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When we talk about updos we’re usually talking about the back. We define upswept styles by what happens behind the head, but the area around your face can make or break even the most masterfully executed shape. Give your favorite style a sophisticated finish by adding a bit of height, a wispy faux-fringe and romantic texture. Get simple steps for creating the perfect front to any updo in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: Before styling, pump refinish dry shampoo liberally into roots and shake through with fingers. Back comb through the top and crown, beginning at the apex, to add height. Brush top surface to smooth.

Step: Part the front section deeply on one side, tracing 2-3” back from the hairline. Pull hair back into desired shape and pin in place.

Step: Gently tug at the hairline on the thicker side of the part, pulling it down over the forehead, creating a faux bang. Pin into desired shape and mist with holding spray. Allow to set, then carefully remove pins.

Step: Mist entire shape lightly with holding spray, then, while still wet, gently pluck at the shape with fingertips, softening texture and breaking up the 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

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