Update your go-to look in a jiffy with one of these easy updos!
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Are you looking for easy updos you can create each and every morning, no matter how much of a rush you are in? We bet you are! Then your’re in luck, as we’ve rounded up 20 amazing easy hair updos to suit everyone – and best of all, they can be created in only a matter of minutes! Woohoo.
From braided styles to catwalk looks, easy updos have never been simpler to replicate, especially when you’re shown how. So, if you want to beat hair boredom, keep on scrolling.
20 easy updo hairstyles to inspire your next style
1. Triple bun
Not content with just rocking one bun in your mane? Then you need to try this triple bun hairstyle, which you can create in a matter of minutes!
Get the look: Vertically split your hair into 3 even sections. Then plait each section of hair until you have 3 classic braids, securing the ends with clear elastic bands.
Once your braids are complete, curl your plait around to form a small bun at the nape of your neck and use bobby pins to hold it in place. Do this with each plait to create a row of little buns – and your first updo is complete!
2. Low bun
Need a look to take you from the office to after-work drinks without any hassle? Then this low bun hairstyle is for you.
Get the look: Sweep your back into a low ponytail and secure. Now begin twisting the length of your ponytail around to create a bun shape and secure with pins. For an effortlessly chic finish, keep it soft by letting loose strands fall around the face.
3. Double french braids
Got an intense workout class on the horizon and you need an easy gym-friendly updo to stand the test? Or how about a pending music festival? Then follow our easy steps to creating 2 French braids, here, and add a pinch of glitter to your parting for ultra festival vibes.
4. Loose messy braid
Ah, the humble 3-strand braid. When it comes to easy updo hairstyles for long hair, it doesn’t get much easier than this.
Get the look: Divide your hair into 3 equal sections and create a standard 3-strand plait. Starting at the nape of your neck, weave your left section over to the middle and then the right section over middle. Secure the end with a hairband and gently tug at your braid for added undone vibes.
5. Double braided buns
The best thing about this double braided buns hairstyle is that you can keep it slicked back or wear it perfectly undone! For the latter, just leave delicate tendrils of hair out around your hairline and gently pull at your braids. This will help frame your face and give your buns a casual, lived-in finish.
6. Bubble ponytail
Get the look: Work all your hair into a smooth, high ponytail and secure. Add another hairband a few inches from the base of your first hairband and gently tug at the section – this will create your first ‘bubble’. Repeat this process all along your pony until you reach the tips.
7. Half-up, half-down hairstyle
Are you hunting for easy updo hairstyles for long hair, but still want to show off your length mane? Then a half-up, half-down hairstyle will be right up your street.
Get the look: Divide your hair horizontally into two sections and put the top one into a ponytail, using bobby pins to hold it in place if needed! This hairstyle will also be ideal for short hair which isn’t quite long enough to work into a ponytail yet.
8. Braided bun
Sweet and romantic, we simply love this hairstyle idea and think it would be perfect for anyone attending a wedding this summer.
Get the look: Start by taking 2 sections of hair (roughly, an inch worth of hair) from either sides of your head. Divide each section into 3, and create 2 small classic plaits, securing them at the end with clear hairbands. Gather all of your hair back into ponytail and secure it with another hairband.
Then remove the small hairbands from your 2 small plaits. Plait your ponytail into a classic 3-strand braid and secure the end with a hairband. Once you’ve finished your plait, wrap it around the base of your ponytail to create your braided bun and secure with bobby pins.
9. High bun
When has a high bun ever let you down? Never, that’s right.
Get the look: Sweep all your tresses into a high ponytail and secure. Twist the length of your ponytail around the base to create your bun shape and secure with bobby pins. Then just finish with a spritz of the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray for an all day hold.
Want to master the natural hair ‘frohawk? We’re not surprised. Not only is this ‘do super easy to create, but it also makes for an ideal way to tame some of those unruly curls in your afro.
Get the look by following our step-by-step guide to the natural hair ‘frohawk, here.
11. Slick centre part ponytail
If you like your look polished and smooth, then go for a centre-part low ponytail, just like Rihanna.
Get the look: Part your hair down the centre and comb through a small amount of the VO5 Classic Mega Hold Gel Spray, to help smooth and get rid of any frizz.
Then gather your hair and sweep it back into a low ponytail and secure. Finish the look with a generous dose of the VO5 Smoothly Does It Tame & Shine Spray for extra shiny and smooth-looking locks.
12. Smooth high side ponytail
Get the look: Sweep all your tresses over to one side, brushing up in to a high side ponytail and securing with an elastic. Take a small section of the ponytail and wrap around the elastic and secure with a bobby pin.
Now add soft waves to the ends of your ponytail to avoid the look being to harsh and set with a dose of hairspray.
13. Braided ballerina bun
If your go-to style is a bun, then give it a new twist – or should we say braid – by making this ballerina bun your new look.
Get the look: Start by sweeping all your tresses up into a ponytail and securing with a hairband. Now take a small section (approx. an inch wide) and create a traditional 3-strand braid, securing with a clear hair elastic.
Next wrap all the remaining hair around into a bun, securing with bobby pins, before taking your braided section and wrapping it around the bun. Then discretely tuck the ends under the bun and secure with more pins.
14. Scarf braid
Now this is a hairstyle that will earn you some serious style points! Not reserved solely for chilly weather, a fine silk scarf can be used as an intricate accessory for your mane.
Get the look: Bring your hair into a low ponytail and secure with a clear hair elastic. Fold your scarf into a long strand and tie it around the base of your ponytail.
Now divide the hair into 2 equal sections and add the scarf as your third section. Then simply weave a standard 3-strand plait and secure at the tips by tying your scarf into a knot.
15. Wet-look bun
Want a refined, yet totally on-trend, easy updo to try? Enter: the wet-look bun.
Get the look: Start by smoothing a few pumps of the VO5 Classic Styling Mega Hold Gel Spray through your hair using a fine-tooth comb. Now gather your tresses in a ponytail and secure with a hairband. Then simply wrap the ponytail around to create your bun and secure with bobby pins – et voila!
16. Dutch braid with side bun
When you want a eye-catching ‘do – but are stuck for time – it calls for a Dutch braid side bun hairstyle.
Get the look: Create a deep side parting then, on the side that has more hair, begin to create a Dutch braid. Plait all the way past your ear until you reach the nape of your neck, sweeping the rest of your hair over to the opposite side and securing into a ponytail.
17. Wrap it up
Easy updos hairstyles are a plenty, but if you love vintage styles they can be somewhat more limited. So grab a headscarf and let’s create a vintage look even Rosie the Riveter would love!
Get the look: Gather all your hair into a very high ponytail and secure. Now wrap your scarf around the back of your head and tie a knot at the front on your hairline. There you have it, a beautiful modern take on a retro style!
18. Wrapped ponytail
Think we have covered every ponytail imaginable? No, not quite – we have a few more styles up our sleeve for you. Just take this wrapped ponytail: its smart, looks fab and, best of all, can be created in minutes. That’s what easy updos are for, after all!
Get the look: Part your tresses down the centre and brush back into a low ponytail, leaving a wide section (from your parting to your ear) separate, and secure your ponytail.
Now taking the right section, bring it back towards your ponytail and wrap it around the base, discretely securing it with a bobby pin. Repeat this process on the second section and you’re all done!
19. Belted ponytail
Yes, you read that right. Belted ponytails are a thing and have even been spotted on the catwalk, so it’s only a matter of time until everyone is wearing the look. You can thank the Tibi SS17 show for this neat piece of inspiration.
20. Pretzel bun
Pretzels, but not as you know them. Our final choice for this easy updo hairstyles list, is this elegant updo that looks as delicious as it sounds! So, if you’re stuck for ideas on how to give your bun hairstyle a fun and stylish twist, create this pretzel bun hairstyle in 7 steps, right here.