This princess-inspired half updo is elegant and easy to achieve. You don’t need long hair, or even have to be a brunette, to make this style work.

The Belle updo can make anyone feel like a princess.


Things You'll Need

Step 1: Curling your hair

Start by curling all of your hair. Pay extra attention to the front pieces, and make sure you curl each section all the way to the root.

To create this exact curl, use a 1-inch curling iron.


Step 2: Sectioning your hair

Split your hair into four sections. Let your part separate the two front sections, and then separate the back hair into top and bottom sections. Gather the top section in the back and secure it with an elastic, creating a ponytail.

Section your hair


Step 3: Flipping your ponytail

Above the elastic, create a hole/ open space with your fingers.

For best results, leave your ponytail a little loose.


Pull your ponytail through the hole from bottom to top, and then lay it down over your hair band.

Gently flip the ponytail inside out.


Step 4: Pinning your hair back

Separate your two front sections into four sections. Pull the very front sections back and pin them on top of the pony.

Twist the front section of your hair if it


Next, pull the other sections back to the same spot, covering the bobby pins you used on the very front sections. Don’t pull your hair back extremely tightly. It’s better to let it drape a little.

Use hairspray to hold your hair back in the bobby pins.


Step 5: Creating the bun

Lift your ponytail and place a wadded up paper towel (or roller or hair donut) on top of the elastic.

If you have thinner hair, you may want to tease the ponytail for better coverage.


Lay the pony over the paper towel and secure it right below with bobby pins, to create something that resembles a bun.

Use a comb, brush or your fingers to smooth the bun.


Step 6: Adding the ribbon

Tie the yellow ribbon around the bun.

You can use a piece of scrap fabric for the ribbon.


Hide the ribbon ends by tucking them under your hair and pinning them. If you can see through your hair layer in the bun, use a comb to even it out and spray it with hairspray.

You can re-curl sections of your hair if it has lost any curl.


There you have it: a sweet Disney look.

Finish with a spritz of hairspray all around to keep everything in place.