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.
Upstyle hairdos might be prized as the go-to option for wedding parties, but this timeless hairstyling technique is a lot more than a conventional bridal hairdo. Be it a friends’ get-together, office event, beach party or numerous other occasions, updos go well with almost all of them.
There are several styles and benefits of turning your hair into an updo. So, without any further delay, dive into our extensive upstyle hairstyle gallery and gain some inspiration to ‘up’ your updo hairstyling game.
An upstyle hairstyle couldn’t get more elegant than this. Anna Kendrick sported this loosely brushed back updo at the 87th Annual Academy Awards, and we must say – she surely knows the best styles to pick and the right time to sport them.
Anna Paquin is seen rocking an impressive upstyle hairdo in which she has tied her long blonde hair into a crisscross braid and pinned it above her head like a golden bow.It’s a smart way to bring out the symmetry of her face.
This upstyle hairstyle sported by Jennifer Lawrence at the Critic’s Choice Award in Santa Monica might not seem particularly new. But what sets it apart is the baby lights that add splendor and sophistication.
She might have played the snooty rich girl in Gossip Girl, but everyone still loves Leighton Meester despite the role (or perhaps because of it). Take notes from her good-looking upstyle hairstyle that consists of a messy bun combined with long and bouncy curls on both sides.
Be it a weekend party or a formal event; this classic upstyle hairstyle is a good fit for both scenarios. It’s easy to pull off, is always in style and makes you look really mod regardless of the age.
This upstyle hairstyle for women features bright golden streaks in auburn hair that adds glamour to an otherwise plain updo.
Kristen Stewart’s upstyle hairstyle is messy, but it’s still suitable for hi-fi events because it makes her look really fashionable. The touch of dull red streaks at the top brings out the textured up-styled strands all the more.
Although she is usually one for wearing her straight hair down and open, Penelope Cruz too couldn’t resist turning to updos on important occasions. Here she had chosen to secure her silky hair in a high bouffant and further adorned it with uneven, choppy bangs.
Keira Knightley’s classy upstyle hairstyle consists of a soft balayage and center-parted side-swept bangs that gently frame her face, making her look really majestic.
Anna Paquin’s upstyle hairstyle is perfect for women who are brave and courageous and proud to be themselves. Backcombing her ash blonde hair adds extra volume and dimensions to this large bouffant.
Sally Hawkin’seye-catching upstyle hairstyle is formed by gathering her jet-black hair in a fluffy bunch and finishing the look with long eye-skimming bangs that cover her forehead and prevent it from looking too broad and bare.
French actress Marion Cotillard looks really impressive in her tightly brushed back and grand chignon.After pulling all the hair away from her face, she has formed it into this large round bun to grab everyone’s attention for afar.
Who knew that a few fancy hair accessories could take a simple upstyle hairstyle to a whole another level?This updo will look good if you are looking for a hairstyle to sport on prom night or any other similar event.
This chic and trendy upstyle hairstyle for women is sported by the charming Keke Palmer. Tying her deep black hair into a high bun, she has opted for loosely tousled, springy bangs that hang freely around the sides.The result makes her look fresh and energetic.
Haylie Duff looks nothing less than a royal in this luxe upstyle hairstyle that is oozing stately beauty and dignified splendor.Whether it’s a special occasion or just a regular day at the office, this style will set you apart from the crowd.
Keke Palmer can’t stop experimenting with updos – but it’s not like we are complaining. Here she provides another brilliant idea on how to sport a unique upstyle hairstyle. A Bohemian bun knotted even higher and balanced by the low reaching uneven bangs give Keke a courageous and daring look.
Who said that high-school style updos are only for the school going girls? Sandra Bullock proves that a casual upstyle hairstyle like this goes well on women of all ages. With hair knotted in a low bun at the back and side-swept bangs held in place with a hair band, the Hollywood actress looks far younger than her actual age.
Jenna Dewan Tatum gathered her hair at the back of her head, cut it some slack and pinned it in place before letting out a few frontal tresses to look like a true diva.
A throwback to the ‘60s, Eva Mendes, can be seen rocking an old upstyle hairstyle that looks dope even today. Just don’t forget a fabric hairband before heading out.
Charlize Theron’s low-tied chignon is a good style to consider if you are running late and cannot afford extra time styling your hair. Simply comb it once, knot it lowly at the nape of your neck and you are ready to rock just like that.
With the right balance of casual and elegant, Katie Cassidy’supdois an uncomplicated and easy-going hairstyle that you can sport on a number of occasions.To turn things up a notch, you can go for some shiny blonde streaks on the front strands to get a forever-sun-kissed glow like her.
Natural redheads, who are envied for their impressive hair color, usually flaunt their hair by wearing it down. But if you want to go for an updo, you can let loose just one long lock at the side as the lovely Emma Stone has done here. This lets the color shine while keeping the strands out of your view at the same time.
A taut bun like this might not be for everyone especially if you don’t want a flat look. But if you have got the right poise and self-assurance, then even when wearing such a plain upstyle hairstyle, you can still turn heads wherever you go.
Here we see the Twilight heroine, Kristen Stewart, sporting a half-up half-down rocker hairstyle. The hair at the top has been gelled and tousled in a similar manner so as to match the short, tousled tendrils at the bottom.
Haley Strode’supstyle hairstyle for women is highly disorganized at the back, but the messy touch is counterbalanced by her thick and chic side-brushed bangs and the sole curvy tendril at the side.
This runway model provides a good hairstyle for brides as well as bridesmaids who want to look bold and beautiful. The elaborate puff at the front will grab the attention of every guest in attendance.
This glamorous and alluring upstyle hairstyle sported by Katie Cassidy features some teased and tousled strands accentuated by a hair dye that involves a spectrum of blonde and brown shades. The overall look is fanciful despite the slightly messy touch.
For working women who have super long hair but are also super busy to spend a lot of time styling it, Lauren Conrad provides the perfect solution. Gather your hair together and just twist it a couple of times before turning it into a giant donut and pinning it at the top. Talk about looking drop-dead gorgeous in 30 seconds flat!
This flamboyant upstyle hairstyle for women is a lookalike of the conventional air-hostess style updo except for the fact that while those ladies prefer to keep the hair completely out of their face, Ali Fedotowskyhas let loose a few strands for a more casual and stress-free look.
Fans who look up to Katie Cassidy for hairstyling ideas always in for a surprise because she always comes up with something extraordinary each time. For instance, here she is seen showing off an exceptionally high and voluminous bun that is achieved by forming five ponytails in her long hair and then tucking them all together in a haphazard manner.
This traditional bridal-style chignon has long been the go-to for wedding parties, but nonetheless, it is still always in style. However, Lauren Conrad adds her own touch to the milkmaid bun by dying her hair in multiple hues of russet to give a refined and polished look.
The fashion vibes of the Victorian era in all their grandeur make a comeback in Jennifer Lawrence’s old-style updo. Using a three-strand braid as an organic hair accessory; there are curtain-style layered bangs on both sides that provide a more angular look to her round face profile. This decent upstyle hairstyle is a nod to the old-world charm.
Our updos gallery for women will surely be incomplete without this Oscar-winning upstyle hairstyle (pun intended). Sported by Jennifer Lawrence, this neat and tidy bun is definitely worth considering on days when you want to look your best.
Side-Swept Bangs in an Upstyle
Lili Reinhart looks divine in this elagant-looking upstyle with side-swept bangs. She kept it simple and sophisticated with her light makeup look.
Bunch of Curls
Bronagh Waugh attended the 2011 Soap Awards with a formal yet playful hairstyle. Her upstyle has a bunch of curls on one side, giving it a nice accent and texture.
Slightly Messy Upstyle
Too much perfection is boring, some messy strands on an upstyle will do no harm. Anna Kendrick’s red carpet hairstyles are usually not that polished, she always pair her neutral makeup with some textures.
Kym Johnson sporting a one-sided upstyle in 2008. Her low side bun is incorporated with side-swept bangs.
Fancy Red Curtain
Shannon Collins looking fancy with her red hair styled in a loose updo. Her curtain bangs gave this look an extra feminine touch.
Upstyle with Loose Strands
Ali Fedotowsky channeling her carefree side with this upstyle with loose strands for extra details.
Kendall’s Messy Updo
Kendall Jenner’s powerful red-lip gaming paired with a messy upstyle. This one is an evident mash-up of style and comfort.
In 2010, Rooney Mara styled her curly hair into an updo embellished with a metal headband. The overall look is stylish and captivating!
Teased and Tousled
Keira Knightley’s textured upstyle is made possible with a little bit of tousling and teasing.
The Waves are Up
Scarlett Johansson’s wavy hair is set into a textured upstyle during the LA premiere of Iron Man 2 last April 2010.
Messy to Classy Real Quick
It’s odd how Jennifer Morrison’s messy upstyle and messy bangs turned into this final look oozing with class and perfection. She definitely rocked the 2006 Emmy Awards with this textured hairstyle.
Slicked Back with Loose Strands
Julianne Hough is oozing wih elegance during the world premiere of Breaking Dawn last 2012. Her upstyle is incorporated with a loosely-set slicked back.
The Twisted Pompadour You’ll Adore
You will definitely adore Dita Von Teese with her thick hair styled into a big roll of twisted pompadour in 2006.
The Typical Prom Upstyle
During the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Kyra Sedgwick sported the typical prom upstyle in a white, silk gown.
Little Sassy Sock Bun
Gigi Hadid’s light brown hair styled into a small sock bun with her mid-length bangs parted at the center, framing her face effectively.
The Coachella-Vibe Upstyle
Vanessa Hudgens, the Coachella Princess, in a slightly loose and tousled upstyle. Her simple do is matched with tan and neutral makeup shades and smokey, dark eye shadows.
High and Tight
Miranda Kerr’s face shape is to die for! She has an almost symmetrical face that’s why flaunting all its edges is a very good idea. This tight, high bun can showcase her facial assets effectively.
Big Sock Bun
Another look of Miranda Kerr having a tight and polished upstyle. This time, it’s a big sock bun looking all sassy and elegant.
Messy Bun is Fun
Amber Tamblyn unleashes her fun and carefree personality with this messy upstyle with bangs she wore in 2012.
Taylor Swift’s iconic blunt bangs in a messy upstyle during the 2018 American Music Awards.
The Red Carpet Upstyle
Barbara Palvin is oozing with fierceness and confidence as she walks the red carpet during the 75th Venice Film Festival last 2018. Her upstyle looks sophisticated and it perfectly matches her backless, royal blue gown.
Jennifer Lawrence screams flower power as she wears her upstyle with colorful, floral embellishments.
Lazy Everyday Updo
Emilia Clarke knows how to look efforlessly charming! Even with this lazy, messy upstyle and light makeup, she is glowing from within!
Carefree Upstyle for Thick Hair
Most of the time, it’s a struggle for those with thick hair to arrange their updo in a well-polished manner. Good thing, carefree upstyle looks great on thick strands. Electra Formosa sported this kind of style during Marie Claire’s Anniversary last 2013.
Demi Mazar looks like a retro queen with her thick, black hair styled into this vintage updo with extra shine.
Messy Updo with Curtain Bangs
Jenna Louise Coleman arriving for the 2013 Glamour Women of The Year Awards. Her simple look is paired with a messy upstyle with curtain bangs, perfect for hair with thick strands.
Of course, expect Lady Gaga to be a little bit of extra in almost everything.. even on upstyles! She sported this tight, twisted knots during an event last 2018 and it wow-ed the crowd! As usual.
Blue is the New Black
Katy Perry combined the retro with the contemporary with her blue-colored hair styled into a vintage updo.
Lily Collins channeling her inner vintage babe with this elegant-looking bouffant incorporated with a black headband for a trendy finish.
Updos are not always for elegant and formal looks, you can style it according to your preferences! Winona Ryder gave her upstyle a whole new depth with this very hippie finish.
13 Types of Upstyle Hair Cuts for Women
1. Sculpted Twist
A sculpted twist adds dimension and intrigue to the classic bun by creating two knots instead of just one. To get this look, you will create one bun higher up on your head and one below it. To hold the buns in place, you’ll need to secure the knots with pins, hairspray, and spray wax.
2. Bun With Side-Swept Waves
This bun upstyle hair cut is a throwback to 90s-era glam. This hairstyle begins with teasing your hair to give it additional volume. Before you pull it back into a bun, part your hair off to one side. Then secure your hair into a bun, leaving some long wavy strands to frame your face. The end look is one that’s modern, flirty, and playful.
3. Big Bun
Bigger is sometimes better when it comes to hair, and a big bun might be just the look you need to make a statement. For this look, you’ll start by teasing your hair to give it plenty of volume. Then pull it back into a bun. To add a glamorous finish, wrap a sparkly headband around the base. For a truly classy look, try matching you hairband with other accessories, such as your earrings and necklace.
4. Braided Bun
For a smooth and sophisticated look, consider dressing up a bun by pulling it together with a tight braid at the nape of the neck. This hairstyle’s elegance comes from the plaited braid, which can be woven around the bun to hold it in place. You can use styling products to control frizz and give your hairstyle a smooth, chic, and glamorous look.
5. Bouffant Ponytail
A ponytail might seem like a hairstyle that’s suitable for wearing only when you’re in high school or when you’re working out. But there are many different ways to wear a ponytail, and with the right approach this look is one of the most unique and beautiful types of upstyle hair cuts for women. To get the look, use a curling iron first to tease hair into loose waves and curls. Then gather your hair together into a high, messy ponytail. This look gives your hair a slightly messy, unkempt, and sexy look while still keeping hair off your neck.
6. Half-Bun (Hun)
The half-bun, or “hun” finds a happy medium between wearing your hair up and keeping it down. To make the most of this style, keep the bun high and wear it towards the back of your head. This style is fine way to keep hair off your face while still looking a bit more polished than wearing your hair loose and down.
7. Low Chignon
You can do many different things with a chignon updo, including wearing it high or low. A low chignon sits just at the base of your neck. It is really little more than a knot, but it can look very stylish and put-together, especially when coupled with dazzling jewelry like a necklace and shimmering earrings. The advantage of a low chignon is that it takes only minutes to achieve, and it works with hair of a shorter, medium, or longer length. Consider adding some anti-frizz cream and spray to hold it in place.
8. Double Braid Updo
If there’s one updo that gets an award for being a timeless classic, it’s one that includes braids. A double braid updo is a great option for making your hair look presentable, sophisticated, and elegant without putting too much trouble into its appearance. If you need a classic updo look for a more formal occasion, a hairdo with double braids is a fine choice. For a complete look, consider matching your lipstick color to your hair accessories. For its ease and glamour, this look is especially popular for weddings.
9. Updo in a Ribbon
To add the tiniest bit of glamour to your updo, consider tying your hair back with a striking accessory. A piece of thick, shiny ribbon makes your hair look more feminine and attractive in just seconds. You can also use a nice headband, such as one that’s a unique color or one that’s accented with faux jewels.
10. Chignon with Bangs
A chignon, which is a bun traditionally worn at the nape of the neck, is one of the most classic and popular types of hairstyles that you can wear for an updo. It’s also one of the most versatile. If you have bangs, wearing a chignon gives your hair a youthful, playful, and dimensional look. This strikes a fine balance between the formality of an updo hairstyle and the playful, flirty nature of bangs.
11. Soft Bun
A soft bun is an excellent choice if you have fine, longer hair. Keeping your hair loose around the front can give it a bit of volume, which in turn makes it look fuller without you having to put in much effort. This is also a gentler method than pulling your hair back too tightly, which can actually cause hair loss if you consistently wear your hair in a pulled-back style. An added tip for this hairstyle, and if you have long hair in general, is to take sufficient amounts of biotin, which is important for keeping hair healthy and lively.
12. Simple Twist
A simple twist is an elegant and versatile solution for long hair, and especially hair that is dried out and damaged. With a simple twist, you can simply start with a low, loose French braid that is then pinned up into the rest of your hair. This hairstyle is not as hard on your locks as a traditional tight braid, but it still gives your hair the elegance and sophistication of a braided look.
13. Crown Braids
Many of the most glamorous updo hairstyles involve braids. For a modern take on hairstyle that dates back many years, try crown braids the next time you are attending an outing. Crown braids wrap around the crown of your head. They can be worn alone for a simple but polished look, or they can be accented with hair accessories for a truly beautiful and glamorous look. This style is a Swiss-inspired hairdo that is making a resurgence in Hollywood today.
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.