Updos serve a variety of functions from keeping hair out of your face at the gym to adorning a formal dress at a wedding, but few looks work at both ends of the updo spectrum. This look is a rare exception. This braided faux hawk has enough structure to work at the gym, is simple enough for the office, and has wind-blown romance perfect for a date or a wedding. Get step-by-step instructions for creating this highly adaptable style in the notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: Slide fingers from each temple to crown creating a triangular section. Backbrush for volume then smooth out top surface. Twist ends once, pushing forward slightly and pin just above crown.

Step: Divide ends of pinned section into three strands and braid, crossing outer sections under center and incorporating additional hair from outside on each cross to create an inverted french braid. Continue until all hair is incorporated, then plait to ends.

Step: Fold ends up and pin into the braid. Use fingers to pull apart the shape, adding height to the center for a mohawk effect and creating flyaway bits. Finish with holding 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.

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