The natural curly hair life can be a bit draining at times, and there are moments where time is not on our side, and putting those curls in a bun is the best we can do. We turned to Instagram and other sources to gather a few updos that are easy to pull together, give off intricate vibes, and allow you to give that bun a break.
1. Braided bun
This high bun with three braids and laid edges from Instagrammer @chelliscurls is a perfectly elegant look that can be used for a fancy dinner or for an evening wedding.
2. Golden cuffs
Any hairstyle with golden cuffs is automatically upgraded to a goddess look. Simply add this accessory to several twists and then place your hair in a high bun to give off queenly vibes.
3. Messy cascade
For our 3a curlies, grab a two scrunchies and a lot of bobby pins and leave a few curls out all around the front part and sides of your head, and then gather the rest of your curls and tie them highly on your head. You can bobby pin whatever loose curls are hanging from the bun, or leave them out to give off that “messy bun” feel.
Similar to the last updo, this style only requires to leave some curls out in the front as bangs, and then place your bun high on top of your head. This would be a more “collected” look that can be diversified from day to night.
5. Side twist
For our wavy hair folks, this look from Instagrammer @wb_upstyles can be rocked at any event. Simply twist both sides of your hair and wrap it around your head, then join both twists together at the end and tie it as a low bun.
6. High bun with sidelights
This sensual hairstyle is perfect for any 4c curly girl. A high bun with four twist-out strands hanging in the front makes for the perfect summer look and will allow you to keep cool with your hair picked up.
7. French braid back bun
Here’s another easy and fun updo for our wavy and 2b curlies — a French-braided back bun! All you have to do is French braid the bottom back of your hair and once you’ve reached the middle of your head, simply collect the rest of it and twist it into a high bun.
8. Twisted and topped
This curly updo from @Marcelcursyouon for a special event is a protective style and will last a long time — in this case 2 weeks! It can also be taken down to be rocked as all-over curls, says Stephanie, who lives in New Orleans.
9. Sock bun
You can never go wrong with that sock bun. Rolling a half-sock or two together into a doughnut shape, placing it over a ponytail, then wrapping the hair around to cover the sock will create the perfect bun look. If you’re going for a more “messy” look, simply take out a few hair strands around your head, and tease them for a mild frizzy look.
10. Cornrow Bantu knots
This style featuring cornrow Bantu knots from @nigernianhairstyles isn’t as time-friendly as the aforementioned styles, however, it’s just as fun! This style, inspired by TLC’s “Left-Eye,” is perfect for any festival, concert, or for simply walking the runway of life!
11. Big braid bun
Instead of several mini-cornrow buns like No. 10, this one, also from @nigernianhairstyles gathers all cornrows into one glorious high bun, which is perfect for any occasion but even more so any summer event.
12. Three twisted buns
Here’s another mini-bun idea that doesn’t require any braiding. Simply part your hair in three big chunks, twist them to make them into buns, and then with bobby pin them together from the mid-to-back part of your head.
13. Pineapple updo
From Instgrammer @actually_ashly comes this quick and easy curly updo that is "my go-to during the summer time," she says. "It's perfect for many occasions year-round. I love to wear it when I'm running errands or even when I'm going to an event. It can be dressed up easily with some bold earrings!”
14. Sockbun twist
From @serenity_hairandmakeup comes this a sockbun updo with a flirty twist. It’s great to wear to a party or wedding.
15. Messy pony bun
Scottish Instagrammer @molliebanks5says, "This style is great for medium to long hair for any event, such as weddings, graduations proms, etc. I used some hair padding to create a fuller look underneath, but this isn't necessary — it just depends how much hair you have. Lots of bobby pins or kirby grips were also used to pin all the curls for the desired look." Read More Here