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How to Create a Classic Updo

Add instant elegance to your look by pulling your hair into a classic updo.


  • Step 1: Comb hair Comb your hair to remove any knots. Remember that hair is easier to work with if it’s not freshly washed.
  • TIP: Create fat curls with hot rollers, Velcro rollers, or a curling iron if you want more volume.
  • Step 2: Tease your front hair Grab a one-inch-thick section of hair from the front of the head. Back comb it, and flip it forward.
  • Step 3: Continue in sections Grab a one-inch section of hair right behind the first section, back comb that, and flip it forward. Continue until you reach the crown of the head.
  • Step 4: Tie a high ponytail Gather all the hair into a ponytail at the top of your head, just behind the crown, and secure it with an elastic band.
  • TIP: For a sleeker do, use a bristle brush to sweep the hair on the sides back tightly into the ponytail.
  • Step 5: Pin the pieces Take a one-inch piece of hair from the ponytail, bending it underneath to make a loop, and pinning the end of the loop at the elastic band. Repeat until all the pieces are shaped 360 degrees around the band.
  • Step 6: Dress it up Add decorative pins, flowers, or ribbons around the hair or on the sides of the head if you like.
  • Step 7: Frame the face Pull a few front pieces loose to frame the face.
  • FACT: The average woman spends 43 minutes a day thinking about her hair.

You Will Need

  • Unwashed
  • ponytail-length hair
  • A comb
  • A teasing comb
  • An elastic band
  • Bobby pins
  • Hot or Velcro rollers
  • or a curling iron (optional)
  • A bristle brush (optional)
  • Decorative pins
  • flowers
  • or ribbons (optional)

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