Easy Updos to Inspire You to Pull Your Hair Back for a Change

Check out some of these fun, flirty, all-occasion updos.

We’ve all been there: your alarm doesn’t go off and all the sudden you need to be dressed and out the door in less than five minutes. But, no need to stress—that’s what easy updos are for! Not only will they allow you to look professional and stylish at the same time; they’ll also make it easier for you to conceal your hair while covering up any greasy strands.

To help you out, we’ve compiled some of our favorite easy hair updo ideas that will have you out of the house quickly. Bonus: No one will be the wiser that you hit the snooze button.

Fun Easy Hair Updos We Adore

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Try out a fun messy bun for the weekend.

1. Messy Bun

You may think you were born knowing how to create a messy bun, but you’d be surprised: This top-knot style actually requires a little bit of skill. To start, brush hair and gently gather strands into a ponytail. Since the look is a little more tousled, don’t worry about the strands that get left behind—they actually work wonders in softening the overall look. Use your non-dominant hand to twist your hair around in a circle and secure the loop with a hair tie or several bobby pins. Lightly tease the strands at the crown for some slight texture.

Wear it while: running around to get groceries

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Chic ballerina bun for to wear during your busy weekend.

2. Ballerina Bun

If you’re looking for slicker, more refined easy updo hairstyles for long hair, the ballerina bun is probably your best bet. Dabble on Bed Head by TIGI After Party Smoothing Cream into the palms of your hands and lightly coat the product throughout your hair, making sure that your front strands are slicked back and frizz-free. Next, gather your locks together to create a high ponytail. Your dominant hand will hold the ponytail as your other hand works to twist it around into a circle. Once all your hair is looped around, adjust and tighten the strands around the loop so that they are securely in place. Hold them together with a hair tie or some bobby pins and be sure to spritz everything in place with hairspray.

Wear it while: soaking in culture at the museum

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A half-do is an easy way to change your look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Half Updo

Another no-fuss style to try over the weekend is the half-updo. This style can vary based on your preferences and be worn as a half-pony, half-bun or by simply tying it together with a clip or hair tie. Start by brushing your hair and horizontally sectioning off half of your strands near the crown. Next, refine the separation of the top half from the bottom with a fine-toothed comb and work it into your preferred style. You may also need some serum to tame any frizz or flyaways that acclimate along your crown.

Wear it while: running around town, from the gym to a coffee date with your bestie

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Gorgeous braids in natural hair.

4. Braided Updo

Those of you with long braids can work your long locks into a low pony/quasi-updo to look effortlessly cool.

Wear it while: grabbing a casual dinner with family

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Milkmaid braids are a fun, flirty weekend updo.

5. Milkbraid Updo

We love this look but it does require a little more work to achieve (check out our milkmaid tutorial for some extra help).  This look is particularly darling with loose pieces of hair that acclimate along the sides of your face. Be sure to lock this look in place by using a non-sticky hairspray.

Wear it while: grabbing brunch with the girls

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We won’t tell your greasy hair secret.

6. Bandana Updo

For a casual look, cover up those oily roots with a bandana! This fun bandana updo is easy enough to create, you probably don’t even need a mirror. Just pull your hair into a high ponytail and create a big bun. If you need a volume boost, use a hair doughnut to fill out your bun. Then just tie on a bandana to match your outfit. We love this style all year long!

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Twisted updos are beyond pretty.

7. Twisted Chignon

For more office-friendly easy hair updos, try a twisted style. Start off by refreshing your roots with some dry shampoo. Then, take a section of hair from behind your ear and twist it once or twice before securing it into a ponytail with the rest of your hair. You could wear this in a pretty, twisted low ponytail or create a bun at the nape of your neck.

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This spunky top knot is too cute!

8. Piecey Top Knot

To get a voluminous top knot with a little bit more interest, try making it piece-y. To create this look, start off by hydrating the ends of your hair with a few drops of Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil. Then pull all of your hair into a messy top knot. To create the piecey texture, you’ll need to apply another drop of oil to your fingertips. The oil will help to streamline the little pieces as you pull out small sections of hair from the top knot.

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Casual, but totally cool. Photo credit: Dvora

9. Curly Hair Fauxhawk

We’re a little obsessed with this curly fauxhawk. And guess what? It’s really only a series of ponytails! Yep, you could do this style with your eyes closed. You can follow along our curly fauxhawk tutorial to recreate this one at home. Just make sure to have some hair oil on hand to help you achieve glossy, hydrated ends.

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Two-trick pony: Update your everyday ponytail with a quick, slightly tongue-in-cheek rope style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Roped Ponytail

This style works—coast to coast, L.A. to New York—because of its foolproof yet chic simplicity. Smooth on some shine cream such as Bed Head by TIGI After Party and secure hair in a tight ponytail, with no part. Divide the ponytail into two sections and proceed to twist them around each other, securing the end with a hair tie.

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A healthy sheen elevates the entire look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

11. Bangs with a Bun

Before the sight of that babybun gets you running for the hills, hear us out. A fringe is the most requested haircut of the season, and when paired with a chignon (of all sizes, we don’t judge), it’s a fast-pass into instant It Girl territory. At least several grungy, street-style fashion labels thought so, as they paraded down the runway with tiny, punky bangs-and-bun combos. Keep frizz and grease from driving you nuts by spritzing your fringe with some dry shampoo.

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Also pictured: phase 1 of awesome overnight waves. Photo credit: Dvora

12. ’90s Knots

Gather your hair into a secure ponytail and begin coiling it around itself, securing the ends with a hair tie or pins (tug some ends to peek out from under for a truly authentic look). Some light-wearing hairspray is enough to offer all the control you need for this perfectly undone-done look.

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Extra cred for loose, Noughties-era spiky ends. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

13. Polished Drama

Create a side part and ensure hair is dried and super-shiny before creating a low chignon at the nape. Secure with a hair tie, tame down any cowlicks with a rat-tail comb and spritz on some maximum-hold hairspray for major staying power. Leave some ends out to wisp out, melancholy-like, into the wind.

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Ready? OK! Swing into summer style with a neck-freeing, humidity-defying hairdo. Photo credit: Dvora

14. Cheerleader Ponytail

Have fun with this flirty, swingy hairdo! Gather freshly washed and blown-out hair into high, easy ponytail hairstyles at the crown (give it some grip and extra bounce with a texturizing spray).  Secure with a hair tie, leaving one lock to discreetly loop over your hair accessory of choice.