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60 DIY Easy Updos for Medium Hair

It’s funny how finding easy updos for medium hair isn’t easy to do it all. Really, the internet is overflowing with hairstyle ideas, but we weren’t all born with the gift of braiding, twisting, pinning and hair spraying our way to hairdo perfection. So what’s a girl to do? We’re happy to say that we have personally hunted for the top 60 DIY easy updos for medium hair that you will be absolutely in love with.


Try out these easy updos for medium hair!


Low Bun with Twisted Braids

1. Low Bun with Twisted Braids

To get this beautiful low bun, all you need is two hair ties, some bobby pins, hair spray and a bit of patience. The results are worth it!

low chignon braided bun

2. From Braid to Bun

In just six easy steps, you can transform a small braid into a gorgeous chignon that gently rests on the back of your neck.

Double Twisted Braid Bun

3. Double Twisted Braid Bun

Go from pigtails, to twisted braids to a lovely bun in a matter of minutes with one of our favorites from our easy updos for medium hair list.

curly medium hair updo

4. Twisting an Updo

Good things come to those who twist! It helps if your hair is naturally wavy or curly for this pretty chignon.

French Braid Low Bun

5. French Braid Low Bun

Yet another one of the 9-step easy updos for medium hair involves gradually bringing your hair together into a complete French braid and then twisting left, right and up.

easy updos for medium hair curly bun

6. Wavy & Messy Bun

Curly gals will love this one. All you have to do is tie your hair half up, half down and twist up and around.

three twisted buns

7. Three Way Twist

If you’re looking for easy updos for medium hair, this is as simple as it gets. Tie your hair in three low ponytails and twist them around.

Classic and Classy Low Bun

8. Classic & Classy Low Bun

For this classy and classic hairdo, twist the sides of your hair and bring them into a low ponytail. Wrap it up and close with a bobby pin. Voila!

High Bun with Double Braids

9.  High Bun with Double Braids

Braids all over! Start with the sides of your head, bring the rest of your hair up into a ponytail and then braid that too! Twist around the main braid for a super cute bun.

Back Braided Crown

10. Back Braided Crown

Braid your hair in two, leaving the inner margins loose. Wrap left, wrap right and the result is a magnificent chignon embraced by a braid.

Longer Ponytail

11. Longer Ponytail

Are you in for an optical illusion? Get the long ponytail you have always dreamed about by first splitting your hair half up, half down and tying the two parts into separate ponytails. Let the top part fall on the lower one and enjoy your super long pony!

Elegantly Curled Bun

12. Elegantly Curled Bun

You’ll need a curling iron for these kinds of easy updos for medium hair. Follow the nine steps illustrated in the photo above to get a fabulous loose bun fit for a wedding!

Braided Bohemian Updo

13. Braided Bohemian Updo

Boho chic anyone? Braid your hair in four and wrap them all around for a fresh bohemian look.

Triple Braid Bun

14. Triple Braid Bun

This is similar to the three way twist, just that you also braid the mini ponytails before twisting them into buns. Don’t forget your bobby pins!

Linked Updo

15. Linked Updo

Start from the top of your head and knot your way down to the base of your neck for a truly unique linked braid.

Afro Faux Hawk

16. Afro Faux Hawk

If you’re lucky enough to have afro hair, all you have to do is comb it up to the top of your head and pack in pins all around for the ultimate curly faux hawk.

Blossoming Bow

17. Blossoming Bow

We all love hair bows, but you can make yours even more interesting than a traditional one. After you have the bow in place, gently twist the sides until it beautifully blossoms open.

Classic Messy Bun

18. Classic Messy Bun

Get a hair tie, bend your neck down, grab all your hair and casually twist it into a bun. That’s all you have to do.

connected ponytail

19. Connected Ponytail

A funky approach to the classic ponytail, this hairstyle involves parting your hair horizontally in three and then adding a hair tie every few inches.

Double Side Twists Bun

20. Double Side Twists Bun

Part your hair in two and twist both sides together into a cute little double bun.

Sophisticated Updo

21. Sophisticated Updo

Bring on the hairs pray! Spend some time gently pinning your hair up into a loose, classy bun and then use hair spray in abundance to hold it in place.

Loose French Braid Bun

22. Loose French Braid Bun

Begin with a loose French braid at the top of your head and then add a hair tie for a cool and eye-catching loose bun.

French Braid Ponytail

23. French Braid Ponytail

The steps are almost the same for these easy updos for medium hair, just that you wrap your hair in a ponytail at the end instead of a bun.

Loose Curly Bun

24. Loose Curly Bun

Use pins to bring your wavy locks together into this messy-but-fancy bun. Don’t forget to leave a few loose strands on the sides of your face for a lovely effect.

Linked Crown Low Bun

25. Linked Crown Low Bun

Instead of styling your hair into a low bun with a braided crown, link the top part together for an original approach.

Side Wrap Bun

26. Side Wrap Bun

Part your hair half up, half down. Wrap the top part in a bun. Part the remaining hair vertically in two. Wrap these parts up left and right one at a time. All done!

bun with double hairband

27. Double Headband

After you get your perfect messy bun together, you can add a personal touch with a cool double headband.

Classic French Braid

28. Classic French Braid

Everyone knows about the classic French braid, but how on earth do you really make it? This 9-step guide shows how easy-peasy it really is!

Side Chignon

29. Side Chignon

Why settle for the norm when you can give a classic chignon a twist? Instead of keeping it straight down, turn it to the side a bit.

bow and bun

30. Bun & Bow

Is there any way to make a bohemian bun even more adorable? Surprisingly, yes. Add a big bow in your favorite color and you’ll look as if you came straight out of a fairytale.

Half Up Half Down with Braid Crown

31. Half Up Half Down with Braid Crown

One of the easy updos for medium hair you can try out any time is braiding two bigger strands on each side and bringing them together for a cute half up, half down look.

Upper Side Fishtail

32. Upper Side Fishtail

A well-braided fishtail can go a long way for easy updos for medium hair.

Curly Side Chignon

33. Curly Side Chignon

Another way to style a side chignon is by curling your hair beforehand. It’s even better if your hair is naturally wavy or curly.

Swept Up Bun

34. Swept Up Bun

Another glamorous wedding bun is this swept up style. Pin up a loose bun and sweeping the sides up.

Twisted Chignon with Accessories

35. Twisted Chignon with Accessories

Twist your way to a chignon and add your favorite hairpins.

wedding updo

36. Perfect Wedding Updo

This curly bun is the wedding updo you’ve been dreaming of.

Side Braid Ponytail

37. Side Braid Ponytail

Braid a bit of your hair to the side and bring the rest up into a ponytail.

Braid Over Chignon

38. Braid Over Chignon

Pin in a loose chignon and wrap a braid around the top.

Loose French Braid High Ponytail

39. Loose French Braid High Ponytail

Loosen up your top French braid and end it in a high ponytail.

Casual Ponytail with Bangs

40. Casual Ponytail with Bangs

What you see is what you get, ladies.

Puffed Up Ponytail

41. Puffed Up Ponytail

Puff up your ponytail with a comb and hair spray.

Big Half Up Half Down Ponytail

42. Big Half Up Half Down Ponytail

Tie your hair in a half up, half down ponytail and start teasing.

Soft Half Up Half Down Ponytail

43. Soft Half Up Half Down Ponytail

This is the classic version of the half up and half down ponytail.

Messy Ponytail

44. Messy Ponytail

Don’t be afraid to get messy with your ponytails.

Puffy Afro Faux Hawk

45. Puffy Afro Faux Hawk

Bring your hair up into a faux hawk and tease away!

Half Up Half Down Twist

46. Half Up Half Down Twist

After parting your hair half up and half down, twist the end into a bun.

Bandana Ponytail

47. Bandana Ponytail

Add a bandana to your ponytail for a fresh and edgy look.

Pin Up Ponytail

48. Pin Up Ponytail

Wrap your ponytail with a ribbon and curl everything else.

Half Up Half Down Bun

49. Half Up Half Down Bun

Braid both sides into a half up and half down bun.

Braid Up Bun

50. Braid Up Bun

Start with a French braid and end up with a fab twist to a classic bun.

Double Braid Crown

51. Double Braid Crown

Double your crown with a traditional braid and a fishtail braid.

Braid Wrap Around Crown Bun

52. Braid Wrap Around Crown Bun

Go for a big bun and surround it with a thick braid.

Half Up Half Down Fishtail Braid

53. Half Up Half Down Fishtail Braid

Braid the top part of your half up, half down hairstyle into an adorable fishtail.

Curly Braid Down Bun

54. Curly Braid Down Bun

Make the most of your curls with this loose braided bun.

Braided Updo with Flowers

55. Braided Updo with Flowers

Add some small flowers to your braided updo for enhanced femininity.

Wrap Around Twist Crown

56. Wrap Around Twist Crown

Create a wraparound crown with any braids you like.

Double Braided Up Pigtails

57. Double Braided Up Pigtails

French braid your pigtails up into small buns. The shaved undercut is optional, of course.

Hair Flower Crown

58. Hair Flower Crown

Get creative with your braided half up, half down with a beautiful flower design.

Top French Braid

59. Top French Braid

Try stopping your French braid when you get to the top and let the rest of your hair flow freely.

Half Up Half Down with Two Braids

60. Half Up Half Down with Two Braids

Connect two side braids into one of the princess-like easy updos for medium hair.

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