How to Do Updos for Medium Hair

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How to Do Updos for Medium Hair
Create a flattering updo for your medium-length hair. (make up and hairstyle image by MAXFX from

If you have medium-length hair, nothing adds more drama to your locks than an updo. Rather than slicking your hair back into a ponytail or wearing it super straight, the updo hairstyle is a chic style option for formal special events and dressy casual occasions. In fact, this style is perfect for bad hair days or when you are growing out a non-flattering hairstyle. Using a few expert beauty techniques, you can style your hair in an updo at your home.

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Things you need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Large towel
  • Setting lotion or volumizing mousse
  • Plastic butterfly clips
  • Round-barrelled brush
  • Medium-barrelled curling iron
  • Plastic hair clips
  • Plastic hairpins
  • Light-hold hairspray
  • Glossing serum
  • Rat-tail comb

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  1. 1

    Shampoo and condition your hair. Use products made specifically for your hair type. For example: If you have thin or limp strands, use a volumizing conditioner. Towel dry your hair.

  2. 2

    Coat damp strands with a setting lotion or volumizing mousse. Apply a dollop of the product to your hair, starting at the roots and ending at the tips of your strands.

  3. 3

    Dry hair completely using a blow dryer set on medium heat. Separate hair into four sections. Secure each section with a plastic butterfly clip. Using a round barrelled brush, blow-dry your hair. Point the nozzle of the blow dryer downward as you straighten hair with the brush. Repeat with each section until hair is completely dry.

  4. 4

    Curl 3-inch sections of the hair with a curling iron. Starting at the forehead, create loose spirals with a medium-barrelled curling iron. After curling your hair, finger comb the hair to release the tight spirals and create waves.

  5. 5

    Gather hair at the nape of the neck, and then loosely twist and pull upward into a loose full knot at the crown. Secure the knot with plastic hair clips and hairpins.

  6. 6

    Frame your face with stray tendrils. Curl long wisps in the front with a medium-barrelled curling iron.

  7. 7

    Finish the look with hairspray. Spray a light-hold hairspray to complete the updo.

Tips and warnings

  • To add shine, add a light glossing serum to the hair, before twisting the hair into the updo.
  • If you want to add more lift in the crown, tease the hair or back comb with a rattail comb before curling the hair in step 4.

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