Chignon Updo Hairstyles for Long Hair, Plus 12 Inspiring Looks to Try

We keep it classy with an elegant all-occasion updo for your long hair.

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Having long hair means that you can try out tons of cool hairstyles like updo hairstyles for long hair, braids, half-up styles and so much more. To inspire you to try out something new, we are sharing the latest installment of the Style It On challenge with vlogger N1kk1sSecr3t. For this hair tutorial, the luscious beauty lets us in on her take on elegant chignon updo hairstyles for long hair, which in her case happens to be a fab twisted chignon that, as she says, is perfect for “adding a little bit of class for the evening.”

With some twisting and a few signature products, N1kk1sSecr3t create a gorgeous chignon updo hair ideas for long hair. And to keep up the updos for long hair inspiration, we are also sharing a fun recap of some of our favorite intricate-looking updo hairstyles as you use your length to your advantage to create head-turning looks. To inspire your next updo hairstyles that are gorgeous as much as they are easy to create. Read on to be inspired.

Style It On: Chignon Updo Hairstyles for Long Hair by N1kk1sSecr3t

Check out our guide below on:

  • How do you do an easy updo for long hair?
  • How can you do a voluminous updo?

Start on wavy hair.

Nikki starts on wavy hair as a base for this chignon updos for long hair, as it gives “a little more body and a little more movement” to the overall look.

Then, refresh your existing waves as well as revitalize your scalp with a misting of Dove Refresh+Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo. Tip: Hold arms 12 inches away, or until they form a capital letter L, to ensure an even coating throughout your hair.

Updo Hairstyles for Long Hair

Part and section your hair.

Nikki suggests parting your hair as you would normally (she usually does a middle or off-center part). Then, create another partline behind your ear, effectively forming a section near your hairline.

Then, twist the hairline section around itself and set it aside with a duckbill clip. Repeat this process on the other side of your hair.

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Brush your hair down and secure it.

Brush your loose hair vertically downwards from your hairline. Then using that same brush, gather hair into a ponytail near your nape. Secure with a hair tie.

Then, backcomb the ponytail by using a rat-tail comb as you brush towards the root area.

Finally, brush the backcombed pony out in the correct root-to-tip direction to smoothen it out. This will result in a fluffy ponytail with a lot of airy texture.

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Create your chignon updo hairstyle on natural hair.

Coil the ponytail  up on natural hair around its own base, creating a bun. Secure with as many hair pins as necessary to make sure that your twisted hairstyle is tight.


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Unclip the hairline sections.

Let down your previously clipped section near the hairline.

Then, take down a small section of your hair to frame your face. Then, split the second section into two parts and twist it; one around the other. Keep twisting the two sections until you reach the ends.


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Wrap your bun.

Take your twisted section and wrap it over and around your chignon. Secure with hairpins and use as many as you need.

Remove the clip on the opposite side. Repeat the process of twisting and then coiling it around the chignon.

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Frame your updo hairstyle for long hair.

Tuck in the two pieces of hair that fall along the sides of your face behind your ears. Then, push the front area of your hair slightly forward for a nice wave. Nikki says that you can also bobby pin that section into place if you need it to be a little more secure.

Then, lock in this style by using some of the TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray.

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Updo Hairstyles for Long Hair

1. Wispy Bun

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Opt for a transitional bun for summer after-work drinks. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

For a mellow night out on the town after hours, an easy transitional updo may be your best option. Celebrate your last days of after-work rooftop drinks with a casual bun. Swing hair back into a low ponytail and pin your long lengths into a chic chignon. Apply a serum throughout your hair to tame flyaways and frizz.

2. Sleek High Bun

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A sassy, polished bun is a chic updo hairstyle for long hair. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

We all have that one friend that wants to go out with a bang! Attend your lavish end-of-summer dinner party with this sexy updo. But first, squeeze in a wash and condition session with a hair care system that’ll give your look a sleek finish.

Opt for Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo followed by Suave Professionals Sleek Conditioner. To style, clip away a section of hair at the front of your head then gather the back section into a ponytail. Wrap the hair ends into a bun and secure with bobby pins. For a nice flourish, take your front section, pull it back, and sweep it around the base of your bun. Set the style in place with hairspray if needed.

3. Wavy Top Knot

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The brunch bun is always fun. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys always sound like a good idea no matter the season, but for some reason, these cocktails are more enjoyable with a hot-weather ambiance. Best get that outdoor-table fix while it lasts! Live in the moment (because it’ll be over in a blink) and kick off your last summer brunch with a flirty, easygoing updo for long hair. Pull hair up into a messy bun and pull out some tendrils to frame your face.

Got straight hair? Apply a light coat of TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray and give your long bangs a sexy bend using a hair wand.

4. Flat-Twist Bun

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Try one of the most stylish Fall updos for long hair before the season arrives. Photo credit:

Many brides choose to schedule their wedding festivities towards the end of the summer season. It may be that’s it’s just a tad more budget-friendly, for one, and two, the weather just might be milder in the event that it’s held outdoors (No need to have makeup melting off their faces in the hot sun!). Whether you’re attending a bridal event or a fancy birthday party, ring in the new season by staying ahead of the curve. That’s right: Try rocking a twisted updo, which is a Fall/Winter runway trend, right now. Wear this flat twist bun hybrid to your next formal event, and be sure to add some shine to your look with a hairspray like Bed Head By TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray.

5. Space Buns

updo hairstyles for long hair with space buns
Space buns = major cool-girl vibes. One of the most rad updos for long hair.

Show up to all of next year’s festivities with a cool girl look like space buns, which easily transition from the classroom to the clubs. Need more options? Here’s how to rock the look 3 ways.

6.  Braided Bun

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Curly braided top knots: your official “back-to-cool” updo.

For many students, the end of winter break heralds a new chapter in life. Make a statement at your back-to-school parties with a cool braided updo. First impressions are important! To get the look, section off the front of your hair and create a braid. Pull hair up (including the braided front section) into a bun.

7. Casual Top Knot

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Relaxed updos for long hair are simple and non-fussy. Photo credit:

We’re smack-dab in the middle of football season, which is good news if your type of hang involves a laid-back event with the guys before a big game. Opt for a more relaxed look: You can’t ever go wrong with a top knot. Whether you want it messy or neat, smooth hair up into a high ponytail and wrap the ends around into a bun. Use a hair elastic around the bun to keep it in place, or opt for hairpins to secure.

8. Vintage Updo for Long Hair

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Go retro with your hair with this chic updo hairstyle. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Have (yet another) party on the agenda? Awesome! Why not try out something new on your hair this year by configuring your long hair into a vintage-inspired hairstyle. Complimented with a glittery accessory, this look will truly make you sparkle. Get the full scoop on how to create the look from our vintage updo hair tutorial.

9. Messy Updo Hairstyle for Long Hair

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Carefully displaced hairpieces are signature elements of this hairstyle.

A little messy updo never hurt anyone, and with a stunning headband, no one will doubt your hairstyle choice. The key to this look is its careful placed (or displayed) pieces of hair that acclimate around your face. With this fun long updo hairstyle, you’ll also have the benefit of not stressing about your hair all night long.

10. Double Braided Crown Updo for Long Hair

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Double the fun with this two crown braided hairstyle.

Why have one crown braid on your long hair when you can create two? While the crown braid is the signature element of this look, we also love how this hairstyle takes this to the side with the focus on thick, pancaked braids.

11. Long Updo Hairstyle with Fake Bangs

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Fake a hairstyle on your long hair with bangs. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

And for a take on bangs, why not try out this combo hairstyle idea that combines a full set of bangs with an easy updo?  Check out our fake bang tutorial to get the deets on how to recreate this look.

12. Festive Chignon Updo Hairstyle for Long Afro Hair.

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Accentuate your long afro hair hair with carefully placed accessories. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Who says your Christmas tree is the only thing that can be festive over the holidays? Let your hair ride the yuletide with a dainty wreath nestled in the middle of your low twisted bun. To recreate, simply tuck a sprig of holly (or even some floral stems, or some tinsel!) into the seam and secure with pins.

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