Ok, spring may feel like a literal eternity away, but in our opinion, it’s never too early to start prepping your hair for the new season. Our first step? Figuring out which updos we’ll be wearing as soon as the forecast picks up, because as easy as it is to throw your hair into a bun and call it a day, we’re all about going that extra mile—or, at the very least, making it appear as if we did.
Ahead, 5 spring updos that are so damn inso-worthy, you’ll be shocked that they’re actually completely beginner-friendly.
1. The Black – Velvet Twist
This spring we’re taking cues from Margot Robbie and gravitating towards styles that look and feel ~high-fashion~ but take only a hot second to achieve. The key to mastering this updo is creating texture and volume before you comb your hair into a bun: Begin by raking a lightweight mousse, like Kristin Ess Volumizing Mousse, through damp hair, then rough dry it with your fingers and a blow-dryer for texture. Finish off by twisting hair into a messy top knot, pinning it in place, and wrapping and tying a big, drape-y ribbon around it.
2. The Old – Hollywood Combover
With smooth, brushed-back texture and big, glam-level curls, this updo is the best of both worlds. Just create a deep side part, and, while letting one side of your hair hang loosely, scoop and pin the rest of your hair into a French twist. Then, lightly wrap your hanging layers around a curling iron and rake through them with your fingers for a soft, Old Hollywood finish.
3. The Braided Half – Up Bun
Take a spin on a classic half-up topknot by adding a sleek, inverted braid along your center part (almost like a spine). Work a pea-size drop of Oribe Smooth Style Serum through your hair to smooth any flyaways, then create a three-strand braid down the middle of your head until you’ve reached the crown. Bobby pin the braid in place, then brush the rest of your hair into a half-up ponytail, twisting and pinning the ends into a bun.
4. The Sideswept Faux Lob
An updo that can satisfy your desire for a lob without you actually having to go for the chop, the key to this style is loose, cool-girl waves married with amped-up volume, which you can achieve with a traditional hairspray or thickening mist, like R + Co Dallas Thickening Spray. Then, all you have to do is give your hair a deep side part, pull it into a loose bun, and let the loose pieces fall where they may. You can also touch up the latter with a larger barrel curling iron.
5. The Wispy Knot
If you have straight or wavy hair, nailing JLaw’s look is as easy as center parting the hair, twisting it back into a low knot (AKA a banana bun), securing it with as many U-pins as necessary, then pulling out a wispy section on either side of the face. If the face-framing strands need finessing, add a subtle bend with a flat iron or try the wave formation techniquewith a large barrel curling iron.