The first thing you think of when you hear the word updo is probably not cool. Classic might be more likely; I’d never attempt one could be another. But lately, we’ve been noticing a whole new crop of pinned-back styles, worn by our favorite A-listers, that are the opposite of the overly hair-sprayed styles of years past. No, these twists, buns, and braids are fresh, unique, and, yes, totally cool. Don’t believe us? We've got plenty of evidence.
Keep scrolling for several fresh, non-stuffy ways to wear your hair up, courtesy of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zendaya, and more!
Proof this hairstyle can look chic outside of high school prom: Chrissy Teigen, who gave the classic look a modern twist with tousled texture and windblown volume.
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We love Johnson's chic, twisted updo, courtesy of hairstylist Mark Townsend.
Intrigued by the half-shaved-head look but too scared to take the plunge? Take a cue from Kate Bosworth and fake it with an extreme deep side part, teased at the roots.
When all else fails, a super-sleek low bun will always save the day. Hadid's hairstylist Jennifer Yepez used Garnier Fructis's Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum ($5) to smooth her strands for a high-shine finish.
A twisted tuck is elegant—and, more importantly, way easier than it looks. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's hairstylist curled her strands first to add body, then twisted the left and right sections of her hair away from her face, pinning as she went. To finish off the look, she took the remaining ends and twisted them up, spritzing with Moroccanoil's Luminous Hairspray ($26) for hold.
Who needs a headband when you can braid? We love Lupita Nyong'o's braided crowd, courtesy of hairstylist Lacy Redway.
The easiest way to upgrade your go-to low bun? Loosen up some face-framing tendrils, then add a slight wave à la Selena Gomez.
Sienna Miller proves that grown-out bangs can be grown-up. Just tease them, flip them back, and pin them in place, letting the ends curl slightly. So good.
The key to a sky-high topknot? Use this expert trick, straight from Zendaya's hairstylist: Secure your strands into a ponytail first, wrapping an elastic at the base. Then, curl your strands and wrap them around the elastic for a bouncy, super-voluminous ballerina bun.
Which of these updos would you try? Sound off below!