Proms, parties, weddings, more parties… you can always find a glamorous reason to wear your hair up.
The Classic Bun
Ahhh… the classic bun will forever be a main staple of the red carpet. Simple, stylish and clean, it completes, but never competes with a beautiful face. Sandra Bullock, Gwen Stefani and Ashanti are living proof.
Just like the name says, this updo takes half your hair up, and leaves half your hair down, and it works for all ages, and most types of hair. Angelina Jolie looks red carpet fabulous with her wavy locks half-up half-down.
“Chignon” comes from the French phrase “chignon du cou,” which means nape of the neck – that’s exactly where Jennifer Hudson and Hillary Swank have pinned their hair into these ultra-chic chignons.
The Messy Updo
The whole point of this updo is that it's supposed to look like it came about effortlessly -- so Blake Lively and Jennifer Love Hewitt just rolled out of bed and on to the red carpet (with a little help their stylists, for sure).
Lauren Phillips’ hair is twisted, coiled and wrapped like a cinnamon bun… and she looks just as sweet.
Look to old Hollywood movies for examples of the French twist. Hair is gathered into a low ponytail, twisted upwards and pinned. Kate, Amber, and Eva look demure and elegant with this classic, timeless updo.
This updo is exactly what it says -- pinned curls. Use hairpins to hold natural or heat-styled curls in place, and leave other curls to cascade loose. Pinned curls work with curly locks, and look just as good on straighter hair.
The pompadour works with short, medium or long hair. Janelle, Dita and Alica have very distinctly different ways of interpreting this uber-glamorous updo. Find the pompadour that expresses your inner rock star.
Loose buns have a little more structure than the messy updo but they have the same effortless style. Carrie Underwood wears her loose bun just behind her ear, but it could go at the nape of her neck.