12 Pretty Holiday Party Updos That Aren’t A Pain In the Ass To Pull Off

It’s office holiday party season, and we all know what that means—time to finish a full day at work, and then rush to the office bathroom to guzzle breath mints while you apply a fresh coat of mascara and attempt to do something with your limp workday hair. Sure, you see these people every day and no one is expecting you to show up looking like you belong on a red carpet, but no one likes feeling frumpy at a party.

That’s where these super-simple updos come in. Whether you’re out of time to get ready or you just suck at attempting fancy hairstyles, these updos are a quick and easy fix for looking stylish with very little effort. Most of them don’t require anything more than a brush, some hair elastics, and a bunch of bobby pins. Add a glittery barrette or a pretty headband for some sparkle, and you’re good to go.

Here are 12 party-ready updos almost anyone can pull together on the fly.

1. The easy twisty bun

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If you can twirl hair, you can create this bun. Just backcomb to add a little volume, then twist and pin.

Get the instructions HERE

2. A braided updo for short hair

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If you’ve got short to medium length hair, this is an easy style that looks super elegant and won’t take more than 10 minutes.

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3. Easy knotted updo for natural hair

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This updo looks so complicated and classy, but you can do it in basically 5 easy steps.

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4. Twisted flip bun

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A pretty barrette will help elevate this simple bun and make it a fit for any outfit.

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5. French Twist

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This classic French twist looks so Jackie O., and it’s as easy as rolling your hair and pinning it.

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6. The twist & tuck bun for naturally curly hair

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This easy bun is an elegant way to show off natural waves and curls.

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7. Fluffy Top Knot

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This pretty topknot is simple to create and pairs perfectly with some statement earrings or a bold makeup look.

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8. Easy plaited updo

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This updo looks like it takes a really long time, but it’s actually just two braids and some strategic pinning.

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9. The knotty updo

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If you’ve got super thick locks, this knotted style is the perfect way to get a chic and gorgeous updo without having to wrestle with your hair for half an hour.

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10. A simple chignon

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1, 2, 3, 4, and done.

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11. The Valentine’s Updo

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This hairstyle transforms natural curls and waves into a loose, pretty twist that’s perfect for any holiday ensemble.

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12. Wrapped headband updo

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This easy updo uses a headband and pins to secure hair in gorgeous twists. It shown here with long hair, but medium and shorter lengths could pull a variation of this look off too.

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Related-ish: 11 Super-Subtle Beauty Tricks To Score A Dramatic Holiday Party Look

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