For this style, the longer your hair, the better. Part it the way you like, then separate a one-inch section of hair at each temple and clip those sections out of the way. Gather your remaining hair at the nape of your neck. Then create two or three low braids, securing the ends with clear elastics. Twist each braid until it curls into itself; bobby-pin in place. Last, unclip and twist the two pieces by your temples. Pin under the braided bun or, for a slightly fancier flourish, tuck their ends into the bun before securing.
Side Fishtail Braid
This braid, which works best with longer hair, needs a bit of texture for hold; if your hair is straight, give it some wave by winding one-inch sections around a curling iron. Gather your hair to one side in a low ponytail, securing it close to the base of your neck with a clear elastic. Next, create a fishtail braid: Separate the ponytail into two sections. Hold one section; with your other hand, take a narrow strip of hair from the outside of the other section and bring it over to the one in your hand. Repeat, incorporating hair from one section into the other until you run out of hair; then secure with another clear elastic. Finally, with a pair of scissors, carefully cut out the top elastic to give the braid a loose, casual look. For a more bohemian effect, gently pull the braid apart with your fingers.
Side French Braid
This style works even for short lengths. First create a deep side part. Starting from the part and working toward the opposite temple, French-braid a section of hair about an inch wide along your hairline, stopping at the temple. Secure with a clear elastic or bobby pins. Style the rest of your hair as usual.
Slick down center-parted medium-length to long hair with a comb and some gel (such as L’Oréal Paris Strong Hold Defining Gel, $7 at drugstores). Secure hair at the nape with a clear elastic. Form a fishtail braid, then twist the braid around itself to create a “flower.” Pin to hold.
Separate the upper portion of medium-length to long hair (from temples to crown) and temporarily clip it atop your head. Take a small section at each temple and tightly French-braid it, working back toward your crown; secure each braid with a clear elastic. Next, unclip the hair at your crown. Use one hand to hold this section up and the other to tease it at the roots with a fine-tooth comb, making a little pouf. Gently smooth over the teased portion with a paddle brush. Then anchor the braids to the bottom of the pouf with bobby pins.
Move over topknot, there’s a new bun in town. The sock bun—which uses a sock rolled into a doughnut shape to form the shape of the style—is everywhere these days. And for good reason: It’s a classy, glamorous look that just so happens to be a cinch to create (with a little practice and our hair tutorial).
What you’ll need:
One sock or foam bun doughnut
One ponytail holder
A few bobby pins
Step 1: Prep your sock
If you’re using a foam bun doughnut, skip this step. Otherwise, take your sock and cut off the toe. Now, roll the bun from the ankle end to the toe end, creating a doughnut shape. Ideally you won’t see the sock but, just in case, use one in a similar shade to your hair color—no neons or patterns!
Step 2: Prep your hair
As with most updos, the sock bun works best with second-day hair. If your hair is clean or naturally slippery, spray a texturizing spray like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Texture & Volume Spray all over. This will make it easier to hold the style without pins.
Step 3: Ponytail
Pull your hair into a ponytail on top of your head. The sock bun looks best when it’s up high, like a top knot. Now hold the end of your pony straight up in the air, and slip the foam or sock doughnut over it.
Step 4: Roll the bun
This is where the process gets tricky—you’ll probably need to practice a few times. Hold the tip of your ponytail, which should now be just above the doughnut, and spread the ends so that they’re splayed out over the sock. At the same time, roll the sock down your pony, continuing to spread and tuck hair around the doughnut as you go. Once you get closer to the base, the process will get easier. Keep adjusting your hair to make sure it’s fully covering your sock.
Step 5: Set the bun
Once you reach the base of your pony, your bun should sit securely on the top of your head. If you need to, add a few bobby pins to secure layers. Finally, spray with a light hairspray like blowPro Blow Out Hairspray to keep flyaways in check—you’re not going for messy bed head.
Bun or braid? How about both?
Two of your favorite hairstyles combined into one. It’s an adorable combination of the top – knot bun and the French braid. It’s the perfect way to create a laid back and comfortable up-do and look put together (plus it’s a great way to deal with those tiny hairs in the back of a neck). Another advantage to this new do? It works with all different lengths of hair. Check out the different ways to wear it.
Dress Up Your Ponytail
We all have those days we would rather just throw our hair up in a ponytail than spend the time styling it to wear down. With this ponytail trick you can avoid the extra effort, without looking like it (and hey – you still get your ponytail).
Give your ponytail a twist…and look more elegant than ever. Spend a few minutes manipulating your strands so that there is a straight seam in the back using hairpins. It is beautiful and perfect for every occassion!
Updos have the potential for elegant and classy styles, as well as sporty and casual styles. Curly hair has a distinct difference from wavy or straight hair primarily due to its tendency to frizz and the messiness it seems to create when put up. Fortunately, some easy updos are available to those who have curly hair to create a beautiful and elegant look.
Like any other hair type, curly hair is easy to put into a ponytail. Unlike other hair types, it might seem more challenging due to the curls and potential to frizz while brushing and teasing the hair up. In reality, a simple ponytail is easy even when you have curly hair.
The first step is to always use a comb to work out any tangles. This is easier when you have damp, recently conditioned hair rather than dry hair because it will not frizz while wet. Once the tangles are out, simply gather the hair in your hands, starting from the front and sides and then pulling the back up last. Secure everything in place with a ponytail holder.
Greek-Goddess Half-Up Style
The Greek-goddess half-up hairstyle recently worn by Angelina Jolie on the red carpet is a simple style for anyone with curly hair, and it looks subtly elegant. It is also ideal for women with longer hair. Simply gather the front and sides so that your hair pulls away from the face, and use bobby pins to secure it all to the back of your hair. The result is a low, elegant half-ponytail.
For this style, try using bobby pins that are the same color as your hair. As an alternative, you can also use clips to hold your hair back.
A messy updo is perhaps the easiest style to create for someone with curly hair as opposed to straight or wavy hair. This style is perfect for a casual day or for any formal occasion.
To achieve a messy updo, simply tease mousse into the hair while it is still damp. Separate out large chunks of hair, starting from the front and sides. Pull the chunks away from the face, twist them and then use a bobby pin or two to hold everything into place. Repeat for each chunk, working from front to back. In the back, gather the chunks of hair in an upward fashion, and pin everything up.
Keeping the ends free will allow curls to form and shape around the head, creating a messy and elegant style. Add a headband with jewels to make the style more formal.
The classic bun is as simple as a ponytail. In fact, it starts from a ponytail. Pull your hair back into a ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. Gather the ponytail and then give it a twist. As you twist the hair, wrap it around the ponytail until you reach the end. Secure the bun with bobby pins to keep it in place.
Curly hair is appropriate for beautiful updos, and in fact is easier than most other hair types because the hair has the perfect texture for putting it up and creating a romantic, elegant look. The curls make it possible for messy as well as sculpted styles to look amazing.
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