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Work Wednesday: Belle’s Favorite Updo

I have a favorite updo for those days when time is scant, the weather is nasty, I don’t have time to blow-dry, or those particularly ugly days when all three are true.  I’ve tried to explain the technique on the blog before, but hairstyles are the one thing that really requires a tutorial.  So I was so glad to finally find one that illustrated what I believe is the easiest, most stylish updo in my repertoire.

When you get into the habit of styling your hair this way, it will take less than five-minutes.  I recommend dry shampoo or texturizing spray to give you body and hold.  I also recommend using clear elastics, and keeping a few bobby pins in your purse to touch-up fly-aways.

This tutorial and the image below comes from Yet Another Beauty Site.  It’s a great place to find tutorials of all kinds, so check it out if you have a minute.




  1. Jennifer says:

    I did this starting with a low braid when my hair was longer(braid, flip through all the way, then pin braid end in center hole).
    Have you tried the herbal essences dry shampoo? It is very grippy and almost works like hairspray for me- perfect for putting hair up on days I don’t wash it.

    July 1, 2014/Reply
  2. Joules says:

    This is very cute, but I’m not sure how well it would work with longer hair like mine.

    Style by Joules

    July 1, 2014/Reply
  3. Emily says:

    I just wanted to make a not that the link for yetanotherbeautysite.com actually leads you to the texturing spray.

    July 1, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Fixed it, thanks.

      July 1, 2014/Reply
  4. Saramel says:

    Thanks for sharing this style! The link to yet another beauty site points to Nord storm’s site.

    July 1, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Clearly too much copy and pasting. Fixed it. Thanks for letting me know.

      July 1, 2014/Reply
  5. Ellen says:

    I’ve done this style and I like it BUT if you have heavy/thick/long hair, be prepared to use a TON of bobby pins and spray!

    July 1, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      My hair isn’t heavy or thick. It is below my shoulders, but not so long. I do break the pony up into three sections though to get a more secure hold.

      July 1, 2014/Reply
    • Kim says:

      I too have long THICK hair. I actually only did it on the top half of my hair. It was a struggle to get it back through the pony but the end it looked good. And bobby pins don’t ever hold my hair, I just used another rubber band around it once I got it tucked back in again.

      January 21, 2015/Reply
  6. JenniferD says:

    The Small Things Blog is written by a hairdresser and has many tutorials on hairstyles, including braids and updos.

    July 1, 2014/Reply
  7. WhItney__Olivia says:

    How do you do the second step? Lol

    July 28, 2015/Reply