Make your own updos – instructions& current trends

Updos are practical, sexy or elegant. Depending on the occasion, the appropriate updos can be conjured up. Whenever long hair is in the way or doesn’t match the outfit, an updo is a nice alternative.

Artistic creations for festive occasions or your own wedding day should rather be done at the hairdresser.

For everyday life, however, there are enough beautiful updos that are easy to do yourself.

Here is a nice selection of updo hairstyles, which is currently particularly trendy in 2016. Take a look at the video:

Which updos suit which occasion?


Whether it’s a wedding, grandpa’s 80th, in the office or simply during sports – the chignon is always a suitable alternative to the braid or the open hair.

But when does which Varianteam fit best?

For the casual look The simple bun is optimal, but it should not look too severe. For the Sport A fixed chignon, such as the sock chignon or the blogger chignon, is suitable for a bridal hairstyle.

For the work updos are also a good choice if the hair is not to be a nuisance. For office& Co you can already a little more elegant hairstyles. A beautiful chignon or a twisted banana look neat without looking overdone.

For Celebrations such as weddings, balls and family parties may also include the updos already be a little more complicated. Especially the bridal hairstyle may be more voluminous and extravagant. Cord technique, hair loop, scroll or flower wreath are never out of place for the bride. But the wedding style would then exceed the self-made variant&

Whether luxuriantly pinned up curly strands or strictly coiffed, is entirely at your own discretion. As soon as the hair goes beyond shoulder length, almost all updos are possible.

For special festivities, such as their own wedding hairstyle, can also be helped with hairpieces.

Here we have a Video with a simple updo hairstyle to do yourself found. With a little practice it should work well! Further down you will also find 3 of our illustrated instructions for updos.

What updo hairstyles are in vogue?

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Wear current the Hollywood stars especially the bohemian look. Here you can not avoid braiding, because artfully braided updos belong to it.

Everything, which is connected with braiding elements, belonged to the top current hairstyles. The braid hairstyles do not always have to be neat. Especially the young stars like to wear deliberately disheveled herringbone braids or a Messy Bun.

But most ladies currently opt for a braided hairstyle. Depending on the occasion and possibilities, this can be close to the head or artfully draped.

On the international catwalks the trend is current already clear to see. Artfully folded or wrapped chignon styles will dominate the fashion world and provide great inspiration.

A low-set chignon will be just as fashionable as a very high-set, braided knot. Also the XXL variant, with which gladly may be helped with hairpieces, Is back in trend.

It is noticeable that the updos are either Strictly gelled and are thus quite smooth or in the popular "Undone look" are held. For the gel look they need a good gel. To make the hair more manageable – especially in updos – a volumizing powder is perfect.

Curls are also currently in the updo hairstyles back IN.

Make your own updos – Audrey Hepburn in 2 variations

You’re hot on hairstyles that are favorites on Instagram or iStock? Then try these legendary Audrey Hepburn updos to do yourself. Today as then they are a trend. They will always remain as classics for beautiful updos.

First variant Audrey Hepburn updo hairstyle

Who would not like to experience the elegance of an Andrey Hepburn on a great evening or on an exciting event for itself once? This does not have to be a dream! If you have shoulder-length hair, it’s not a problem. Compare our model before and after.

Here you get the instructions:

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The hair is divided from ear to ear on the top of the head and pinned together. The other half of the hair is tied into a ponytail at the back of the head.

Now detach the top hair again and separate a side strand on both sides. Clip the middle part again. Backsweep the side sections at the hairline to create some Add volume to the hair to bring. Then work the side sections into the ponytail.

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Now divide the front part into two parts and pin the upper part again with hair clips. The lower part is now strongly toupeed, then twist inwards or. fold in and pin with pins.

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Use the comb to toupee the ponytail as well as to roll it back inwards and fold it upwards. This hairstyle now a little bit under the upper hairstyle well with hairpins to fasten.

Finally, the strand of hair above the forehead is also tousled and pinned back into a thick roll. Between the two hair quiffs would have even a small tiara place. Small protruding hair ends should be sprayed with hairspray for the finish, for example with NIVEA Diamond Volume Styling Spray.

Finished is an updo inspired by Andrey Hepburn.

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Second variation of updo inspired by Audrey Hepburn

Here again is the before and after comparison. And then we immediately start with the instructions ..

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With this variation you pull your parting to a Side parting, whereby you can choose left or right according to your own preference. Section off a wide strand on each side and pin up. Tie the remaining hair into a high ponytail at the back of the head with a normal hair band.

Then curl the hair texture of the ponytail with a thick curling iron to form a curl. For this purpose, the thick braid is ideal Curling iron from Babyliss.

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Finally, lift the ponytail a bit so that a half chignon is visible from the front view. Now just pin the end of the ponytail at the nape of the neck and let the ends peek out to the sides.

This look is really easy and quick to do, without, however, its elegant effect to lose.

Doing an updo yourself – The only way is up

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Perfect knot

Casual updos are absolutely trendy. In addition, the casual variant can be worn on many occasions and looks simple, elegant or sporty depending on the outfit.

Longer hair is wonderfully tamed and doesn’t interfere with work or sports. But the great topknot also makes a good figure to the evening dress. With some Hair accessories can easily spice up this look Become. Just add some hair jewelry and you have the pimped version.

This hairstyle works best with hair that is at least shoulder length and not too parted.

A real All-rounder, which should definitely be copied once! We will show you this updo to do it yourself step by step:

Step 1 – Moisten hair with heat spray

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Brush the hair well and then fix it with a Heat protectant spray wet well. If no heat protection spray is at hand, a spray bottle with water will also work.

However, especially longer hair should be well protected before treatment with a straightening iron to prevent unwanted split ends.

A cure pack should definitely be part of your hair routine the next time you wash your hair.

Step 2 – Straighten hair

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Gather the hair on the top of the head and pull small sections through the straightening iron. Straighten each strand to the ends of the hair so that no hair sticks out.

Do it exactly as our model shows it here. Gather the top hair into a small chignon and start with the lower strands of hair. Gradually take more hair out of the chignon and smooth layer by layer.

This is how you get a great result.

Step 3 – Gather hair at the top of the head

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Is the entire hair silky smooth, fix the braid tightly on the top of the head with a hair band. Pull the braid tight and make sure that no strands are sticking out.

While doing this, put the ponytail as high as it can go. Such a ponytail can be made especially easy with an open hair tie. Simply pin two hooks together here. So the straightened hair remains much neater and the ponytail sits tighter. Make sure that really all hair has been captured.

Tip: Many people find it easier to tie the high braid overhead – just test it out.

Step 4 – Styling a chignon

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Now the ponytail is pinned loosely around the hair tie. Use the following Curling pins in your own hair color. Blondes reach for golden hairpins. Test how the chignon falls most beautifully. Depending on the length of the ponytail, the chignon can be smaller or larger. Try to pin only one round of hair and then fix the tips under the chignon. Loosely pluck into shape and smooth protruding hair with a little hair wax. Be sure to incorporate loose strands into the chignon.

Also a Chignon cushion can be used. A chignon cushion can be made quite easily yourself!

Step 5 – Soften the look

To soften the look, you can pull out small strands of hair at the front of the temples on the sides to flatter the face. Spray the chignon with shine spray for more shine. Fix the roots at the nape of the neck with hairspray.

More posts on hairstyles that might interest you

In addition to this article on updos, we have a whole bunch of other posts on hairstyles that might also be of interest to you:

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