Between work, the gym, brunch and general adulting, the life cycle of your hair can start getting pretty predictable. Blowout, side braid, ponytail, messy bun, repeat. And while we are huge fans of all of those styles, we think you and your hair deserve better every now and then. We think you deserve an up-do.
If you haven’t rocked an up-do since prom, here’s a little refresher:
The Timeless: The Chignon
Derived from the French phrase "chignon du cou" which means nape of the neck, this style dates back to ancient Greece. And it’s still stylin’ in 2016!
The Extra-Oomph: The Pouf
This is the high heel of up-dos. It gives you a little extra height and, with that, a little extra confidence. It’s a great complement to almost any up-do. Start off with a little dry shampoo. Tease a section of your hair at the crown, then gently pull it up and pin against your head for a slight bump. Finish off with hairspray and you’re ready to go!
The Basic: The Ballerina Bun
Ah, the hairstyle of childhood dance classes. This oldie but goodie is a reliable choice to bust out when you’re going for a minimal, classic look. Smooth hair back into a ponytail at the crown of your head. Twist the ponytail into a rope and pin around the elastic until you reach the end of your ponytail. Finish with hairspray.
The Accessories: Bobby Pins and Hair Pins
Not all pins are created equal. Bobby pins are perfect for pinning back small and medium-sized section of hair. On the other hand, reach for hair pins when you’re trying to support a heavier up-do like a ballerina bun or chignon.