Formal hairstyles
17 September 2018

The Most Stylish Yet Easy Formal Updo Hair Tutorial You’ll Ever Do

Hoorah your formal is here! It’s THE best time of the year where you get dressed up and partay with your friends, it’s your time to shine! You’ve been planning your look with your besties all year! From the dress to the shoes the bag, hair, and makeup, the look must be bang on from head to toe and we want you to glow girlfriend!

We’re here to help you with the hair part! If you want to let your dress shine then you need a sleek and stylish hairstyle to compliment it. A bun is perfect for this to set off your dress, cheekbones, and your kissable neck. *Wink*

In this video, we show you how to create this easy formal updo so you can do it yourself at home before you head off to pres and be the belle of the ball!



Easy DIY Formal Updo Tutorial | VS Sassoon


How to: Formal Updo Side Bun


1. Prepare your hair by using a heat protectant. Now you can start curling your hair. Follow these steps to achieve the prep for the updo:

  • To curl hair, hold the curler with the clasp open and facing forward, take a section of hair and starting 2 -3 centimeters from the root, wrap it around the curler. 
  • Hold it in the hair for approximately 5 to 10 seconds depending on your hair type and condition. 
  • Repeat until all the hair is curled. See our tutorial for more details on how to curl hair the right way if you need some tips and help with your curling technique. 


2. Create a side part then separate the top section splitting from temple to crown and clip up on top of the head.


3. Brush back into a low, side ponytail and secure with a hair tie.


4. Secure a second hair tie around two thirds down from the base of the ponytail.


5. Place the bobby pin through the bottom hair tie loop the hair under and secure it into the hair tie at the base of the ponytail to create a soft bun.


6. Smooth the front section with your fingers. Loosely sweep it to the side and back securing it with a bobby pin into the ponytail.


7. For the extra stylish finish add a decorative clasp.


And that’s how to create a simple yet gorgeous formal updo side bun.


How Do I Get This Look?

Wow! How easy was the updo? You can easily do this in the comfort of your own home! The best part? You can do this with your girls and get ready together before the big pre-formal gathering.

For this look, all you need is:

  • A curling tong
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray

Madeleine is using the 25mm Curler from the Ceramic Curler range. It also comes with a 19mm curling wand for tighter, defined curls and the 38mm Curler for softer curls and waves.


Learn how to style your hair for formals, parties and weekend hangs

If you want more hair inspo then check out our post for the top 12 formal hairstyles for this year’s trending looks. 

With the right tools and techniques, we can show you how to create stunning hair for formals, straight styles for school and lazy girl weekend waves with a tool that does the work for you.

We have a range of stylers which are designed to make doing your hair at home easy so you don’t need to go to the salon.

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