3 Classic Natural Updos Anyone Can Do

Michelle Thames

by Mary Wolff

When it comes to curly hair, the possibilities are endless in terms of styles. An updo is one of the best ways to protect your hair from damage while still looking great. Here are a few of my favorite natural updos.

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1. The Low Bun 
This is so easy and gives you a polished look perfect for work. To create this look with your washed and detangled hair, simply pull all hair back in a low ponytail and continue wrapping strands around the center of the ponytail. Secure it with bobby pins and you have an understated and beautiful look. There are many variations on this look. Find a few interesting twists right here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxwl22qUvWU

2. The Top Knot 
This is like a low bun, but it is higher up on the crown of your head. This look is one of my favorite natural updos because it always looks great for both work and play. It lets you show off your curls without them being in your face. While there are many variations on this style, you make a basic top knot by pulling hair into a high ponytail on the top of your head. Then separate the ponytail into parts and wrap one section around the ponytail and then wrap the other section around the bun. Secure with a bobby pin to keep the hold. Here are a few of  my favorite variations on this look; http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/home/10-of-the-best-top-knot-tutorials-on-all-lengths/

3. Bantu Knots 
When you want a look that is fun and young, Bantu knots are a good choice. They are quick and easy to do for an added bonus. To create this look, separate hair into several sections. Apply a curl cream or setting cream to prevent flyaways. Twist a coil at the scalp level that will hold the shape. Don’t twist the entire section like this because you will be simply wrapping the strands tightly around the twist you created. Once the section is wrapped around the coil you created, continue twisting and wrapping the entire head. For a more in-depth look at this style, check out this guide; http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-hair-type-4a/bantu-knot-tutorial/

When it comes to natural updos, the key is to find a style that lets you still show off the beauty of your given texture instead of hiding it away. With these styles, you can do just that!

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