17 Easy Curly Updos for Naturally Curly Hair

Lacking inspiration for curly hair updos? Not for long, because we have the hottest updos for curly hair, right here!

We understand that for those with naturally curly hair, it can be a bit trickier to find inspiration for new hairstyles which will work with your kinks, coils or ringlets. But being the nice people that we are, the All Things Hair team have come up with a list of curly updos that are cute, stylish, and oh-so-easy to create.

From buns to pretty braids (and even some nifty hair accessories), there are a wealth of time-efficient looks that’ll instantly give your look a boost in the style stakes. So, to allow yourself some extra snoozing time in the mornings, take a look at our rundown of the best updos for curly hair, right now!

1. Messy bun updo

woman with curly dark brown hair styled in a high bun smiling at the camera
If our hair looked this good we’d be smiling too! Credit: Instagram.com/cachosestilosooss

Cute, fun and flirty is all you need in a hairstyle sometimes and this bun updo is ticking all those boxes for us, and just look how happy she is, we’re sold! Credit: @cachosestilosooss

Style tip: For a softer, more tousled finish avoid smoothing the hair back and instead let any shorter curls fall along the hairline.

2. The bow bun half updo

dark haired model with curly long hair and a half-up bow made from own hair
Nothing beats a cute bow – especially when it’s made form your own hair!. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If you have especially long curly hair and want a way to show it off, then you need the help of a half-up, half-down hairstyle. But hold your horses, because the half-up ‘do we’ve selected for you has a unique feature: an accessory made of your own hair!

Learn how to use your lovely tresses to create this look, here!

3. The hun

back view woman with very long curly golden brown hair styled in a half-up, half-down bun
Get the best of both worlds with a hun. Credit: Instagram.com/mathiramenezes

The half-up, half-down fun doesn’t stop there! The latest trend taking over this year is the ‘hun‘ AKA half-up, half-down bun. Perfect for showing off the length of your tresses (whether short or long) while keeping strands away from your face. Credit: @mathiramenezes

4. The bandana updo

model with brown afro curly hair and a bandana hair accessory
The bandana wrap updo is our go-to hair hack for lazy days.

On the hunt for easy curly hair updos to boost your style? Cute, feminine and bursting with retro vibes, things don’t get any simpler than this quirky trend.

Just select your bandana of choice (we recommend picking bold patterns or pop colours!), tie up your curls up, wrap your bandana and you’ve got yourself a vintage-inspired, protective hairstyle.

Editor’s tip: Before you wrap up all of your lovely tresses, try applying some VO5 Frizz Free Creme to your hair. This will help to minimise any frizz and flyaways and keep your curls defined.

5. Pretty halo twist

woman in wedding dress with brown blonde balayage hair styled in a rope crown twist
Show off a little with a fishtail halo twist.

If you’re blessed with curly hair, then you also have the advantage of being able to create a big, stand-out halo twist, too! Consider experimenting with French plaits and fishtail braids, or, if they sound too challenging, you can try creating a simple milkmaid braid, instead.

6. Ponytail

woman with naturally curly long brown hair styled ina sporty high ponytail wearing a sports top
Sport and chic curly updo! Credit: Instagram.com/vanessa_vivien.vi

Curly hair updos don’t have to be time-consuming. For an off-duty look opting for a simple high ponytail is your fastest option. Whether it’s a sweaty gym session or glam date night (simply add hoops and you’re ready!), a high ponytail is a versatile hairstyle we all love, with reason. Credit: @vanessa_vivien.vi

7. Pineapple updo

woman with naturally curly golden brown hair styled in a high bun pineapple updo
This Ri-Ri approved hairstyle is a must for curly tresses. Credit: Instagram.com/bwatuwant

Perhaps one of our fave styles when it comes to curly updos is the pineapple. Not a ponytail and not a bun, the pineapple is the hair-hack every curly queen swears by, even Ri-Ri is a fan. Credit: @bwatuwant

Don’t miss out on this style. Find out how to create this look here!

Style tip: Leave a bunch of curls loose at the front for a faux fringe finish, or if your hair is long enough, let it fall forward for the same effect.

8. Side ponytail

woman with very long brown wavy hair styled in a side ponytail
Take the classic pony up a notch this season!

Have you got Rapunzel-like wavy or curly tresses? Are you hunting for a simple, yet stylish hairstyle? If the answers to these questions are yes, this loose ponytail could be the ideal solution.

And since this low pony has the extra benefit of being flat at the crown, it also makes the perfect base for wearing hats and other hair accessories!

9. The simple bun

side view of woman with naturally curly brown hair styled in a low undone bun
Chill out with this undone bun. Credit: Instagram.com/cheyhair

If you’re really pushed for time and need a hairdo that you can whip together in a matter of seconds, then there really is no better style choice than a simple bun. What with its sultry, undone appeal and #IWokeUpLikeThis aesthetic, it’s no wonder it’s coveted the world over. Credit: @cheyhair

Editor’s tip: Since the unique texture of curly hair makes it more prone to frizz and dryness, we suggest applying a leave-in conditioning mist like the TIGI S Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray. This will leave your locks feeling super soft and hydrated, making them easier to handle.

10. Pigtails

woman with bleach blonde long curly hair styled in two high ponytails 90s style
’90s lovers rejoice. Credit: Instagram.com/camilacvieira

We all know that ’90s style is huge, right now. From our fashion choices through to our hair (hello, scrunchies), get on the trend in a major way by styling your curly tresses in pigtails like this Instagram babe. Umm, Baby Spice, who? Credit: @camilacvieira

11. Bouffant half-up half-down

side view of a blonde woman with medium length hair styled in a bouffant half-up, half-down hair with wavy finish
Go big with a retro Bouffant half-up half-down.

Looking for something traditional, yet glamorous? Then listen to us when we say: half-up, half-down curls are a surefire way to make an impact and are famed for their timeless sophistication. Plus, adding a backcombed bouffant detail will add a ’60s Bardot vibe to your look.

Editor’s tip: To add the required height at the crown, spray TRESemmé Instant Refresh Volumising Dry Shampoo onto your roots, before gently back-combing.

Finish off the look with the VO5 High Volume Hairspray which will give you plenty of hold, while maintaining the volume and movement in your curls.

12. Curly chignon

side view of woman with brown balayage wavy hair in loose chignon updo wedding hair
Wavy chiffons are a wedding day fave.

So versatile is this style that it is equally at home on the beach, as it is at the altar! Simply dress it up with hair accessories, like dainty flowers or glam diamante slides, and you’re good to go. But best of all, it’s a style that doesn’t require loads of length, so, ladies with mid-length hair: this one is perfect for you!

13. The reverse milkmaid updo

curly updos: model jeanette with a brown afro and a curly hair halo braid/ reverse milkmaid braid
Tame those kinks and coils with a reverse milkmaid braid. Credit: Dvora

Just because you have ultra-coily locks, don’t think that you can’t embrace the bohemian trend – quite the opposite!

Naturally curly hair updos were practically made to be worn in a wealth of braided and twisted ‘dos, all of which help to keep your tresses tucked away safe and sound.

A great way to keep frizz at bay, while adding an elegant and feminine edge to your everyday style, this reverse milkmaid braid has definitely become a must-have for many curly girls.

14. Space buns

curly updos: woman with medium brown curly hair styled in space buns
Space buns: an out of this world hairstyle. Credit: Instagram.com/bwatuwant

Want a style that is out of this world? Then space buns are your answer. Wear this style to any summer festival this year and you’ll be the hair envy of all your friends. Credit: @bwatuwant

15. Multiple puffs

model with brown ombre hair afro wearing multiple buns
Add some edge to your daily look with multiple puffs. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

All the naturalistas in the room: please take note, because this hairstyle is an ideal choice for your kinky locks! Easy to achieve, a set of puff ponytails is a great way to manage your curls, and creates a high-impact updo that’s full of personality.

Want to know how to create this stunning ‘fro hawk with multiple ponytails? Just check out our video tutorial, here.

16. Relaxed hair roll

Woman with tousled curly hair styled into a updo
Credit: Rupert Laycock

Are your tresses more wavy than curly? Then this classic and undone look will be right up your hair street. Not only is this stunning ‘do absolutely ideal for any upcoming events you may have, but it’s also surprisingly easy to achieve.

17. Double Dutch ponytails

girl with dark brown naturally curly hair styled in double Dutch braided ponytails
Dutch braid ponytails are a dream style for curly tresses. Credit: Instagram.com/jaymejo_

If you are anything like us, you’ll love this braided hairstyle. While we adore this hairstyle on all hair types, there is something special about the way it looks on curly tresses that we can’t help but admire. Credit: @jaymejo_

Editor’s tip: Give definition and hold to your curls by adding TONI&GUY Curl Sculpting Spray into your hair routine. Simply spray lightly over towel-dried hair before styling and work through with your fingers, sculpting your curls into your desired style as you go.