The 16 Updo Hairstyle Ideas To Wear To Your Next Fancy Party (2024)

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There's a variation of the classic updo for all of us—even those of us who cringe at the word updo. Having your hair pulled up doesn't have to mean stiff and shellacked. So if you're looking for an easy hairstyle for your next wedding, birthday, or other fancy occasion on your social calendar, click through to see our favorite celeb-inspired updo looks.

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Side Parted

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Hairstylist Marissa Marino pulled Selena Gomez's hair into a low bun and secured it with a single rhinestone clip. Her face-framing layers were parted deep to one side to create a heavy bang moment.

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Love Story

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Keep an updo relaxed and fun by leaving front layers down and gathering hair in a loose and braided bun.

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Go Crazy For Curls

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We love this easy and effortless-looking curly updo as seen here on Issa Rae. Wrap a braid at the top of the gathered curls for a nice subtle detail.

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Slicked Back

For something really refined and chic, slick hair all the way back into a tight bun with a strong center part. We especially love the little bows that Ashley Graham wore to the Oscars— it's an unexpected touch of fun.

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Twist It Up

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A retro-inspired twist hairstyle looks fresh when hair isn't too shiny—there should be a matte and fuzzy texture.

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Wavy Updo

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A wavy updo adds softness and a romantic touch to any updo (bonus points if it's your natural hair texture). Finish off the look with an intricate headband like Chloe Sevigny.

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Royal Bun

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The perfect hairstyle under any chic hat or hair accessory is a center-parted and low coiled or braided chignon.

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Romantic Details

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A loose bun with a few front pieces left down make for a sweet romantic look. Pair with a beaded headband like Gemma Chan.

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Wispy Bun Head

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An updo doesn't always call for something tight and perfect. Loosen it up and have a few pieces fall out here and there for a more relaxed look.

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Retro Glam

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Lady Gaga's Old Hollywood updo serves drama and volume in the best way possible. You'll need a lot of hairspray to wear this look all night.

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Soft Tendrils

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Wispy tendrils that start near your ears—not your hairline—add softness to any classic updo.

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Play The Part

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Part your hair to one side before slicking it back into a tight updo like Lili Reinhart.

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Messy Top Knot

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Show off some curls and let your bangs hang loose up front like Sandra Oh in this updo look. Tie the rest in the back in a top knot to keep unnecessary strands out of your face.

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Mermaid Bun

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Take a mermaid braid and wrap it around your head like a crown; you'll be giving off modern goddess vibes that everyone will obsess over.

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Pineapple Hair

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Gather all your curls at the top of your head like Yara Shahidi for an easy updo that works for all occasions.

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Bow Crazy

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"Maisie was wearing a navy, layered Miu Miu dress with black details and bows. Maisie has always been my most playful and outgoing client," says celebrity hairstylist Ryan Richman. "She never plays it safe and always wants to try something different. She originally came to me with the idea of doing a Brigitte Bardot updo."

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