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Holiday 2012: Updo Tutorials for Holiday Parties

Holiday parties are a great reason to get dressed up, put on some extra eyeliner and try a new hairstyle.  But who wants to spend hours working on their hair after a hard day at work?  Not this girl.  Here are three easy updos that look fabulous but won’t take all night.

Goody Color Collection Bobby Pins ($4) and Oribe Superfine Hairspray ($35)

This is the single easiest hair tutorial I have ever seen.  Watching the video, I couldn’t believe how three simple steps could yield such a lovely hairdo.  I would probably add a bit of texturizing spray for extra volume and hold, but other than that, Sidewalk Ready has come up with a perfectly simple style, visit her site for the shockingly easy tutorial.

Goody Color Collection Bobby Pins ($4) and Teasing Comb ($4) and L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray ($15)

I know that many of you, and professional women in general, have short hair.  Too often, those with short styles get left out of the updo equation.  Luckily, the Modcloth Blog features a how-to guide so that those with even the shortest locks can have a festive style.  

The writer of this tutorial used L’Oreal Elnett Extra Strong Hold, and I agree with that choice.  It’s by far the strongest holding hairspray I’ve used since they stopped selling Freeze It, the choice of pageant girls everywhere. (Oh how I miss it…)

Goody Color Collection Bobby Pins ($4)  and DevaCurl Flexible Hold Hairspray ($25) and Sephora Collection Clear Snag-Free Elastics ($3.50)

This hairstyle looks difficult to achieve, but it’s not.  Tying the knots is a bit labor intensive, but hardly difficult.  In fact, the only difficult part of the EBeautyBlog tutorial is staying awake while watching the video, the elevator music she chose almost put me right to sleep.  Maybe I’ll watch it tonight before bed, I’ll be out before my head hits the pillow.

I would advise clear elastics for this do, since cloth or thick lycra would be visible.  I also chose a flexible hold spray since I would advise spraying the hair both before and after to prevent fly aways.

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  1. r says:

    Thanks for sharing these! Love the first one (and it actually does look super easy). Could you fix the link in the 3rd updo? I think it's sending us to the Modcloth site. Thanks again!

    December 4, 2012/Reply
  2. CynthiaW says:

    Love these – and I'm not being a grammar/typo Nazi, it just struck me as funny that the ModCloth link says that it's a ho-to guide instead of how-to. There's probably a market for ho-to guides…

    December 4, 2012/Reply
  3. CB says:

    RIP, Freeze It.

    December 4, 2012/Reply
  4. Haute Mama says:

    I often do that short style and people love it.

    I do not use a headband though, only bobby pins. And I style it wet so I do need a curling iron.

    December 4, 2012/Reply
  5. Ellen says:

    Elnet is the best hairspray by far that I've ever used. I only wish I could figure out how to get the varieties (and at the cheap prices) that they sell in the UK (and my guess the rest of Eurpoe).

    December 4, 2012/Reply
  6. Kayley says:

    Thank you so much for the feature! I'm glad you like the Fast and Easy Upstyle!


    December 5, 2012/Reply
  7. Caroline says:

    Just for kicks I decided to try the Fast and Easy updo last night. It really is fast and easy! So fast and easy, in fact, that I decided to style my hair that way for work today. I might even keep the updo in for yoga tonight just to see how well it holds. It looks a bit different on thick, curly hair– I found it was impossible to twist and tuck the bottom section as tightly as she did with her much-thinner locks. It's a lot less formal-looking and more versatile on me.

    December 5, 2012/Reply
  8. S says:

    Here is the correct link for the third one: https://www.ebeautyblog.com/2011/05/easy-knotted-updo-hair-tutorial.html

    These are all really pretty!

    December 6, 2012/Reply