What pageant girl or judge doesn’t love the elegance of a simple and understated updo? In this day and age, there are about a thousand ways to create a super sleek and chic updo in no time flat. All you need are some basics and you’ll be nailing it like a top stylist.
Teased Top With a Low Bun
I am seriously obsessed with this look. I recently attended an event where I styled many of the guests and that left very little time for me to get myself ready. This bun was my go to and it certainly paid off.
Start with your hair down and make a mohawk section at the top. Tease all but the very front, leaving a small, smooth section to pull back and cover the teased portion. Bring the entire top half of your hair into a low pony so that it creates a low half up/half down. Secure with a clear rubber band and pull to tighten and create more volume on top.
Bring the rest of your hair into a low pony tail, including the smaller ponytail from the previous step. Secure with a clear rubber band. Once your pony tail is created, simply twist it into a bun and secure it with bobby pins. The bun can be messy or sleek, either way it looks like a red carpet ready hairstyle and it took all of five minutes to perfect! (Read: How to Make The Perfect Dancer Bun for more inspired bun tips!)
Low Side Pony
A low side pony tail may be the easiest, yet sexiest ways to wear your hair up. Since it’s not up and completely away from your face, you get that little bit of a sultry feel. This is also great for girls who aren’t too good with their hair and have a hard time doing it on their own, you actually cannot screw this one up.
You will find that all of my hair instructions require you to tease in the first steps. So just assume that you are to tease. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Once your entire head is teased (with the exception of the sections you are going to use to cover the teased areas), pull your hair over to the desired side. Keep in mind the neckline of your dress, earrings, what side of the stage you will be walking on, etc. Secure hair with a rubber band, leaving out a small piece to wrap around and cover the rubber band. This adds a more professional touch.
Once you have your pony tail secured, you may decide to wear it curled or straight. If it is straight, just make sure it is super smooth or else it can look messy and half done.
French Braid Tuck
This one may require some assistance. I am a professional in the industry for almost seven years and I still cannot French braid my own hair. Have mom on deck for this one.
French braid your hair all the way down to as far as you can go. Once you’ve braided the very last of your hair, secure it with a rubber band. Pull sections of your braid out slightly just to create a bit of a distressed look.
Once the braid is to your liking, grab the tail and pin it up and underneath the braid at the base of your head. This is a perfect updo for someone with strong features and maximum confidence.
The Top Knot
The top knot is a classic with a strong impact and barely any prep time. Start by teasing. You know what to do. Once you’re all teased out, pull your into a pony tail on the crown of your head. You want your knot to be seen when looking at you directly, but you also do not want it too high on top of your head.
Take your ponytail and split it in two. Begin tying your hair into knots over and over until you have no hair left in your ponytail. Secure with a band. Take the knotted pony tail and twist it into a neat little bun on top of your head. Secure with pins.
The key to a good, self-done updo is symmetry and volume. As long as you have those two key ingredients, you can make any homemade updo look like it took hours to achieve at the salon.