A few easy updos for medium length hair include the bun, knots and braids woven into a bun. Other updo options include styles that are combinations of different techniques, such as a knot and a bun, or curls and a knot.
The Twist and Pin updo involves just twisting the hair into swirls and loosely pinning it to the nape of the neck. Adding pretty clips or fresh flowers is optional. Another take on this is to braid the hair tightly or loosely, depending on the volume, and then pin it up around the neck to create an elegant and formal look. The upside down braid and bun style is slightly more complex and requires the hair to be braided upwards while flipped over the head. The ends are secured into a bun a little below the crown of the head.
A chignon is a good style for casual outdoor activities. It is easy to do and requires no accessory. To change from the day to a more formal look for the night, simply braid the hair on one side of the head, and gather into a low chignon at the back. The French Roll or Twist is among the most formal updo styles for medium hair. It transitions effortlessly from a chic office party to a formal wedding reception at night.