Wedding and prom season are in full swing, and updos are all around us. Though it’s true you can never go wrong with a classic chignon, if you aren’t afraid of walking to the beat of your own drum, there are plenty of other updo hairstyles to try!

Whether you’re attending a big event or going out for the night, these creative updos will ensure your hair is fashion-forward.

Braided Faux-Hawk

Marietta Salon Creative Updo Hairstyle

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This funky braided updo is perfect for those who want to rock a non-traditional hairstyle. The focus of this unique style lies at the top of the head, creating an edgy faux-hawk look sure to put you in the spotlight. This is a fantastic hairstyle for spring and summer, as the side braids expose portions of your scalp, helping to keep you cool.

Statement Hair

Creative Updo Hairstyle Tips

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If you don’t have time to make it to the salon or the patience and skill required to create an intricate updo on your own, you can still make a statement. Pull your hair back in a simple bun or ponytail, and add an accessory to show off your personal flair. Try incorporating a big bow, large rhinestone hair clips or a velvet scrunchie to transform your regular updo into something special.  

Upgraded Donut Bun

Creative Updo Hairstyle Tips

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We’re a big fan of putting fun twists (or braids, to be more accurate!) on classic styles. This elevated donut bun uses a simple three-strand braid down the center of the scalp to break up the severe look. If you’re looking for ways to mask day three or four hair, turn that greasy mop into a fashion statement with this sleek look!

Half-Up Braid Crown

Marietta Salon Creative Updo Hairstyle

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Sometimes you don’t have to go all-in for everything to go just right, as proven by this elegant half-updo hairstyle. For this style, we gave the bride a half-up braid crown, completing the look with loose, dreamy curls. Take your half-updo to the next level by placing baby’s breath throughout your hair for an extra romantic vibe.

Mermaid Crown

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Both milkmaid and fishtail braids are a super trendy style, so when you combine the two you get a one-of-a-kind look that will have you setting trends instead of following them. By teasing your fishtail braids before wrapping them around your head, you can create a more voluminous look regardless of your hair texture. You can also leave sections of hair loose to frame your face for another unexpected take on the typical braid crown.

Getting ready for a formal event? These hairstyles are the perfect compliment to a cocktail dress! And speaking of cocktails, when you purchase a gift card of $50 or more at the Salon of Classic AutoSmith this May, you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of champagne to start your party off right.

Drop by the Salon for your next updo styling or schedule a hair consultation to let our rockstar stylists show you how you can achieve creative hairstyles on the regular.