In my day to day busy mama life, updo’s are rarely called for. Since I hardly ever have a reason to do them, I get SO excited when I have an opportunity to do an updo! The majority of my updo’s seem to be done on my teenage neighbor, Maggie. She has much more going on than me, haha ;-). I am always so blessed when she asks me to do her hair for a school dance or for a wedding. Having someone ask me to do their hair is truly the biggest compliment and such an honor!
I was thrilled when she asked me to do a bridesmaid hairstyle on her for a wedding last week. I have to say, as thrilled as I was that she asked me, I was even more thrilled with the results! The updo came out so soft and pretty, with a ton of texture and dimension. I loved it so much that I thought I would film a tutorial on it so that you can do it at home. I know that I’ll be using this technique again! On varying hair lengths and textures, the look is going to vary slightly. However, I think that the overall outcome will be gorgeous on any hair that is at least shoulder length.
How To: Elegant Curly Updo
Time to complete: 20-45 minutes (highly depends on the amount of length and thickness of hair that you are styling.)
Skill Level: Easy
Step 2. Take the hair that remains down and pull it into a low ponytail. Take small pieces of hair and loop them around in your fingers, then lay them against the head and pin. This is the same process that I teach in my Twisted Flower Bun tutorial which I will link to, but I’m doing it more loosely in this style to create a base to build our updo on.
Step 3. Let down the top section of hair. You don’t need any specific part line, just let it lay how it normally would. Run a brush through the hair if you need to, but be careful not to disrupt the base of our style that we created in the back. Now pick up a section of hair to begin curling. I am using a 25mm curling wand. I am alternating directions as I curl, curling some going back and some going forward. I like the texture that curling this way gives me in the final updo. However, by the face I always curl back, away from the face. (Check out my tutorial on How I Curl My Hair in case you need a more detailed explanation of my technique.) Repeat this on both sides until all of the hair is curled.
Step 4. It’s time to start pinning all those curls. Leave out a section of hair in the front center, you’ll pin that later. Take the hair behind it in the center and pull it back, loosely, giving the section a slight twist and pin it in place. Now take some of the curls from the right side and cross them over the base of the updo. Then take some of the curls from the left side and drape them over the updo. Adjust them so that they are laying to your liking, and pin the hair in place. As you pin, you want your bobby pins to grab just a bit of the hair and then the bobby pin should slide up against the head. Continue pulling curls up over the base and pinning, alternating sides as you work.
Step 5. When you only have curls remaining by the face, be sure you pull out any hair that you want to leave out to frame the face. Then drape and pin the remaining curls. Note that I have left out that very first section from the front center. You are going to pick that up and pin it last, but first you want to tease the underside of it with a teasing comb or brush. Tease it, then gently smooth the top side. Lay it back and pin it in place.
Step 6. Pin up the curls that are hanging down in the back from when you draped the hair over. How you do this will depend on the length of the hair that you are working with. Maggie here has very long hair, so I am looping it up at the top and pinning it there so that the bottom of the curl doesn’t hang down past the base of her neck. Then go back and pin the bottom of the curl to secure it.
Step 7. Once you have it all pinned, take a look at the overall shape of it and adjust as needed by pulling or pinning sections of hair. Finally, finish with hairspray.
This look can be easily dressed up with a clip, hairpin or even some flowers. I’m using a pretty comb on Maggie today. First I slid it in place, then because it’s so heavy, I take some bobby pins and slide them in from the sides so that they help grab the comb and hold it in place.
Would you ever wear this curly updo? I’d love to hear what you think, leave a comment below! Or try it out and then share a photo, I’d love to see. You can post it on my Facebook page, tag me in a tweet on Twitter or tag me in your photo on Instagram.
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