Simple Formal Updo

Homecoming is coming up soon so I thought it’d be the perfect time to share a simple and easy updo that would be perfect for the occasion. I love this look for so many different events and even think it’d be so pretty for a bride or bridesmaids. I am anticipating a few questions about the headband I am wearing so I wanted to go ahead and let you know I purchased it from ASOS a few years ago; aΒ similar one that I also love can be found here. Β I hope you enjoy the tutorial and would love to know what you think in the comments below!

Simple Formal Updo Supplies:

Simple Formal Updo Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Begin by parting thei hair on the right side.
  • Step 2 / Divide off a section of hair from the top of the head and pin it at the back to add volume at the crown.
  • Step 3 / Take small sections of hair from the right side of the head and pin them underneath the crown section.
  • Step 4 / Next pick up a 2-3″ section of hair at the back of the head and gently back comb this section.
  • Step 5 / Roll this section into a bun and pin it against the back of the head to form a hair cushion for the bun.
  • Step 6 / Take the hair from the left side of the head and wrap this over the hair cushion, pinning it as it’s wrapped.
  • Step 7 / Pick up a section of hair remaining at the nape of the neck and twist this into a rope braid.
  • Step 8 / Then gently pull on the edges of the twist to make it bigger.
  • Step 9 / Drape the twist over the bun and pin it in place with bobby pins.
  • Step 10 / Then repeat the same steps creating more twists with the remaining hair and pinning it over the bun as well.
  • Step 11 / Spray the style with hairspray and smooth down any flyaways.
  • Step 12 / Add a pretty gold headband to finish off the style.


  1. virginie
    September 24, 2017 / 6:06 AM

    Hello Sue, I like your hair color, and would like something like yours. Is it possible to know the color you use to have this blond ? like your base is a number 7 and higlights are in number 9 ? (i’m newbie in this, I know they is a scale to describe hair colours but I can’t give the numbers with just seeing hair^^).
    What do you ask to your haistylist to have this colour ? I mean, what is the name of this technique ? Do you ask for highights, balayage…?

    thank you for your amazing work in this blog :) I love your hairstyles :)

    Virginie from France

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