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Easy Formal Updo for any Hair Length

Updated on April 30, 2016

Elegant Curl Bun

Step 1:

It is always important to remember that when starting an updo, we want our hair to be its best potential. Therefore, you first need to wash your hair with your preferred shampoo and conditioner and towel dry afterwards.

Step 2:

After our hair has been towel dried, we want to thoroughly comb out any tangles with a wide-tooth comb. These can be easily acquired at your local drug or dollar store.

Step 3:

To achieve maximum volume, we want to blow dry our hair while bending over. The heat naturally trains the hair roots to set in a more upright position, therefore providing a bouncy volume.

Step 4:

After making sure your locks are smooth and no tangled are present, use a tail comb to make a half circle section at the rear top of your head right about wear you would put a high ponytail.

Step 5:

Split the half circle into two or three (according to preference) horizontal sections. Use the fine tooth tail comb to tease the hair at the roots of the sections. (refer to "Easy Volume Techniques for Flat Hair" for instructions on how to tease properly)

Step 6:

Again use your fine tooth tail comb to lightly smooth all of your hair into a pony tail in the area you want your bun. If you are not sure where you want your bun, a good place is generally 1 1/2" above the nape of your neck.

Step 7:

Gently tug your hair upwards out of the pony tail until your desired amount of volume is achieved. Tug baby hairs or bangs out at the front to frame your face. You could even curl the smaller pieces for a softer look.

Step 8: (Optional)

If you have longer hair, you may want to start with a base bun at your pony tail. To create a base bun, twist your pony tail in a circular motion until your hair becomes tight like a "rope" then tie a literal knot with your tightly coiled hair and bobby pin into place. The extra hair should be flowing out the middle of the knot.

Step 9:

Use your curling iron to curl the rest of the remaining hair in your pony tail/base bun. For variety in your bun you can curl your hair with different width of irons or curl some pieces of hair to the right and other to the left.

Step 10:

This is the fun part! Depending on how much hair you have, your gonna need a lot of bobby pins. For longer hair I would recommend larger bobby pins (Also known as "Roller pins"). To taste, pin your curls up in a bun shape or to your base bun. If your hair is shorter, I would recommend using a hair donut as your base to pin to.



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