mid-length hair updos to inspire your next look

Updos for shoulder-length hair are all about owning and enhancing your cut. Experiment with these hot hair-up styles and inspire your next look.

Mid-length locks are always in style. Gently grazing your shoulders, the beauty of this hair length is it’s effortless to maintain and there’s so much room for experimentation. With versatility on your side, unlock a world of chic mid-length hair updos.  

Rather than letting your locks flow freely, take your tresses up. Exude feminine style with a classic twist, let waves tumble from a cascading ponytail or embellish a bun with a dose of double braids.  

Inspire your next look with these updos for mid-length hair, proving you don’t need long locks to flaunt a swept-up hairdo.

Double braided bun

Embellish a simple bun with two intricate French braids for a style with maximum impact. As the double weaves finish at your crown, this look is absolutely made for mid-length hair. Plait your way to updo perfection with these simple steps:

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step 1: 
Create a centre parting to divide the hair into two sections.   

step 2: 
On the left half, take a 3-inch piece of hair from the front of your hairline. Divide it into three equal sections.   

step 3: 
Create your braid by taking the right section and pulling it across the middle section. Then cross the left section over the middle section.   

step 4:  
Continue to repeat step 3, taking extra hair and adding it in as you braid.   

step 5: 
Once you reach the crown, secure the braid with a hair tie, leaving the ends loose.   

step 6: 
Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 on the right half of hair.   

step 7: 
Once you have two braids, take their loose ends and any remaining hair, wrapping them all together to create a bun. Secure with a hair tie.  

Tousled topknot

The topknot is a fashion favourite thanks to its edgy style. Add a romantic vibe by pairing your updo with a delicate headband or flower hair tie. If you’re ready to take on the trend, follow our easy guide:

step 1: 
Pull your hair back into a high ponytail near the top of your head. Secure with a hair tie.   

step 2: 
Wrap the lengths of the ponytail around the hair tie to form a topknot shape.   

step 3: 
Pin the loose ends around the bun to secure in place  

step 4: 
Play with the knot, gently tousling and teasing it to get that undone effect. 

Wavy ponytail 

Break out your curling tong and elevate the ponytail to a new level. Gorgeous deep waves easily ramp up this simple hairstyle. Achieve this textured updo in just five simple steps

step 1: 
Create a deep side parting.  

step 2: 
For glamorous waves, take a 2-inch section of hair and flat-wrap around the ghd curve® soft curl tong.  

step 3: 
Repeat step 2 until all the desired hair has been curled.   

step 4: 
Form your waves by softly brushing through the curls using a ghd paddle brush.   

step 5: 
Once you’ve got a full head of waves, pull your hair back into a mid-height ponytail. Secure with a hair tie.  

Tip: Loosen waves at the front of your parting to softly frame your face.

Fishtail updo

The ultra-luxe fishtail plait gets a romantic makeover with this elaborate updo. Two braids are twisted to form a bun, guaranteeing a look that’ll grab attention.

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step 1: 
Create a deep parting to one side of your head.   

step 2: 
On the heavy side of your parting, take a 3-inch section of hair from the front and divide into two equal sections.  

step 3:  
Take a half-inch piece of hair from the outside of the left section and pull it across the top of the left section and over into the right section.   

step 4: 
Take a half-inch piece of hair from the outside of the right section and pull it across the top of the right section and over into the left section.   

step 5: 
Repeat steps 3 and 4 alternately, adding more hair as you braid until you reach your ear. Then continue to fishtail braid all the way until the ends and secure with a hair tie.   

step 6: 
Take your remaining hair on the other side and create another loose fishtail plait down your back in the same way. Secure with a hair tie.   

step 7: 
Now you should have two fishtail braids. Pick up the thicker one and coil it up and around itself to form a bun shape, incorporating any leftover hair as required. Secure in place with hair pins.   

step 8: 
Take the smaller fishtail plait and wrap it over and around the bun. Pin into place.  

Braided twisted buns

Blend braids and twists to create an elegant hair-up style. Keeping your plaited buns low makes this updo easier to wear on mid-length tresses. Create the look in effortless fashion using this simple step-by-step guide:

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step 1: 
Sweep all your hair over your shoulders and divide into three equal sections.   

step 2: 
Starting at the nape of your neck, plait the left section in a classic three strand style. Secure with a hair tie.   

step 3: 
Repeat step 2 on the remaining two sections. Once complete, you should have three braids.

step 4: 
Take the left braid and twist it around itself to form a small bun. Secure in place with hair pins.

step 5: 
Repeat step 4 on the two remaining plaits.  

Twist in braided style, plait into a bun or tease into a topknot. Whichever style you choose, these updos for mid-length hair will transform the way you rock your cut.

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