30 stylish hair updos for all occasions

Be the envy of your friends, colleagues and gym buddies with one of these stunning hair updos.  

Whether you need a head-turning hairstyle for a summer wedding, a #bossbabe ‘do for an important meeting or a long-lasting look for a workout session, we have all your needs covered right here in our ultimate guide of hair updos.

With 30 of the best ways to wear your hair up and styles to choose from, you’ll be practically spoilt for choice with our collection of updos to rock this year. Let’s get styling!

30 updo hairstyles to try now

model with brown hair wearing a sleek ballerina bun
When it comes to hair updos, you can’t beat this bun. Credit: indigitalimages.com

1. The ballerina bun

A pretty, understated classic, the ballerina bun is one of the easiest exercise-ready updos to create, and one that works wonders in keeping your hair completely off of your neck and shoulders.

hair updos: brunette model with long brown hair in half-up, half-down bun with headscarf wrapped around the bun wearing denim jacket
Nothing says summer hair quite like headscarves. Credit: Verity Jane Smith Credit: Verity Jane Smith

2. Half-up scarf bun

The All Things Hair team have gone bananas for headscarves lately. Why? Because they’re the quickest way to freshen up your everyday style with a cool summer vibe, which can see with this half-up, half-down bun.

brunette model with a sleek and smooth ponytail with side parting
Refine your go-to look with this sleek side-parted ponytail.

3. Side-parted ponytail

This simple, yet sophisticated ponytail is a great office updo for ladies who adore timeless hair updos – and a godsend for busy mornings.

Editor’s tip: Get this look by parting your hair into a deep side parting, and comb through a tiny amount of VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray, to help smooth and get rid of any frizz.

Gather your strands and sweep them into a low ponytail, securing with an elastic hairband.

hair updos: blonde model wearing a Dutch braid in her long hair
Work out in style with a gorgeous Dutch braid Credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Dutch braid

An ‘edgier’ take on the French braid, the Dutch braid is super stylish and secure, making it an ideal choice for anyone looking for a staple gym hairdo.

hair updos: woman with brown natural hair styled in a crown braid wearing a light blue dress in studio
Your hair will be your crowning glory. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

5. Crown braid

If you’re heading to a wedding this summer and want an updo that will catch the eye of plenty admirers, then a crown braid is your best bet.

Cute, stylish and romantic, this crown braid is ticking all our hair boxes right now.

Next read: Create this crown braid in 7 easy steps.

brunette model with a unicorn braid ponytail wearing a white lace top
Get a little magical with this unicorn braid ponytail.

6. Unicorn braid

Want to add some fairy-tale flair to your mane? Well, we’ve got just the thing: this mystical unicorn braid, which features an edgy unicorn plait and a polished, wavy pony.

hair up styles: blonde model with a wavy vintage updo and hair accessory wearing a black lace top
Glam it up with this retro ‘do. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

7. Wavy vintage updo

If you’re attending formal parties this season, then we bet you’re on the hunt for fancy hair updos, right? In that case, sit down, relax and take time to think about what you’ll wear with this vintage-inspired ‘do…

Figured it out? Now, all you need is our easy-peasy step-by-step tutorial.

hair updos: brunette model with hair styled in a high fishtail braided bun wearing stripe tshirt
There is deffo something fishy about this updo. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

8. Fishtail bun

Bun up hairstyles are one of the most popular ways to style your tresses, and this fishtail option is one of our favourites. No matter what the occasion, you can rely on this hairdo to help you look the part.

brunette model with a thick side braided ponytail wearing a black v neck dress
Make a grand party entrance with this voluminous braided ponytail.

9. Braided side ponytail

Think ponytail hairstyles are solely reserved for work? Think again. With a few tweaks, your pony look can be transformed into a bold and lively ‘do, perfect for a party.

Get the look by creating a high, side ponytail, before weaving a plait all the to way the ends. And for an easy way to plump up your braid, simply pancake it using your index finger and thumb.

brunette model with a braided bun hairstyle wearing a red top and a black choker necklace
Jazz up your updo with a neat braid. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

10. Front braid bun

While we do adore a classic bun, when it comes to parties, we’re always on the hunt for up hairstyles with extra pizzazz. Cue, this simple braided updo.

Featuring two plaits on either side and a neat, low bun, this party updo is all you need to elevate your hairstyle game.

French twist on model with medium brown hair wearing a striped top
Nothing says work-ready like an elegant French roll.

11. Simple French roll

Need to look a little more put-together? Channel your inner Parisian with this lovely French roll. The good news? This updo hairstyle is quick and easy to achieve on medium to long hair, so you’ll be ready in no time at all.

Next read: Check out our step-by-step tutorial on how to do a French twist, here.

back view of blonde model with a low classic bun
The basic-yet-beautiful low bun.

12. The classic low bun

A smart, tidy bun is just perfect for the workplace as it keeps your hair neat and out of the way from 9-5.

Style tip: Looking for new ways to decorate your bun? Meet the new accessory guaranteed to up your hair game: bun cuffs!

hair updos: street style image of woman with natural hair in a ponytail with two single braids at the front in '90s style
’90s hair, don’t care! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

13. Braids + bun combo

Obsessed with ’90s styles? You’ll adore this updo. Get this look by braiding two plaits at the front of your hairline and gather the rest of your hair into a ponytail or bun — micro sunglasses add an extra ’90s touch too.

model with auburn hair in a curled under chignon updo
Give your chignon a chic new twist.

14. Modern chignon

The beauty of the chignon is that it can be made as simple or as intricate as you like! It can be wrapped (like this ‘do), accessorised, or even curled. And, of course, it’ll seamlessly take you from the desk to dinner.

Next read: If this neat chignon is what you’re after, then our step-by-step tutorial is just what you need.

model with medium dark hair wearing a side braid
Keep it simple with a neat side braid.

15. Half-up braid

We just couldn’t resist this adding this pretty half-up hairstyle into our list. And, if you’ve been looking for updo hairstyles that’ll allow you to show off your mane while also keeping it off your face, this one’s for you.

TRESemme Ultimate Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: Complete your style with a spritz of TRESemmé Ultimate Shine Hold Hairspray to keep it looking on-point all day long.

hair updos: back view of model with brown hair styled in braided space buns in studio
We will catch you at the main stage! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

16. Braided space buns

Nothing says festival hair quite like space buns! Seen on all our fave bloggers and celebrities, this hair up look is just what you need to help you take over the dance floor.

hair updos: woman with box braids styled in a low bun wearing orange top in street style portrait picture
Braids for days. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

17. Box braids bun

Currently rocking box braids and need a style that’ll keep them off your face? Give this low bun a try. Simple enough to do on your morning commute and easy to accessorise, you really can’t go wrong with this box braids updo.

hair updos: blonde woman with medium length hair styled in a side fishtail braid
This hairstyle means business. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

18. Fishtail braid

Looking the part for an interview or a business lunch is going to be a breeze with this fancy fishtail braid in your hair repertoire.

brunette woman with a half up bun in long bob length hair
The not-so-lazy girl’s half-up bun. Credit: Instagram.com/brittsully

19. Half-up bun

You don’t have to choose between wearing your hair up or down, because this half-up, half-down bun (AKA the hun) is the perfect in-between! Credit: @brittsully

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair wavy and casual for a relaxed look, and give your loose strands a healthy dose of the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray, to really amp up the texture.

brunette model with a french braid tuck hairstyle
Keep your lengthy mane under wraps with a French braid tuck.

20. French braid tuck

You’ve mastered the French braid, but what next? The French braid tuck, that’s what. It’ll help you beat your PB in the gym or make an interesting topic of conversation at your next gathering, so what are you waiting for?

hair updos: side profile of woman with dark brown wet look hair in bun updo
Runway-approved strands? Yes, please! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

21. Wet look bun

Wet look hairstyles can be rocked IRL and this wet look bun proves it. The only question is: what swanky earrings will team with this hot look?

Editor’s tip: Use a spray-on gel, like the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel, to help smooth your hair back, and give your ‘do an on-trend, wet-look finish.

blonde woman with upside down braid wearing a denim shirt
Who says you can’t be elegant at the gym, too?

22. Upside down French braided updo

One of the chicest and most versatile gym styles, this look boasts playfulness and practicality, making it perfect for high-impact exercise regimes.

Next read: Ready to learn how to master this look in and out of the gym? Then take a peek at our step-by-step tutorial.

hair updos: back view of woman with long straight golden brown hair in low wrapped ponytail hairstyle
From work to play, this wrapped ponytail updo is winner. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

23. Wrapped ponytail

Hair updos (like this wrapped ponytail) will help elevate your mane game in a matter of minutes.

The simple trick of concealing your hairband with your hair will give your style an extra polished edge.

hair updos: woman with box braids styled in a side french braid in studio with pink background wearing a navy floral blazer and tassel earrings
Don’t let box braids limit your styling potential. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

24. French box braids

If you thought your box braids styling potential was limited, think again! Just take this French braid, for example, we love this look for the office and date night.

hair updos: brunette model with long hair styled in boxer braids in studio with dark pink background wearing sports top
Get your Nicola Adams on with boxer braids. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

25. Boxer braids

Attention gym bunnies: the boxer braid is the tough hairstyle you’ve been waiting for! Once you rock them once, you will never go back.

hair updos: woman with naturally curly golden brown hair styled in a pineapple style updo against foil strip party background
Who wouldn’t want their hair to look as sweet as a pineapple?Credit: Verity Jane Smith

26. Curly pineapple

When it comes to hair updos for curly hair, the pineapple is one of our favourites. Not only does is it look cute and do a great job of showing off curls, but it also works as a way of preserving your curls while you sleep.

side profile of blonde woman with hair styled in a updo with a braid along the front and secured within the bun in studio setting
Bangs be gone. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

27. Headband braid

If you are currently growing out bangs and want an updo that doesn’t require an army of bobby pins, a headband braid is the answer.

blonde woman with hair styled in high double space buns wearing yellow dress in studio setting
Space buns are the summer hair fave we all love. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

28. Messy space buns

Beach holiday planned this summer? These sweet space buns have got your back, just use the beachy texture your hair post-swim to create a perfectly undone look.

brunette woman with medium length hair styled in a side braid shot outside under trees
Beat the heat with a simple side braid. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

29. Side braid

We all turn to a side braid in the summer heat, not only to keep us cool but make us feel extra put together, too.

side view of brunette woman with long hair styled in a wrapped ponytail wearing a white shirt in studio setting
Your ponytail just got a major update. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

30. Scarf wrapped ponytail

High-fashion updates don’t get more stylish than this! Upgrade your everyday ponytail by wrapping a headscarf around the lengths of your hair and securing with a bobby pin.




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