Attempting to replicate one of the updo hairstyles you’ve saved to your Pinterest hair mood board is similar to ordering clothes online: nothing looks the same in reality.
While you can’t return a hairstyle for a refund, you can save yourself some time and effort during your styling session by referring to more realistic source material. That’s where the celebrity hairstyles listed below come in.
These tousled ponytails, topknots, and undone French twists are all red carpet-worthy, but they’re simple enough that even if you don’t have a professional glam team on speed dial, you can get a similar look.
Taraji P. Henson
Hairstylist Tym Wallace gave Taraji P. Henson one of the most glamorous top knots we’ve ever seen at the 2021 Emmys. Her voluminous tight curls were highlighted by the knot, which had a sleek base. Finish the look with Henson’s haircare line’s Keep Shining Dry Oil Mist for extra shine.
Y2K is calling, and the decade wants you to embrace the 2021 comeback of many of its beauty trends, including Cabello’s space buns by Dimitris Giannetos. Simply divide your hair in half, braid both sections, and twist them into buns to achieve the look. Don’t forget to leave two face-framing tendrils out as well.
“Timeless” and “class” are two words that come to mind when thinking of Winslet’s overall look, but they also apply to her low chignon. If you’re looking for a simple yet elegant look, look no further. Renato Campora added bends and movement to the hair with a curling iron before twisting it up at the nape of the neck. Then he set the style with Elnett Satin Hairspray by L’Oréal Paris.
For the 2021 Met Gala, the singer wrapped stands of her locs around the base of her high ponytail to make the classic updo feel extra special. This look is stunning on locs, but it also looks great on braids.
Like Mandy Moore, add a set of soft, textured bangs to your ponytail. Ashley Streicher’s tousled texture, achieved with T3’s Single Pass Curling Iron, adds to the style’s laid-back vibe. You can also use clip-ins like Moore did if you don’t want to commit to bangs full-time but love the look.
If Bieber’s undone updo looks familiar, it’s because you wore something similar in 2002. Jen Atkin added waves and bends to the star’s hair with a Dyson Corrale flat iron before pulling it up and leaving two face-framing pieces out. The beauty of this style is that it’s not meant to be perfect, so there’s no need to be too meticulous when twisting it.