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HOW TO // {Angi's} Easy Updo

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Now that my hair is short short, I'm limited in what I can do with it. I mean, I love my little haircut, but sometimes I really miss creating fun updos.

So every time I see my friend Angi, I find myself admiring her pretty hairstyles (and secretly daydreaming of recreating her artistry on my own head.)

But alas, my hair is too short. For all of you who still have long hair though, I asked Angi to show us how she does it. That way, you can try it yourself at home (and I can live vicariously through you.)

Angi starts the process by adding body to her hair with a curling iron. She wraps long strands around the outside of the barrel so it creates more of a spiral wave.

Next, she decides if she wants to keep her bangs, or if she wants to pin them back. Either way, she teases her roots. (But if she's pinning her bangs back, she spends more time teasing those as well.)

If she doesn't want bangs, now's the time when she'll pin them back. Since they've been teased, she's able to create a nice poof up front. She pulls them straight back, then slides them forward and pins. Since her hair's long and heavy, she also likes to add some volume in the back. She places bobby pins upwards so it creates some lift.

Next, she makes a ponytail in the middle of her head.

She twists that ponytail into a spiral, then twists that spiral around the base of the ponytail. At this point, it looks like a messy cinnamon roll (made out of hair.) She places bobby pins around the base of her cinnamon roll - so it's anchored to her scalp. She keeps inserting bobby pins until the bun sits firmly on her head.

Finally she uses her fingers to "fluff" her roots. To do this, she pulls up on the roots so that the updo doesn't look so tight. This adds some body and texture.

And, voila! Finished.

So, what do you think? If you try it out, let me know how it goes.

And, thanks Angi for being such a great sport (and a great model.) :)


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