There are some outfits and events when a casual, chic hairstyle is all that is needed to really pull your look together.
For such an occasion, the messy updo is the perfect look for you, as these celebrities show!
Alyson Michalka - Perfect for Curly Hair
If your hair is naturally curly, or you love nothing more than pulling out your curling iron and pumping your locks full of curls, then this messy updo from Alyson Michalka is a great option. Now, you might think it odd to pin away your cascading curls with an updo, but the result you'll get is a soft, romantic style that shows off your curls and gives them the chance to shine, all while also giving you a different look and showcasing your face.
Victoria Justice - Perfect for Straight Hair
Straight hair, especially long straight hair, can get a little boring if all you ever do is wear your hair out and down. Unleash a new look by taking your cue from Victoria Justice and sweeping those locks up and pinned back into a casual yet chic updo. Don't forget to keep some healthy hair strands out around your face, and to keep those locks in tip-top shape so they look this fantastic.
Summer Glau - Side Styled
An updo hairstyle doesn't have to mean a classic hair-at-the-back-of-your-head look. Side styling your updo into a low, under-your-ear bun creates a look with plenty of pizazz and interest. This look can be done with straight hair (like Summer Glau) or curly locks. Just keep it loose and unrestricted for the best result.
Messy Updo Don'ts
Don't make the look too casual (à la Ashley Tisdale - pictured lower left).
Don't leave too much hair down (Julianne Hough, top left).
Don't overload your hair with too much hair styling product.
Don't style your hair too flat. Remember to add plenty of hair volume.
To see how you'd look with any of these great updo hairstyles click on each image to try the virtual hairstyle with your own photo!