Updos have found their place time and time again in Hollywood, from the iconic tiara-dressed French twist on Holly Golightly to Julia Roberts's giant looped pony at the 2001 Oscars to Jessica Alba's plaited low bun that every single girl in my graduating class (including myself) wore to prom. As iconic and head-turning as these pinned-back styles were, today's starlets are opting to wear their hair down and curled or waved. Don't get us wrong, we're all for keeping things low maintenance, but when the occasion calls for it, there's nothing like a good updo.
Whether your upcoming occasion is homecoming, a wedding, or your own special day, let us convince you to #bringbacktheupdo, starting with the below celebrity styles. No matter your length or texture, you're bound to find something worth enduring a headful of bobby pins for. Take a look at our favorite updos below.
J.Law rocked short hair for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 press circuit, but that doesn't mean she couldn't still wear a cool updo during her grand tour. This look was so cool, in fact, that it cost over $4620 to create—her stylist weaved a Dana Rebecca Designs Jennifer by the Yard Necklace into double braids before pinning it back, continuing the actress's affinity for wearing chains in unexpected ways.
Hair clips and updos may seem very 2001, but in 2014 Rihanna wasn't afraid to combine a messy pile of curls with silver barrettes at the most fashion-forward event of the year: the Met Gala. We commend the risk; she looked phenomenal (per usual).
We were never big proponents of knots in our hair—that is until we saw this stunning knotted 'do on Julianne Hough. Stylist Lauren Burke of Nine Zero One Salon created four mini buns along the backside of Hough's head for the dreamiest structural look.
What's that? Oh, sorry, our hearts stopped for a second after looking at this photo of Lupita Nyong'o from the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. Pairing perfectly with her colorful architectural frock, the actress wore a large fishtail braid that was positioned perfectly long the left of her hairline by stylist Larry Sims.
Remember Ciara's painfully beautiful pulled-apart fishtail double crown braid created by mastermind Cesar Ramirez? Yeah, we're still not over it either—and truth be told, if it had been done neatly without all the extra fringe, it wouldn't have made nearly as big a statement.
A sectioned-off braided ponytail adds dimension to what could have been an otherwise simple 'do on goddess Rooney Mara. We love that the braid has been pancaked for more volume and texture than your typical plait.
We hear wedding bells chiming off in the distance, no? This romantic, bloom-filled 'do on Lucy Hale by stylist Kristen Ess is all you need for your summer/winter/fall/spring (okay, any season) nuptials.
What's your all-time favorite celebrity updo? Tell us below!