One of the (many) reasons I love having long hair is that it gives me all kinds of styling options. I usually wear it loose and wavy, but I’ve been known to throw it into a chic updo from time to time—usually for a special occasion, but also when it’s super hot outside or I’m feeling a little lazy and not quite in the mood to tame hair that falls more than halfway down my back.

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Naturally, when I see the word “easy” referring to any type of hairstyle, I’m immediately intrigued. I dug up eleven easy updos—really!—that make life so much simpler when you’re in a bit of a rush and need to look pulled together without much effort. Check out these effortless styles that don’t require a background in hairstyling to achieve.

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