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6 Gorgeous Updos for Short to Medium-Length Natural Hair

• Sep 23, 2013


By Chinwe of Hair and Health

Take your updos to the next level with these six styles:

1. Classic Pompadour

Even though this updo may be a classic for some, it can be daring and new for others. Reminiscent of Janelle Monáe’s look, this style can be done on short or medium-length stretched natural hair.

2. Bantu Knot Out Updo

This style is super gorgeous, unique, and can be rocked on short to medium-length hair starting from a set of bantu knots.

3. Pinned Twist-out Updo

For this look, you can start with your natural curls, a twist-out, or a braid-out.  Just pin up the back and you are good to go!

4. Criss Cross Updo

While this style looks intricate, it is not as difficult to achieve as it appears.  You will need a lot of bobby pins, but it will be well worth it in the end.

5. Faux Shaved Updo


This style is probably the funkiest of the six but is fairly simple to create.  You will start from a set of twists that are in bantu knots.

6. Funky Braided Updo

Also high on the “funk” meter is this look, which requires some basic cornrowing skills.  (Sorry, non-cornrowers.)  For this look, you will alternate between small braids and big braids.

Do you like any of these styles?

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8 years ago

The bantu knots look really challenging to do. I’ll try it tonight, but I’m a little worried I’m going to ruin it, lol…

8 years ago
Reply to  Tina

No worries.. You can’t ruin a bantu knot because it’s just a curl.. you only get better and more defined with em <3 Either way they always come out looking cool.

Suzan, UK
Suzan, UK
8 years ago

Good inspiration for trying some new styles.…..

8 years ago

The bantu knot updo is my favorite. I really like these kinds of posts, they give me inspiration (and more importantly instructions,) for what to do next.

8 years ago

i did get alot of “did you cut your hair” comments. Fauz shaved updo is really cute 🙂 it fits my small frame and face to a T and guys keep complimenting me on it (who knew). but i braid the back from bottom to top and leave my front deliberatley shrunken twists. i keep my “shaved” sides down with ecostyler , water and sometimes shea

8 years ago

Nice Hair styles!

8 years ago

I like the Bantu KNot out one which is very cute and totaly the style I would like to rock once my hair grow longer and healthier.

8 years ago

I love the Bantu Knot out style.I tried it on my hair once when it was shorter but it did not go well.Now my hair is longer,i will try it again and hope it will be cute because my hair is naturally fine and thin.

8 years ago

I like all the styles

8 years ago

Cute styles! You guys should check out Aisha of My Fro & I’s 30 Updos hair challenge. She wore a different updo for 30 days and has a tutorial series on it.It’s such a great source of inspiration especially for 4C girls who struggle to find hairstyles for them…they’re super cute and versatile.

7 years ago

i am definately trying the faux shaved side one!

Linda De La Cruz
6 years ago

I am definitely trying the first one, classic pompadour, it’s cute and is a new look for me!:)

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