The Chic Updo

Have we all seen this photo?
I see it all the time from brides, bridesmaids, or any other client going to a formal event.
It’s beautiful.

So I used that as a little inspiration for a easy updo tutorial!
The Chic Updo

(Cream t-shirt is from Target)
*What you won’t see in the video tutorial is the finish with hairspray. I try not to spray a bunch of hairspray with my camera lens open. So be sure to spray with a strong hold hairspray when you are finished!*
This may be a little bit more complicated than some my other tutorials. And it’s really best on my length or longer. So if you have shorter hair and get frustrated, stick with half up styles for now!
You’ll see photos of a cleaner updo and one that I messed up a little bit by rubbing my fingers over it. 

(Yellow Dress is from Macy’s

So make sure you go somewhere fancy and show off your new ‘do!


  1. says

    Oh my goodness, your hair is just always so gorgeous, and I can’t help but absolutely love your pearls and yellow dress(?), too! Too cute. I can’t wait to get home today and try this out. Thank you so much for the tutorial, and have a blessed Monday! :)

  2. Anonymous says

    Your hair is gorgeous and you make it look so seamless! You are very talented! I also love your yellow dress/top! Can you tell me where you got it!
    Thank you for all of your ideas!

  3. says

    This updo is precious! I love it. My hair is a little shorter than yours but I might try it anyway. I was wondering, do you have any suggestions for styling thick hair? My hair is a long bob. It just is difficult to style sometimes.

  4. says

    I recently use that same photo for inspiration, but it was when my hair was much longer. I cut off a lot of it, so now I will have to try styling it your way!

  5. says

    LOVE! I’ll have to try this one, not sure if it will work – my hair is so darn heavy, the “half up” part would NEVER stay with one bobby pin! I’ll have to experiment:)

  6. says

    I always keep my hair in a short bob but for the past few months I’ve been letting my hair grow out, now it is almost to my shoulders. I’m at the point where I want to chop it all off again but since recently finding your blog you’ve giving me inspiration to keep growing it out. I can’t wait to try all these styles. Thank you for all your tutorials, I love every style!

  7. says

    So gorgeous! I think you should to a makeup tutorial or at least tell us what kind of makeup you use. Your makeup always looks flawless and effortless!

  8. Dani says

    I have been trying to grow my hair out for the past few months. My length is just a bit past my shoulders, but when I had my hair colored and “trimmed” last week (I am going to a new stylist… mine moved) she asked me about my layers. I told her I wanted to keep some of my long layers… well she didn’t listen so well. So now I have a very short layer. I am having problems doing any kind of up-do… do you have any suggestions? I haven’t tried curling it yet… I am afraid I will have a big fluffy mess and look a bit like a mushroom.

  9. Anonymous says

    You are a blessing to all hair-impaired women everywhere! Thank you for all the thought, time and energy you put into your blog. I just discovered you a couple of weeks ago and enjoy checking in daily. I’ve started using your Redkin regimen and my hair is looking and feeling MUCH better. Thanks to last week’s tutorial my bangs are looking better too – despite my cowlick – yea! Now I’ll be trying this pretty updo.

  10. Anonymous says

    I LOVE your hair. I would like to get mine colored similarly since I think we have about the same tones anyway. What do I need to tell my hair stylist? I really like how it’s slightly darker underneath…not BAM! darker. :) Thank you for all the wonderful tutes! So glad I stumbled upon your site a couple of weeks ago!

    danibrooke42 {at} gmail {dot} com

  11. says

    Dani: curling it will help when styling in an updo. And hairspray! But if you aren’t happy with your layers, talk to your stylist and see if just a little bit of thinning or texturizing at the ends could help them lay flatter.

    Just a thought!

  12. says

    Absolutely darling!

    I love the white and yellow top/dress too.

    I wore one of your styles to church yesterday. Lots of complements. Not sure, again, all my hair would fit in this one but it sure is pretty.

  13. Anonymous says

    I used that exact picture for my wedding updo!! Love that style and LOVE your hair tutorials!! The only thing better would be if you would come and style my hair every morning :o) Let me know if you are interested! 😉

  14. Anonymous says

    I am completely in love with your hairstyles! I stumbled upon you through Pinterest and now I’m hooked. But I have one request, you so need to include where you get your clothes at! You have the most adorable style and I’m always saying “dang, cute hair. DANG, cute top!” :o) Thanks for the great blog!

  15. says

    THANK YOU!!! I saw this updo on someone about a year ago and have been trying to duplicate it ever since!!!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!! It seriously looks beautiful and you are just stunning!
    PS- your yellow top and those earrings in all your posted pictures are GORGEOUS! I LOVE them!!!

  16. says

    What a great tutorial! It looks beautiful and I can’t wait to try it out. I would love for you to share this idea on my link party at

  17. Anonymous says

    Love this but it’s not working with my thick hair. My hair is the same length as yours but the pins won’t hold the weight and thickness. Advice?

  18. Anonymous says

    I’m having the same problem as anonymous…my hair is just a couple inches past my shoulders but when I “roll” it up it just falls out. Any tips?

  19. says

    I don’t usually spend much time doing my hair and if I have an event, I usually get someone else to do it. But last night I had a wedding to go to and decided to try this instead. I loved it! It held up well all night and I got tons of compliments. Thanks so much for posting these tutorials! They’re so helpful!

  20. Anonymous says

    Hi there!
    I am officially addicted to your blog :) You seem so personable and kind and I love your tutorials!!
    I have a question for you. I have an a line bob (chin-length) and I am hoping to begin growing it out. Do you have any suggestions on how to get through the awkward stages? I usually get so frustrated that I end up chopping it again. When I gew it out before I got it colored often and that got me through. I don’t think I can afford that right now though. I have fine hair that generally needs a lot of help :)

    -Christie from California

  21. says

    So I just found your blog through Pinterest and holy smokes, THIS WAS THE HAIRSTYLE I showed my stylist for my wedding back in ’08 and on our trial run she could not figure it out. Come wedding day, we had to go with a totally different, totally “too clean” of a look for me but learning how you did it, we went about it all wrong!

    Definitely adding you to my Google Reader, can’t wait to see what is in store next, cute blog!!

  22. Anonymous says

    Hi! I just did this for a wedding do last night :) it was a hit and I got a ton of compliments on my hair, thank you!!!

  23. julie says

    I’ve been looking for some new hair ideas and it looks like I came to the right place! You’ve given me some great ideas to change up from my boring ponytail look, thanks!

  24. says

    Ah! I LOVE this hairstyle! I just got married in September and wanted this hair style SO BADLY but my lady told me my hair is too long & thick. So we went with something else. BUT I LOVE THIS hair style and I had that same exact picture all over my life for months! <3 Thanks for this post! & hair lady was right. I just have too much hair for this.

  25. says

    I attempted this today and it actually looked pretty good! I have very thin, fine fair so I find it difficult to do my own hair. In general I am pretty terrible with hair and make-up so I found this to be very helpful. It turned out really well. Thanks for the tips!

  26. says

    I tried this tutorial and the curling iron tutorial. The tip about not having the curls split in the back is wonderful. I absolutely adore these earrings. I even commented on them on your Pinterest pin of this picture. When can I custom order these?

  27. says

    I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you. I just found your blog today through a friend on facebook. I have been searching for a new haircut to freshen up my look and bingo I saw yours, then I delved deeper into your blog and it is amazing! I am horrible at styling and have sucha hard time figuring it out, your step by step tutorials are awesome and every question I have about different looks has been addressed on here.. Even I can do it now after seeing it done! You are amazing!

  28. says

    My mom saw this and wanted to watch the video on how to do it so we watched it together. I have long curly hair, but decided to try it on mine too and it looked SO cute!

  29. says

    First of all-LOVE that you use K8 for your name-as you can see I do too : ) Secondly, your blog is totally helping me find the glamour in my hair I never really knew how to do-i’ve just spent an hour sitting here playing with it after doing your awesome curling method and I’m having way, way more fun than I ever imagined I would doing my hair. So so cute!!

  30. says

    Finally got around to trying this one yesterday. Loved it even though I didn’t get it to look exactly like your picture! (My bobby pins showed a little more, but I think with practice I will get better) Got several compliments on it including “Megan I’ve noticed lately you’ve been doing all these amazing things with your hair, where are you getting your ideas from??” :) Love your blog so much!!

  31. Sammie says

    Love this! I tried it, but my hair is much longer and is very thick, so before I rolled the bottom part, I braided it. Worked like a charm and added a fun little twist!

  32. Anonymous says

    I love this style too – picture perfect in your Macy’s dress and pearl earrings. Where did you get the earrings? I love them!!

  33. says

    Thank you for this tutorial. I have thick long hair and I struggle to do anything with it.. I lack the hair style gene apparently but your tutorials have inspired me to try something new.

  34. says

    Thank you so much for your videos! I grew up with a mom that kept my hair short while I was young, so I never really knew what to do with my hair other than curling it under or straightening it. I did this look for a Xmas party on Friday all by myself (with your video help of course), and it looked awesome! Thank you so much!!!

  35. says

    I stood in my bathroom for quite a while this evening trying to get this beautiful up-do. I just can’t. I think my hair is too smooth, and too long. Insert pouty face. Wish I could get it.

  36. Anonymous says

    Love this! I tired it today for a wedding, and did it on my first try! I have fairly long (down to my chest) hair, that is very fine. I curled it, sprayed it, and kind of back-combed it to give it some volume. The bobby pins aren’t as nicely hidden like yours, but it still looks good!

  37. Patti says

    I just found this on Pinterest and DIED! This was one of the inspiration pics for my wedding too! I ended up doing something slightly different, but I’m so glad you showed how to make this an “everyday” ‘do — I’m definitely going to rock this look often :) I have bookmarked the heck out of this blog; it’s great!
    P.S. Where did you get the pearl hoop earrings? They are so pretty!

  38. Anonymous says

    Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorials. You are so generous to share such needed info. Old dogs can learn new tricks.

  39. Anonymous says

    I tried your chic updo and it looked great! I put the picture on my pinterest page. Thanks so much for your tutorials!

  40. Anonymous says

    i want those earings!! i love them! your a gorgeous!! thank you for sharing your talent with the less fortunate!!

  41. Angela W. says

    This is the first hairdo of it’s kind that I have tried to do on myself. My hair is quite longer than yours, but I tried it anyway. My bun is a bit bigger, but I think I have created the same effect. It’s great for a wedding or other fancy occasion. I can’t wait to try some of your other hairstyle tutorials. Thanks for all the great tips and tricks!

  42. says

    I tried this in my hair because I think it’s so cute. I have SUUUUPER thick hair (not complaining), and it either took 25 bobby pins to hold it in, or my bobbies got all bent out of shape because I tried to secure too much hair with each pin. Can you recommend some bobby pins for really thick hair to help make styles like this possible? Thanks.
    amy in Idaho

  43. Anonymous says

    I was on interest looking for a nice up do and i followed your video and tried this out on m hair…. it looks wonderful and its super easy!!!! love it!!!!

  44. says

    Really cute updo! My hair is maybe an inch longer than yours. I just did this and it turned out cute but It feels a little loose and I had to use a lot more bobby pins and struggled to get them to stay in place. It’s cute, I’m just not sure how long it will last!! My hair is kinda thick but I just have A LOT of it. In my case would you recommend using larger size bobby pins…or….what would you suggest?

  45. Anonymous says

    I absolutely love your blog! I check it everyday to see what you’re doing! Spring is right around the corner and I have six weddings to go to between now and the fall, could you come up with some new posts for updos? I want some fun ideas to wear my hair differently to each one (I’ll be seeing a lot of the same people). Really looking forward to new ideas! Cheers!

  46. Anonymous says

    I absolutely loveee your blog!!! its amazing!! sooo helpful!! its seems as though the bobby pins you use hold your hair really well, what type of pins do you use?

  47. Anonymous says

    I have really thick hair and it is long. I have a hard time getting all the long hair wrapped up. Any suggestions?

  48. HayleyMarie32 says

    Your hair is so beautiful. I’ve been on all of your blogs to find new hair styles since I cut my hair into a bob in september and its grown to the length where it wont do anything. So im trying to find new hair styles for shorter hair. I love all of your hair syles! You are truly talented! :)

  49. says

    Love your hair! :) I just did the “chic updo” without a mirror sitting here in front of my computer watching your video :) I love it…this will be my go summer hair style because my hair is to short to look right in a pony tail…Thanks! I am going to look around some more!

  50. says

    Thanks for posting. I love this updo! Where did you get your earrings that are in the pictures with the yellow tank top? I love them!!!

  51. Katherine Rene says

    Finally–the style I’ve been looking for! This is the winner for my bridesmaid updo for my sis’s wedding! I have never liked updos that are too sleek or clean, especially ones with untouched curls that look untouched and hard as a rock. I had seen the picture at the top, but your version takes it above and beyond for me. So pretty!

  52. Anonymous says

    Thank you so much for this! I recently cut my hair and my boyfriend loves when I wear my hair up but I hate wearing ponytails because I feel like I’m going to the gym. This is perfect! I wore it to my grandma’s 100th birthday party yesterday and I’m wearing it again today to Artsplosure in Raleigh! I love it!

  53. Anonymous says

    My hair falls right above my shoulders and I tried this updo. It work with the short length if my hair and looked beautiful! Thank you for the great tutorial for the hair and creative impaired!!!!

  54. says

    Thank you so much for the great tutorial. Prior to this, I’ve NEVER had a presentable up-do that looked chic and age appropriate. I also always thought my hair was too thick for bobby pins – WRONG. I am learning to appreciate this basic but necessary invention :)
    I have already worn this hairstyle 5 times in the last week and receive tons of complements. Plus we are at the start of what promises to be a sweltering summer and this skill couldn’t come at a better time (I combine my chic up-do with a bit of a french braid to get my bangs off my face). Thank you. THANK YOU!

  55. says

    Thank you SO much for all of your amazing styles! I used to have a pixie and have finally grown it out to a length that I can have fun with…thanks for the tips!

  56. Anonymous says

    I just found your blog and I’ve spent more time here lately than pinterest! I’ve tried many of your “up-do” styles without much luck. My hair is about the length of yours but super thick and layered. Where you use one pin to hold, I use 4 and still it feels like its on the verge of falling. I love the look of my hair up and so does my husband, but I’ve never been able to do it myself. I so envy you girls that can just throw it up and it looks great! Any tips for me?

  57. Anonymous says

    This might be a silly question but what brand of bobby pins do you use? I have really thick hair and have trouble finding pins that will hold my hair.

  58. Jackie says

    Just did this hair do for work (its sweltering hot in Chicago), and it only took me a total of 10 minutes. What a fantastic way to do your hair for summer! Thanks for the tutorial!

  59. says

    I attempted this one this morning for the first time, and after a few frustrating tries, it finally came out pretty cute! My hair’s about the same length as yours, so I’m glad that there’s someone out there who does tutorials for mid-length hair. Most other tutorials I’ve seen have been for hair WAY longer than mine. How refreshing to find your blog. Thank you!

    Also, I’m from Raleigh, too. Represent! 😉

  60. says

    First off, you are absolutely beautiful and I just love every style you share with us! I usually just straighten my medium length hair every morning and go but not anymore — now I’m curling it and also putting it in a messy bun! Loving it!! Thanks for sharing!

  61. Anonymous says

    Thank you for giving us the confidence to try something new! I’ve been with the same style close to 20 years. Watching you and learning through your simple instructions make it so dummy proof! With 3 girls I’d like them to learn how to do different styles and get creative. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

  62. says

    Love your hair up-do tutorials!! I was considering cutting my hair, but now that I’ve found this blog, I may keep it a little longer. (no pun intended) Anyway, so excited. I’ve tried three of your hair styles and they’ve all turned out great so far! Thank you, thank you!

  63. says

    I love your blog! Before your tutorials all I could do was put my hair up in a pony tail or twist it up with a clip. Thank you for helping me look put-together.

  64. says

    I never wear my hair up because i am self conscious about my big ears, but i tried this for my office Christmas party last night and it was so easy and pretty. I loved having the side pieces slightly draped over my ears, but still enough exposure to show off my great earrings.
    Thamks so much

  65. says

    This is probably my favourite updo, but my hair never looks so formal, always a bit messier.
    But thank you so much for this tutorial

  66. Nicole says

    Am I missing something or where is the tutorial…?

    I am OBSESSED with this hair and must know how you did it!

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    Hello Kate,
    i know this video has been up on your site for a couple years but i still wanted to let you know how much i enjoy watching your videos and the styles you show.
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  84. Jenny says

    I love this look! Unfortunately, it didn’t work with my hair.
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    so this do did not work :(

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