To make an updo hairstyle, gather the hair into a pony-tail either at the top of the head or at side near the nape of the neck. Comb the hair smooth, then twist it into a doughnut-shaped bun. Secure with pins.
There are several variations of the updo hairstyle that are quick and easy to perfect. The hair can be gathered and braided at one side near the nape of the neck. The braid can be twisted into a bun and secured at the side or swept across the crown for a milk-maid effect.
The classic 1940s look, the French twist, is done by sweeping hair to one side, then twisting it from the nape to the crown toward the center back of the head. The ends can be tucked into the twist at the top of the crown or left in tendrils.
A bouffant style is achieved by dividing hair into a top section at the crown and a horizontal section from ear to ear across the back of the head. Take the lower section and gather it into a low ponytail at the base of the neck, then form it into a loose bun. Back-comb the hair at the crown, sweep it to one side, then tuck the ends into the bun.