How to Do a Simple Updo

by Amber Hilton

How to Do a Simple Updo

Once you know how to do a simple updo, you’ll have an easy look that you can create again and again, whether you’re attending a wedding or walking down the aisle yourself.



Many women think updos are intricate and difficult to create. This can be true of some updo styles, but others are much more simple. In fact, I find that the simplest updos often look the best and are the most elegant.


1. Many hairstylists recommend not washing your hair on the day that you plan to create an updo, claiming that dirty hair styles better. I’m not sure whether or not this is true, but I’d rather not walk around with dirty hair the day of a big event. Other hairstylists suggest that you can still wash your hair the day of, but use lots of product to “dirty it up” and help ensure that the style holds.


2. After washing and drying my hair, I like to set it in hot rollers. This makes my otherwise style-resistant, stick-straight hair much easier to work with and adds volume. If your hair is naturally curly, you might skip this step or focus on straightening your curls instead, depending on the look you’re going for.


3. The simplest updos are very basic; these include the bun, ponytail, and chignon. All can be done in just a few simple steps, maybe with a little backcombing for added volume. The key to the simple updo is to keep it simple and stick with one look. Accessories like fresh flowers or beaded clips can add some interest to a simple updo, but keep these simple and understated as well to avoid overwhelming the look.


4. Braids are very popular right now, and you might try separating your hair into two sections (along your normal part) and braiding them before twisting the braids together into a bun near the nape of your neck. I love this look because it looks intricate, yet it’s actually very easy to achieve. It’s great if you have lots of layers in your hair that you want to keep out of your face. You might insert some beads or fresh flowers to accentuate this look.


5. Nothing detracts from a simple updo and makes it look too casual like a visible hair band. If your look of choice is a simple ponytail or bun, make sure to use a decorative hair band. Or you can cover a plain ponytail holder by wrapping a lock of loose hair around it and fastening it with a hairpin.


These are just a few of the steps that you can take to create any number of simple updos. Most of these looks can easily be achieved at home, but it’s still a good idea to practice a new updo one or two times before you attempt to style your hair for a special event or occasion.


Written by Amber Hilton