A side updo is a hairstyle that is swept up and gathered to the right or left side of the head. Side updos range from very informal styles to more classic versions that are often worn by brides. The side updo can serve as a fresh and modern alternative to other classic updos, such as the French twist, the chignon and the bun. A side updo also requires longer hair than the average updo, as the hair must be gathered both up and to the side, which is hard to achieve if the hair is shoulder-length or shorter.
A side ponytail is a hairstyle that’s most commonly associated with hair trends of the 1980s. This version of the side updo can be achieved with straight or curly hair. The side ponytail has been parodied in such films as Napoleon Dynamite, The Wedding Singer, and Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. A more modern version of the side ponytail can be achieved when the ponytail is secured in a low position near the nape of the neck and falls over the shoulder.
Hair that’s gathered to the left or right side and pinned beside one ear has become a popular wedding hairstyle for brides. This style of side updo is typically loose, featuring wavy tendrils of hair at the front to frame the face. The “side bun” as it is sometimes known, is also often complemented with a flower, crystal hair clip, or other wedding hair accessory. Side buns are sometimes accompanied by bangs that are swept to the side, a combined look that’s been seen on such celebrities as Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift.
French twists that are secured behind one ear are another version of the side updo. This side twist is also a popular wedding hairstyle with brides, and typically accented with bejeweled hair combs, flowers, and other accessories. Another variation of the side twist updo features the hair twisted at the side and flowing loosely over one shoulder in a ponytail.
Braids have become a popular addition to the modern side updo. Hair that’s French braided off to the side will then rest over one shoulder naturally, without the need of bobby pins or barrettes. Tiny braids can also be added at the front of the hair and secured around the crown of the head to complement a loose side updo.