5 Sleek updos for long and medium length hair

/ 04.28.2015

When you have a special occasion or a big night out on the horizon and you don't know what to do with your hair, a sleek updo is always a good go-to hairstyle. It'll hold your mane up and off your face, and the glossy finish will keep it chic. To give you plenty of choice, we've selected five gorgeous sleek updos below, all you need to do is choose one!

1. Sleek chignon

Sleek chignon
Sleek chignon

This deceptively simple hairstyle is really just a half ponytail with the loop pinned out at the sides. It's a seriously polished style, so when you have to dress to impress, this is the updo you need!

Styling tip

To banish any pesky flyaways, spray a toothbrush with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray and smooth it over the wispy hairs.

2. Low bun

Low bun
Low bun

A sleek low bun is the perfect back-up hairstyle for long hair, whether you planned it or just decided to rock it last-minute. The bun will keep your mane under wraps as elegantly as possible, and you can dress it up with some glam jewelry.

Styling tip

Apply Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream to damp hair before blow-drying to get a frizz-free finish.

3. Braided updo

Braided updo
Braided updo

If you love braiding, a sleek, braided updo is perfect for you; you can French braid it, fishtail it... whatever you like! If you have a wedding to attend or want a cute look for a party, a braided updo is a great choice.

Styling tip

Spritz your hair with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray to add shine and eliminate flyaways before braiding.

4. Twisted chignon

Twisted chignon
 Twisted chignon

When you like the idea of a bun, but want something a little different, try a twisted chignon instead. Rather than twisting and pinning your hair up in one piece, do it in several smaller sections to create a more intricate updo.

Styling tip

For maximum grip, spray your bobby pins with dry shampoo.

5. Sleek low ponytail

Sleek low ponytail
Sleek low ponytail

Though not strictly an updo, a sleek low ponytail is a classic long hair look. It's a simple yet polished hairstyle that can be worn everywhere.

Styling tip

To personalize your pony, accessorize with a hair cuff or understated barrette.

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