12 Stunning Updos for Medium Length Hair for Formal Events

There are plenty of classy and stylish updos for medium length hair, ranging from a casual, carefree updo for a girls night out or weekend away or a more sophisticated updo for a more formal event.

Medium length hair seems to be the preferred style this year. Not too short, not too long and you still have a great deal of versatility when it comes to hairstyle choices. Whether you want to wear your hair down or in a fancy updo, there are a lot of options.

If you are looking for some elegant hairstyles for medium length hair, check out our list of updos for medium length hair, along with a brief tutorial for each!

1. Half Up/Half Down

This sexy updo works great and can be worn for a number of occasions, such as a formal business meeting or a special date night. To style, start with curled hair (this, of course, is a plus for those with natural curls or waves) and take a horizontal section from one side and twist it to the back of your head. Then take another horizontal section from below the first and do the same, knotting both sections together with a hair pin. Repeat until the entire side is pulled back and set with a strong hold finishing spray.

2. Double Braided Updo

Featuring two elegant braids, the French braid, and the Dutch Braid, the style is great for a formal event such as wedding or prom. To start, section out the bangs and a few pieces of finer hair in the front, then apply a good texture product through your entire head. Next, take a horizontal section above the occipital bone from temple to temple. Then start on one side and make a French braid that goes to the other side. But only use hair from that same side for the braid. Do the same in the opposite direction but make a Dutch braid instead. Then hide the ends of both braids by tucking and securing them with a hairpin. Curl any remaining tresses with a curling iron into sexy loose curls.

3. Soft, Curly Updo

With soft, loose tendrils framing your face, this stylish updo is both unique and requires little time and effort. Start with a good curl defining product and scrunch your hair to create as many curls as you can. Then, using a diffuser, dry your curls into luscious, thick curls. Leave enough curls to gently frame your face and twist the remaining hair delicately into the back. Secure it with bobby pins or a clip.

4. Cascading Curls

If you are looking for classy updos for medium length hair sporting your luscious locks, try cascading curls. This style works great for formal occasions. The straight and sleek style of the back is a great contrast for the gorgeous cascading curls on the top of your head. This style works best for those with naturally curly hair. To achieve this look, blow dry your curls with a diffuser, after applying a curling and styling mousse or gel. Then section out the topmost portion of your curls, gently, and pin them out of the way temporarily. Next, brush your hair up and over to one side, above the ear, brushing as tightly and flatly as you can. Twist into a tight bun and secure with pins and a hair tie. Use pins to create any style you wish with the curls in the bun, allowing a few strands to fall out if desired. Next, remove the section you secured previously and let those curls fall gracefully on top of your head creating a flirty, sexy look.

5. Retro Rocker Chick

The dramatic hair roll with coiled bangs and curly, slicked back ponytail is retro chic, as well as classy and elegant for an air of old-fashioned sophistication that works great for a formal event. Using a comb, section out a large triangular section for the roll and secure briefly with a hair clip. Next, tightly pull the rest of your hair into a medium height super slick ponytail and tie with a hair band. Remove the section you first secured with a clip and tease it from the base, then lift it, rolling it into a downward spiral. Secure the roll with a bobby pin and much hairspray. Then make loose curly waves in the ponytail.

6. Elegant Twisted Bun

This sleek bun works great for an evening out or special event as it is extremely stylish and sophisticated. First, apply a texture product to your hair, and make a side part. From both sides, take a section of hair from near the temple and secure with a hair clip. Then, where it is parted, twist a section of hair. Then pick up another section from the same spot, near your hairline and twist it once with the first. Do the same with the remaining hair working toward the back, leaving the hair on the temple out. Once all of your hair is twisted back (with the exception of the section remaining near the temple), secure it tightly with elastic. Repeat with the other side until the two sections meet. Then remove the twist from the first, secure both twists together and then tie with the hair tie, rolling the twists into a bun and securing with bobby pins. Curl any remaining sections with a medium-barreled curling iron and spray the entire head with a good finishing spray.

Braided Updos for Medium Length Hair


Braided updos for medium length hair look super cool and feminine. For example, a braided crown that involves French braids is quite trendy this season. However, if you do not like French braids, you can pull it off with any braids you wish, even with regular ones. Divide your hair into 2 pigtails, and let them be low. Braid both tresses and then secure them with hair elastics. Pull the braids up in different directions over the head and secure them with bobby pins – that is what they call a boho chic.

Elegant Updos for Medium Hair


Updos are ideal hairstyles for special occasions. An updo allows you to show off your gorgeous hair as well as open your shoulders for a sexy effect.

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