Regular readers know how much we love the whimsical yet insightful how-to’s of the www.thebeautydepartment.com. Happily, they agreed to let us share some of their work, and this modern interpretation of a chignon updo caught our eye as something anyone with short or mid-length hair can do. It’s a great way to keep hair off the face, add visual interest to the back, and be chic. It’s also trendy; we’ve seen similar looks gliding down the New York Fashion Week runways during the Spring 2013 collections. Read on for an easy how-to…
Step: Hair needs texture to be effectively pinned. Mist refinish dry shampoo into dry hair and use a 1-inch curling iron to curl hair away from face, so it will be easier to twist. It need not be perfect; focus on organic tousle and flow with a nice, gritty texture.
Step: Take the entire left side and start twisting near your ear. (It’s best to twist it tight, and then loosen it up after you pin everything.) Stop just past the middle and add a large bobby pin for extra support. When inserting the bobby pin, go back against the hair, almost like you’re putting it inside the twist you just created.
Step: Gather all of the hair on the right, along with the hair left out from the other side and twist up. Position it over the first twist and pin using a large bobby pin. Tuck the hair that’s left out into the twist and add a couple more bobby pins for security.
Step: For special occasions, pin in your favorite accessory for sparkle and bedazzle.
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