Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Oh, Hair.

Cheri from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar is celebrating beauty this week.  Yesterday she shared some great styling tips and video tutorials.  Today is updo day.  Welcome, and thanks for checking out my (amateurish and poorly photographed) tutorials!

Once upon a time, a shy seventeen-year-old girl was cast in a play--playing the part of a gangster's flirtatious girlfriend.  That girl needed to figure out something to do with her short way-too-cute hair style to make her appear grown-up and worldly, rather than young and homeschooled.  These two hair styles have evolved from those first attempts.

The key to styling your own hair is to KNOW your own hair.  Play with it.  Try something.  If it doesn't work, tweak it or try something else.  I've been doing variations of these styles for a good 10 years now, and while it doesn't look perfect every time, I usually know what went wrong and how to fix it.

These styles will work for straight hair or curly, thick hair or not-so-thick, long hair or short-ish.  So give one a try, and have fun!

Both of these styles can be done with plain old bobby pins.  That's what I started with, and what I used for about 5 years.  Then I discovered these wonderful things:

These tiny little mini-clips make these styles so much easier, and look much nicer than having 20 bobby pins sticking out of my head looking like a porcupine (on days when I didn't secure them well enough).  I bought mine at Safeway (Goody brand).

 (Thank you, lovely assistant)


Relaxed Pincurls
The I-don't-have-time-to-shower Updo

This style is a little more structured than the next one.  I started with dry hair that was washed the day before.  It can be done with wet hair too.  I know from experience that this can be done with short hair too.  I first started doing this when my hair was just a little past chin-length and layered. 

First do your bangs or front hair.  You can do this any way you want.  Since Sunday was really humid, I wanted all my hair off my face, so I just clipped it back (in what Tyra Banks derisively called a "horn".  I don't care, it's easy, and looks fine).

Take a little section of hair from the crown of your head.

And twist it into a coil.  You can use as much or as little hair as you like. 

Fasten the coil securely with clips or bobby pins.  If you're using bobby pins, make sure they cross so they don't slip out.

Take a section of hair on from the side of your head, coil it, and clip or pin in place next to the first one. Repeat on the other side.

Proceed with coiling and pinning the rest of your hair.  Give your head a little shake.  If anything feels loose, or if anything is sticking out where you don't want it, add another clip or pin.

Here is the result!  A fancy-looking updo that takes 10 minutes or less.  I've also done this low on the side and it turned out nicely


Unstructured Updo
The I-have-to-be-out-the-door-in-5-minutes-but-my-hair-is-still-wet style

For this one, I started with wet hair.  Not soaking wet, but definitely more than damp.  Dry hair works well too, and gives a looser, spikier look that I quite like. 

First, do your front hair.  I went with a side-part this time.

Next, grab a chunk of hair at the crown of your head, and crumple it into a ball/twist/birdsnest.

And clip it down securely, using clips or bobby pins.  Repeat with the hair from each side of your head.  Make sure you like how it looks from the front before proceeding further.

Then divide the remaining section in thirds, and crumple and clip each side into place.  If you have thick hair, you'll need to do more sections than I did.  Just aim for approximate symmetry and you'll be fine.

 Twist and clip the last section into place in the centre.  Shake your head a little to check for any looseness.  Add more clips as needed to secure or fix any strays.

Tada!  This one takes me 5 minutes.


 Thanks for visiting!  I'd love to hear how your updo turns out.


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  2. I didn't know you had a blog :)

    I love the messy up do! Well done!

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  4. Very pretty Miss Jo! I love the first one. I'm going to have to try it. :)

  5. OKAY, so I realize I am like a year late to the party here - but I just stumbled across this post and am IN LOVE with these two styles! Thank you so much! (It's exciting darn it - updoes that are easy, nicer than a ponytail, don't require my hair to be thicker/curlier/longer/shorter than it is....awesome.)

    I am currently sporting updo #1 and am looking forward to trying updo #2. Thank you!!

    Best wishes,



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