If you have medium length hair, you may feel frustrated at the lack of updo styles you can do. You may feel that you have to have long hair to have the perfect updo. We’re here to tell you that is simply not true! There are many beautiful updos for women with medium length hair that are perfect for formal events or just going out and about on a hot summer day.
The Best Updos for Your Medium Length Hair
- Knots – Knots can be worn as a trendy messy style with the right amount of teasing and loose strands.
- Braids – Braids can be intricate or simple, depending on what you’re going for. It may not be the first style you think of when you want an updo, but you can get very creative with it!
- Buns – This is probably the easiest updo someone with medium length hair can do. Pull your hair back and wrap it tightly into a bun.
- Multi-Component Styles – Combine two or three of the updo styles mentioned above for the best multi-component updo. Get creative and be bold with your updo style.
Fringe Bangs with a Low Bun
Blend in your fringe bangs with a low bun to make your updo look elegant with a little bit of texture. These few pieces are great if you’re looking to frame your face.
Get some serious volume with this bouffant updo. Leave some strands to frame your face and give the updo a messy look.
A Fancy Roll
This messy rolled updo looks fantastic with some chunky highlights. They give it great dimension and make the rolls and curls more defined.
Low and Loose Bun
This elegant updo is perfect for formal occasions such as a wedding. It’s a great way to tame your locks and keep them all in one place.
This look is unique and super cute. The asymmetrical style is easy to achieve and perfect for those women who don’t want a structured hairstyle. This tousled look is great for any occasion!
The detail in this formal updo makes it really standout in a crowd. The intricate loops and curls are intriguing and absolutely beautiful. Leave a few curled strands around the face.
This disheveled look is just glamorous! The French-inspired bun is easy to achieve and looks great with a little frizz. Don’t worry about keeping your hair in place with this updo!
The Low Twist
This minimalist approach is perfect for women with medium length hair. It’s still intricate and beautiful, but also simple. You’ll catch everyone’s eye with this updo!
This updo is a little more casual and can be worn almost anywhere. This chunky French braid is absolutely gorgeous!
This updo is all about the texture and tousle. This messy look is great for both hanging out and special occasions.
These elegant bun hairstyles are perfect for the minimalist. They don’t draw too much attention, but are gorgeous anyway!
Messy Pinned Updo
This is the perfect updo if you have a bob haircut. Use a barrel curling iron to add some curls to your hair. Then roll them upwards and fasten with a bobby pin. Leave some strands to fall around your face.
Braid to Chignon Updo
Try this hybrid hairstyle if you’re into braids and buns. This updo combines both! The great thing about this updo is that it isn’t meant to be perfect. It looks best with a few flyaway hairs.
Loose Braided Bun
This is another braid-bun hybrid updo. This hairstyle turns a fishtail braid into a cute low bun. It’s great for weddings!
Halo braids are so in right now! This fishtail braid circles your head and will make you look like a princess straight out of a fairytale.
This look is actually much easier to achieve than it looks. Tease the crown to increase volume and pull half of your hair up. Curl the hair and pin the curls up.
This cute updo is fashionable at any event. Its curls make it extra classy and flatter the shape of your face. Highlights and lowlights give the look great dimension too.
Every girl deserves to feel like a princess, so why not make yourself a crown with this twisted updo? With two French twists joined in the middle and secured with bobby pins, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
Low Braided Bun
To achieve this medium length updo, create a small braid and wrap it into a low bun. It’s okay to leave some strands out of the bun to give it a tousled look.
This youthful updo is adorable and great to wear if you’re going to prom. It’s simple enough that it won’t take away any attention from your gown. To keep the updo from looking stiff, keep a few loose strands flowing.
Loose and Messy
These messy updos are perfect if you’re running errands or grabbing brunch with the girls. They’re easy to do and look fantastic.
This traditional French roll updo is perfect for women who are always on the run. It’s super easy and can be done in less than 10 minutes! You’ll always look great, no matter where you are running to next.
Messy French Braid Bun
This look is perfect if you have bangs. It keeps your look flowing from the front to the back! This loose French braid is flirty and romantic.
This hairdo is all about the volume. With a chignon, you can elevate your locks with the help of some teasing and texture. Wrap up your hair at the bottom into a messy bun.
Twisted and Tied Updo
This intricate updo is full of knotting and weaving. It looks difficult, but is actually pretty easy! All you need is to pin a few twists up and you’re good to go!
This big barrel swirl is great for special occasions. It’ll keep your hair up and off your neck all night long as you break it down on a dance floor.
Loose Curls Updo
Updos were meant for experimentation. Create big loose curls and pin them up in a half up, half down hairstyle. You’ll look fabulous!
The Messy Twist and Tuck
This gorgeous chignon hairstyle is refined and romantic. Your hair is pulled back in gorgeous twists, rolled up, and secured with a decorative brooch.
Low Wavy Bun
This easy hairstyle gathers all of your hair back into a low, wavy bun to keep it out of your face and eyes. It’s super easy to do, but looks glamorous!
To make this hairstyle look extra elegant, add some sparkly accessories such as barrettes to your hair. The simple low twists are sophisticated and cute.
French Braid Bun
This updo takes a high French braid and ends with the hair in a low bun. It’s sophisticated and unique, perfect for a day at the office.
This timeless updo goes well with all face shapes. Give your hair some extra lift by teasing it at the crown. Leave a few loose strands around your face and give them a slight curl.
This simple updo may seem juvenile, but you can modernize it by keeping the bun loose and your hair wavy. No need to have a tight controlled bun!
You can literally wear this messy updo anywhere. From running errands to a semi-formal event, it looks great in any setting.
This low maintenance look is just what you’ve been looking for if you have medium length hair. It’s quick and super easy to achieve, which means you have more time to enjoy your day!
Low Elegant Chignon
This elegant chignon is the definition of chic! The added messy texture modernizes this classic updo so you can wear it to many different occasions.
You’ll like a character straight out of Pride and Prejudice with one of these curly hairstyles. They are perfect for any formal event such as a wedding. Try adding a barrette or pin to kick it up a notch.
Vintage Updo with Bling
If you’re going to a roaring 20’s era party, this vintage updo is exactly what you need; or if you just want to show off your old soul. Add some extra bling to it and you’ll be the center of attention.
Twisted Low Bun
Don’t settle for a typical low bun or chignon. Instead, go with this unique twisted low bun! Hide a sparkly pin to give your hair some extra bling and sparkle.
Looking for an easy, yet elegant, updo? You’ve just found it! Pull your hair together as if you are putting it in a low ponytail. Rather than tying it with a hairband, roll it into a large chignon. Top it off with a small twist above the roll and a sparkly clip.
Bun with Side Twists
Don’t forget about the sides when putting your hair up! This gorgeous updo has a large, beautiful twist on the side, which wraps nicely into a large messy bun in the back. You’ll definitely need some hairspray to make sure this style lasts all day long.
Low Braided Side Bun
These asymmetrical updos are absolutely stunning! They add the perfect amount of texture to keep your hair interesting. These intricate designs will certainly attract some compliments.
This side bun resembles a beautiful blooming rose. How prettier can an updo get? This can be worn to formal occasions or just around the office.
The Pin Up
Pin up the ends of your hair for this simple updo. This style works best with hair that has two contrasting colors as pictured above. It adds dimension and really shows off the different pinned strands.
Low Curly Bouffant
Pin curled pieces of hair for a low updo to make your hair look fuller and longer, especially if you have medium length hair. This look will make you look like you have much more hair than you actually do!
Running late to a meeting or the office? This easy updo takes just minutes to do. All you have to do is roll your hair up and pin! It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Half Up, Half Down with Braids
These half updos are perfect for girls who don’t want to put all of their hair up. Make this simple style fancier with added braids and twists.
Messy French Roll
This sleek French roll is both beautiful and casual. You can achieve this look with just a few bobby pins in less than five minutes!
Vintage Pin Ups
You can never go wrong with vintage looks. Finger waves are the one feature you need for a retro Hollywood style. Don’t be afraid to get creative with it!
Textured French Roll
Soften the elegance of a French roll with some texture. It looks much more modern and casual when there are wisps of hair coming out of the classic roll.
Low Pinned Curls
This structured sleek updo is perfect for fancy formal occasions. Even though messy looks are all the rage right now, sometimes you need a more polished style. Pin up curls and intertwine braids to get this look.
The more volume the better is what we always say! This polished updo is perfect for your wedding day. It’s intricate, has a ton of volume, and frames the face nicely.
Braid with Curled Bun
Combine three styles: a braid, curls, and a bun. This low curly bun is absolutely gorgeous and the braid above adds tons of intricate detail.
Floral Headband with Rolled Waves
Dress up your updo with a floral headband that wraps around the back. This added accessory will make your updo look less casual and take it to the next level.
Upside Down Braid
Going to the gym or beach for the day? This hairstyle is sure to keep your hair off the back of your neck. It can be difficult to achieve, but practice makes perfect! The upside down braid leads up to a bouncy bun that’s sure to grab attention.
Dress up your average ponytail with tight curls and a jeweled clip. It’s best to keep the ponytail at mid-level. Leave a few strands out of the ponytail to hang by your face.
Trick people into thinking you have long, thick hair with this loose messy twist. Nobody will know that you actually have medium length hair. Add a jeweled accessory to dress up the style for a more formal event.
Side Braid with Bun
This is a curl-free hairstyle, which means it’s great for ladies with pin-straight hair! This effortless hairstyle is absolutely stunning and perfect for almost any occasion.
This look is as simple as a twisting and pinning. That’s it! This classic twist is neat and polished. It keeps all of your hair in place and looks great with almost any outfit.
Gathered Curly Updo
This mid-length hairdo gathers your curls into a flattering hairstyle. The best part about this updo is that it’s okay if it looks a little messy!
Remember, you don’t need long, thick hair to wear gorgeous updos! There are so many options for women with medium length hair. With simple curls, buns, and braids, you will be the belle of the ball at any event you attend!