6 updos you’ll want to copy
Get out of your ponytail rut with these hairstyles
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / May 26 2017
We get it - the trusty topknot and ponytail are fail-safe options when it comes to getting the hair off your neck in the heat. But an intricate updo is perfect for taking your hair to the next level, especially if you’re looking to dress up your outfit in the evening. Read on to discover our favourite updos from the red carpet this year and how to get the look.
Trust this budding actress to have the coolest updo of them all. To get a similar look at home, add texture to your hair with a waving wand then secure all of your hair back to the nape of your neck with a scrunchie or large butterfly clip - you will come back to this section later on. Take a half-inch section from one side of your head, braid, and secure with a clear elastic band. Then, release your hair from the scrunchie and bring everything together by twisting it into a loose bun. Finish with a spritz of hairspray to minimise fly-aways.
This is how to dress up a low bun - once you’ve created the bun, simply find hair extensions that match your own hair colour, plait, then wrap the braid around the hair elastic of your bun. Don’t forget to hide the ends at the bottom of your bun with pins for a seamless finish.
This is the ultimate cool-girl hairstyle that works for both day and night-time events. And if you’ve got wavy hair - you’re in luck; this style suits a textured finish. If you have straighter strands, spritz with a sea salt spray before you begin. Using your fingers, comb your hair back and secure in a bun at the back of your head. Then, use your fingers to pull out smaller sections of hair to add volume and create a messy look.
For something classic and timeless, you can’t go wrong with a low bun secured at the nape of your neck. For this look, brush your hair with a paddle brush to remove knots and create a smooth finish over the head, then wrap your hair around itself to create a textured style. If your bun is lacking volume, tease the ends before securing into a bun.
This hairstyle will work perfectly for those with naturally curly hair. First, prep your locks with a serum for extra shine, then divide your hair into smaller sections. Wrap each section around your finger and pin in a little knotted bun at the back of your head. Repeat for each little section.
Take your topknot to the next level with a bold detail like Lily Collins has. To achieve the same look, you may need some hair extensions to add bulk to your natural hair. Begin with hair that’s been prepped with texture spray, then take all of your hair up to the crown of your head and secure with an elastic band. Divide your ponytail in half (leaving an extra one-inch-thick section out), wrap it around the base of the ponytail, and secure with pins. By splitting your pony you’ll be able to get more volume in your bun. With the small section that’s left over, braid it, then wrap it again haphazardly around the bun. Use your fingers to pull wispy sections of hair out, and lock the hairstyle in with a flexible hairspray.
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.