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3 Updos Every Woman Should Know How To Do

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Updos Don’t Get Any Easier Than This

Updos signify a sense of sophistication and glamour for women wearing them. Hence, it is no surprise that this is the hairstyle of choice for women for cocktail parties and special occasions because updos give a glam touch into your whole look. Recently though, updos are becoming more visible than just outside evening or white-tie events because slight change in details and styling can give updos a casual twist.

Whether you like to wear casual or formal updos, it is important that you know how to create these hairstyles so you can rock them whenever you want and wherever you need to go. Indeed, there is no other hairstyle that can draw more attention than perfectly done updos.

If you are a fan of updos, there are three particular styles that you need to know how to do.

Basic French Twist

The Romantic French Twist

Every woman needs to know how to do the romantic French twist because this particular hairstyle can certainly attract attention! It is simple yet sophisticated. Easy yet looks complicated. It also works for a wide range of looks and occasions.

If you do not know how to do the romantic French twist by yourself, here is a step by step guide to help you get started:

  1. Use a styling mousse or texturizing spray to prep your hair for this updo hairstyle. This is crucial because the products serve as foundation in easier styling later on. At the same time, it gives extra hold to your hair to ensure that your updo will last.
  2. Pull your hair into a medium high ponytail. But instead of securing it with an elastic tie, hold it with your one hand. Your hand will form a backward “L”.
  3. This is the toughest part of creating the romantic French twist hairstyle. As you reach behind your head, your other hand (that is now forming backwards “L”) will be switched upside down as you grab the end of the ponytail. Make sure to hook your hair using your thumb.
  4. Once the ponytail is hooked, twist it upwards in order to loop your ponytail around your thumb. This is how you create that twist in your hairstyle.
  5. Use your other hand to take the looped ponytail while you slowly remove your thumb off of the hair. Hold the twisted hair and slowly integrate the loose ends of your ponytail into the loop
  6. Use bobby pins or hair pins to secure your hair and the loose ends you have stuffed into it.
  7. Adding a spritz of hairspray is optional but it will help to keep the shape.

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The Braided Chignon

The braided chignon is a favorite among celebrities on the red carpet because there is the right mix of a chic appeal, sultry vibe and a romantic feel to it. At the same time, this hairstyle is highly versatile. It can help you achieve any of the aforementioned vibe depending on how you create this hairstyle.

  1. The first step in creating a braided chignon is to some prep work. One trick you can try is to tease your hair at the crown to give more lift and texture into the hair.
  2. Select a part and bring your hair over to one side. Start the braiding process.
  3. When you are done braiding, coil it over to one side and tuck the end underneath the coil you just made. Secure it with a bobby pin.
  4. At this point, you can do some variations into the hairstyle to give it a personal touch. You can try pulling out pieces from the sides and let them fall naturally, or you can give it a more polished look by smoothing out the top of the hair.

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The Party Bun

This is the most common type of updos and the one that is mostly seen on red carpet events, evening soiree and other such events. As the name implies, this hairstyle speaks a lot of confidence and a carefree vibe at the same time. Here’s how to do the party bun on your own:

  1.  Bring all of your hair together into a high ponytail. You can use either your fingers or a brush to smooth hair together whether you want a slightly undone look or something that is more polished.
  2. Once your hair is in a ponytail, you can start the teasing process. The trick here is to tease as much as you can so you have a bigger, fuller hair to work with. Be easy on teasing, though, so you do not end up with a bird’s nest.
  3. Wrap your hair into a coil but make sure that you give it some slack so it appears to be loose. This will help you create an enormous bun.
  4. Use bobby pins to secure the buns.

The next step is to put on your favorite dress and some high heels, and you are ready to party!

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


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Learn These 3 Updos and They Will Take You Anywhere

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 3 Easy Updos Every Woman Should Know

There are 3 easy updos that EVERY woman should know! We all have events that call for a more glamorous look, whether it’s company parties, holiday parties, date nights, etc., and sometimes they come by surprise. So, it’s an absolute MUST that we know how to quickly get spruced up, and there’s no better way than to be able to whip your locks up into a fantastic-looking updo!

The Classic French Twist

This is an easy updo anyone can learn to do and once you’ve got it, you can do multiple variations on the theme.  The first rule of thumb is that any updo looks better and holds better on second-day hair. Clean hair tends to crawl more, and it’s a bit harder to get a good backcomb or hold. So, let’s get on with how to do this beautiful and elegant updo.

  • Step 1 – Smooth out your hair, preferably with a soft, boar-bristle brush. This will add the silky texture necessary for a smooth updo.
  • Step 2 – Part your hair halfway between the front of your hairline and the crown, and pin the front section out of the way.
  • Step 3 – Part off the back of your hair midway between the crown and the bottom of your hairline. Pull the hair underneath aside by either pinning it out of the way, or putting a ponytail holder in it. These two areas will be where we do the backcombing in order to give the twist more body.
  • Step 4 – Beginning at the front portion of hair, take a 1 inch parting and spray lightly with an aerosol hairspray. (Pump hairspray is a bit too wet for this, but it can be used in a pinch).
  • Step 5 – Using a backcombing brush or a narrow-tooth comb, start at the mid-shaft of the hair and gently brush it toward your scalp. No damage will occur if done correctly. The most important part is the area right at the scalp and about 2 inches out. This is where the backcombing should be the tightest. Continue backcombing until you’ve completed the two sections that were parted off.
  • Step 6 – Release the hair at the nape of your neck and collect all of your hair as though you were going to put it in a low ponytail.
  • Step 7 – Gently smooth ONLY the outer portions of the hair. You want the backcombing to remain intact.
  • Step 8 – Bring the hair down to the nape of your neck as in a very low ponytail. Begin twisting your hair, making sure to keep the twist in the center of your head. If there are any straggly hairs, gently brush them in the direction of the twist.
  • Step 9 – When approximately 1/3rd of the way up with the twist, it’s time to begin pinning. With an open bobby pin, go into the hair, about a quarter inch from the twist “seam”, push in and wrap around the twist moving toward the seam, and pulling it under, push it back toward the twist. For added hold, you can use another bobby pin, using the same method, but this time cross over the pin that’s already in place.
  • Step 10 – Continue twisting the hair up toward your crown area, pinning about every inch or so. If you have long hair, stop pinning about half-way between the nape of your neck and your crown.
  • Step 11 – Tuck long ends under the twist and continue to twist your hair OVER that hair pinning every inch or so.

Once you’ve got the entire twist done, embellish it by adding a fun accessorie like this decorative hair comb. Fun accessories dress up any updo and you’ll be ready to get on with the fun in no time!

 

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A Formal take on the French Twist

Follow the above directions until you reach the “tuck in the long hair” portion.  At this point, use a small, 1-inch  curling iron and  create ringlet curls on top, making sure they are evenly spaced around the crown of your head. Spritz with a finishing spray and voila! Your formal do is complete!  Be fun or be bold by embellishing your do’ with your finest frippery!

 

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The Sock Bun aka The Ballerina Bun

Don’t have enough hair to do a classic bun?  No worries! You can still get the look and there is no need to go and buy the “sock-style bun wrap.” You can create your own with an old pair of socks, preferably ones that match your hair color.

  • Step 1 – Cut off the top half of a sock and roll it into a doughnut shape.
  • Step 2 – Pull your hair up into a ponytail, using a non-grip ponytail holder.
  • Step 3 – Put the sock roll over the ponytail holder, leaving the hair out and around the sock roll.
  • Step 4 – Push hair evenly over the sock roll and apply another ponytail holder, this will ensure that your hair keeps the bun shape.
  • Step 5 – Take the hair that is sticking out and wrap it, in one direction around the bun, pinning it as you go.

In no time, you will have an elegant, classic-looking sock bun . . .  even for those of you with shorter hair.

Teri-Belle
Contributing author Teri Belle has been a professional hairstylist and makeup artist for 20 years. As a salon owner her dedication to excellence and attention to detail, has established a devoted clientele. Teri is happily sharing her knowledge and passion for beauty on her YouTube channel. Teri’s philosophy is: Makeup should not cover your beauty, it should reveal it!.


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