125 Elegant and Gorgeous Updos For Long Hair That Will Rock Your Next Event


If you are looking for elegance and class this year, a style that is going to be memorable for your big day, then you have come to the right place. We have a ton of updo styles that are going to take your breath away. Whether you are looking for a wedding style or a prom look, we have exactly what you are looking for.

When it comes to a wedding or your prom, an updo is the go-to style for events. The perfect updo can make your event truly memorable. You can walk into the room confident with your head held high knowing that you look spectacular. We have so many different styles that it will be easy for you to find something you like. We have polished updos, messy updos, updos with braid and even casual updos. We have style for thick hair and thin hair and everything in between.

In order to create an updo, you need to have long hair. If you have an event coming up, it would be best to refrain from cutting off your hair. We have a ton of options for you that will inspire you and help you to choose a style that is totally awesome. Check out these Elegant and Gorgeous Updos For Long Hair That Will Rock Your Next Event:

Awesome Looks

This curly updo looks like a crown in the making. If you want something that is elegant and even medieval, then follow this tutorial.

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A Modern Beehive

This style is a work of art and you will feel that way when you walk into the room. Try it out for yourself and you will see what we mean. It’s elegant and well put together.

Soft and Braided

This is a softer and looser style and one that you are sure to love. There are tiny braids woven into it which complete the look.

Fishtail Braids

Another crown type style but this one is made with a fishtail braid. It’s loose which gives it a more romantic style.

Infinity Circle

Now, this is sure to be a style that has the room talking. It’s unique and special and it’s sure to give you a night to remember.

Kickass Braids

At first glance at this updo, you may think that it’s too complicated but when we start breaking down the parts of the tutorial, we see that it’s a masterful updo created from just three braids.

Simple Styles

This is a messier crown style but it looks amazing on Jennifer Lawrence.

Cool Buns

This is a very simple bun and Jennifer Lopez is wearing it on the red carpet but it could easily be worn casually as well.

Simple Braids

This is a very simple style that would only take minutes to create. In four steps, starting from a basic braid, you can create a style that you can wear for work and play. It’s an amazing style that you are sure to love.

Gorgeous Curls

We have a combination of curls and a fishtail braid and it’s a stunning style. You could even just leave the braid alone or pull it up in a bun like in this photo. It’s a wonderful style that you are sure to love.

Fun Updos

This is a very polished crown style that is created with two braids. You can see in these simple steps that it’s easy to create a fun updo right in the comfort of your home.

Romantic Styles

This is a popular style because it’s the kind of thing you would expect to see at a wedding either for the bride or the bridesmaids. We love the style because it’s special.

Romantic Updos

This is a full updo that has some simple braiding through it but it creates a style that is almost magical.

How To Choose The Right Updo For Your Face Shape

We’re not saying that you can’t just choose an updo that you love. But it doesn’t hurt to keep in mind that some updos look better on someone because of the shape of their face.

We all want to turn heads when we go to an event, whether it’s your prom, your wedding or another fancy event. In order to do so, you might want to choose a style that is flattering for the shape of your face. It’s not hard to choose a style as long as you follow some basic rules. These are things to keep in mind:

Updos For An Oval Face

If you have an oval face, it’s the most ideal face shape to have because all the parts of the shape are perfectly placed. The best part is that any type of hairstyle looks good with this type of face shape which makes you really lucky. If you really want to highlight your face in the best way, then pull your hair back away from your face and choose an updo with a bun.

Updos For A Round Face

If you have a round face, then you want to take attention away from your ears and cheeks. The purpose behind this is to avoid making your face look wider than it is. Styles to choose would be a high ponytail near the crown of the head or even a bun style. These types of styles will elongate your face by drawing attention upwards.

Updos For A Heart Shaped Face

If you have a heart-shaped face, then you probably have a broad forehead while the rest of your face will taper down from the cheeks and jawline all the way to the chin. The lower part of the face is smaller than the upper part of the face. You want to draw attention to the lower part of your face when you are choosing an updo. Partial updos are really great for this type of face shape as well as half ponytails. With a partial updo, the hair at the crown would be pulled back while the rest of the hair would settle around the shoulders.

Updos For A Pear Shaped Face

The pear shaped face is the opposite of the heart-shaped face. In this case, the upper part of the face is smaller than the lower part of the face. The jaw-line would be wider and the forehead would be smaller. The idea is that you want the emphasis to be placed on the upper half of your face. If you position a chignon near the crown of the head it would be a good choice for you. Messy buns are also a great choice because the loose locks would frame the face nicely.

Updos For A Square Face

A square face can be a little harder to work around because you are trying to find a style that works with a broad forehead as well as a strong jawline. But don’t fret, there is a way around it and that usually involves having a style that involves curls. It doesn’t matter if the curls are loose or tight, they will do the trick. The curls will likely frame the face and the jawline so you will be good to go.

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Partial Styles

This is an adorable style that starts in as a cute partial but it isn’t long before it goes up completely. If you have any vintage style events or outfits, this would be a great choice for it.

Curly Hair Braid

If you need to tame your curls for a night out, then this would be a great way to do it. The style is simple and as you can see with the tutorial, it’s also very easy to achieve as well. You can have your hair compacted in a more polished style.

Picking The Best Style

When it comes to choosing a style for your event you need to know what look you are going for. It’s it romantic, sexy, trendy, vintage, the sky is the limit for the different styles that you can have. When you go to the salon to get your hair done, you want to have some idea of what you are looking for. You want a style that is going to look good and make you feel confident all night long. We have some tips that will help you to decide what the best style for you is.

Where Should The Updo Be Placed?

There are a couple of options to keep in mind when choosing an updo. You can have the updo in the middle of your head or off to one side. Again, this is a decision that can change up your style completely. Side updos always appear to be flirtier and more fun, especially with braids. A middle updo is more elegant and formal. If you like things to be symmetrical, then it’s always best to put the updo in the middle.

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What’s Your Style?

Figure out what style you are going for that evening. It also helps to have your outfit or dress picked out already as well. That will certainly help in determining what style you are going with. If you are in a bridal party, then your bride probably knows the theme she is going with and that will help you choose and updo as well. You may not know fully what you want but you should be able to determine whether you want it loose or tight or whether you want your ears showing or not.

Do You Want There To Be Curls Involved?

Curls can add a lot of volume to your hair but so can teasing it. If volume is all you want you don’t have to necessarily go with curls. Sometimes a stylist will use actual curls twisted back to create the volume that you are looking for but it can also be time-consuming. You can achieve lift from just teasing the hair but there is a huge difference between curl texture and an actual curl. If done well, curl texture will look just as good as having curls.

Will Your Updo Work With The Weather?

You may be thinking that curls would be the perfect look for a summer wedding but if your hair is the type that drops curls in the heat then you could end up with a less than desirable hairstyle. Sometimes it’s important to take the weather into consideration. We may not always know the weather because it can be unpredictable but we can usually bet that in summer it’s going to be warm. If there is rain in the forecast you might want to prepare for that as well. Your stylist will also be able to help you brainstorm on good ideas depending on the season.

Tight Braids

This is a gorgeous style because it starts off with super tight braids and then it turns into cascading curls. It’s a stunning style that is sure to draw the eye wherever you go.

Singlet Braids

This may just be one braid but it’s not your average everyday braid. If you like to draw attention to your style, then this would be a great choice for you. It’s a style that you could not only wear to a formal event but you can wear it for every day as well.

Keep In Mind The Neckline Of Your Dress

When you are choosing a hairstyle, you should always keep in mind what the neckline of your dress looks like. Your hairstyle should complement your dress. If you are wearing a one-shoulder dress than having your hair down might not be the best option. A better option would be to have the hair pulled up and off to the side that is bare. A partial updo would also be cool with a strapless dress or a one-shoulder dress. Be even bolder and have all your hair pulled up with a strapless dress.

Are You Looking For A High Or Low Updo?

These questions really matter because there is a difference between a high and a low updo. Depending on what one you choose, it will completely change your whole look. Your stylist can also help you to decide on what one would be better. She could show you what they would both look like and you can decide from there. If you are looking to create volume, then the sweet spot would be under the occipital bone. That’s the bump on the back of your head and if you place your updo there you will not only create more volume but your whole style will flow better.

What Kind of Jewelry Are You Wearing?

You should consider the type of jewelry that you are going to wear as well. If you have a spectacular necklace, then you probably want to show it off. So sweep the hair back off your shoulders and show off what you got.

So You Want To Have A Part

Your part actually makes a difference when it comes to choosing a style. If you want your part to stay where it is whether it’s a center part or whether it’s dramatically off to the side, then you need to let your stylist know that so there isn’t any confusion. Show your stylist how you want your hair to be in the front. You want to be happy with the style that you end up with.

Backward Braids

These backward braids are more popular than ever now and it would be an edgy addition for your next event. If you want something different and a little less polished, then you can’t go wrong with this style.

High Ponytail

This gorgeous style is sure to turn heads wherever you go. This is a really low-maintenance style and one that you are really going to love. Once you have this style in place you can keep it that way for a couple of months before taking it out. So wear it to prom and then keep it in until summertime. It’s the perfect style.

Side Braids

This is another tight style that is unique. If you are worried about the weather, then this is the kind of style that wouldn’t be disturbed by the weather at all.

Double Buns

This would be a fun and flirty style to try out for your event. We would recommend doing it with a strapless dress. These buns are large because she has so much hair so depending on your hair length, yours may be different. It’s a cool look that will definitely have people talking and you’ll end up with more compliments than you know what to do with.

Elegant Looks

This style is not only elegant but the side braids gives off an edgy vibe as well. This is the kind of style that demands attention.


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