No matter the length of your hair, updo hairstyles are classic and timeless and add a touch of elegance to your ensemble. Whether you’re attending a wedding, senior prom, or just want a quick hairstyle to go from work to that hot date, an up hairstyle is perfect when you want to look chic and polished.
One of the best ways to achieve an up-do for medium length hair is by braiding. Braided up-dos are totally trending right now, they’re easy to do, and the look can’t be beat. You may have to do some research into the type of braid look you want–whether fishtail braid or waterfall braid or a simple 3-braid plait–but thankfully, there are hundreds of video tutorials on Youtube showing you exactly how to perform each braid.
Once you pick the type of braid you want, it’s simple to make it into an updo. Using hair clips or bobby pins, simply wrap the braid to the back of your head and secure. For a more glamorous look, curl some substantial pieces of hair and pin it against the braid for an elegant wrap-around.
The best thing about buns is that it’s an up-do that looks so complicated until you actually do it yourself. Great for medium-length and long hair, the bun is easy to do and always results in an elegant look that anyone call pull off with ease.
Pull your hair into a low side ponytail behind an ear and secure it with a scrunchie. Next, grab a two-inch section of hair from the ponytail and braid it. Then separate the braid from ponytail and wind the rest of the ponytail around the base of the braid. Secure with bobby pins. Finally, wrap the braid around the bun and secure the ends into the underside of the bun.
Because buns are so easy to do, there are tons of variations to create an up-do that you love. From the rose bud bun to a flip-braid bun, buns are versatile ways to keep medium-length and long hair out of your face while still pulling off a gorgeous look. From the office to a formal event, a bun is a great up-do that requires only a little bit of time and hardly any product.
A fancier yet simpler spin on the bun is the chignon. Perfect for highly textured medium or long hair, the chignon is easy to do, and goes well from work to a fancy event or date. This all-purpose hairstyle is easy to do, but if your hair is straight, you may need some dry shampoo for texture.
First, part your hair down the center and gather the hair at the nape of your neck (if you want the chignon on a particular side, gather the hair on the side where the chignon will be.) Secure with a small elastic, then begin to twist the hair from your nape to the tip. Once you’ve got a tightly-wound ponytail, use your index finger as an anchor and twist your hair into a bun shape, continually wrapping the coiled ponytail around the center point. Secure with a bobby pin, then pull and tease the hair with a tail comb to give it shape or more texture.