. Secure the hair with a rubber band.
  9. Repeat the twisting process with the thin section of the hair as well.
  10. Take the thicker twisted section and begin wrapping it around to make a bun. Secure with pins.
  11. Now take the thinner twisted section and wrap it around the already created bun to make it bigger.
  12. Pull on the ends of the bun for added volume.

8. Messy Updo Hairstyle

Messy hairstyles have become extremely popular in the last few years. Not only do they add a fun side to the overall look, but they are also much easier to make because the hair does not need to be perfect. Messy buns look good on almost all kinds of outfits and for a variety of different occasions. 

Method:

  1. Backcomb the hair on the front to give it added volume.
  2. Make a small puff using a small section from the centre of the front hair. Secure it to the back of the head using pins.
  3. Make a high ponytail and tie a rubber band to it.
  4. Holding the end of the hair length with one hand, use the fingers of another hand to push the hair towards the top of the ponytail.
  5. Twist the hair loosely and wrap it around to make a loose bun.
  6. Secure the bun using pins.
  7. Pull on the hair from all sides to make the bun look fuller.
  8. You can remove some hair from the front to add to the messy look.

9. Side Bun Hairstyle

The side bun hairstyles are a welcome change from the usual updos as they look playful and young. Such hairstyles are ideal for women who love to experiment and try new trends. There are too many side bun hairstyles to choose from, many of which can be mastered by amateurs and paired with a wide range of outfits.

Method:

  1. Comb your hair and make a centre parting in the front.
  2. Take a small section of hair from the front of one side, keep on adding thin sections of hair from the back until you reach your ear. Twist all the hair from these sections, roll them inwards and secure at the back of the head with a pin.
  3. Bring all your hair to one side of the face. Make a low ponytail and secure it with a rubber band.
  4. Divide the ponytail into three sections.
  5. Take one section and twist it till you reach the end of the hair length. Take a thin section from the bottom end and pull on it, pushing the rest of the hair in the section upwards. Secure all this hair with the help of pins.
  6. Repeat this process with the other two sections.
  7. Secure the entire hairdo with pins.

10. Braided Side Updo

If you have medium to long hair and are good at making the simple three-strand braid, then this hairstyle will become your absolute favourite. This braided side bun is extremely simple and easy to make but it can be easily turned into a party hairstyle with the help of the right accessories.

Method:

  1. Take all your hair to one side and make a low ponytail. Secure the ponytail with a rubber band.
  2. Make a classic three-strand braid.
  3. Wrap the hair on the side of the head to make a low bun. 
  4. Secure the bun with the help of pins.
  5. Pull on the outside of the braid to make the bun look fuller.
  6. You can let some hair loose on the sides of the face to make the hairstyle look messy.

Although making these hair updos is not a difficult task, it is important that the hairstyles be made properly. Nobody wants to walk into a party with an updo that is loose or untidy. There are some simple golden rules that need to be followed while creating your own hairstyles that ensure that you end up with gorgeous looking hair each time.

Tips To Get The Perfect Updo Hairstyle

1. Clean Hair 

It is advised to wash your hair either on the same day or the day prior to making the updo. For the same day wash, ensure that your hair is completely dry by the time you start making the hairstyle. Drying your hair with your head upside down helps build volume in the hair, making the hairstyle look fuller.

2. Be Mindful Of The Parting

Parting the hair in the same way as required for the updo straight after wash makes it easier to proceed with the updo.

3. Prepping The Hair

Using a hair product (serum or mousse) before starting on the hairstyle prepares the hair and makes it possible for the hair to hold the shape better.

4. Deciding On The Updo

The updo hairstyle chosen has to suit the occasion, hair type, hair length and face cut of an individual. Just because a certain hairstyle is currently popular does not mean it must be chosen blindly.

5. Pinning & Securing

There is nothing worse than having your hairstyle come undone in the middle of the function. Use adequate pins to make sure that the updo is tight but also comfortable. Using a setting hair spray is also recommended as it takes care of any flyaways which can spoil the entire look of the hairdo.

When one plans a look for a function, it is not just the outfit and jewellery that matter; the hairstyle is equally important. A good hairstyle plays a very crucial role in completing the entire look. You cannot go shopping and to a wedding with the same blowdry. Choosing an updo hairstyle that compliments the outfit and the occasion is the only way to make sure that you make the impact you intend to make at the party. Also, when the hairstyle options are this easy and effortless, there is no reason for one to stick to the age-old boring hairstyles.

Heena Paryani
Heena Paryani

Heena Paryani is an Operations Executive with a passion for teaching, jewellery designing, EXIM trade and writing. This Mumbaikar-at-heart is a wanderlust who enjoys cooking and sampling new cuisines.

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