Updos can look businesslike or casual and breezy, depending on how tightly or loosely it's made. Wearing hair up is also a great way to protect your hair's delicate ends.
With the embellishment of elegant hair ornaments curls, or little braids, many of these updos are lovely for prom or bridal hairstyles. For more formal occasions, pre-styling smoothing products, such as an anti-frizz serum or pomade (so that the wispies don't stick out) , will add a nice finish to your look.
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This is a relatively casual updo that is very simple. To make this style, I make a Cinnamon Bun, as shown in this video, but before putting a hairstick in, I flip it straight up, tuck in the ends and secure it with a fork. For those of you visual learners, this is next up on my list of tutorials, because it's a style anyone can do.
In this photo I am wearing a beautifully crafted Jugendstil Fork, that I was fortunate enough to purchase not too long ago from the good folks at Grah-Toe Studio.They can be found at Etsy.com and Artfire.com.
This is a moderately easy updo for many lengths,I have written instructions in my Blogspot Blog.
This updo is very quick and easy, but has a great impact. It creates quite a bit of height, viewed from the front. There are various ways to change it up for your own unique style. For complete step-by-step instructions for this updo, please refer to this blog entry of mine.
This style is very neat and very protective. I have adapted it for my fine hair, and I have made a how-to video for this updo, which is on my Videos page. You can find it here.
The first set of photos was done with hair just below the shoulders. The second set is done with hair closer to mid-back. As the hair gets longer, it is helpful to place the initial ponytail that starts off the style higher up.
I've had many requests for instructions on this style, so I have created a step-by-step tutorial with pictures, which can be found in this entry of my blog.
I now also have a video with step-by-step instructions which are helpful for people with longer hair.
This style works best with shoulder length to almost mid-back length hair. Modifications can be made for longer hair. This French Twist is secured with a France Luxe Chignon Pic in the "South Seas" colour.
This style is both quick and easy to do, and can be adapted to look extremely casual or a bit dressy. Experiment with it a little. Complete photo instructions are in this entry in my blog.
This simple everyday updo is just a regular 3 strand braid flipped up with the tassel tucked under, then secured by a hair clip. In this photo, I am using a Ficcare Ficcarrissimo in Eggplant.
There is more information on this style in this blog entry of mine.
Any length of hair from just below the shoulder to waist length or longer will work, with a different look resulting at each length. This casual hairstyle is extremely quick and easy to do.
The hair stick used in this photo is a Quattro Flex-Stick in Cobalt.
Here are instructions for this styles on my Videos page.
In order to make a French Braided Bun, you'll need hair a few inches longer than shoulder length. If your hair is long enough to coil a braid around at least twice, it's long enough for this style.
The hair clip securing this updo is a Ficcare Ficcarrissimo in Emerald._____________________________________________________________________________________
This style will work with medium length to mid-back length hair. There are video instructions for both the French Twist and the Cinnamon Bun on my Videos page.
Two rope braids made into a single bun. Unless your hair is very fine, this style requires at least mid-back length hair. If your hair is thicker, as mine has become, you may need to use 3 rope braids. Step by step instructions for this updo can be found in this entry of my daily hair blog.
Peacock twists can be created with hair that is even slightly above shoulder length. This is a wonderful "first updo" as you grow out your hair. I have had several emails about how to do a Peacock Twist hairstyle. I created a step-by-step tutorial in this blog entry of mine.