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Hair Tutorials: The Chic Updo

When inclement weather strikes, my hair melts faster than the Wicked Witch of the West. For this reason, I started wearing my hair up.  And as I grew up more adept at styling my hair, I started wearing it up more often and recommending updos in my styling posts.  

Last week, several commenters asked for tips on how to create updos for work.  There are several websites and YouTube channels that can teach even the most inept among us how to style our hair in a new way.  So, this week, I’ll be posting about a few of the tutorials that helped me learn how to style my hair.

The first tutorial comes from Kate at The Small Things Blog.  Kate calls this style “The Chic Updo,” and it will work on most hair lengths.  In fact, I think it works better on slightly-shorter hair, unlike most updos, which require long hair.  And the tutorial comes with a video for those of us who have trouble with written directions. 

I’ve worn this style to work before on my shoulder-blade-length hair, and it’s really pretty and quick.  However, as my hair’s grown longer, I like something a bit more secure.  And for that, I recommend Joanna Goddard’s Gibson Roll tutorial.

Both of these tutorials provide great step-by-step instructions for how to create a pretty, slightly-deconstructed updo that doesn’t look too perfect.  They’re great for bad weather days, for “Oops, I overslept days,” or any day when you want to get your hair off of your neck.  Check back later this week for more updo tutorials.


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  1. Helena says:

    Bless you!

    — Not dextrous/in desparate need of style for growing-out hair

    March 19, 2012/Reply
  2. Ellie says:

    Belle– Any suggestions for updos for job interviews? I have a tendency to play with my hair, so i want to keep it back but still look professional.

    March 19, 2012/Reply
  3. E says:

    Thanks for the ideas! I'm always trying to keep my hair off my neck/out of my way and I usually don't have other ideas than a prim bun.

    March 19, 2012/Reply
  4. Mary says:

    Thank you! I have to give these a try!

    March 19, 2012/Reply
  5. Kate says:

    Thanks for the feature! ­čÖé

    March 20, 2012/Reply