The word "updo" connotes either hours spent at the salon or hours watching YouTube videos trying to master exactly how to tease your hair in a way that adds volume but doesn't make you look like you just walked out of a hair-metal music video. The struggle, as they say, is real—especially if you have long hair. When you have long hair, there's so much of it to work with.
So we scoured the interweb to find the prettiest easy updos for long hair. They can be done sans salon appointment and will work for a variety of formal—and not-so-formal—occasions. Here, see 25 easy updos for long hair (aka the only inspo you need).
Meghan Markle's Classic Bun
An elegant, versatile option that's literally fit for a duchess.
Zendaya's Sleek Topknot
A simple, sleek topknot gets an upgrade with gilded hair accessories.
Gigi Hadid's Bombshell Updo
This is perfect because you literally only have to make one section of your hair curl perfectly—the rest you just pull back into a messy bun.
Bella Hadid's Slick Middle Part
A severe middle part adds polish to an otherwise simple topknot.
Joan Smalls's Mega-Long Ponytail
A high, curly ponytail looks totally put together and takes minutes to create.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Beachy Updo
The key to this effortless-looking hairstyle is the texture and face-framing pieces.
Saoirse Ronan's Embellished Updo
Add extra flair to a simple bun with a metallic accent piece wrapped around the base.
Reese Witherspoon's Voluminous Ponytail
Add volume at the crown of your head to elevate a basic ponytail.
Rihanna's Sleek Topknot
The perfect way to showcase a statement lip.
Stacy Ike's Double Buns
Because two is better than one (and basically just as easy to create).
Nicole Kidman's Face-Framing Ponytail
Fact: You can never go wrong with a wavy ponytail.
Issa Rae's Twisted Bun
A polished look that works for any formal occasion.
Zoey Deutch's Intricate Updo
This twisted updo looks harder to create than it actually is.
Selena Gomez's Loose Updo
Loosely pin sections of hair away from your face to create a similar look.
Ariadne Artiles's High Ponytail
A super-high ponytail with a little bend is a flirty look.
Jaime King's Funky Ponytail
A side ponytail with metallic accents makes for a quirky look.
Riley Keough's French Braid
To create this look, Dutch-braid a high ponytail, and then use dry shampoo to add texture.
Cara Delevingne's Braided Ponytail
French-braid your hair in sections away from your face before pulling it all into a high ponytail.
Blake Lively's Messy Braid
The messier the braid, the better.
Zoë Kravitz's Box-Braided Updo
Pull your box braids into a low, twisted bun à la Zoë Kravitz.
Margot Robbie's Low Buns
Who knew that two low buns could look so chic? The key is to cover the hair ties by wrapping them with a piece of your hair.
Chanel Iman's Fishtail Braid
We love the way this style makes a slinky metallic dress feel very rock 'n' roll.
Kate Mara's Futuristic Updo
These sleek, futuristic buns are surprisingly versatile.
Halsey's Platinum Updo
Create a high bun, but leave a thick strand of hair out and use it to cover your hair tie (and, as a bonus, add volume).