Our Picks: The Top 10 Updos for Every Occasion

Apr 05, 2021
02:00 A.M.
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Top knots, braided buns, messy buns, messy buns with flowers in them, whatever you can think of Updos hairstyles have been there, done that. However, we can readily admit that we have our fave updos stuck somewhere on a Pinterest board.


Therefore, ladies, dust off the Pinterest wishlist and get cracking. It’s time to flex our inner hairstylists. Updo’s are excellent for many occasions. We typically gravitate towards slicked updos in a top knot bun. However, live a little and experiment.

Since we love a good switch-up every once in a while, we’ve listed below the various ways you can sport your updo. From funky top-knots to delicate braided buns, we’ve narrowed down ten fascinating takes on this classic trend that will never go out of style.

Subtly Braided Messy Bun


If you’re a girl on the go and not one to fuss over a polished finish for your updo, this messy bun is right up your alley. Chic and easy to style before rush hour (or happy hour, wink-wink), this updo is ultra-modern and is suitable for any occasion.

Side Parted French Bun

When you want to keep things classy, look no further than pick number two. This hairstyle is perfect for brunch with your girls or date night with bae. The braided side part pushed back into a low bun adds a sophisticated twist to your final look.

Box Braid Top Knot



Who doesn’t love the versatility of a braided hairstyle? Switch up your look and rock those braids in a top knot. Top knots give an even more striking appearance when you want to stun during a fun night out in town with your crew.

Modern Formal Chignon


Cue music, “Here Comes The Bride…”(you know the rest). Complete your fairytale wedding with this feminine hairstyle. The trick to make this classic hairdo pretty and modern is by leaving the pinned loops hanging loose for a wispy, soft finish.

Curly Updo for Medium Hair


Don’t forget about your bridal party (ps, we stan brides who like their bridesmaids to look cute as well). A pro-tip would be to pin your curls at the nape of your neck, which gives one the illusion of a fuller bun.

Messy Curly Bob with a Braid


Is Prom around the corner? What about the college formal hairstyle you’ve been dreaming about? Leave the rest of your hair down and pin your braid on both sides of your head, making this fun half up, half down combo the answer your hair needs.

Upside Down Braided Space Buns


We think we can all agree this hair-do causes no harm in spending a few minutes (or hours) of your day imagining how snazzy your hair would look during Coachella or Lollapalooza before it's safe to attend festivals again.

Scarf Bun


Quench your wanderlust with this summery hairstyle and work your scarf into your braided bun. Maybe this updo could be what manifests a first-class ticket to a warm location coupled with a few tropical cocktails. Can someone let management know if this works?

Fishtail Braid


Clean and edgy, this fishtail braid is excellent after our dream vacay manifests (fingers crossed), and we’re transported back to reality working up a sweat in the gym with a bonus of your hair being framed away from your face.

Flower Braid

Finally, we have the flower braid, which can be worn to work while you’re making boss moves. This contemporary updo hairstyle can also be transitioned into a nighttime look and have your red carpet ready in minutes.