Do you have a big event coming up? Do you want to look and feel special for an event? Traditionally worn for special events and celebrations, the upstyle (also referred to as the updo) gives you an elegant look.

There are limitless combinations available, whether you want to incorporate braids, twists, pins, buns, and more. Achieve this look on your own with hair products or go to a professional for your hair styling. Put any hair length into an updo through the use of the right techniques.

This is our photo gallery featuring upstyle hairstyles for women.  Includes celebrities with an upstyle look.

Sophia Bush looking like a charming princess with her gorgeous upstyle incorporated with straight bangs. This look was worn at the White House Correspondents Dinner held last April 27, 2013.

Sophia Bush looking like a charming princess with her gorgeous upstyle incorporated with straight bangs. This look was worn at the White House Correspondents Dinner held last April 27, 2013.

Last March 4, 2014, Lena Headey wore a curly updo oozing with elegance and charm at the premiere of her movie '300: Rise of an Empire'.

Last March 4, 2014, Lena Headey wore a curly updo oozing with elegance and charm at the premiere of her movie '300: Rise of an Empire'.

The classy Felicity Jones is one of the crowd's favorite version of her. This elegant upstyle was worn last October 24, 2014 for the premiere of 'The Theory Of Everything'.

The classy Felicity Jones is one of the crowd's favorite version of her. This elegant upstyle was worn last October 24, 2014 for the premiere of 'The Theory Of Everything'.

Gabrielle Union attended LA premiere of 'Think Like a Man' last February 2012 in a messy updo incorporated with some wavy tendrils.

Gabrielle Union attended LA premiere of 'Think Like a Man' last February 2012 in a messy updo incorporated with some wavy tendrils.

Day 4 calls for the puff! ➰

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Thick and curly black hair gathered together in a nicely-done, neat puff. The finish exhibits a fancy and formal aura that can be worn during formal events or elegant night gatherings.

If your naturally thick and curly hair bothers you and your daily activities, try securing it with a colored bandana. This one does not only give you comfort, it also provide a stylish finish.

An updo consisting of detailed rope braids starting from the bottom part, up to the tousled and curly top. This hairstyle is creatively donw with lots of details and texture.

Lena Headey attended the LA premiere of '300' last March 2007 in an elegant upstyle with a twisted tendril on the side.

Lena Headey attended the LA premiere of '300' last March 2007 in an elegant upstyle with a twisted tendril on the side.

A fancy gown needs a fancy updo to keep up with. This hairstyle was worn by Sophia Bush at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards.

A fancy gown needs a fancy updo to keep up with. This hairstyle was worn by Sophia Bush at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards.

Curtain bangs is one of Felicity Jones's trademark looks and last October 2011, she incorporated this look with a messy updo for the Burberry Body Launch.

Curtain bangs is one of Felicity Jones's trademark looks and last October 2011, she incorporated this look with a messy updo for the Burberry Body Launch.

Felicity Jones exhibits nothing but elegance with this fancy upstyle worn  at the 2011 BAFTA Britannia Awards.

Felicity Jones exhibits nothing but elegance with this fancy upstyle worn at the 2011 BAFTA Britannia Awards.

Felicity Jones went a little bit edgy with her dark eye make-up and an all-black getup at the screening of 'Like Crazy' last October 2011 . Her hair was styled in an updo with tossed bangs.

Felicity Jones went a little bit edgy with her dark eye make-up and an all-black getup at the screening of 'Like Crazy' last October 2011 . Her hair was styled in an updo with tossed bangs.


Traditional Options

In the world of hairstyling, pulling your hair up is considered an updo. The most classic options acknowledged in the world of updos are:

  • Buns: Whether casual or highly styled, a bun pulls your hair away from your face and wrapped in a coil on itself. In some cases, secure the style with pins or barrettes.
  • Chignons: Look elegant and classic with a beautiful chignon which pins your hair at the nape of your neck or the back of your head. The chignon has limitless variations.
  • French Twist:  Worn tight or loose, you gather the hair and turn it upwards until it all gathers in your head.
  • Beehive: This is when your hairstyle is piled up in a cone shape that looks slightly like a beehive. Most popular in the 1960s, stylists incorporate this look in a modern way.

Advantages of Choosing an Upstyle

Pull your hair up, style it to look beautiful, and feel confident with an upstyle for the day. Women love updos because the look isn’t permanent and is suitable for just one occasion. If you don’t like it, then change it!

Other advantages of choosing an updo for yourself include:

  • Learn to create a look for yourself without a visit to the salon
  • Shape the style to flatter the form of the face and draw attention to your eyes
  • Incorporate hair accessories into your look
  • Feel more feminine and beautiful
  • No need to change your haircut or style
  • Keep your hair out of your face in photos
  • Suit every hair texture
  • Look good no matter your age

Options for Shorter Hair

Short hair does not eliminate the opportunity for you to get an updo. With careful styling and the addition of clip-on extensions, your look for the evening looks like it is your hair. Frame the face, use extensions, and incorporate barrettes to upgrade your style.

The Full-Updo For a Special Occasion

When you are getting ready for an event, treat yourself with a full updo. The other option is the half up/half down style that lets some hair flow free while other strands stay up. A stylist uses your natural hair texture to your advantage for your look.

If you don’t know where to start, check out some styles online and be sure to consider how your hair frames your face and what it looks like in the back. In fact, updos incorporate other styles like tousled hair, braids, texture, ponytails, and sleek looks.