23 Most Beautiful Updo Hairstyles for Formal Events

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Been wearing the same hairstyle day after day and want to try something new? Maybe you have a special occasion coming up and need a glam updo? If any of these sound like you, then this is the place to be. We have found 23 of the most beautiful updo hairstyles. There are buns, ponytails, braids and more. You will find an updo for any occasion, no matter if you want a cute hairstyle for the summer, or a chic updo for a wedding. Take a look, there is an updo for everyone!

1. Chunky Braids into a Bun

The first hairstyle we have to show you is pretty and stylish. Here we have two braids that meet into a low bun at the nape of the neck. A trendy updo like this would be perfect for the summer and for festivals. The braid used looks like a pull through braid and there are lots of easy tutorials that you can follow online to show you how to create a similar braid. You can, of course, try the two braids and bun with a different braid type too.

Source: @_hairbykinsey

2. Formal Chignon Hairstyle

If you need an updo for a special occasion, then you need to see this next hairstyle, it would be perfect! The hair is swept back into a chignon which also just means bun, and the hair is accessorized with a stunning accessory too. The pearls and gems give the hair a wedding vibe but if you were going to a different event, then you could choose an accessory with a different design or not wear one at all.

3. Braided Bun

Next, we have a beautiful braided updo. This hairstyle features stylish Ghana braids and there is a gorgeous pattern too. All of the braids are then used to create a very high bun. It is a stunning updo and it would look amazing on anyone. You can recreate this braided updo or you can try a different pattern. A bun like this would look great for any occasion.

4. Messy and Edgy Updo

Want a glam updo but want to show off your fun and edgy style too? If so, this updo could be perfect for you. Here we have a trendy faux hawk hairstyle. It looks like small buns have been placed down the center of the head to create a faux hawk. This is one of our favorite hairstyles because it is quite unique and chic. Hair like this would be perfect for the prom or for a party.

Messy and Edgy Updo Idea

Source: @maggiemh

5. Gorgeous Braided Updo Idea

Our next hair idea is stunning. The hair is swept back into a curled updo with a side braid. We love this hairstyle because the hair is loose which gives the updo a soft and elegant look. The braid gives it a stylish boho vibe too. Hair like this would be perfect for a wedding. You could even accessorize hair like this with some flowers.

Gorgeous Braided Updo Idea

Source: @simplymindyk

6. Chic Updo for Medium Length Hair

Looking for a super stylish and easy to wear updo? If so, this is perfect! Here we have a relaxed low bun with loose hair at the front. A hairstyle like this perfect for any occasion as you could wear it to work or for a glam event like a wedding. Bun hairstyles like this have been compared to Meghan Markle’s hair, so give it a try for a regal and chic look.

Chic Updo for Medium Length Hair 

Source: @jodycallanhair

7. Elegant and Textured Updo with a Side Braid

The next hairstyle we have to show is elegant and chic. For this look, the hair is loose and is styled into a low bun with a side braid. The braid looks more like a twist but you can recreate this hairstyle with any braid type. It is a gorgeous hairstyle and it would be a beautiful choice for the prom or for a wedding. An updo like this would look amazing with accessories like pearls or flowers.

Elegant and Textured Updo with a Side Braid

Source: @sarahneillhair

8. Glamorous Updo

You can jazz up any updo with a beautiful and sparkly accessory. Here is a great example. The hair is swept back into a low and curly updo. It is a loose and elegant hairstyle and it is finished off with a super glam accessory. Hair accessories like this can be bought online and they can be worn with any updo. Recreate a hairstyle like this for a wedding. Try a similar hairstyle and an accessory without pearls for a different event.

9. Elegant Low Ponytail

A ponytail is a classic hairstyle. Many think it is quite a casual updo but hair like this shows just how glam and gorgeous a ponytail can be! The relaxed and wavy hair has been styled into a low ponytail, there is a wrap of hair around the hair tie and loose hair at the front. It is chic, easy to wear and will suit everyone. You can wear a ponytail like this for any occasion.

10. Sleek and Formal Chignon

Love the chignon updos? If so, you need to check out this next idea. This one looks more like a classic chignon. The hair is sleek and swept back into a large and low bun. We love how the hair elegantly wraps around the bun and how neat and perfect the hair is. An updo like this needs to be worn for a special event, it would be perfect for a beautiful bride. It is just simple, classy and stunning.

Sleek and Formal Chignon Updo

Source: @kykhair

11. Messy Ponytail with a Side Braid

Next, we have another ponytail to show you. This ponytail is textured and curled, there is a side braid and loose hair at the front too. We love the curls and the braid because it gives the hair a boho vibe. Hair like this will be perfect for the summer and for festivals. You could also wear it for more glam occasions like the prom too.

Messy Ponytail with a Side Braid

Source: @kirstyannehair

12. Braided Updo for Black Hair

The next hairstyle we have to show you is stylish and glam. Here we have a low bun with a weave design above it. This is a gorgeous updo and it will allow you to steal the limelight at any special event. You can wear hair like this anywhere from a party, to a wedding. If you want to recreate the look, you can view a tutorial on the page below.

Braided Updo for Black Hair

Source: @tasalahq

13. Elegant Braided Updo with Flowers

We have talked about how you could add flowers to your updo and here is a beautiful example of this. This updo features a large and low bun with a side braid and loose hair at the front. It has been accessorized with stunning white and pink flowers. As you can see, the flowers make the hairstyle look so elegant and pretty. You can buy flowers for your hair online and there are lots of different flower types and colors to choose from. Flowers will look amazing with any updo.

Elegant Braided Updo with Flowers

Source: @anahhair

14. Updo Hairstyle for Long Hair

Our next hair idea features another stylish braid. The braid is placed down the center of the head and the hair is styled into a loose and relaxed bun at the nape of the neck. It is a trendy hairstyle that will suit everyone and it will look cute for any occasion. Keep it simple like this for casual events, and for special occasions, you could add some sparkly accessories.

Braided Updo Hairstyle for Long Hair

Source: @kirstyannehair

15. Messy Low Bun

Looking for a cute and chic hairstyle? If so, this could be perfect for you. The hair is swept back into a loose and textured low bun. We love this updo because it looks summery and stylish. An updo like this would be perfect for summer days out or for more glam events like a party. It is great for those who want to look classy but relaxed too.

16. Accessorized Ponytail

If you love the ponytail hairstyles, then you need to see this next idea. The hair has volume at the top with a twist design below it. It is finished off with a low and curled ponytail and stylish accessories. This is a trendy updo that will make you glam but edgy too. You can recreate this or try a similar ponytail with braids instead of twists, you can use different accessories too.

17. Romantic Updo with a Side Braid

Next, we have a stunning updo that looks perfect for a princess! Here we have hair that is styled into a low bun and there is a side braid and loose strands of hair too. It is a soft, elegant and romantic hairstyle that will look gorgeous on anyone. Something like this would be perfect for a prom or wedding.

18. Messy Boho Updo

Hairstyles with a bohemian vibe are super popular and with updos like this one, we can see why. This updo features a low bun with loose hair and it is textured too. We love this hair idea because it looks summery, relaxed and very chic. Hair like this would be perfect for any summer events and it would look beautiful for a boho or beach wedding.

Messy Boho Updo

Source: @kirstyannehair

19. Mohawk Updo for Curly Hair

The next updo we have to show you is another trendy mohawk. For this look, the hair is sleek and swept up and there are small buns down the center of the head which creates the mohawk style. We love this hair idea because it is so pretty and trendy. Hair like this will look cute for any occasion.

20. Elegant Braided Updo for Long Hair

Our next hair idea is so elegant. Here we have a low updo with a stunning side braid. Hair like this is so chic and easy to wear. It will suit everyone and it will look amazing for any special occasion. You can recreate this hairstyle or you can try a different braid type. Either way, it will look gorgeous.

Elegant Braided Updo for Long Hair

Source: @tonyastylist

21. Relaxed, Messy Bun Updo

So, you want your hair to look glam for a party or special event but all the formal and intricate styles are not your thing? If this sounds like you, then this hair idea could be perfect. Here we have a relaxed bun. It is a very simple style but it is gorgeous and elegant. You can always dress the bun down and you can wear it for a more casual occasion, too.

22. Beautiful Fishtail Braid

Another beautiful braid you could try is a fishtail braid. These braids look stunning and here is a gorgeous example. The hair has volume at the top with a chunky fishtail side braid. It is a stylish and statement making updo. Something like this would be perfect for the summer and for festivals. It would look nice for prom too.

Beautiful Fishtail Braid

Source: @michellehair

23. Cool & Messy Updo Idea

The last updo we have to show you is unique and trendy. The look is relaxed and textured, and has a stunning bohemian style. It is a low updo with a very small, fishtail braid. Try and recreate something similar or you could add flowers. Flower accessories would look gorgeous with an updo like this.

Cool and Messy Updo Idea

Source: @svglamour

We hope you have been inspired by these updo hairstyles. We know we did!

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