In one way, most updos are fairly simple: start with a braid or ponytail, arrange ends into desired shape, and secure with bobby pins. It’s in the details where the problems happen. Roots end up bumpy, flyaways sprout from your hairline, or ends refuse to tuck under, and suddenly your supposedly simple style has turned into a complicated mess. The easiest solution? Add water. Click the style notes to learn more. –– Laura Martin
Step: Fill a spray bottle 2/3 with water and a small dollop of daily conditioner. Shake thoroughly and mist hair, starting at the tips and working up the strands, creating even dampness. Comb through.
Step: Pull hair into a high ponytail and secure with hair band. If roots are bumpy, mist with a bit more water and re-comb. Repeat until smooth.
Step: Wrap ends into desired shape, rewetting as necessary to soften ends and combine strands into a unified fabric.
Step: For a lasting wet-look, spray entire head with holding spray immediately after styling. For a traditional dry finish, wait until surface moisture has evaporated before spraying.
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.