How to do easy updos

Updated July 20, 2017

You don't have to settle for that same old ponytail if you want to wear your hair up, nor do you have to spend a fortune going to the hair salon. There are several easy updos you can create at home using only a few hair tools. Casual and elegant at the same time, certain looks only take minutes to create.

Blow dry or flat iron your hair straight. For more volume, curl your hair with the curling iron.

Gather your hair up into a ponytail as high or as low as you want, and secure it with a hair tie or hair clip.

To create a bun, twist or braid your ponytail, wrapping the hair around the base of the ponytail. Secure your bun with hair pins. For a looser bun, don't twist your ponytail too tight. For shorter hair, instead of twisting your ponytail into a bun, tuck it under and secure it with hair pins.

To create pin curls, curl small pieces of your ponytail with the curling iron. For tighter curls, use a curling iron with a 1-inch barrel or smaller. Pin the curls with hair pins, working around the base of the ponytail and in the pattern of the curls.

Use a hair styling product, such as hairspray or pomade, to tame fly-aways. You could also let any stray hairs hang where they are or curl them for a more polished look. Apply hairspray or a finishing spray around your entire head to hold your style.

Add decorative accessories to your hair to finish your look or leave your 'do as is.


Wash your hair before styling for the best results. If you don't know how to use a curling iron, try using hair rollers instead. Keep in mind this may take more time. For more length, you can use a ponytail hair extension piece.


Use caution handling a hot curling iron to prevent getting burnt.

Things You'll Need

  • Blow dryer or flat iron
  • Curling iron
  • Hair styling products
  • Hair tie
  • Hair pins
  • Hair clips
  • Decorative accessories (optional)
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Ashley Ragland has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles have appeared in several blogs and newsletters including her university's paper "The Signal." She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Georgia State University in 2008.