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    Short Hair Updos

    Short Hair Updos

    Short hair updos the messy side bun or the quiff in less than 5 minutes!

    Short hair updos like this cute hair style above, reminds me of a 30’s flapper coif with a hint of California boho and a twist of controlled funky hair styles all put into one! It just takes a little bit of ingenuity and maybe thinking outside the box to come up with these cute ideas for short hair updos!

    Britney asks:

    I have medium length hair with long layers, just touching my shoulders, and I’m not very good at styling it. I basically wear it one of two ways, smoothed with a hair dryer, round brush and touched with a flat-iron, or scrunched and air-dried to work with my natural wave. I want to find an easy short hair updo but haven’t a clue what to do with it – can you help?


    Our friends at have lots of quick and easy video tips on updos, hairstyles, makeup and fashion. Here is a great 2 minute video on “How to get a quick messy side bun” which is done on medium length hair with layers – perfect for you! (Check out their site for more quick how-to’s.)

    The ‘Quiff,’ is a quick and easy short hair updo!

    Kelly asks:

    I recently cut my hair short, a crop cut with longer layers and love it but, I pretty much style it the same all the time. I wear side swept bangs and just tuck it behind my ears. Any suggestions on a new cute way to style my short hair would be appreciated.


    Here is your perfect makeover Kelly! The quiff is a hair style that has been reborn, changed up a bit of course, but it goes back to 50’s and earlier with these famous celebrities! The quiff is a perfect way to make an short hair updo, and the beauty of it is it can look, modern, funky or elegant – your choice!

    For more great looks check out my Pinterest Wedding Hairstyles, Prom Hairstyles and Braid boards.

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    Long Hair Updos

    Long hair updos are a great styling option

    A lot of my clients don’t take the time to learn a few new twists that would, in the end, give them new looks with their hair. I think sometimes it’s just seems easier to do the same old thing when styling your hair, but learning just one new updo can help save the day. Here are some quick and easy long hair updos that might just come in handy over the holidays!

    The long hair double bun updo

    Long Hair Updo #1

    This is an easy long hair updo to wear straight from work or anywhere else that will transition well for a fun night out.

    1. Work with your natural texture, and pull hair toward the back of your head.
    2. Create two sections of hair for ponytails (one on top of the other). Then secure the bottom half of your hair into a low ponytail and leave the top part out.
    3. Split the bottom ponytail into two, and tuck them under as if you were creating two buns. Next, secure them by crisscrossing with bobby pins.
    4. Take the top part of hair that was left out and split into three sections, one on top and one on each side. Bring the top section back, and secure with crisscrossed bobby pins at the base of the low ponytail.
    5. Twist each side back, and secure those ends at the base of the ponytail with crisscrossed bobby pins as well.

    With this organic looking style, it is ok to let hair fall out here and there, and let the ends flip out here and there as well. This is an imperfect look, so please don’t try to get all the pieces perfected. Although it isn’t necessary, you can finish with a light hold hairspray.

    Long Hair Updos

    Long Hair Updo #2

    Smooth, chic and a classic, this updo will work virtually anywhere! I love teaching this quick and easy updo to my clients. It is so stylish, but best of all, it’s really easy to create. It looks much more intricate than it really is and only takes seconds to do.

    1. Working with hair that is about 80% dry, run a lightweight gel throughout strands and comb through with a wide tooth comb.
    2. Pull all of hair back into a ponytail at the crown of your head (or slightly lower) using a soft bristled brush to create a sleek look.
    3. Secure hair into a ponytail. Then wrap the hair from the ponytail clockwise around the hair band, tucking the ends out of sight and securing them with crisscrossed bobby pins.
    4. Spray the entire style with a hard hold hairspray to keep hair in place.
    Long Hair Updos

    Long Hair Updo #3

    Even though this side ponytail is not really an updo, per se, it still works as something optional to wear. This is a stylish look that is so simple for anyone to do. Not to casual and not to dressy, the side ponytail is a perfect quick and easy change for your long hair looks.

    1. Tease the crown and top of your hair with a teasing comb, creating height and smooth over top layers.
    2. Pull your hair back and to the side of your head into a low ponytail. If you have side-swept bangs, I’d suggest wearing the ponytail on the opposite side of where you wear your bangs. Secure your hair into a ponytail using a hair band. Wear a decorative hair band or wrap a bit of your own hair around the band and secure with bobby pins.
    3. If you have bangs or fringe you’d like to leave out, style them as you wish.

    For a dressier version of this style, you could curl your hair prior to styling. Updo’s are a quick and easy way to dress your hairstyle up and give yourself a break from your every day-to-day look. All you need to do is give yourself a little practice time, and then when you really are pressed for time and in need of a style . . . bada bing, bada bang . . . you’re done!

    For more great looks check out our Pinterest Wedding Hairstyles, Prom Hairstyles, Braid and Long Hairstyles Boards.

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    Creative Ideas for Updo Hairstyles

    Up Do Hairstyles

    Practice These Updo Hairstyles Now . . . Be Ready This Holiday Season to Glam-it-up!

    Love Miley Cyrus’s updo here which was backcombed at the crown and was spiral set on narrow flexible rollers according to Harris Publications, in their new Celebrity Hairstyles winter holiday issue.

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    As more and more celebrities are wearing longer hairstyles, (whether real or add-on’s), hairdressers are using their creative juices this holiday season to try to find new ways to recreate the updo. After all, an updo hairstyle is the essence of the feminine style and grace.

    Although you’ve seen the half updo hairstyle before . . . think 70’s, it’s been making more and more of a comeback lately. It’s a nice option for changing things up a bit. When you can’t decide whether to wear your hair up or down . . . the half updo will usually fit perfectly.

    Updo Hair Styles

    There really isn’t much difference in the mechanics of how it’s done this time around either; teasing the crown, pulling back side pieces and securing with a barrette, or hair accessories of some sort. What updates it now is the hairstyle and hair coloring behind the style. Chunky highlights and long layers around the face makes the half updo a softer and more romantic than the 70’s one length, pulled back look. The idea this holiday season is to make it look effortless or more lived-in.

    Long Updo Hairstyles

    The other updo hairstyles you’ll be seeing more of when “glaming it up” this holiday season, will be the low chignon, bun or pony. You’ll notice most of these looks being worn smoother in front and loose and softly waved in the back. The low side ponytail is back too, another 70’s hairstyle revisited.

    For more great looks check out our Pinterest Wedding Hairstyles, Prom Hairstyles and Braid Boards.

    Barb Quinn on Google+  


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