One of the most frustrating things about fashion is that there’s often a big gap between what you like and what looks good on you. I love cornrows and sleek wet-look styles and center parts, but these looks do not love me. I have a square jaw and a strong nose which do not pair well with boyish or severe styles. I can’t go too far the other way either. Put me in flouncy curls or a big poofy updo and I look like a drag queen. The most flattering hairstyles for strong features like mine are simple shapes with soft details like this breezy upswept ‘do. Learn to create it in the style notes. –– Laura Martin
Step: Work a quarter of volume foam into roots and run a hand full of styling creme through mid-lengths and ends. Diffuse dry, massaging the scalp to lift roots and dissolve splits and natural part lines.
Step: When all moisture is gone, comb through gently. Work refinish into roots for added lift and hold. Tousle through with fingers.
Step: Pull hair on top of head as if creating a ponytail, holding at crown. Lift hand away from scalp a few inches, sliding up hair, then push down, blousing strands around face.
Step: Wrap tail into a loose bun and pin into place with bobby pins. Use hair dryer on lowest setting to ruffle the surface of the updo. Mist completed look with primp spray.
Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter.