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What Are the Different Types of Classic Updos?

Megan Shoop
Megan Shoop

Many modern updos have taken some wild twists and turns, ranging from hairstyles that feature hundreds of braids woven together to curls piled high and pinned in tall domes. Though these styles are popular on fashion runways and at some art galleries, classic updos still stand the test of time in real-life situations. These hairstyles complement a wide range of face shapes and pair well most types of fashion, which is what makes them classics. The coiled bun and the classic chignon are two classic updos that are simple and versatile, which is probably why they continue to be popular.

The coiled bun usually starts with a ponytail of some kind. The ponytail may be high or low, swept to the side, or centered near the back of the head. The stylist usually secures the ponytail with a covered elastic band to keep it in place. Next, the ponytail is twisted into a long, dense rope and wrapped around the base of the ponytail. It is then secured with bobby pins.

Woman holding a book
Woman holding a book

This method is the simplest way to create a bun, but those who like to play with their hair can certainly modify this category of classic updos. One of the easiest ways to modify a bun is to use decorative bobby pins to secure it. Pearl or enamel pins work well, as do rhinestone and resin pins. The decoration should typically either match or complement the wearer's outfit.

Another easy way to turn a simple bun into an elegant style is to cover it with netting. Elastic or wire netting covers the hair, hiding any little mistakes, and giving the bun instant shine. A stylist may also braid the hair before coiling it into place. One braid usually creates a very thick bun, while dozens of smaller braids may be coiled together to create a more complicated style.

The chignon is another one of the classic updos. Though easy to create, they offer lift and volume to the hair, making these classic updos ideal for complementing evening formalwear. When choosing one of these classic updos, one may choose among hair sticks, combs, and bobby pins to hold and accessorize hair. What a woman chooses often changes the style of the chignon.

A chignon held with hair sticks usually starts with a loose ponytail gathered at the nape of the neck. The stylist places a hair stick horizontally across the base of the ponytail and begins wrapping the stick up in the ponytail. When all of the hair is coiled around the stick, the stylist slides the stick diagonally against the back of the head. An additional stick may be added for security or decoration.

When using either pins or combs to secure these classic updos, the stylist usually also begins with a low ponytail. It is then twisted upward so it lies against the back of the head in a tight roll. The stylist may leave the ends of the hair loose or tuck them under the roll to hide them. The stylist then slides pins or combs against the back of her head to hold the chignon in place.

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