We know that ditching your go-to messy bun for a more formal ‘do can seem a little daunting: but fear not, as we have compiled a list of elegant updos to get you your next work function, wedding or birthday party.
And there’s no need to find out if you can book an appointment with your hairdresser because we’ve added hairstyles for all skill sets (including easy elegant updos such as the sleek pony to classic chignon). The only question you’ll need to ask yourself is: does your chosen hairstyle match your outfit?
So, flick through our gallery above to see our top hair picks, and read on for all our expert tips and tricks on creating the styles, ASAP!
9 beautiful and elegant updos that are easy to wear
1. Pumped up pony
Brigitte Bardot-inspired tresses might be one of the hottest trends to try this year, but ’60s-inspired updos like this voluminous ponytail are always a go-to look for a formal occasion. Simply reach for your backcomb and texturising spray and make this your pièce de résistance for your next special occasion. Credit: @stephen.jaime
Editor’s tip: Want to tame flyaways and add shine to your finished look? We suggest reaching for VO5 Tame & Shine Spray. Simply spray on your finished style for a gorgeously glossy sheen.
2. Twisted bun
Looking for an elegant updo that suits both the boardroom and the bar? Then meet this pretty twisted bun. Not only will this easy elegant updo stay in place all day and night, but you can simply update it for the evening by adding dazzling statement earrings.
3. Half-up, half-down waves
In need of simple elegant updos, but can’t decide if you want to wear your hair up or down? Then we suggest this floral, half-up number. Simply pin the front section of your hair at the back using bobby pins, and then add your fave hair accessories for a romantic finish. Credit: @jenniferbehr
4. Milkmaid braids
You might think that this milkmaid braid is tricky to execute, it’s actually one of the easiest braided updos to create (even if you’re a total braid rookie!). Which means you’ll still have lots of time to capture your perfect Instagram snap. Nice.
5. Croissant bun
6. Box braid pompadour
An elegant yet stylish hairstyle that works great on afro-hair types and girls with box braids, this retro-inspired braided pompadour will see you from day to night in utmost style. Rest assured it’s super easy but requires some pinning, so keep a stash of bobby pins on hand.
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7. Sleek, high ponytail.
Thought ponytails were boring? Think again: this sleek, high version with hair wrapped around the hair band is super chic and utterly modern. If you have a beach wedding to attend this summer, opt for this updo to help you beat the heat while looking effortlessly stylish.
Want to find out how to create the perfect ponytail? Read our back-to-basics guide, here!
Editor’s tip: Lock your style in place with a spritz of TONI&GUY Flawless Sleek Creation Hairspray for a sleek and defined look with medium hold.
No elegant updos round-up would be complete without the classic chignon. The timeless updo instantly transforms tresses into a sophisticated style perfect for any formal outing. Great for both straight and wavy hair, as well as fine and thick manes, this versatile look can be tailored to your personal style. Try pulling out a few loose hairs around your face for a soft, romantic finish.
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9. Undone bun and bow combo
We don’t know about you, but this messy bun and bow combo is practically screaming ‘bridesmaids hair’ to us.
And photo opportunities, aside, in our opinion, we think that anyone would be excited to wear this simple and elegant updo. Credit: @kristin-ess