Back when I had a ponytail’s-worth of hair atop my head, I usually resorted to the updo for one or both of these reasons: There was a fancy occasion on the calendar or the weather left me no other choice. Otherwise, I’d have sticky strands sticking to the back of my neck. Regardless of the type of updo you choose for your texture or length, like a simple top knot or complicated chignon, preparation is key.
For those with shorter hair, celebrity hairstylist Keka Heron recommends adding texture and volume with a dry shampoo. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with the hair stuffing used to elongate model hair on the runways. Curly variations will also add dimension to a hairstyle that isn’t meant to be slicked back. If your hair is fine, shape tiny tendrils and for thicker textures, create larger ones.
Lastly, keep the following hacks in mind:
*You can never have too many bobby pins. Just make sure the grooved side is facing down for secure placement.
*Invest in a hairspray with flexible hold you can you still adjust your hair without the threat of crusty flakes.
*Teasing is your best friend.
For a protective style, such as braids or twists, swirl your strands into a towering beehive style.
For longer strands, get fancy with a fishtail topknot.
The classic milkmaid braid is always an option for long hair.
If you have fine, short hair, a tiny topknot looks just as sophisticated as a voluminous one.
For short, curly hair, simply sweep the hair up with bobby pins at the base of your head.
As long as your hair can be pulled back into a ponytail, a slicked-back low bun is cute and low maintenance.
For ultra-long hair, you can never go wrong with a towering topknot.
A slightly smaller topknot with loose tendrils also works for slightly shorter hair.
For naturalistas of every length, classic Bantu knots are a sure win.
For any hair length, a wet and wavy low bun looks beautiful.
If you want to spruce up a low bun, add an accessory for extra flair.
The ballerina bun is quick and easy for short to medium-length hair.
Go old school, yet stylish with a French twist for longer strands.
If you really want to stand out, experiment with intricate braided styles on long hair.
A loose, laidback pompadour style will add dimension to textured hair.
Cornrows into a topknot will also look gorgeous on textured hair.
Try a delicate low bun with tiny braids for fine hair.
Loose tendrils pinned down on either side will instantly transform super short hair.