Updos are all the rage, both for casual and formal occasions. Whether you have medium-length or long hair, there is an updo out there for you. With this list of eighty modern updos, you are sure to find your perfect match. From tousled knots to voluminous buns, there is an updo for everyone.
Unlike many hairstyles, updos can we be worn for a quick jog, a cocktail party, or on your special day. Brides, businesswomen, and fitness lovers can all show their appreciation for a classic updo done right. The main categories you will find are:
- The Knot. Able to be both elegant and comfortable, the knot is a quick way to add something unique and effortless to your look.
- The Bun. Buns have been favorite for centuries in their many forms. Perfect for the college kid on-the-go to the most prestigious attorney-at-law, the Bun is both stunning and versatile.
- The Braid. Some updos have one, and some have several, but one thing is clear: all braided updos are gorgeous. Add a little twist to your look with one of these fun style choices.
- The Combo. Some updos have knots, buns, and braids! Mainly famous for more formal occasions, combination updos are great for brides or bridesmaids.
Beautiful on locks of all colors, this hair phenomenon can be worn during any season. Whether you want your hair up for those hot summer days or easy to speed up your fall routine, these updos are the perfect solution to your styling woes. Even if updos are something new to you, you are sure to find something that catches your eye in our list of 80 gorgeous hairstyles.
#1: Spiral Curl Updo
A few loose ringlets can add a lot to your look. Without the curls, this style would likely look much stiff and reserved. However, with the stray pieces falling around her face and shoulders, it looks straightforward and elegant.
#2: Add Some Flowers to your Updo
Flowers and hair have been paired together for many centuries, but even in the modern era, they can be used as a unique statement piece. By weaving a few sprigs of your favorite small flower into the base of your updo, you will be sure to turn heads.
#3: The Braids Galore Updo
Everyone loves chunky braids. Both stylish and reserved, this updo is perfect for anyone that wants to add a little personality to their look. The layered braid look can be challenging to put together, but the result is worth the time and effort.
#4: The Braid Crown Updo
Elegant and timeless, the braided crown has been a favorite style for centuries. Unlike medieval updos, this modern twist on the braid crown is an excellent way to show off your contrasting highlights.
#5: The “Lazy” Knot Updo
Usually “lazy” isn’t a word you would want to hear when it comes to your hair, but when it comes to messy knot updos, there is nothing wrong a lazy knot. It is the updo for the girl-on-the-go, featuring messy, undone ends and lots of bobby pins. The knot is so easy, in fact, that you can adjust your bobby pins on-the-go if they start to slip out during your daily activities.
#6: The Fishtail, Twist, Knot, and Spiral Updo
Nowadays, women are going bolder than ever before with their updos. This stunning combination updo features many braids, twists, knots, and even some loose spiral curls! Perfect for a bride or prom, this modern updo is a beautiful choice for any woman.
#7: The Elegant Flower Bun
A classic, voluminous low bun with swooping bangs is a stunning look all its own—but what happens when you add lovely flowers? While you can add herbs to updos of any kind, there is something particularly regal about pairing them with a low bun. This magical look is sure to draw the eye of everyone in the room, whether you’re the bride or not.
#8. An All-Business Bun
Business buns have gotten quite a bad rap in years past, but who is to say all buns of activity have to look bad? Simple yet professional, this twisted bun puts a new spin on what today’s working woman seems so elegant.
#9: The Big Bun Updo
Voluminous hair says luxury, and there is nothing that says extravagance like this giant, chic Bun. Sporting a small bouffant up top, anyone with this Bun will feel like they’re worth a million dollars. Not all updos are meant to be this luxurious, but isn’t it great when one is?
#10: The Simple Low Knot-Bun
A picturesque creation, the low knot-bun is just that—both a knot and a bun. Featuring comfortable, natural waves, any woman can feel confident with this simple wedding look.
#11: The Front Spiral Updo
Any pretty low knot can look better with a cascading spiral in the front. With this swooping curl framing your face, you will be able to bring extra attention to your fabulous low-knot.
#12: The Braid ‘n’ Knot Updo
This full, twisted knot is an excellent way to make a statement today. Every girl is going to want this look for homecoming or prom.To featuring a large and winding French braid, the braid ‘n’ knot is a look any modern girl will love.
#13: Jewelry for Your Updo
A simple-yet-elegant updo can be transformed into something spectacular with the addition of a little bling. With some hair jewelry, you will see the difference between a little chic and completely magnificent.
#14: The Braided Crystal Twist Updo
Braids and twists are growing increasingly popular, but what happens if you add some crystal hairpieces into the equation? This edgy and over-the-top mix is what you will want if you want to bring attention to yourself when you walk into a room. Besides, shouldn’t every bride have some hair crystals?
#15: The Loose-Ended Updo
Some loose hair up front can add a sense of ease to your updo. Leave down your natural waves to frame your face and subtract any stiffness from your low-knot.
#16: The Ins and Outs Updo
Updos that are this delicate should be done by your stylist because only they will know the ins and outs of weaving your hair together to make such a masterpiece. This classy look is ideal for any wedding, school dance, or any other formal event.
#17: A Big, Twisted Updo
Just featuring lots of twists and turns, this combination bun is an eye-catching look for any woman that wants everyone to look her way. With a couple of strands left loose up front, this elaborate hairstyle still looks inviting and effortless.
#18: The Stern Classic Updo
For the woman that wants to be taken seriously, this low-bun is the perfect solution. A clean take on the classic bun, this updo is both business appropriate and fashion forward.
#19: The Braided Bun
A messier take on the Bun, this French braid-and-bun combination is a modern updo that will take anyone’s breath away. With a little volume at the crown, this updo is complicated in all the right ways.
#20: The Tousled Low Knot
This low- knot says that you’re a woman in a hurry, and in this day and age, there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, it is something to be treasured and respected. Requiring many bobby pins, you can do this look yourself.
#21: The Bling-Bling Updo
Women love adding a little bling to their bridal look, and why shouldn’t you get in on the trend? This low-bun has a shimmery, beautiful barrette sure to sparkle all the way to the back of the venue!
#22: The Twisty Knot Updo
The low knots are very popular right now, but how are women keeping low knots look fresh? By making them look unique, of course! These twists turn into a lovely low-knot that is unexpected.
#23: The Hair Bouquet Updo
Who says you need to have flowers in your hair to have a hair bouquet? With bobby pins and the right stylist, you can turn it into a bouquet.
#24: The Crowned Updo
Some romantic spirals, a crown of flowers, and a messy flat knot can go a long way. After placing the crown on your head, you will feel like the fairy princess you were always born to be.
#25: The “Business in the Front, Party in the Back” Updo
Usually when you hear this term, “chic” is not the first word you think. But with these fierce pin-curls, the party in the back is one you will want to go. Leave a lovely spiral in the front to make it look a little more casual.
#26: The Simply Complex Knot
It may look like a peasant’s Knot, but it is far from it. This complicated knot should be put together by a stylist because though it looks simple, it isn’t. Several twists and bobby pins must be placed for you to pull off this dazzling updo.
#27: The Angelic Bride Updo
If you like pure perfection, this updo might be the right bridal choice for you. With some twists and turns, it is an angelic look, perfect for the bride that wants all eyes on her. Just don’t show up with this hair if you’re the bridesmaid—you wouldn’t want to outshine the bride!
#28: The Big Drama Updo
If you like dramatic hairstyles, this updo is your match made in heaven. Tall, voluminous, and full of product and pins, this hair is more of a statement than anything.If you have an important party to go? A significant date? You’ll be the diamond in the room with this striking hairdo.
#29: The Artistic Updo
This updo is the classic woman that wants to look a little artsy, a little unique, and maybe even a little disheveled (in a good way). Loose pieces make for a romantic, effortless look.
#30: The Modern Classic Updo
A Bun, a braid, and a little bling. Need we say more? This modern take on the big Bun classic is ideal for any bride that wants everyone to remember how she looked on her special day.
#31: The Bunched Updo
A braid and some strategic twisting make this romantic knot. A lot of hair is required for this look, so your stylist may need to install some extensions if your hair is short. The extra time will be worth this result, though. No matter where you’re going, this elegant updo is perfect for any femme.
#32: The Nape Twist
This soft, low-twist is simple, yet sweet.Just add a little shimmer in the form of a barrette, and you’re ready for a lunch date night out, or an outdoor wedding.
#33: The Curls ‘n’ Jewels Updo
This modern fall look is great if you’re an October bride. With jewel leaves and big curls, you will be the belle of the ball.
#34: The Roman Queen Updo
In Ancient Rome, it was commonplace to wear an olive branch in a crown of braids. Whether you have Italian roots or not, this is a classic throwback that everyone will love.
#35: The Curly Knot
With some heat curls and some pins, you can create this elegant look quite easily. Though it may look quite difficult, this updo can be done at home. If you’re a teenage girl going to homecoming or a twenty-something getting ready for a date, this is for you.
#36: The Natural Romantic Updo
Embracing the natural flow of hair is what makes this so successful. With a large, slightly disheveled bun and a simple, swooping braid, this is a look for any woman anytime.
#37: The Bun ‘n’ Bob Updo
This large, tight low-bun looks breathtaking with the front left down. Emulating a bob up front is a new and unique take on 1920s fashion.
#38: The “Messy” Updo
A messy knot and some loose strands are the right way to say “I care enough, but not too much.” It can be done with natural hair, using bobby pins and styling products.
#39: The Princess Braid and Bun
This taut, classic bun is perfectly framed with a thick, bountiful braid. With a small bouffant on top, this elegant look is a showstopper.
#40: The Low Double-Twist
Some looks that look natural are not. With multiple twists leading to a large middle twist, you will need the help of a friend to achieve this brunch look.
#41: The Loosely Curled Updo
The trick to this full, spiral-laden updo is the curls. Whether you want to apply heat curls or do pin curls before you go to bed, you will have to be sure to master those spirals before attempting this style.
#42: The Braided Faux Hawk
Feeling edgy? This fabulous faux hawk may be the right updo for you. With braids, curls, and twists, this will take your stylist some time. Don’t be afraid of some time in the salon chair, though. This faux hawk masterpiece is well worth every moment spent.
#43: The Chunky Braided Updo
Updos with chunky braids are a stylish choice in this day and age—just like a little pop of an unexpected color. Whether you want to show off pieces of lavender or a whole head of emerald green, these big braids are sure to look fabulous on you.
#44: The Tousled Updo
While time and energy went into this low-sitting updo, it still manages to like you didn’t try. Since that’s a good thing today, you might as well let loose and go for a more tousled style.
#45: The ‘60s Bun
This massive-bun is a nod to the voluminous look that was popular in the 1960s. With an icy barrette to modernize it, this high bun is a way to bring 1965 to 2017.
#46: The Triple Knot
This tricky updo features three large knots. They twist in and out of one another to create one finished piece. Able to be worn to a wedding, to a party, or even to brunch, the triple knot is a way to let everyone know that you put some effort into your hair.
#47: The Woven Updo
This low-knot is classic elegance, but this is not one to try yourself. Best for a bride or homecoming queen, this professionally executed knot will take a few hours in the salon chair.
#48: The Loose Base Braid Updo
By placed right at the nape of the neck, this big, loose braid can be worn for any formal occasion. Romantic and country chic, this is for any woman that wants to look lovely without looking too dramatic.
#49: The French Braid Knot
A low, messy knot with a simple French Braid can turn any lunch date into something special. Perfect for summer or fall, this updo can be worn anywhere.
#50: The Complex Romantic Updo
An extremely laborious updo, this style is best worn by brides or prom princesses. You are sure to light up an entire room with this braided, twisted, pinned look. You may like to add some dimension, consider colored highlights as shown in the picture. Soft silver-blue and peach add an extra element to this flowered dream. While you can pick any color you want, you should highly consider a contrasting color to add a little something extra.
#51: The One-of-a-Kind Updo
The odds are that you have never seen an updo like this. This beautiful style is a head-turner for special occasions, but there aren’t many other places you could sport this look. This one will take your stylist some time; don’t waste those hours in the salon chair!
#52: The Graceful Twist ‘n’ Knot Updo
This loose twist and low knot are easy enough to do yourself, which is great since this look is perfect for day looks. After all, not everyone has their stylist ready to give them a Sunday brunch makeover.
#53: The Modern Bride Updo
This taut-knot is perfect for any special occasion. With a swoop and some twists, this will be lovely for any face shape.
#54: The Show-Stopping French Braid Updo
This dramatic French braid is twisted upside-down. Rather than many alternative styles that leave all of the volumes in the bottom, this look embraces a more voluminous-top. Topped with sexy, full pin-curls, this look is runway ready.
#55: The Big Curls and Little Flowers Updo
The big, country curls are straight from a dream. By complementing this updo with a small crown of flowers, you have a lovely look for an outdoor wedding!
#56: The Bun ‘n’ Backcomb Updo
This sultry style is easy to do yourself. With some backcombing, a little hairspray, bobby-pinks, and a hair donut, this low bun and voluminous-crown could be your next dinner date look. This simple at-home hairdo can make any woman feel like a million bucks.
#57: The Criss-Cross Updo
This sophisticated hairstyle keeps you guessing. Even after several glances, it is hard to follow the one-of-a-kind patterns throughout the style. Featuring both chunky braids and twists, this massive knot should only be attempted by professionals.
#58: The Continuous Braid Updo
While only those with long hair will be able to pull off this hairdo, it is worth getting extensions or taking some time to let your hair grow. This chunky, infinite braid wraps around the back of the head most elegantly.
#59: An Updo for Prom
These princess-like curls are a classic choice for any girl getting ready to go dancing. With a small bouffant, you will be sure to enjoy prom—because who couldn’t have fun looking this good?
#60: The Layered and Elegant Updo
Every bride loves a little hair jewelry in this day and age. These swooping, elegant layers of hair create shape and volume, unlike any other updo. Loose twists create this large-scale fishtail braid, held in place by the small pieces of jewelry. Add a little backcombing at the crown, and you will drop jaws everywhere.
#61: The Celtic Knot
As complex as a Celtic knot, this look is best suited for brides or prom-goers. Suitable only for special occasions, you will want to visit your salon for this great twisted knot. Be sure that you are ready to spend some time with your hair stylist; it may take them a few tries before you are both happy with the finished product.
#62: The Spirals, Curls, and Braids Updo
While a lot is going on with this style, it is stunning. From the tight, prominent French braid to the sweet spiral and romantic curls, this look is ideal for any occasion—special or not! While you may want to save it for homecoming or prom, you can wear this updo anywhere.
#63: The Bountiful Curled Updo
If you have thick hair, this will be a fabulous updo match for you. This bountiful knot sits lowly, and therefore, it can hold the weight of your hair. If you have a hard time finding updos that work for you due to your thick hair, this one will certainly be worth a try.
#64: A Mysterious Updo
While this may look like bunched buns, this is a grandiose knot. This group of “faux buns” are a new take on the classic bun style. Still elegant like a single bouffant bun, the extra twists and knotting are what makes this look stand out.
#65: The “More is More” Updo
This beautiful tight French braid ends with a curly, twisted knot. Based on this style, we have to say that it is a good match. With the face framed with beautiful, pronounced spirals, any woman that chooses this hairdo knows that she wants to be the center of attention.
#66: The Bridal Twist and Jewels Updo
Romantic and feminine, this low-knot is the perfect nest for a vine of glimmering hair jewels. Organic hairstyles are on trend right now, and this bridal updo fits the part. Though it appears natural and comfortable, it is still breathtakingly graceful.
#67: The Low Braid
We will never get tired of chunky braids, and this ‘do is another example of a big braid done well. Knotted together elegantly by a patient stylist, this low-braid could be worn on any particular day in a woman’s life, whether it is a wedding date or a graduation date. With or without hair jewelry, this braid is an attractive addition to any look.
#68: The Wonderfully Woven Updo
A fishtail braid pairs with a woven knot in ways that many could not imagine. This updo is the kind of look for any woman that wants to be noticed in a crowd. Complicated in all the right ways, this style is editorial—but it doesn’t have to be! You can even sport this on a date with your special someone.
#69: A Hipster Chic Updo
There is beauty in simplicity. A quiet, unkempt topknot with loose hair falling around the shoulders is the type of look that any modern woman would want to wear out for coffee, to the park, or even to class. Add some flowers for a little bit of hipster flair. After all, the hipster look is in!
#70: The Pins and Bling Updo
A shimmery floral barrette and a pinned updo is the way to start out Prom right. Pair it with a matching necklace and this high, voluminous knot will bring you the utmost confidence in prom pictures.
#71: The Glitter Band Updo
Sometimes, a simple accessory can make a huge difference. If you place a slim, glittery headband over a disheveled low-knot, you will have a quick, date-ready look for any weekend.
#72: The Flower-Bed Updo
A large, natural flower-scape can compliment a messy knot-bun. With some curls to add a bit of texture, this organic updo can many any woman feel beautiful.
#73: The Classically Curled Updo
Curls are commonplace in many updos, but what happens if you add a lace band? By pinning up a high, curly knot with a little bit of backcombing, you will look sophisticatedly striking. A lace headband only elevates the regal nature of this style.
#74: An Updo with a Pop of Pearls
This side-swept hairdo is simple with the right amount of twists to make it interesting. With the small pearls lain atop the bottom of the volume, you will have a new spin on a known classic. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, speak to your stylist about adding a pop of color as pictured. It only makes this updo look even better!
#75: The Pastel Braid-Knot
If you have pastel hair, you will be able to emulate this look with any shade. This lavender and baby pink take is a glance at what happens when you braid two contrasting colors. Even if you are sporting something a little bit more natural, his aesthetically pleasing braid-knot will look good on anyone.
#76: The Bigger the Hair, the Bigger the Updo
Having a lot of hair can be either right or wrong for an updo. Many are concerned about the weight of their hair affecting the structural integrity of the style, but this mostly pinned updo can withstand the weight. With enough bobby pins, you are sure to rock this look all day!
#77: The Romantic Ringlets Updo
With a few pieces of hair jewelry and a large bunch of curls, this updo can be work to brunch, to homecoming, to a wedding, or on a day date! With some bobby pins, you or your stylist can put this style together more quickly than some more complicated updos. The versatility of this romantic look makes it an excellent choice for women of all backgrounds.
#78: The Elegance-to-the-Left Updo
You do not have to wear this twisted knot to the left, of course. With many zigzags and swoops, the knot is not the only impressive part of this updo. Just a little volume on top makes this classic right for all faces of all shapes and sizes.
#79: The Low and Tucked Updo
With a bouffant on top and a twisted, tucked bun, this is a simple look that can be worn out to dinner, to a school dance, or even just at home! This tucking method sounds more complicated than it is, but with bobby pins and deft fingers, you can recreate this hairdo at home.
#80: The Peek-A-Boo Updo
Every woman loves a look with the element of surprise. From the front, this high bun looks spectacular, but it is the back that you will love the most. Some hair jewelry just beneath a big bun gives a little-unexpected glamour to a classic updo.