This Forum has been archivedVisit Discussions
The big dance and prom season are right around the corner, and I know that you want to look like the belle of the ball. Are you not keen on dropping four hours and a couple Benjamins at thehair salon? I rounded up five updos that are all easy enough to do it yourself, no proffessionals or endless appointments needed. Now, that is a big do!
The Classic Side Chignon
For a hairdo that is as classic as it is simple, try this easy chignon. Rachel Leigh Cook’s version is the perfect complement to any elegant look.
How-to: Create a side part and wrap hair into a bun on the opposite side of the part. Secure the bun with a ponytail holder and pins. Don not worry about making it perfect, the imperfections are what gives it a little something extra. I use Rusk Weightless Plus Extra Strong Hold Shaping and Control Hairspray.
Tip: Spray an extra strong hairspray all over to make sure that your hairdo lasts all night long.
The Punk Ponytail
The inner in you might want to break away from the classic updo look and try something edgy. Kelly Michelle Lee Osbourne’s sleek purple ponytail is the perfect combination of punk and posh. Even if you do not want to go for lavender locks of hair, this style would still look fabulous on any natural color.
How-to: First, you are going to want to make a deep side part. Tease the hair at the crown upwards and then gently smooth over so it lays flat. Pull the rest of your hair into a side ponytail and secure with an elastic.
Tip: To get Kelly Michelle Lee Osbourne’s purple color without the commitment to it, try a bold hair chalk. I love Tint the Hair Chalk in Passion Purple.
The Braided Bun
Are you looking for something a little more challenging? Lea Michele Safarti's braided bun is perfect for the crafty girl. The braid near the hairline adds soft texture to an otherwise simple look.
How-to: Start by making a side part. Then grab a section of hair, about two inches wide, on the side of your head that has more hair. French braid that section, while making sure to keep the braid flat on the head as you go. Twist the hair around the back of your head and secure it with a few bobby pins. French braid a second section of hair behind the first braid so that the braids run parallel to each other. Pull the rest of your hair around into a low bun and secure with more pins. In this hairstyle, I used Meta Grip Premium Bobby Pins in Black.
Tip: Use an extra strong and durable bobby pin to make sure your hair does not budge.
The Messy Bun
How-to: Simply slick back the hair on the top of your head, then take the rest of your hair and wrap it around in a circle on the crown of your head. There is no need for bobby pins, just secure the bun with a couple of ponytail holders that are placed directly over the bun. I use Pantene Pro-V Normal-Thick Hair Style Smooth Definition Maximum Hold Hair Gel.
Tip: Use your fingers to work in a bit of hair gel and tousle the pieces around your crown and hairline for awesome texture.
The Twist and Shout Updo
Has there ever been a moment when Taylor Alison Swift’s hair did not look amazing? She can rock it all: short, long, sleek, curly and everything in between. I love this low-key twisted style. It is pretty and feminine and not too perfect, which is exactly why I love it.
How-to: Start with wavy or curly hair. Use a wave iron and beach spray to nab textured waves if you do not come by them naturally. Loosely twist a two-inch section at your hairline and pin in place, hiding the bobby pin. Repeat on the opposite side. Then twist the remaining hair into a bun and pin in place. In this hairstyle, I used Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray.
Tip: Add a little texture to your hair with a texturizing sea salt spray.