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Updos for Medium-Length Hair

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Rooney Mara has gathered her medium-length hair in a high chignon. The hair above her forehead is draped in a bow across her forehead
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Shoulder-length hair is suitable for many cool updos. In our photo gallery, we show updo styles from casual to sophisticated. With our step by step instructions your updos will turn out stylish and last through the day

  • Shoulder-length hair is sufficiently long for most updos and may actually be preferable for casual updos. Short stray strands of hair soften the style, which otherwise could look austere.

  • Styling Instructions: Rooney Mara’s Chignon with Hair Bow across the Forehead

    If you mostly wear your shoulder-length hair in beach waves or a trendy bob you may want to consider adding a few casual and elegant updos to your arsenal of hairstyles. Rooney Mara demonstrates how a surprising style element like the hair bow across her forehead can spice up the familiar high chignon. Simply follow our step by step styling instructions to create your version of this hairstyle.

    Styling Tools: Styling comb, extra-gloss hairspray, hair gel, scrunchy, bobby pins, and hairspray

  • Styling Instructions:

    • Comb your hair straight and apply extra-gloss hairspray.
    • Use a styling comb to separate a strand of hair above your forehead in such a way that a short parting runs from the hairline upward toward the crown of the head.
    • Apply a small amount of hair gel for better manageability.
    • Gather the hair in the back of the head to an austere high chignon.Drape the separated strand of hair above the forehead in a bow across the forehead. Secure the end of this bow using bobby pins.
    • Use hairspray to secure the hairdo.

    You find several other beautiful updos for medium-length hair in our photo gallery. Step by step instructions are included.

  • Gallery: Updos and Instructions

    Updo Instructions: Amber Heard

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    Amber Heard with Updo

    Actress Amber Heard has pinned her medium-length wavy hair to a casual chignon, which ends just short of the neckline.


    Apply dry shampoo and slightly tease the hair near the roots to give your hair the necessary bounce. Then use a curling iron to create waves and curls; apply hairspray to make sure that the curls keep their shape. Loosely fasten strands of hair with bobby pins in the back of your head to form a casual chignon. Finally, secure the hairdo with hairspray.

    Updo Instructions: Dianna Agron

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    Dianna Agron with Updo

    Simplicity works! Dianna Agron demonstrates how feminine and pretty this simple chignon plays up her face and makeup.


    Use dry shampoo to remove excess oil from your hair. Gather your entire hair to a high chignon near the crown of your head. With hair of medium length a few stray strands of hair will naturally escape the updo and softly frame your face. If you are partial to austere looking updos you should use bobby pins to keep those stray strands of hair in line. Dependent on the shape of your face, you may wear this updo with or without fringes.

    Updo Instructions: Jaime King

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    Jaime King with Updo

    Jaime King uses an Alice Band to keep her playful updo in shape.


    Create a middle parting and braid the hair on both sides of the head. Gather the two braids and the rest of the hair in the back of the head and form a chignon. Apply hairspray before adding the Alice band as appealing accessory and for more hold.

    Updo Instructions: Nicole Richie

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    Nicole Richie with Updo

    Fashion designer, actress, and author Nicole Richie has styled her medium-length hair into a banana updo. Long fringes frame her face.


    Apply volumising powder and slightly tease your hair. Gather your hair in the back of your head and tightly fold it into the banana shape. Use bobby pins to secure the hair banana. Blow-dry the long fringes so that they casually fall into your face. Apply hairspray for all-day hold.