The Seriously Easy Updo

Updos are scary. It's okay to be afraid of them. This one is much less scary than it looks. It doesn't require a curling iron or any of that nonsense, you don't even need to know how to braid - easy, right?! Today we achieved this effortless, "Farmers Market Fancy" style with two small elastics, a couple of bobby pins, and zero product.

 
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ONE

Separate your hair into two even sections. Grab the sections of your hair from the base of your head to avoid having a visible part.

 
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TWO

Braid 'em. Or don't. If you're not a braider, make two twists. Or braid one and twist one. You do you. I find that with twists or regular, 3-strand braids you can achieve more volume. I'm partial to fishtail braids, but with this style they can end up looking a little flat. Use a small elastic to secure the ends of whichever braiding or twisting method you choose. 

 
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THREE

Pull your braids and/or twists apart to make them look really thick and full. We didn't use any product today, but a texturizing spray would be helpful here if you feel like your hair need a little extra help.

 
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FOUR

Pull one pigtail diagonally across towards the opposite ear and pin it. Do the same with the other pig tail and it will form an X. Your pigtails should have switched sides and moved farther up your head.

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FIVE

At this point, bring the remaining loose pigtails down and pin them under the X you created. Some of you may have enough hair to create another small X towards the base of your neck. Tuck the ends in to hide them and don't be afraid to pull on a few pieces if you feel like it could use some more volume.

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EASY PEASY

Keep it messy for a day at the park with the kiddos or clean it up for a wine-tasting at the vineyard. Seriously easy and seriously handy.

Mastering the Topknot

Let me explain something. Sometimes I don't want to wash my hair. Meaning 96% of the time. I can wear my hair down for about 2 days before I start to look homeless from the eyebrows up. Then I’ll start wearing braids and topknots and figuring out how to look chic and like a hair stylist without having to wash my hair.

If it is topknot day, I want it to look like I just popped out of Pinterest and I don’t want to have to try it 70 times before it looks right. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I have fine hair, so putting it in a quick bun makes me look like I have a drawer knob on the top of my head. Not cute. Enter the fool-proof topknot method that you only have to do once:

ONE.

Start with a high ponytail. You want it to be pretty high on your head. It doesn't have to be perfect, a few lumps and bumps make it look more effortless.

 
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TWO.

Split your pony into two even sections and tie them in a knot. Yes, a knot. Just tie it as if you were beginning to tie your shoes. If you have thicker hair, tighten the knot a lot. If you are like me and have fine hair, only tighten the knot a little.

 
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THREE.

Now, bobbypin it in place. I usually stick my hand into the knot like the claw arcade game.  The claw method helps me hold everything in place without completely squashing it while I’m pinning. Wrap the tails of the knot around the bun and pin them in place. If you ended up pinning it too tightly, you don’t have to start over. Just pull it apart with your fingers to loosen it up - the claw method is good for this too.

 
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TA-DA!

I woke up like this.