20 Super Quick and Easy Updos for All Hair Lengths

Update your go-to look in a jiffy with one of these easy updos!

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 you’re in luck because we’ve rounded up 22 easy updos to suit everyone – and best of all, they can be created in only a matter of minutes! Woohoo.

Filled with braided styles, catwalk looks and more, our collection of easy hair updos have never been simpler to replicate, especially when you’re shown how. So, if you want to beat hair boredom, keep on scrolling.

1. Low bun

model wearing a striped top and a low bun in her blonde hair
Low bun: The perfect style for every occasion. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Need easy updos to take you from the office to after-work drinks without any hassle? Then this low bun hairstyle is for you.

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Editor’s tip: Don’t forget to secure your low bun with a spritz of TRESemmé Ultimate Shine Hold Hairspray, this hairspray will give you all day natural hold and tame any flyaways.

2. Double french braids

Easy updo - double french braids on natural black hair
This double braided style one of the easiest styles yet.

Now don’t switch off on us: French braids are much easier to create than they first seem and are utterly fantastic for natural hair!

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 simple tutorial to creating 2 French braids, here, and add a pinch of glitter to your parting for ultra festival vibes.

3. Loose messy braid

Easy updos - loose braid on long-haired blonde model
For the complete braid rookie, this easy updo is for you.

Ah, the humble 3-strand braid. When it comes to easy updo hairstyles for long hair, it doesn’t get much easier than this.

4. Double braided buns

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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 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.

Editor’s tip: Psst! You can even do this ‘do with twists or fishtail braids!

5. Bubble ponytail

Easy updos - side view of a bubble ponytail on long dark brown hair
Update your ponytail with this cool bubble ponytail style. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Bubble ponytails are not only our latest obsession, it’s a style also loved by A-listers Olivia Culpo and Bella Thorne, who have both been rocking this quirky style.

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.

6. Half-up, half-down hairstyle

Easy updos - Half-up, half-down hairstyle on a Tory Burch model
Keep your look soft with this half-up, half-down hairstyle. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

7. Gibson tuck

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When the occasion calls for it we have to ditch our go-to messy bun for a more formal style, but that doesn’t mean your tresses need the touch of a professional. This classic style is actually far easier to create than it may seem. Don’t believe us? See our tutorial here!

8. High bun

Easy updo - High bun on blonde model wearing a striped top in a park
In a rush? Make this high bun your go-to look. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

When has a high bun ever let you down? Never, that’s right.

Ace the high bun and learn how to get look with our tutorial.

9. ‘Frohawk

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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 rebellious curls in your afro.

Get the look by following our step-by-step guide to the natural hair ‘frohawk, here.

10. The hair claw

side view of model with light brown wet look hair styled in a easy updo with hair claw accessory
90s throwback accessories to jazz up your style. Credit: indigitaliamges.com

Want to mix an easy updo with one of this years hottest hair trends? Then the hair claw is your fail-safe option. Not only will you look incredibly on trend (it was on the Alexander Wang catwalk after all), but you can style your hair on the go too.

11. Slick, centre-part ponytail

Easy updo - Slick back centre part ponytail on Rihanna
Slick back your tresses into a low ponytail for alluring Rihanna vibes. Credit: indigitalimages.com

If you like your look polished and smooth, then go for a centre-part low ponytail, just like Rihanna.

Editor’s tip: Part your hair down the centre and comb through a small amount of the VO5 Mega Hold Gel Sprayto 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 Tame & Shine Spray for extra shiny and smooth-looking locks.

12. Smooth high side ponytail

Easy updo - model with a Sleek high side ponytail on the Gucci catwalk
If it’s good enough for Gucci who are we to say otherwise. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Gucci has been channelling major ‘70s and ‘80s motifs in their catwalk shows as of late, and this hair wonder is certainly offering retro vibes – albeit with a modern twist.

13. Braided ballerina bun

Easy updos - Braided ballerina bun on dark-haired model against a purple backdrop
Jazz up your ballerina bun with an intricately wrapped braid. Credit: Verity Jame Smith

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.

14. Scarf braid

model outside with brunette hair wearing a red scarf in her plaited ponytail
Add an extra strand to your braid with this cute scarf plait. Credit: Dvora

Now this is a hairstyle that will earn you some serious style points! Not reserved solely for chilly weather, a scarf can be used as an intricate accessory for creating easy updo hairstyles for long hair.

15. Wet-look bun

Easy updos - side view of a model with a wet look bun and red lipstick
Wet look styles are making headlines so get on board with this ‘do. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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 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.

16. Wrap it up

Easy updo - natural haired model with a high ponytail with bandana
Keep your curly tresses away from your face with this chic bandana updo. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Easy updos hairstyles are aplenty, 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!

17. Wrapped ponytail

Easy updo - Grey haired model with wrapped ponytail against a pink backdrop
This wrapped ponytail will instantly spruce up your look. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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 updo hairstyles are for, after all!

18. Belted ponytail

Easy updo - backstage with a model wearing a belted ponytail on platinum blonde hair
Belted ponytails have been spotted on the catwalk. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Yes, you read that right. Belted ponytails are a thing and have even been spotted on the catwalks, so it’s only a matter of time until everyone is wearing the look.

19. Pretzel bun

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Pretzels, but not as you know them. Our final choice for this easy updos 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.

20. Messy Braided Updo

Woman with blonde hair styled into a messy braided updo
Credit: Rupert Laycock

If you love braids and easy updos, you’ll love our edit of braided updos. The best way to wear them? With some messy tendrils, like this!


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