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Sometimes looking chic doesn’t have to mean lots of effort. Case in point: this simple 2-minute updo. A center part and messy low loop create an elegant silhouette that’s easy to customize. Wear it in the daytime with a few loose bits tucked behind the ears or dress it up for evening by creating a wider shape at the neck and adding some shine. However you wear it, you’re sure to look stylish and effortless. Click the notes for step-by-step instructions. –– Laura Martin

Step: Use a comb to create a crisp center part. Mist ends with healing oil and brush through.

Step: Gather all hair into a low ponytail at the nape, leaving a few loose strands around face if desired.

Step: Wrap tail into a bun, knot or loop and secure with bobby pins. Mist all over with holding spray to smooth and secure. Refine wisps with fingers or smooth top surface.

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  @LarMarStyle   

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