50 Best Updos For Medium Hair

By on April 16, 2014

Add some contemporary flair and subtle glamour to your medium length locks with our 50 Best Updos For Medium Hair. Whether it’s a delicate braided up’do for a wedding, a chic topknot bun for work, or a pretty chignon for a hot date, you’re sure to find your perfect medium up’do right here. Get inspired by fabulous medium up’dos worn by female celebrities like Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Bella Thorne, Mila Kunis, Allison Williams, Dianna Agron, and many more.

[ Read also : 2015 Top 100 Medium Hairstyles for Women ]

1. Emma Stone Medium Updo: Tousled ‘do with bold hair clip


Quirky actress Emma Stone looks stunning with her peachy blonde hair done in a tousled side-swept up’do with a big, bold hair clip. We love her radiant, summery hair color and the subtle volume of her blonde locks – simply divine. Recreate Emma’s gorgeous up’do by parting your hair to one side, tying it in a messy bun, and securing a large section with a chunky, bold hair clip. Hair accessories can transform the look of your hairstyle, so look out for details like headbands, sparkly hair clips and slides, and pretty hair pins for decorating your hair.

2. Jennifer Lawrence Medium Updo: Low, messy bun


The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence looks beautiful with her low, messy bun and sexy sweeping side-bangs. The low bun is the glamorous alternative to the classic bun, and JLaw has updated hers by wearing it loose and messy. Secure your bun at the nape of your neck for a contemporary look, and leave your bangs loose to frame your face. Use a salt spray for extra texture – simply spray the ends of your locks, scrunch them up, and pull them into a loose bun for a natural and romantic look.

3. Sarah Hyland Medium Updo: Low bun and long, blunt bangs


Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland looks gorgeous with her thick chestnut-brown hair done up in a low bun. She sports super-long blunt bangs that skim her eyes, with rounded corners that soften her facial features. This medium up’do is perfect for thick, straight hair, and it’s super-easy to recreate at home. Simply prep your hair with anti-frizz serum and volume boosting mousse, and blow-dry it out with a rounded brush. Separate your bangs from the rest of your hair, tie your locks up in a sleek low bun, and you’re good to go!

4. Amber Heard Medium Updo: Romantic braided up’do


Actress and soon-to-be Mrs. Depp (yes, we are totally green with envy!) Amber Heard looks angelic with her romantic braided up’do. She is right on trend with her side braid and chunky bun, and her wispy flyaway hairs frame her face beautifully. Braided up’dos are very popular this year, and with so many styles to choose from, there’s no excuse for missing out!

5. Bella Thorne Medium Updo: Swirled topknot bun


Teen actress and model Bella Thorne looks adorable with her swirled topknot bun and long, rounded blunt bangs. This is a great medium up’do for fine/thin hair, as the bun makes your locks look fuller and thicker. For extra volume, invest in a “hair doughnut” hair tie, and wind your locks around it to create the illusion of a big, voluminous bun. Set your ‘do with hairspray to keep it in place all day/night.

6. Rose Byrne Medium Updo: Classic side bun


Actress Rose Byrne looks sophisticated and poised with her classic side bun up’do. This quirky-yet-chic hairstyle is a contemporary option for formal events, and it’s easy to recreate at home. Rose softens up her look with a long side-swept fringe that accentuates her dark brown eyes. Keep your locks super-smooth with a light, non-greasy anti-frizz spray for a flawless finish.

7. Zoe Saldana Medium Updo: Low bun with face-framing bangs


Actress Zoe Saldana looks smoking hot with her dark, glossy hair in a low bun with long, face-framing bangs. She keeps her look simple and chic, letting her natural beauty take center stage. For hair as shiny and healthy as Zoe’s, try introducing these hair-friendly foods into your diet: foods high in good fats, like avocado, olive oil, nuts, peanut butter, and oily fish like salmon and sardines.

8. Dianna Agron Medium Updo: Swirled, textured bun


Glee actress Dianna Agron looks stunning with her swirled, textured bun and long piecey bangs. This medium up’do is great for fine/thin hair, as it creates volume and adds depth to your locks. Piecey bangs are also a great choice for thin hair, as they are very flattering and easy to style. Pair this pretty medium up’do with cherry-red lippy and soft eye-makeup for a feminine and sexy finishing touch.

9. Jessica Alba Medium Updo: Sleek low bun


Actress and style icon Jessica Alba looks divine with her dark brunette locks styled in a sleek low bun. Her super-smooth locks are seamless from her middle parting to her bun, creating a sleek and flawless outline. Take inspiration from Jess and add a few flattering highlights to your medium locks to brighten up both your hair colour and your complexion. Consult with your hair stylist to find a hue that best suits you.

10. Amber Heard Medium Updo: Sock bun with bouffant


Actress and blonde bombshell Amber Heard looks phenomenal with her golden locks done up in a sock bun with a puffy bouffant. This medium up’do is flirty and playful, and it’s perfect for a first date or lunch/cocktails with the girls. Recreate Amber’s feminine up’do at home in three easy steps: 1. comb back the sides of your hair and set them with a light hair gel, 2. pull your hair back and secure it in a sleek sock bun, and 3. tease the top section of your hair into a puffy, flirty bouffant.

11. Vanessa Hudgens Medium Updo: Glamorous high ponytail


American actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens looks stunning with her curly locks in a glamorous high ponytail. The high pony is the grown-up version of the classic ponytail, and it’s a fabulous day-to-night hairstyle. Tease hair at the crown and pump your locks full of volume for a super-sexy medium up’do that will turn heads.

12. Allison Williams Medium Updo: Chic chignon


Girls actress Allison Williams looks gorgeous with her shimmery mocha locks in a chic chignon. The chignon is a classy and feminine hairstyle perfect for formal events (e.g., weddings, cocktail parties, etc), and it’s not nearly as difficult to style as it is to pronounce! Simply create a loose, oval-shaped bun and secure it at the nape of your neck, and you’re done!

13. Emma Stone Medium Updo: Low side bun


Actress Emma Stone looks radiantly beautiful with her buttery blonde hair secured in a low side bun. The side bun is a kooky and playful asymmetrical hairstyle that suits most face shapes, and it’s great for summer when you need to stay cool and calm. Take inspiration from Emma and wear your hair with a slightly off-centre parting for a modern look.

14. Lauren Conrad Medium Updo: Polished side bun


Reality TV personality and fashion designer Lauren Conrad looks gorgeous with her hazel brown hair in a polished side bun. We love her smooth, sleek locks and the sweeping side-fringe that draws attention to her stunning green eyes. For hair as smooth as Lauren’s, take special care of your locks when drying and styling. Pat your hair dry rather than rubbing it vigorously with a towel to prevent breakage and rough hair cuticles that cause frizz.

15. Cara Delevingne Medium Updo: High bun


Fashion model Cara Delevingne looks fierce and fabulous with her super-high bun hairstyle. This “off-duty model” look is contemporary and effortlessly chic, and it suits almost every face shape. The key to this up’do is wet-look hair gel – smooth it over the top section of your hair (hairline to just below your ears) before combing it and pulling it back tightly into a high bun. Blow-dry your finished hairstyle gently to set it, and you’re ready to go!

16. Emmy Rossum Medium Updo: Undone up’do


American actress and singer-songwriter Emmy Rossum looks beautiful with her curly, undone up’do and striking red jewelry. She rocks her curls by wearing them natural and bouncy, with a few tendrils of hair left loose at her hairline. If you want to wear your curls up, consider securing them in a loose up’do with a big hair clip or hair grip, and leave some curls free for a romantic final touch.

17. Carrie Underwood Medium Updo: Knotted low bun and flipped bangs


American country music singer Carrie Underwood looks dreamy with her golden locks in a low, knotted bun. She sports long, side-flipped bangs that hide her one eye, giving her look a flirty and mysterious edge. Her hair has been teased at to crown to create a puffy bouffant, and her bun is pumped full of volume with big knots and twists. This medium up’do is perfect for a first date or drinks with the girls – simply add some shimmery eye-makeup and pale pink lipstick, and you’re ready to go out and have fun.

18. Zoe Saldana Medium Updo: Rolled up’do with delicate headband  


Actress Zoe Saldana looks divine with her dark espresso-brown locks styled in a rolled up’do with a delicate headband. This ultra-feminine medium up’do requires quite a bit of styling, but we think it’s totally worth it for a special occasion or event. Print out a picture of this hairstyle and take it along to your hair appointment so that your stylist has a visual reference to work with. Once you have your hair done, take extra care when applying your makeup for a fabulous final look.

19. Kate Beckinsale Medium Updo: Big bun and little boufffant


English actress Kate Beckinsale looks fabulous with her rich chestnut brown locks done up in a beautiful, big bun. She keeps her look sleek and polished by smoothing her hair back from her hairline, and her mini-bouffant gives her medium up’do a touch of glamour.

20. Emma Watson Medium Updo: Low bun and side fringe


Actress Emma Watson looks confident and carefree with her cinnamon-brown locks done up in a simple low bun with a sweeping side fringe. We love the natural, wispy texture of her hair and the warm caramel highlights that brighten up her complexion. Recreate Emma’s everyday medium up’do by creating a deep middle parting in your hair, separate out your side fringe, and then pull your remaining locks into a loose, casual bun.

21. Emma Stone Medium Updo: Semi bun


American actress Emma Stone looks phenomenal with her blonde locks in a sleek and stylish semi bun. To recreate this medium up’do yourself, start by straightening your hair with a good quality flat iron (or alternatively, blow dry your hair straight). Then, pull it into a high ponytail, wrap some hair around the base, and tuck it into the pony to form a pretty semi bun. Set your hairstyle with a light hairspray to tame any flyaway hairs and fuzz.

22. Rachel McAdams Medium Updo: Curled beehive


Actress Rachel McAdams looks smoking hot with her strawberry blonde/auburn locks done up in a modern curled beehive. The beehive (named after the similarity in shape to an actual beehive) is a playful retro style that suits most face shapes. Recreate this sexy ‘do at home by pumping you hair full of volume before winding it up into a “reverse cone” shape. Create big swirls in your hair by winding several sections around the top of your head, and secure them with discreet hair pins. Make sure that your pin your hair tightly to prevent your beehive from unraveling!

23. Hayden Panettiere Medium Updo: Ballerina bun


Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere looks chic and sexy with her dark blonde hair in a sleek ballerina bun. The ballerina bun is an incredibly simple medium up’do, and it’s a great option for those days when you’re not sure what to do with your hair. Make sure that you slick all your hair back and away from your forehead for a clean, defined look – try smoothing a light, “wet-look” hair gel over your locks and combing your hair into a bun to tame fuzz and flyaway hairs.

24. Amber Heard Medium Updo: Swirled bun and wavy bouffant


Actress Amber Heard looks absolutely gorgeous with her warm blonde locks done up in a delicately swirled bun with a wavy bouffant. This “princess” up’do is feminine, romantic, and perfect for special occasions like weddings (whether you’re the bride, bridesmaid, or a guest!). It may take a few tries to get right (there’s a lot of tricky styling involved), but we think that the “wow!” factor is totally worth the time and effort.

25. Allison Williams Medium Updo: Sleek, looped chignon


Girls actress Allison Williams looks polished and poised with her sleek, looped chignon and flawless natural-looking makeup. She rocks a bold deep parting, slicked back locks, and a pretty chignon that has been secured in a loop at the nape of her neck. For best results, use a light “wet-look” hair gel to smooth your hair and tame frizz.

26. Olivia Wilde Medium Updo: Bun, bouffant, and headband


Actress Olivia Wilde looks utterly amazing with her hazel-brown locks done up in a bun with a puffy bouffant and a chic headband. This playful medium up’do is both romantic and stylish, and it’s a great choice for a girly daytime look. Pair this hairstyle with super-long lashes, peachy blusher, and nude pink lips for maximum flirting potential.

27. Emma Stone Medium Updo: Cute curled chignon


Actress Emma Stone looks divine with her dark auburn locks done up in a cute, curled chignon. We love absolutely everything about this medium up’do: the rich, warm hair color, Emma’s straight and piecey side bangs, the messy texture of her hair, and the expertly curled chignon secured at the nape of her neck. Add extra texture to your hair for this up’do with a salt spray – simply spritz the lengths and ends of your hair, scrunch it a bit, and then continue to style your locks.

28. Jennifer Lawrence Medium Updo: Messy high bun


Actress Jennifer Lawrence looks chic and professional with her caramel blonde locks done up in a messy high bun. JLaw bares her beautiful face by wearing her hair pulled back from her forehead, and she sports a super-high bun that keeps her locks secured and out of her face. Give your fierce bun some character with loads of natural texture. Help your hair along with a salt spray – simply spritz your locks from root to tip, scrunch them up a bit, and style your hair as usual.

29. Elizabeth Olsen Medium Updo: Curly up’do


American actress and singer Elizabeth Olsen (who is also the sister of the Olsen twins) looks fabulous with her dark blonde hair styled in a curly up’do. Her hair is secured in a subtle bun at the back, with her long, curled bangs taking center stage in front. If you have naturally straight hair, use a mini curling iron to give your bangs some definition. Simply wrap small sections of hair loosely around the curling iron, and use a low heat setting for soft, romantic curls.

30. Sienna Miller Medium Updo: Simple bun with pinned-back bangs


English actress, model, and fashion designer Sienna Miller looks radiant with her dark blonde locks pulled up into a simple bun with her bangs pinned back. Sienna’s middle parting draws attention to her eyes and mouth, whilst accentuating the symmetry of her face at the same time. We love that she’s pinned her bangs back with equal pieces on each side, creating a cute and quirky addition to her otherwise simple hairstyle.

31. Rachel Bilson Medium Updo: Low bun with big, sweeping side fringe


Actress Rachel Bilson looks stunning with her dark brunette locks done up in a simple low bun. We absolutely love her big, sweeping side-fringe and the rounded ends that soften her facial features. Take inspiration from Rachel and add a few flattering highlights to your dark locks – caramel or hazel can brighten up your complexion, as well as giving your hair extra depth.

32. Emma Stone Medium Updo: Tousled bun


Actress Emma Stone never disappoints when it comes to her gorgeous hair styles and ever-changing hair color, and this up’do is no different. We love her sexy, tousled locks and her deep side parting – tres chic. Prepare your locks for styling with a light volume boosting mousse, and use a sea salt texturizing spray for extra impact.

33. Mila Kunis Medium Updo: Wavy chignon


Black Swan actress Mila Kunis looks gorgeous with her dark chocolate-brown locks done up in a wavy chignon. Her long side fringe is very flattering for her round shaped face, as it breaks up the “circle” outline, making it appear narrower and less round. If your hair isn’t naturally curly or wavy, use a curling iron on low heat to create your own instant waves and curls.

34. Blake Lively Medium Updo: Voluminous bun


Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively looks sublime with her dark golden blonde locks done up in a big, voluminous bun. This medium up’do is perfect for thick, wavy hair, and it’s relatively easy to recreate at home. Simply pump your hair full of volume while blow drying (try using big rollers or a round brush), and then sweep your locks up into a loose bun. Secure your bun with subtle hair pins and wrap a section of hair around your hair tie for a classy and polished final look.

35. Dianna Agron Medium Updo: Low knotted bun and big, sculpted side fringe


Actress and singer Dianna Agron looks fabulous with her wheat-blonde hair worn in a low knotted bun. She sports an impressive side fringe that skims her eyes and accentuates her cheekbones, and we love the delicate sculpting of her rounded bangs towards the edges. If you have relatively thick hair, make the most of it by wearing it in a chic knotted bun at the nape of your neck.

36. Eva Longoria Medium Updo: Glamorous up’do


Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria looks fabulous with her dark brunette locks up in a big, glamorous bun. We love the rich caramel-brown streaks that brighten up her complexion, and her dramatic side-swept bangs that frame her face. This medium up’do is perfect for thick hair, although you can use a hair doughnut (a kind of hair tie/accessory) to add volume if your hair is thin/fine. Finish off this look with cherry-red lippy and super-long lashes.

37. Emma Stone Medium Updo: Classic low bun


Actress Emma Stone looks divine with her dark auburn locks in a classic low bun hairstyle. She looks effortlessly stylish with a deep middle parting, sweeping side fringe, and a loose bun secured at the nape of her neck. We adore her rich reddish hair color, and the bold blue eye-liner that makes her green eyes stand out. If in doubt, take inspiration from Emma and opt for a simple-yet-chic low bun hairstyle that’s easy to recreate at home.

38. Dianna Agron Medium Updo: Fishtail crown braid


Glee actress and singer Dianna Agron is right on trend with her gorgeous braided up’do. She sports an intricate fishtail crown braid draped over her head, and her locks are full of natural fuzzy texture. Fishtail braids are surprisingly easy to make, and they work well with medium length hair. Look for video tutorials online and practice a few times before wearing your fishtail plait out – after all, practice does make perfect!

39. Lea Michele Medium Updo: Braided bun and choppy bangs


Actress and singer Lea Michele (also a co-star of Dianna Agron) looks fabulous with her dark, curly hair done up in a braided bun. Lea sports her signature long, choppy bangs and a thin side braid that connects to her bun. Her bangs are rounded at the corners for a softer look – a very flattering style for square shaped / angular faces. If you have a square-shaped face like Lea, layers are also a great hairstyle option, as they soften a strong jawline.

40. Bar Refaeli Medium Updo: Messy high bun


Israeli fashion model Bar Refaeli looks stunning with her warm blonde locks pulled up into a messy high bun. Bar keeps her look fresh and romantic with lots of loose strands of hair that frame her beautiful face. For extra impact, twist your hair before creating a bun – the twists will add to the texture of the bun, giving it depth and making it more dynamic.

41. Kourtney Kardashian Medium Updo: Puffy ‘do with black headband


Reality TV personality and socialite Kourtney Kardashian looks beautiful with her jet-black locks done up in a puffy bouffant with a black headband. We love the contrast between the smooth hair at her forehead and the voluminous, messy bouffant at the back. Headbands can hide a multitude of hair sins – from wild beachy locks to second-day styles – so invest in a few different types for every occasion!

42. Rita Ora Medium Updo: Fluffy bun


British songstress Rita Ora looks gorgeous with her soft honey blonde locks done up in a romantic, fluffy bun. Her bun is secured with a thin golden thread, and we love that she’s chosen this simple embellishment to update her hairstyle. She also sports delicate piecey bangs that have been swept up and off her forehead. Take inspiration from Rita and look out for cute and quirky hair accessories to decorate your medium up’do.

43. Zooey Deschanel Medium Updo: Side chignon and choppy bangs


New Girl actress Zooey Deschanel looks fantastic with her thick brunette locks in a side chignon. She rocks her signature choppy bangs and beautiful beaded earrings that complement her overall retro look.

44. Taylor Swift Medium Updo: Wavy up’do with twisted bangs


Country music singer Taylor Swift looks absolutely breathtaking with her honey-blonde locks in a wavy up’do. She sports delicately twisted bangs and many wavy layers that give her hair fantastic texture and depth. If you have naturally wavy hair like Taylor’s, this is a great medium up’do to try out. To recreate her twisted bangs, simply gather your bangs to one side, rub a bit of extra-strength hair gel into them, roll and twist them, and then secure them with discreet hair pins.

45. Selena Gomez Medium Updo: Curled up’do


Actress and singer Selena Gomez looks gorgeous with her cute and curly medium up’do. We love her natural, voluminous curls and the delicate tendrils of hair that frame her face. Don’t have natural curls? No problem – simply use a thin-barreled curling iron on your locks, and set your new curls with hairspray to keep them from losing their shape.

46. Julianne Hough Medium Updo: Sexy chignon


Safe Haven actress Julianne Hough looks superb with her blonde locks in a sexy, knotted chignon. She wears her hair swept back and away from her forehead, with plenty of volume at the crown. Mix things up by knotting / braiding your chignon before securing it for an edgy and modern finishing touch.

47. Taylor Swift Medium Updo: Tucked and rolled


Country music singer and serial heartbreaker Taylor Swift has us green with envy over her stunning tucked and rolled medium up’do. We love her dark ash-blonde hair color, her long, blunt bangs, and her bright blue eye-shadow. Simply fabulous. This hairstyle is perfect for thin hair, although you can recreate it with thicker hair – simply make bigger rolls, and secure them with more hair pins and clips.

48. Reese Witherspoon Medium Updo: Big, bold bun


Actress Reese Witherspoon looks gorgeous with her big, bold bun and subtle waves in her golden hair. Recreate this look with a handy hair doughnut, lots of hair pins, and a light, non-greasy hairspray.

49. Jennifer Morrison Medium Updo: Classy and curly


Actress Jennifer Morrison looks fabulous with her luscious locks done up in a classy curled bun. She sports little, delicate curls at the tips of her tresses, and a cute side-fringe that accentuates her eyes. Recreate Jen’s hairstyle at home by curling the ends of your locks before pulling your hair up into a bun. Keep your hair’s natural texture for a lovely “undone” look.

50. Taylor Swift Medium Updo: Lovely low bun


Country singer Taylor Swift looks gorgeous with her honey-blonde hair in a lovely low bun. We love her signature choppy blunt bangs, her warm hair color, and her flawless winged eye-liner. She finishes off her look with big silver earrings and bright cherry-red lips – utterly divine.

So there you have it – our  50 Best Updos For Medium Hair! We trust you will enjoy experimenting with your favourite styles – so have fun!


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