With the holiday season comes the pressure to look festive. For hair, that often means an updo. But for those with certain hair – short, fine or very curly – upswept styles can seem out of reach.
Stylist Annie Rush says that with the right products and techniques, updos are doable for most hair types.
Salt spray and doubled-up accessories enliven short hair: The bob and its longer cousin, the lob, are meant to be chic without much fuss.
Spray damp hair from root to end with salt spray. Then flip the hair over and rough blow-dry while shaking at the roots.
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If the hair is still very straight, curl it in intermittent spirals by wrapping one-inch sections around an iron. Rake your fingers through to separate the curls. Leaving sections along the hairline free, gather the hair to one side at the nape of the neck, then twist up. Fasten the twist in place with hairpins.
The jeweled braid on fine hair: Braided hairstyles have a pastoral quality, but chains woven throughout add dimension.
First, mist the hair with a texturizing spray, which adds grip so you can braid loosely. Do a Dutch braid on one-half of the head (weaving the hair under, instead of over, as in a French braid) using medium tension and clasp the end with a hair tie. As you braid, keep the necklace in the same section the whole time.
Repeat on the other side, then crisscross the braided pigtails and wrap around the crown of the head and pin in place. Loosen and widen the braids by gently pulling on both sides. Use a tail comb to pull out the necklace, creating a drape.
An updated French twist for a curly-hair updo: The texture and volume of curly hair give a classic style a striking upgrade. A French twist will compress big hair, but you can leave bangs loose.
Apply a flexible styling cream to protect from heat damage. If you need more length, blast the roots with a blow dryer to stretch out the natural spiral pattern. Curl the front of the hair forward with a small iron to create faux bangs. The goal is more polished than everyday but not overly done, so curl only every other piece.
To create the twist, use your fingers to smooth the left side of the hair tight against the head, then pin. Roll the right section inward over the left and pin. Turn a headband sideways and slide it into one side of the twist. Big hair needs big accessories.