The Editors
Updated on January 26, 2021

Long locks can get redundant quickly, but with these stylish easy updos for long hair you can enjoy plenty of creative ways to rock your long tresses both on ordinary days and special occasions.

Pretty and Easy Updos for Long Hair

Oftentimes we are in search of quick and easy ideas. We are in a constant hurry and need the simplest recipes, the shortest videos, the fastest delivery. That’s why all those lists of genius beauty tips and tricks are among our favorites too. Keep reading, if you hate styling your hair for too long – save your time, efforts and nerves. These hairstyles are extremely easy, but look fabulous. No professional hairstylist needed!

1. Loose Braid and Chignon

A chignon is a classic choice for a formal or professional event. But if you’re looking to change up the quintessential hairdo, try adding texture. A loose braid and wavy side bangs bring ease and versatility to the low bun.

Messy Low Bun With A Braid

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2. Large Messy Bun

An updo hairstyle for long hair is a stylish way to tame your tresses. The extra length translates into beautiful volume. This is especially true with buns, which look full and elegant. Strategic messiness will further enhance the fullness and textural allure of the coif.

Low Twisted Bun For Long Hair

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3. Elegant Updo with a Barrette

Taking your updo from average to amazing is as easy as teasing roots, twisting the length of the hair, pinning it in place and finishing with a delicate hair piece. Opt for an accessory with jewels to bring luster to your hairstyle. The bun on its own is casual enough to wear everyday, but the embellishment makes your hairstyle ready for special occasions.

Messy Twisted Chignon Updo

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4. Voluminous Balayage Updo

Long tresses make for the best and the most voluminous buns. For a more refined finish to your messy bun, let the sides swoop down a bit and add a slight curl to your face-framing layers. It’s a look that will effortlessly transition from a busy day at work to a fun night out.

5. Two Braids and Ponytail

When it comes to easy updos for long hair, braids and a low ponytail is a quick style that looks a bit more complicated than it actually is. Thick and lengthy tresses can be plaited into some fabulous chunky Dutch braids. Then, the ponytail dials up the hairstyle’s sporty appeal. Go for bold colors to make the simple style unique.

Two Dutch Braids Into Low Ponytail

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6. Braided and Rolled Updo

Wispy braids incorporated into a colorful updo will enhance its ethereal and romantic flair, as shown by the example of the lavender-and-silver coif below. Having your locks tucked away instantly makes your look put together, while giving it a refined finish even if it’s messy in texture.

Messy Low Roll And Braid Updo

Instagram / @chitabeseau

7. Swirled Bun with a Fishtail

Top knots and loose twisted buns are every lazy-girl’s go-to. And, there isn’t anything wrong with that. But if you want to turn your updo into a statement, use a fishtail braid at the back for a healthy dose of visual and textural interest. Plus, the highlights of balayage hair woven through the braid are simply stunning in such hairstyles!

Fishtail Braid Into Bun Updo

Instagram / @goldplaited_

8. Low Braided Bun

A common annoyance of updos for long hair is strands falling out of your neat and tidy bun, despite how many bobby pins you use. One way to combat that, while also elevating your style, is to braid your hair first, then wrap it into a bun. The plait will help to keep all your tresses together when it is wrapped into a bun. It will also give some gorgeous texture to your hairdo.

Braided Bun Updo For Long Hair

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9. Soft Low Rolled Chignon

Updos can be very sleek, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from volume. Tease the roots for the maximum lift. This creates effortless beauty, that’s perfect for those days when you need to dress up a little…or a lot.

10. Wavy Low Ponytail

If you love your wavy hair, show it off with a ponytail-but not just any ponytail. Elevate yours by wrapping a medium-sized chunk of hair around the base to create a sleek look. A little bit of swooping at the sides will finish the updo with elegance.

Low Wrapped Ponytail

Instagram / @_hairbygabrielle

11. Fishtail Halo Braid and Bun

If you want an easy updo, don’t think it has to be simple or a bore. Wrap a braid around the crown of your head and pull your hair into a bun. It creates a style that is effortless and elegant in equal measure.

Low Bun With A Crown Fishtail

Instagram / @circlesofhair

12. Messy Braided Updo

Go boho with messy braids winding across the back of your head. The multi-sized plaits will beautifully spotlight your ombre or balayage. The addition of pastel colors makes the updo a festival-ready choice.

Snake Braid Updo For Long Hair

Instagram / @braidstudio

13. Side Fishtail Braid

Exuding romantic vibes, braids are always a cute go-to for extra long hair. The fishtail braid has enough of visual intrigue, tames unruly tresses, and also shows off your length. An ombre is a nice color solution to dial up the look’s dimension.

Fishtail For Long Hair

Instagram / @nicoledrege

14. Careless-Looking Top Knot

A top knot is the easy hairstyle for long hair that we can’t help loving. If you’re on the go, all you can do quickly is toss your hair up in a bun. Just like that, your hair is out of your way. The quick hairdo gives you instant cool-girl vibes. Plus, it spotlights all the beautiful shades of your balayage.

15. Sloppy Fishtail Updo

Braids can be super casual, but they also have the transformative power to make your long tresses polished and refined. Try a fishtail braid that follows along just one side of the head, and pull it back into a loose chignon. It creates an updo that is full of body and texture.

16. Lilac Half-Down Updo

If ponytails are getting too stale for you, try this half-down hairstyle. It still lets you show off your back-skimming tresses, but the intricate updo adds a dose of glamor. Piecey pastel highlights throughout are a feminine finish.

Messy Bun And Ponytail Hairstyle

Instagram / @dawnbradleyhair

17. Chunky Halo Braid

For an easy long hair updo, do a chunky halo braid around the crown of your head. Boost its dramatic effect by pulling at the pieces of the plait to fan it out. Leave thin sections at the front to enhance the messy feel. This is an angelic coif that’ll look good any- and everywhere, from concerts to class to formal affairs.

Messy Headband Braid Updo

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18. Intricate Bun and Ponytail Updo

More is more; is that so wrong? Team a wispy bun with a wavy ponytail for a cool half up hairstyle that’s suitable for your next special occasion. Add even more pizzazz to your bun with a jewel-encrusted barrette. The hair piece brings in an element of vintage glamor that makes your updo simply stunning.

Half Up Bun And Ponytail Updo

Instagram / @chrisweberhair

19. Voluminous Low Bun

Whether you’re a bride or attending a gala, updos are an elegant option. Many people turn to extensions and hairpieces for added volume and length. But with your extra long hair, that isn’t necessary. You will naturally have ample fullness for a stunning twisted bun that you may make smooth and polished or careless and messy.

Twisted Messy Bun For Long Hair

Instagram / @goldplaited_

20. Sleek Nape Bun

Want to keep your long hair updo streamlined and modern? Not a problem. This chic style shows a minimalistic bun with a wrap, ready for a catwalk, red carpet or wedding.

Formal Chignon Updo

Instagram / @jenniekaybeauty

21. Easy Pretzel Chignon

If you have fine hair, this is an exceptionally great one to try. Just part your hair to one side, tease your locks, going back at the crown and then smooth the top layers. Twist to the side and pin. Loop the rest of the hair into a pretzel shape and pin again. The best part of this updo is it will come out looking a bit different each and every time you do it.

22. Triple Stacked Bun

This updo looks complex, but it’s actually very quick and simple. Start by brushing all hair straight back. Then pull the hair into three ponys – first a standard halfway pulled-back pony, then another one beneath that, and then a third one. So, all hair is pulled into one of the three ponytails. Then twist each pony around your finger and secure with hairpins. Spray with hairspray and you’re done!

23. Ballerina Bun with Braids

For this style, simply brush your hair straight back and braid a few key sections. You can place the braids anywhere you want to! Then, pull your locks all up into a simple pony, braid it, wrap into a bun and secure with hairpins. If some strands fall out, no worries–casual is pretty.

24. Dutch Braid Crown

This is a great updo for second day hair. Braid an inside out French braid (also known as a Dutch braid) along the hairline. Tie off the ends and pin the braid so it truly does resemble a crown. Tie your remaining strands into a ponytail and then fluff it up. Twist it as a loose messy bun and pin for a finished look.

25. Rolled Low Chignon

Gather your hair into a low ponytail and then pull the elastic down towards the shoulderblades. Flip the end of the hair up and roll them up to the nape of the neck. Pin in place, and secure the sides as well if necessary.

26. Three-Minute High Bun

Accomplish the world’s most simple bun in just three minutes. Pull your hair into a high ponytail, looping the final loop only halfway through. Wrap the ends around the base. Pull the bun in different directions to give that adorable “poof” and then wrap the ends around and pin. Bam! You’re done and out the door in minutes.

27. Soft Wavy Tuck

Perfect for hair that’s much longer than the shoulder length, this soft curly updo looks feminine and romantic. Try it for a first date or a Sunday morning. Add a hair embellishment for an extra shot of sophistication.

28. Double Knot Ponytail

Pretty enough for a wedding day and simple enough for a day at the office, the double knot ponytail is much easier than it looks. Simply divide your locks into two different sections, twist them and literally tie a knot twice. That’s it – you’re done!

29. Messy Mahogany Updo

This messy updo is the epitome of today’s trendy hair. Messy yet purposefully curly-haired girls will rock this style, which leaves plenty of space for strands to flow free.

30. Easy Headband Tuck Updo

Sometimes hair embellishments go a long way – like in this hairstyle that includes a chunk hairband. This is a perfect ‘do for warm summer days, music festivals, or just because.

Updos don’t have to be difficult, and if you have taken the time to grow out long, healthy hair, you deserve some new, unique styles to try. Get over the mental block that causes many to fear styling long hair in out-of-the-ordinary ways, and get ready to enjoy plenty of compliments from others when they see your new fancy styles.

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