10 Curly Hair Updos to Embrace Your Natural TextureJune 14, 2023
Whether you have a formal event coming up, an itch to experiment with new hairstyles or are just looking for a way to stay cool and keep your hair off your neck, an updo is the way to go. From low buns with loose, romantic tendrils to high puffs, buns and embellished French twists, there are plenty of ways to style your hair in an updo and show off your natural curls. Below, find 10 updos that are perfectly suited for curly and coily hair textures.
The Best Curly Hair Updos
Twisted Low Bun
This no-gel hairstyle may have only taken creator Maeve Nonye 20 minutes to pull together, but it looks like she had it professionally styled for a formal event. The only products you need to replicate the look yourself are a good moisturizer (we love the Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength Leave in Cream with Castor Oil) and a hair wax to smooth edges and flyaways.
This celeb-inspired half-up, half-down hairstyle features a slicked-down middle part and a cascade of curls down the back of the neck. For a super-sleek look at the hairline, try using a strong-hold gel and gently smoothing your hair back with a boar bristle brush, as creator LeeSondra Berovides does here.
Short and Curly Twists
This twisted updo plays up your natural curls and lets their bouncy texture take center stage. All you need are a handful of pins and some patience — the tighter the twists, the more formal this style will look, while looser twists will lend the updo more of a romantic, windswept vibe.
Highlight full, curly bangs by brushing them forward with your face-framing layers and sweeping the rest back with bobby pins. Finish the style with a flexible hold hairspray, like the Garnier Fructis Flexible Control Anti-Humidity Aerosol Hairspray, to keep your curls secure without a crunchy residue.
Spice up a classic low bun with braids and golden hair cuffs. Incorporating bundles into your braids is optional, but doing so can add some extra volume and length to your strands.
Enhance your hair’s volume and curl pattern with a classic high puff. Hair accessories are the fastest way to make the simple style stand out, whether you opt for a colorful silk scarf, an oversize bow or a bold barrette.
Pin your curls into a voluminous updo for a flirty, ’90s-inspired look. Don’t worry about being too precise with this style — the more free-flowing your layers are, the more effortless and romantic it will look. “Start off by sectioning the hair to be parted in the middle and finish off with tendrils hanging out on both sides to play to the natural texture of your hair,” says Michelle O’Connor, hairstylist and global artistic director at Matrix.