Updo styles are essential for weddings, proms and other special occasions. They can make you more confident and relaxed. Besides formal occasions, updos can be worn on some regular days, too. If you’re thinking about chopping your hair off, you’ll probably change your mind after you see our list of 40 most gorgeous updos for women with long hair.
1. BIG FRENCH BRAID UPDO
Take your hair from drab to fab by recreating this gorgeous look. The more fly-away and tousled your updo looks, the better. To make your braid thicker, pull the outer part of the braid out.
2. FRENCH BRAIDED UPDO
We can’t get enough of this gorgeous braided updo. Everything from the color to the style is absolutely stunning.
3. ELEGANT CURLY UPDO
This curly, low updo will work on any hair thickness and color. The updo offers an effortless, sexy look that’s ideal for formal occasions. Thumbs up!
4. FISHTAIL BRAID INTO A BUN
This lovely style begins as a side fishtail braid and ends in a braided bun. Fishtail braid looks great on everyone! The style will make you stand out from the crowd.
5. CUTE MESSY UPDO
Low bun updos are super popular this season. If you love buns and braids, this style is for you. The updo is romantic and super feminine for spring and summer. You can wear it on a wedding, date, or brunch with friends. Whatever the occasion, make sure to give it a try.
6. SIMPLE HEADBAND UPDO
The headband updo is easier than it looks. This is a simple yet gorgeous look that can be achieved in 5 minutes or less. For this style you will need a headband that matches your outfit and fits your head comfortably. So stunning yet so simple!
7. MESSY FISHTAIL UPDO
Luckily, you don’t need to head to your salon to recreate this look. Anyone can pull off this look! The updo is chic, trendy and can be done in under ten minutes. Leave a few tresses loose in the front to frame your face. Will you give it a try?
8. CURLY BRAIDED MOHAWK
We love updos because they don’t hide your face features. This look isn’t easy to achieve, but looks flawless. The updo will have you looking bold and chic for any occasion.
9. ROMANTIC UPDO WITH FLOWERS
In case you haven’t noticed, wearing flowers in your hair is a huge trend this year. A flower headband, or even a fresh flower, will give any hairstyle a romantic, boho-chic vibe.
10. CURLY SIDE BUN + FISHTAIL BRAID
Braids or bun? Why not both? The style will have you looking flawless for a spring or summer wedding, whether you’re bride or bridesmaid.
11. SIMPLE BUN + SIDE SWEPT BANGS
You can take your everyday look to the next level by rocking this cute bun. The style is fashionable and definitely an everyday look worth trying out. If you have bangs, make sure to let them loose.
12. MESSY BRIDAL SIDE BUN
Incorporating French braids into updos is a great way to make them even more chic and stylish. The style would look gorgeous with fishtail braids, too. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
13. SIMPLE SOCK BUN
There are some days when we want to get our long hair out of our face. The easiest way to do so is to rock a “sock” or “doughnut” bun. For this look you will need a sock rolled into a doughnut shape. Create a ponytail and pull it through the center of the sock doughnut. Spread your hair around it to create a flawless bun. Make sure the sock is covered with hair. Secure the bun with several bobby pins.
14. MESSY FISHTAIL BRAIDS INTO BUN
If you need a stunning updo to complete your look, then you must try this style. Second-day hair is great for this messy, fishtail braid bun. A gold headband is an easy way to add more interest to the look.
15. MESSY FRENCH BRAID CROWN UPDO
Messy updos are so romantic and fashionable. The updo looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. This hairstyle will make heads turn anywhere you go, we guarantee it!
16. ELEGANT MESSY SIDE BUN
Not all bun updos need to be perfectly styled to be stunning. The more messy and effortlessly it looks, the better. Flowers or hair jewelry around a bun create a sweet and chic look.
17. FUNKY BRAIDED UPDO
This funky updo is bold, creative, and totally unique. You’ll definitely stand out from the heads of sleek buns and perfect curls.
18. MESSY FRENCH TWIST UPDO
The French twist is simple and timeless updo. For a beautiful finishing touch, tuck in jeweled pins or fresh flowers. Accessories are everything.
19. DUTCH & FISHTAIL BRAID SIDE UPDO
Braided updos are very trendy this year. With so many styles and tutorials to choose from, there’s no excuse for missing out. The style is perfect for music festivals or summer weddings.
20. DOUBLE FRENCH BRAID CROWN
A double French braid updo is great for any occasion. This look may appear complex but in actual fact, it’s quite simple. The style can also be done with fishtail or Dutch braids.
21. ELEGANT BRAIDED UPDO
The updo features curls and braids. The bottom part is curled and pulled up to create a cute bun. Ultra-chic formal updo!
22. TIMELESS FRENCH ROLL UPDO
Dress up your French roll updo with a stunning hair comb. Perfect hairstyle for women who adore timeless style.
23. MESSY LOW BUN + FRENCH BRAIDS
Messy low buns are the best, especially if you pair them with few small French braids. This style would make a great prom updo.
24. HEADBAND UPDO + FISHTAIL BRAIDS
When you get bored with your regular headband updo, make sure to recreate this similar look. Start by sectioning the top portion of your hair and clip it up. Then wrap the bottom section of the hair into the headband. The top portion should have enough hair for three fishtail braids. When you get them all done, pull them apart to make them little messier and bigger. Bobby pin the braids up. Finish with hairspray for shine and hold.
25. TWISTED CHIGNON UPDO
Here’s a beautiful and elegant updo that will be perfect for proms, weddings and other formal events. Whatever the event, celebrate in style with this gorgeous low chignon.
26. INFINITY KNOT BUN
Sometimes the most simple updos are the most jaw-dropping. The infinity knot bun is indeed a fun twist to a regular bun. So, make sure to wear it an infinite amount of time.
27. SLEEK LOW BUN
The style doesn’t require clean hair. Actually, it’s easier to achieve the look on hair that hasn’t been washed for a couple of days.
28. ELEGANT TWISTED UPDO
Now that’s an elegant updo! The style is a lot easier to pull together than it looks. If you want to try to recreate it, here’s the tutorial. White flowers add unique touch to the look.
29. SPRING FLOWER UPDO
This updo is incredibly romantic. Dress it up with flowers and rhinestones for a glamorous Bohemian twist. We love that it only take minutes to get this gorgeous look.
30. BOHO HEADBAND UPDO
If you’re as obsessed with French braids as we are, then you’ll love this updo. The up-do manages to be both elegant and casual. You could wear it to a formal event as well as to the grocery store.
31. LOW BUN + LONG BANGS
Bring attention to your face with this beautiful low bun updo. Low bun hairstyles are great for every style of dress.
32. ELEGANT VICTORIAN ROLL UPDO
The old Hollywood elegance will never go out of style. Pair it with red lips and pearls. The look works for medium to long hair.
33. TWISTED LOW BUN
Who knew twisting and knotting your hair could create such a cute and elegant updo?
34. SIDE FRENCH BRAID INTO A LOW BUN
A big, chunky French braid can make literally any hairstyle g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s. If you love braids and up-dos, this style is for you. Loose, curly wisps make this style laid back.
35. BRAIDED DOUGHNUT BUN
This updo is simple, chic and of course, easy to do. Try it for your next formal event!
36. BOUFFANT UPDO
Bouffant updo will instantly sexify your look. The style goes with everything and is super easy to recreate (even for beginners). The bigger bouffant, the better.
37. ELEGANT & CLASSY ROLL UPDO
This elegant hairstyle would make a perfect wedding updo. Choose up-dos to show your beautiful facial features and neckline.
38. BRAIDED FAUX HAWK
Look at all that volume – gorgeous! Are you bold enough to rock this braided faux hawk?
39. CURLY & MESSY UPDO
This stylish updo is feminine and elegant and perfect for formal events. The style will beautifully accentuate your outfit, jewelry and shoulders.
40. ELEGANT UPDO FOR BLACK WOMEN
Keep your hair out of the way with this elegant and classy updo for black women. Pair it with soft makeup and sparkly drop earrings.