How to put medium length hair up

Updated April 17, 2017

Sometimes life simply demands a low maintenance, no fuss hair style. Though most of us enjoy our lengthy locks, sometimes our hair can get in the way. Learning how to put medium length hair up into a chic, sophisticated style that does not take much time can certainly come in handy. The next time you are in a time crunch, try this quick, casual bun updo.

Place a 5p-sized amount of your favourite moisturiser into your hands. Rub your hands together to evenly distribute the product. Work the moisturiser through your hair, taking care to focus on the ends of your hair, which are the oldest and most susceptible to breakage.

Gently comb your hair backwards, away from your face. Brush the hair for smoothness if desired. Loosely gather your hair in preparation for a ponytail.

Create a little volume at the crown by gently lifting and fluffing the area with your fingers. Continue to arrange your hair into a ponytail.

Select a height for your ponytail. Just above ear level is ideal for updos. Secure the ponytail using a seamless ponytail holder. Avoid any holder or elastic with metal or hard glued clasps that can snag the hair because they can break and damage the hair.

Carefully grasp the ends of your hair. Loosely twist your ponytail length down to the ends. Maintain the twist in your ponytail length by securely holding the ends.

Bring the twisted ponytail up and position it close to the base of your ponytail.

Use your ponytail base as an anchor point and gently twist the hair around it until you have run out of length to manoeuvre.

Smooth and secure your hair pins as needed.

Spray the hair with a light holding spray to prevent flyaways and add a nice sheen to the hair.


Start your casual updo bun on freshly washed and conditioned hair for best results. Hair that is laden with product build-up will be limp and may not have the body and volume required for this style's full potential. The tightness of your wrapping in Step 6 will determine the size and volume of your updo bun. Tight, close wrapping will result in a smaller, firmer bun. Looser wrapping will result in a more voluminous, larger looking bun.

Things You'll Need

  • Moisturiser
  • Comb
  • Brush
  • Seamless ponytail holder
  • Hair pins
  • Light holding spray
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About the Author

Audrey Sivasothy, a Houston-based freelance writer, specializes in writing health, beauty, science, and policy pieces. She has published content for Turner and other clients for 4 years. She is currently writing a comprehensive hair care book on black/textured hair. Sivasothy holds a Bachelor of Science in health science/policy studies from Rice University.