Formal updos used to be known as hairstyles that had a stuffy feeling that required the help of a stylist and loads of hairspray. The tables have turned and in this day and age, formal updos have a new meaning, feeling, and they can be done in the comfort of your own home. Women are wearing formal hairstyles just for fun when they are feeling fancy, and they’re trading the salon appointments for easy D.I.Y. styles they can find on YouTube.
If you don’t already have your go-to easy hairstyles handy, we have a treat for you! Scroll through the gallery of our top formal hair updos for any hair type:
1. Braided Bun
Here’s one more reason to love braids if you didn’t love them already! The style can be dressed up or dressed down. If you just can’t seem to part with braids as a hairstyle, here’s a chic way to wear it to a formal event.
2. Croissant Bun
Whether you’re looking for up hairstyles for prom or a simple but not super basic formal style, this one is for you. Try this croissant inspired bun as your formal updo. The look is pretty easy to create with our croissant bun tutorial. To finish your look you can set with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray Smooth Hold Level 2 for a soft and smooth finish.
3. Curly Bun
Looking for formal updos that don’t require any heat styling to your naturally curly hair? This curly bun is your pick. Gather your hair into a loose low chignon and pin in place. Set your updo with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Boost Hold Level 3 finish the look.
4. Donut Bun
Take the donut bun to new heights with this new and formal version of the look.
5. Formal Fauxhawk
Have a last minute formal event and your hair is already styled into a casual fauxhawk? We’ve got a quick fix! Add a barrette to turn it into a formal updo.
6. Fishtail Bun
This is yet another fishtail braided style to add to your list of favorites. Wear this fishtail braided bun to any formal event. To give your braid a bit of texture, apply Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray before braiding your hair.
7. Floral Bun
Flowers just seem to fix everything, right? Dress up your updo with flowers of your choice to recreate this look.
8. French Roll
This is one of the classiest formal updos of all. Learn how you can create this French updo here.
9. Wrapped Chignon
Leave the exposed hair elastics for casual styles. Formal updos are all about hiding the tools used to create the look.
10. Beehive-Inspired Updo
Looking to recreate some formal updos from the past? Start with the beehive! Give this look a modern twist by toning down the height of the look just a bit.
11. Side-Swept Updo
Give your face a new frame by creating a side-swept updo. This look can be created with a bun, braid, or ponytail. Add a floral clip to give the side with less volume a pop of color and balance.
12. Diamond Accessory
Go the extra mile with a diamond accessory in your updo. The shimmer from the clip will put all eyes on you.
13. Side Braid Updo
If you are a beginner with updos and are creating this look by yourself, a side braid is an easy style to create and still looks fabulous.
14. “Coral” Bun
This look is as complicated to create as it looks, but the outcome is totally worth it! This style requires a sheer hairnet to keep the “coral” pattern in place. We love the movement in this look and think it’s the perfect show-stopping style for a formal event.
15. Braid and Twist Bun
This updo incorporates a loose start of a braid on top and turns into an elegant, twisted low bun.