Mastering the art
of hair updos

You don’t need a special occasion to rock a hair updo. From weddings to workdays, neck-flaunting tresses can be as relaxed or as polished as you want them to be.

Swept-up styles are truly versatile. Modern hair updos have evolved into an array of looks that can be flaunted everywhere from engagement parties to brunch dates. Runways are awash with contemporary braided buns, polished ponytails and wispy elevated curls – all of which can be effortlessly recreated on your own tresses.

Reinvent your locks by nailing the art of updo hairstyles. Each is perfect for expressing individual style, allowing you to create a new personalised trend, no matter the occasion.

Sleek Pony

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Sleek pony

This slinky ponytail glimmers in the sunlight and gleams in the club, making it the ideal hair updo come day or night. Simple yet effective, it keep your locks off your neck and injects serious style points into any look. For extra texture, take note of the runways and add super-skinny micro braids to your ponytail.

Tip: Keep your pony poker-straight by spritzing ghd straight & smooth spray onto damp hair before styling.

Double Braided Bun

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Double braided bun

Blend a halo braid with a beautiful bun for this luxurious hair updo that’s anything but elaborate to recreate. Add romance by leaving a veil of ethereal tresses around the hairline, then tease the braid with your fingers for relaxed beauty.

Tip: Give your locks a scented sheen and prevent flyaways with a spritz of ghd final shine spray

Tousled Bun

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Tousled bun

Runway hair is all about looking polished but undone – like this ultra-chic low bun. To get the perfectly imperfect texture, apply two to four pumps of ghd total volume foam to your tresses and blow-dry before styling. Forget neat styles and enjoy the beachy ‘woke-up-like-this’ look of this relaxed hair updo.

Tip: Add a bow accessory to your loose knot for carefree femininity. 

Braided Updo

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Braided updo

It’s a chignon, but not as you know it. Backstage stylists are making braided hair updos their go-to looks for modern updates on classic styles. This one is no different – with supercharged roots and a soft braid styled into a bun, it’s a charming look for both special occasions and off-duty glam.

Tip: An embellished headband never fails to delight when it comes to wedding-ready updo hairstyles. Add one to yours for instant glamour.

Ballet Bun

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Ballet bun

Immaculate and oh-so-sleek, the ballet bun is a classic hair updo that works just as well on a sun-drenched city break as it does your best friend’s wedding. Whether worn at the top of the head or at the nape of the neck, it’s become a fashion favourite thanks to its chic versatility. Make sure your hair is beautifully styled by brushing it into your bun with the smoothing ghd oval brush. Flatten any loose strands with ghd final fix spray for a sleek finish.

Tip: Add a deep parting and slicked-back strands to give this look a refined and sophisticated feel.

Wavy Pony

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Wavy pony

With a mini bouffant and glossy Hollywood waves, this amped-up ponytail is the ideal hair updo to achieve maximum volume. Leave face-framing tendrils loose at the hairline for a more relaxed look and use your own hair as an accessory by wrapping a strand around your pony.

Tip: Pair with a feline flick on the eyes for an ultra-glam finish. 

Romantic Twist

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Romantic twist

Give hair updos a refresh and opt for a feminine twisted look that adds new shapes to a classic chignon. With delicate strands elegantly framing your face, this ethereal style is modern romance at its finest. Prep your locks with ghd curl hold spray to create a covetable texture that lasts.

Tip: Once styled, tease the braid with your fingertips for a more undone finish.

Pull-Through Braid

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Pull-through braid

Chunky braids are taking over the world of street style, but you don’t need to be a master braider for this flawless look. It’s a simple case of tying ponytails together and pulling each one you create through the previous one. Once in your style arsenal, you can use it to create faux hawks and an array of updo hairstyles that are sure to turn heads.

Tip: Give your faux braids a boost by tipping your head upside down and blasting with ghd root lift spray before styling.

Elegant Chignon

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Elegant chignon

Modern updo hairstyles convey just the right mix of pulled-together luxe and effortless chic. A low-slung chignon is just the style for this formula – wear it polished or loosen up your locks for a more natural look.

Tip: Layer-up with multiple embellishments for a quirky approach to this classic style.

Textured Updo

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Textured updo

This messy style perfectly toes the line between party hair updo and off-duty glam. With a voluminous bun and boho-style braid, it can be paired with everything from a t-shirt and jeans to a ravishing LBD. 

Updo hairstyles are universally flattering and work on all kinds of hair lengths and types - rock an imperfect knot, flaunt a chunky braided bun combo, or throw your hair into a glamorous pony. Whatever the occasion, sweep your locks off your shoulders and master these sensational hair updos.




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