42 Updos for Long Hair Inspiration + How To Do

Updated on February 25, 2024
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    Updos for Long HairPIN

    42 Updos for Long Hair Inspiration + How To Do

    Having your hair down all the time can be super frustrating, especially if it’s long. But we have the perfect option for you to switch up that mindset – aka updos for long hair! Forget about the boring ponytail or bun, we have so many unique updo hairstyles that we want to share with you guys so we can get rid of the boring old looks we see so often. Say goodbye to the ordinary and hello to stunning hair!

    How To Do Updos for Long Hair

    Before we show you all the stunning updos for long hair, we want to show you our favorite style to recreate at home first. That way, you can have a slight understanding of how it works. If this interests you, take a look at the step-by-step tutorial on a Dutch braid updo below.

    Materials needed:

    1. Texturizing spray or dry shampoo
    2. Hairbrush
    3. Hair ties
    4. Bobby pins
    5. Light hold hairspray

    Step #1

    Start with clean, dry hair. If your hair is too slippery, you can add some texture by using a bit of dry shampoo or texturizing spray.

    Step #2

    Brush your hair thoroughly to remove any knots or tangles. This will make the braiding process smoother.

    Step #3

    Section you hair accordingly – gather a small section of hair near your forehead

    Step #4

    Begin braiding your hair. Start with three small sections at the front and gradually add more hair from the sides as you braid towards the back.

    Step #5

    Continue braiding until you reach the nape of your neck or the desired stopping point. Secure the end of the braid with a small hair tie.

    Step #6

    For a more intricate updo, create multiple braids. You can have two braids on each side or experiment with different braiding patterns.

    Step #7

    Take the braids and twist them into a bun or chignon at the back of your head. Use bobby pins to secure the bun in place. Tuck the ends of the braids under the bun for a neat finish.

    Step #9

    Once you’re satisfied with the shape, use additional bobby pins to secure any loose strands or pieces. Make sure the updo feels secure and comfortable.

    Step #10

    Spray the updo with a light-hold hairspray to set the style and control any flyaways. You can also accessorize with hairpins, flowers, or other decorative elements if desired.

    Easy Updo For Long Hair

    For those busy mornings when time is of the essence, an easy updo for long hair is a lifesaver. With a few simple steps, you can achieve an effortless curly hair updo that takes minutes to create but looks like it took hours. The beauty of this easy updos is that it works with both straight and curly hair. It’s perfect for those days when you want to look put together without spending hours styling your hair. A pretty accessory is always a good idea for this look because it adds something special to look at and only takes a moment to install.

    Wedding Updo For Long Hair

    Picture this; it’s your wedding day, and you are dancing on the dance floor, and all you can feel is your heavy hair tickling your back and shoulders. We don’t want that! Instead, go for a wedding updo for long hair to keep things up and away on your special day so you can dance the night away without worrying about your hair. Wedding updos are a game changer for the big day, trust us.

    Simple Updos For Long Hair

    Keep things easy and simple with a simple updo for long hair. We recommend a simple top not at the crown of the head to keep things up and way for the day. Even though we say simple, there still is some effort that has to go into even the simplest of things.

    That said, here is a quick tutorial on a simple yet stunning bun for your laziest days.

    Steps For A Simple Updo For Long Hair Description
    Brush and Gather Your Hair Brush your hair thoroughly to remove any knots or tangles. Gather all your hair at the top of your head as if you were making a high ponytail.
    Secure with a Hair Tie Use a hair tie to secure your gathered hair into a high ponytail. You can choose the tightness of the ponytail based on your preference.
    Create the Bun Twist the ponytail around the hair tie to create a loose bun. Keep twisting until you reach the ends of your hair.
    Wrap Around the Base Once you’ve twisted the hair into a bun, wrap it around the base of the ponytail to form the top knot. You can twist it clockwise or counterclockwise, depending on your preference.
    Secure the Bun Use another hair tie or a few bobby pins to secure the bun in place. Tuck any loose ends under the bun for a clean look.
    Adjust the Size and Shape Pull on the bun gently to adjust its size and shape. You can make it larger or smaller based on your desired look. If you want a messier appearance, pull some strands out for a more relaxed style.
    Secure with Bobby Pins (Optional) If needed, use bobby pins to secure any loose sections of the bun or to keep the bun in place if it feels a bit wobbly.
    Finish with Hairspray If you want to set the style and control flyaways, you can use a light-hold hairspray to finish the top knot bun.

    Half Updo For Long Hair

    If the choice to have your hair down or up is too difficult to make, we propose a compromise – aka the half updo for long hair. It’s perfect for those days when you want to keep your hair out of your face but still show off your flowing locks.

    There are a few different options for ways you can secure this half-up, half-down look, such as:

    1. Hair Elastic or Hair Tie
    2. Bobby Pins
    3. Hair Claw or Jaw Clip
    4. Barrette or Hair Clip
    5. Hair Stick or Hair Fork
    6. Ribbon or Hair Band

    Zohna Tip

    Ensure that you purchase a clip that is suitable for your hair type. By that, we mean if you have thinner hair go for a smaller clip, and if you have thicker hair, a larger one will be better suited to holding up your hair.

    Cute Updos For Long Hair

    For us, any half up half down hairstyle is the cutest thing. That’s why we suggest this half up half down bun for finding the perfect cute updos for long hair. This look is best suited for people with thicker hair, as you can create two buns instead of one, giving that full and voluminous look.

    Casual Updo For Long Hair

    An updo is one of the most casual ways to wear your hair. For the perfect casual updo for long hair, we suggest tying up your long strands into a low bun. Don’t forget to pull some of your front framing pieces out so that they can frame and accentuate your gorgeous face.

    Zohna Tip

    If you have thinner hair but love the look of a full bun like this, try using a hair donut to help provide some body and fullness.

    Quick Updo For Long Hair

    When you’re short on time but still want to look put together, a quick updo for long hair is your best friend. These hairstyles can be done in a matter of minutes but still pack a stylish punch. One quick updo option is the twisted low bun. Simply gather your hair into a low ponytail and twist it around itself, creating a bun shape. Secure the bun with bobby pins and gently loosen a few strands to create a perfectly undone look.

    Prom Updos For Long Hair

    Prom night is all about looking and feeling your best, and an updo for long hair is the perfect way to achieve that glamorous, red-carpet-worthy look. We love this low ponytail for your prom night full of luscious curls, making it look like you have the perfect mane. Toss in some fake flowers to really give it that prom feel, and you are all set for the big night.

    Braided Updos For Long Hair

    Braids are a great way to quickly incorporate texture, visual interest, and dimension into your locs. For a boho-inspired braided updo, try a Dutch braid crown. Begin by parting your hair in the middle and creating two Dutch braids on each side of your head. Once you have two braids, bring them to the back of your head and secure them together with bobby pins, creating a crown-like effect.

    Updo For Long Thin Hair

    If you have long, thin hair, don’t fret. There are plenty of updo options that can add volume and fullness to your locks. For a simple yet elegant updo, try a twisted low bun. Start by gathering your hair into a low ponytail and twist it into a bun. Secure the bun with bobby pins and gently pull a few strands loose to create a soft look. For added volume, you can tease your hair at the crown before creating the bun.

    If you still feel like your mane needs a little more oomph-ing up, there are ways you can create the illusion of thicker hair. Check out the table below to learn how to create the illusion of thicker hair for the perfect updo for long thin hair.

    How to Create The Illusion of Thicker Hair Description
    Layered Haircut Opt for a layered haircut, as layers can add texture and volume to thin hair. Shorter layers around the crown can give the appearance of fuller hair.
    Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner Use volumizing shampoo and conditioner to add lift and fullness to your hair. These products are formulated to make hair appear thicker.
    Blow-Drying Techniques Blow-dry your hair upside down to lift the roots and create volume. Use a round brush to add lift at the crown while blow-drying.
    Root Lifters and Mousse Apply a root lifter or volumizing mousse to damp hair before styling. Focus on the roots to create lift and support.
    Teasing or Backcombing Gently tease the roots of your hair with a comb or a teasing brush to create volume. Be careful not to damage your hair in the process. Smooth the surface afterward to maintain a polished look.

    Formal Updos For Long Hair

    When it comes to formal events, nothing says class more than an updo for long hair. For a glamorous formal updo, try a low twisted bun. Not only does it look stunning, but the multiple twists help to give the hair more body and oomph. Leave a few strands loose around your face to soften the look, and add some sparkle with a jeweled hairpin or comb.

    Long Hair Updos For Work

    Who said work hairstyles have to be boring? Long hair updos for work can be both professional and stylish, perfect for looking polished and put together. For a professional updo, try a low, twisted bun. Start by creating a deep side part and gather your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Then, twist the ponytail and wrap it around the base to create a neat bun. Secure the bun with bobby pins and smooth out flyaways with hairspray and a comb or a slick stick. If you want to elevate things even further, you can add some kind of hair accessory.

    Messy Updos For Long Hair

    When you hear messy and hair together, it doesn’t mean the same thing as it once did. The messy look is actually something people love now and we think it looks great. Perfecting the messy updo for long hair entails a make-shift updo, lots of bobby pins, and at least day three hair.

    Curly Updos For Long Hair

    Curly hair is the perfect candidate for doing an intricate updo, as the curls help to hold everything up and in place. Make sure that you are embracing your beautiful curls and pulling all the little pieces out so they can lay against your face and show off their magnificent swirls.

    Long Locs Updo

    If you have long locs, there are plenty of updo options that allow you to showcase your unique hair texture and style. Our favorite one is a simple bun at the top of the head. This means that when people are looking at you dead on they will get to see the magnificent locs and the stunning braids.

    Loose Updo For Long Hair

    If you are looking for a hairstyle that is both carefree and visually stunning, the loose updo for long hair is perfect for you. Simply just tie your hair into a messy bun at the nape of the neck. However, if you want to add the visual element, braid a Dutch braid into the side of the head, meeting the bun at the nape of the neck. Once you’ve tied the bun and braid, make sure you pull at the sides of the braid a bit to give it that fully-body effect.

    Updos For Long Thick Hair

    Long, thick hair can sometimes feel overwhelming, but with the right updo, it becomes a beautiful asset. Lean into your natural volume and create stunning updos that highlight the fullness of your locks.One gorgeous updo option is the twisted crown. We love the way the hair looks like it twists into each other and then envelopes into this beautiful bun. Stunning right?!

    Easy Long Hair Updos Everyday

    You may be catching onto a theme if you’ve been looking at all the styles so far…. We love a twisted low bun. It’s just such an easy yet beautiful hairstyle that never manages to amaze us. That said, it’s also the perfect easy long-hair updo for every day. All it takes is a few twists and bobby pins and boom, you have yourself the perfect little hairstyle that will last all day and leave you feeling like a hair whisperer.

    Fancy Updos For Long Hair

    Do you have a fancy occasion, the perfect outfit for it, but no hairstyle yet? Well, the freakout stage of this dilemma is over, because we have the perfect fancy updo for long hair that will complete your fancy occasion look. We love the look of a beautiful braid that cascades down and into a wild and messy bun at the center of the head. It’s easy, visually stunning, and will get you many compliments.

    Updos For Long Straight Hair

    If you have long, straight hair, consider yourself lucky because the possibilities are endless for updos. However, instead of us listing off the hundreds of possibilities you could do, we want to tell you about our favorite updo for long straight hair – aka the half up half down claw clip. The clip will leave the hair secure all day and have you feeling confident in your hairstyle.

    Partial Updos For Long Hair

    If you want to keep some of your hair down but still want the elegance of an updo, a partial updo is the way to go. One option is the half-up half-down hairstyle. We love the look of this one, and we hope you do too.

    That said, if you want to learn how to do it, here is how:

    • Take a small section of hair from the top section of hair and from each side of your head and pull them towards the back.
    • If you want, you can use a comb and flatten out the top of the head as the hair might have gotten ruffled up when pulled back.
    • Using a small elastic tie the hair.
    • Then using a strip of hair that falls under where the elastic lays, tie it around the elastic to hide it.
    • Use a bobby pin to secure the end under the top section of hair.

    DIY Updos For Long Hair

    Don’t want to spend hours in a salon getting your hair done? No problem! There are plenty of DIY updos for long hair that you can easily recreate at home. Not only will you save time and money, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of creating a beautiful hairstyle all on your own. One option is the twisted bun. Instead of turning a ponytail into a bun, simply scrunch the hair up into a bun formation and then take a ton of bobby pins, and just pin the strands down. This will replicate a similar bun to the image.

    Side Updo For Long Hair

    Looking for a hairstyle that’s a little bit different? Try a side updo for long hair. This asymmetrical style adds a touch of uniqueness to your locs. Sweep your hair to one side and gather it into a low ponytail. Then, twist the ponytail and pin it to the side of your head. Use bobby pins to secure any loose strands and finish off with a spritz of hairspray for extra hold. Yes, it’s that easy! Crazy, we know.

    1920s Updo For Long Hair

    If you love all things vintage, why not try a 1920s-inspired updo? This glamorous hairstyle is perfect for a Gatsby-themed party or any occasion where you want to channel your inner flapper. Start by curling your hair with a small curling iron. Then, section off a small portion of hair at the front and pin it back with bobby pins. Gather the rest of your hair into a low bun at the nape of your neck and secure it with more pins. Add a sparkly hair accessory for the perfect finishing touch.

    Summer Updo For Long Hair

    Long hair can be a bit of a hassle in the summer heat, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Go for a low bun, our favorite, but try using a hair donut to really help get the largeness and volume we all crave in a bun. Not sure how to use a hair donut? Don’t worry this is what Zohna is here for.

    What You’ll Need:

    Step-by-Step Instructions:

    1. Create a Ponytail: Gather your hair into a high or low ponytail, depending on where you want the bun. Secure the ponytail with a hair tie. The hair donut works best with a ponytail, so make sure it’s in the position you desire.
    2. Thread the Hair Donut: take the hair donut and thread your ponytail through the center of it. The donut should sit against your head, encircling the base of the ponytail.
    3. Spread Your Hair Over the Donut: Evenly distribute your hair over the hair donut, covering it completely. You should not see the donut from any angle.
    4. Secure with an Elastic Band: Use another hair tie to secure the hair over the donut. This will create the foundation for your bun.
    5. Roll the Hair Donut: Starting from the tips of your hair, roll the hair donut towards the base of the ponytail. As you roll, tuck the ends of your hair under the donut.
    6. Shape the Bun: Once the hair donut is rolled up to the base of the ponytail, shape the bun by adjusting the hair around the donut. Make sure the bun is even and covers the entire donut.
    7. Secure with Bobby Pins: Use bobby pins to secure any loose sections of hair or to hold the bun in place. Insert the pins into the bun and into the hair underneath to create a secure hold.

    High Updos For Long Hair