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Last year was all about knots: topknots, low knots, half-knots. So far 2015 seems to be the year of the loop. Looped styles create a pretty fan shape that can be smooth and polished or loose and imperfect. The half-up looks shown here come together in minutes; they work for long lengths or chin length crops. Get step-by step instructions in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: Start with second day hair.  Mist with refinish on roots and refresh at ends and brush through to remove tangles and reactivate style.

Step: Use fingers to separate out top section, drawing a line back from the temple on each side. Pull the top section together at the crown. Use a small hair band to create a ponytail.

Step: Separate out a single loop of the elastic band and pull the base of the tail through, creating a loop. Fan the loop out with fingers. Wrap ends around the base or leave loose. Mist 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

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