The Messy Side Updo

As a hairstylist, I’ve done a lot of wedding hair. The most frequently requested style, and also the most universally flattering, is the low side updo. And the messier the better. I am not a fan of polished, perfect updo’s. They look too “placed on”, instead of lived in! 

So here is the tutorial for a low Messy Side Updo! Perfect for any fancy occasion, or if you are just feeling fancy when you go to the grocery store. πŸ™‚

A few things to consider:
1. Hair my length or longer will work with this style. Any shorter and you may have issues with it falling out.
2. The longer the hair, the more bobby pins.
3. You must must MUST have some sort of product in your hair (hairspray is prefered) for it to hold as you are styling it. 
4. You can adjust how far to the side it is, based on each section placement.

Refer to this post to see what’s in my hair. 

**I’m wearing a new lip color by MAC called Bare Again.

(Top: Banana Republic Outlet, Earrings: Elisabeth Ashlie Jewelry, Jeans: Francesca’s skinny jeans that I rolled up myself {no name}, Shoes: Target Grey Wedges) 

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Comments (158)

  1. Natalie says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    Love this! Can’t wait to try it on myself!

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      Posted July 21, 2014

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  2. Tay says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    Love it, thank you! I have hair envy. πŸ™‚

  3. Posted October 17, 2011

    hahahah love grits posing for the camera in that last photo

  4. Posted October 17, 2011

    I LOVE your hair tutorials! I have done the messy bun style quite a bit since you posted it~
    I love this one too!
    Thank you for your awesome tips and tutorials!

  5. Allyson says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    Grits rocks the camera. What style you both have πŸ™‚

  6. Deb says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    Another cute top! Love the Gritzer appearance. πŸ˜€

  7. Brenna says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    LOVE πŸ™‚

  8. Posted October 17, 2011

    This looks so fantastic! Love the hair-do and love your style!!!

  9. Lauren says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    LOVE this! However, I think i’m going to have to wait until my hair grows a tad longer. I like more “played” in updo’s myself.

  10. jessica says
    Posted October 17, 2011

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  11. Posted October 17, 2011

    Ahh, you’re amazing πŸ™‚ I’ve got to try this! Thanks for the tutorial!

  12. Posted October 17, 2011

    Thanks for another useful, stylish and simple tutorial! I get multiple complements whenever I style my own hair accordingly.
    I had a question for you. How useful is sea salt spray in creating a wave in hair? Is it drying or damaging to hair with frequent use? Do you have a specific brand you recommend? The back, bottom portion of my hair has developed quite a natural wave, while the top, front of my hair remains fairly straight. A little uniformity would be nice on days I don’t want to blow dry and flat iron, etc.
    Thank you for any advice!

  13. Anonymous says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    I look forward to your tutorials on Monday! I am a hair stylist myself, and love the cute ideas. Thanks for posting πŸ™‚ Can not wait till the next one ! πŸ™‚ Kim

  14. Lindsay says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    This is so great! We have got to talk hair tonight when we get together–I need help. πŸ™‚ Your tutorials rock!

    Ps–you were the most viewed link from Show & Share last week. Check it out!

  15. Posted October 17, 2011

    Just stumbled across your amazing blog via Pinterest. Thanks for all the helpful video tutorials and advice. It’s amazing!

  16. etta says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    I love your earrings! Where’d you get them?

  17. Allison says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    I seriously love this. Your blog is my newest obsession. P.S. Your cat is fab. πŸ™‚

  18. kendra says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    LOVE THIS!!!!! I could spend hours touring around your blog…I have thin/fine hair and my hair is long(probably mid back length) and it never seems to hold curl..I think my problem is that I am not using enough products. Cant wait to go buy some new products and try these styles!!! Also, I am curious, What college did you go to in NC? I live in Western NC and went to Western Carolina University.

  19. Posted October 17, 2011

    Love! This is the style that is making me stay focused on growing my hair out. πŸ™‚

    And I LOVE how Grits “photo bombed” your last picture. Too cute!!!

  20. Posted October 17, 2011

    I just cut my hair a little bit too short to do this- once it is long enough this may become my “early morning class” hairstyle πŸ™‚ you make it look so EASY.

  21. Brenda says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    Thanks so much for posting these hairstyle tutorials! You make it look so easy and beautiful! Love all your posts =)

  22. Cathee says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    I love this tutorial. I have tried my own way of a “messy side up do” and yours is a winner! I can’t wait to try it out – house work can wait! You have the cutest profile as well. πŸ™‚

  23. Kaysi says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    I love this!!!!!

  24. Rachel says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    That’s sooo beautiful! You have perfect hair.. I doubt mine will do that! (:

    Enter my giveaway! Ends tomorrow!


  25. Melissa says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    I LOVE this!!! If I didn’t love my long hair as much as I do, I would totally cut it like yours!

  26. Evan says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    Found your blog a few weeks ago from pinterest… been stocking you ever since!! I love your tutorials, etc. My hair is now too short to do much of the updos, but still I love them!

    PS the cat in that picture is totally striking a pose. haha!

  27. Laura says
    Posted October 17, 2011

    I’ve thought about this before, but seriously – can I “kidnap” you for a girls’ weekend of something sometime and spend the entire time having you impart to me all of your amazing wisdom and playing with our hair? I promise to give you loads of wine and chocolate and maybe – if we’re feeling especially decadent – a bunch of croissants topped off with champagne?! ;o)

  28. Posted October 17, 2011

    I love the new blog design!!! I’m looking to revamp mine as well. I love the clean look of it! Also love this tutorial! AWESOME!

  29. Posted October 17, 2011

    I love this look! I have to say..I brought in your pic as an inspiration for my haircut and ended up with a one length cut that makes me look 12. Back to the drawing board!

  30. Posted October 18, 2011

    LOVE this! (LOVE everything you post!) Totally going to try this very soon. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Posted October 18, 2011

    Our Family: Aquage makes a sea salt spray. Google it. It might be exactly what you are looking for. But it could also be something like throwing a few loose curls in the top and sides to match the natural curl in the back?

  32. Posted October 18, 2011

    So cute and fancy πŸ™‚

  33. Posted October 18, 2011

    LOVE IT!! I can’t wait to try it!

  34. Posted October 18, 2011

    beautiful! I started a link party at my blog and I’d love for you to link this up. If you’re interested it’s Have a lovely day, Maria

  35. Posted October 18, 2011

    forgot to mention I’m your newest follower! Thanks for the inspiration! Maria

  36. Bekah says
    Posted October 18, 2011

    Recently discovered your blog & I love it! I have slightly past my shoulder, naturally curly hair. I haven’t found many updos that work well with my length and texture, but almost everything you post looks so nice on me. Thank you! Thank you!!

  37. Posted October 18, 2011

    Love this!

  38. Ryann says
    Posted October 18, 2011

    love this outfit!

  39. Posted October 19, 2011

    Love this! Thanks so much for posting! This is very similar to how I had my hair done for my wedding, so it’s great to actually know how to do it. I tried this today for work, and was very surprised that it actually stayed put all day! This is the second one of your tutorials that I’ve done, and I again got a lot of compliments! A girl could get used to this! πŸ™‚

  40. Posted October 19, 2011

    Why do you put the bobby pin in wavy side down? Does it hold better that way or is it just a cleaner look? Is it better for your hair? That advice stood out to me so I’m curious.

  41. Posted October 19, 2011

    this is amazzzzzzzzzzing πŸ˜€

  42. Lauren says
    Posted October 20, 2011

    Love it, so cute!

  43. Posted October 20, 2011

    Could you possibly do a tutorial on how to do a fishtail braid?

  44. Posted October 21, 2011

    Rachel: They hold much much better. And it looks better too!

  45. Posted October 21, 2011

    Glmoore: I’ll add it to my list!

  46. Posted October 21, 2011

    I just found your blog. Totally awesome for you to share! I’m looking forward to scrolling through all your tutorials over the weekend when I have more time.

    Can I just say? You are drop dead gorgeous. Gah! I’m a bit jealous. LOL. That first picture of you right after the video is fabulous!

    Thanks again for sharing all this goodness with us. Can’t wait to look through it all.

  47. Alyssa says
    Posted October 22, 2011

    You are awesome! Love you, your hair, and tutorials! Thanks for all you do!

  48. Posted October 22, 2011

    I tried your messy updo today. You are right, it will take some practice but the first attempt is cute enough that I’ll certainly be doing it again and again until I master this. Thanks again for the tutorial!

  49. Becca says
    Posted October 22, 2011

    I LOVED this post!! I’ve flipped through like half the blog pages! Love love love all your how-tos and outfits! Simply gorgeous!!!!

  50. Anonymous says
    Posted October 23, 2011

    I am attempting to do this style but am having a bit of trouble. My hair is longer, probably a couple inches below my collar bone. I can get the knotting part fine, but then what do I do with all the length? any help would be much appreciated!! thanks!

  51. Posted October 24, 2011

    @Anonymous: just twist those up and pin them in!

  52. Lindsay says
    Posted October 24, 2011

    Hey girl–just wanted to let you know that YOU had the most views at Show & Share. πŸ™‚

  53. Ashley says
    Posted October 24, 2011

    So I love this and I want to try it, BUT I don’t have cute bangs like you. Mine are almost the length of the rest of my hair. How should I include them into the do? Or should I just play with them and see what looks best? –Ashley

  54. Posted October 24, 2011

    @Ashley: Try a few different things, but if you do a side part, just swoop them over like you would a bang!

  55. Posted October 24, 2011

    your hairstyles are amazing. you make it seem so easy

  56. Posted October 25, 2011

    found your blog today. LOVE it. also, is your cat a siamese? looks like some sort of mese. πŸ™‚ I have a siamese and balinese (both rescues). LOVE your blog and will be back again for sure!

  57. Posted October 25, 2011

    @Mrs.Ott’s Art Room: Yep! He is a Flamepoint Siamese! Such a talker!

  58. Posted October 25, 2011

    Hi! Found you through Lindsay’s blog..this is so beautiful as are you!

  59. Posted October 25, 2011

    I just found your blog via pinterest and you have the best hair ever!!

  60. Anonymous says
    Posted October 25, 2011

    I just love all your hair tutorials!!!! They are amazing… Thank you for posting them!

  61. Posted October 25, 2011

    I LOVE your blog and all of your tutorials! Thanks to you, I feel like I have some other options for my hair! =) You’re amazing!


  62. Posted October 26, 2011

    You look so great! So great that I featured you on my blog tonight πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! Come check it out and grab a button πŸ™‚

  63. Posted October 26, 2011

    Beautiful! This was the most viewed link last week at the Whatever Goes Wednesday party. I am featuring it this week. Grab my “featured” button.

  64. Posted October 27, 2011

    It is beautifully done by you!
    Your hair looks so easy to do with.. I’ve really really thick hair, just a few bobby pins won’t fix it.. πŸ™

  65. Posted October 28, 2011

    awesome, awesome, awesome! Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for posting all the video tutorials. You rock. πŸ™‚

  66. Heather says
    Posted October 28, 2011

    I love all your hair tutorials! I featured this one at So Very Creative.

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  67. jennD says
    Posted October 28, 2011

    This is so, so, so cute. Do you have any pointers for shorter hair, yet achieving a similar style?

  68. Posted October 28, 2011

    @JennD: How short is your hair?

  69. Anonymous says
    Posted October 30, 2011

    found you on pinterest…..your tutorials are some of the best – so easy to follow. You’re updo’s look awesome…..keep posting!!

  70. Anonymous says
    Posted October 31, 2011

    So nice to find tutorials for my length of hair! Thanks!

  71. Posted November 2, 2011

    I found you on Pinterest and have enjoyed perusing through your tutorials. I am also a hairstylist and I LOVE that you are showing how to do these styles on your own hair…no smoke and mirrors. And each style (not including prep time) seems to only take about 5-10 min. I took your advice and got the Aquage Uplifting Foam…LOVE it. I look forward to waking up each morning just so I can fix my hair. Been awhile since I could say that! Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚

  72. Posted November 3, 2011

    I tried this hairstyle today and I love it! Your tutorials are very helpful. I have been so tired of doing my hair the same 2 or 3 ways so I’m glad to have more ideas on what to do now!

  73. Tanya says
    Posted November 6, 2011

    You have changed my life! I just got my hair cut with bangs (longer than yours but inspired by you). Since then I have been watching all your tutorials. I have never been able to do my hair till now. Thank you!!

  74. micha says
    Posted November 6, 2011

    do you have to curl your hair before you do this updo???

  75. Posted November 6, 2011

    @micha: you don’t have to, but it might help!

  76. Posted November 8, 2011

    Hi, found your blog via Pinterest, and I really like this updo going to try it this weekend! I will follow your blog it looks very good and also ”simple” in a good way no complicated hair updo’s as I am not so handy with my long hair! Anyway thanks a lot and ”see” you soon!

    (The Netherlands)

  77. Posted November 8, 2011

    Obviously there is a time difference…but know I see it is around late afternoon with you and here we are off to sleep…:-)

  78. Becky says
    Posted November 10, 2011

    You have literally changed my hair life. I get so many compliments on my hair styles now and I owe it all to you. Thank you for sharing the stylist inside scoop!

  79. Anonymous says
    Posted November 10, 2011

    Awesome! thank you!!! perfect for the fall wedding im attending!

  80. Anonymous says
    Posted November 10, 2011

    Tried this today! Doesn’t look as good as yours, but for my first try it looks pretty good! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Such an awesome tutorial.

  81. Posted November 12, 2011

    I came across your blog last night around 3 am cause I couldn’t sleep and actually did a hairstyle as well. I couldn’t believe how easy it was and think how the heck did I not find your blog any sooner! Thank you so much for sharing these tutorials. I have long hair and wih two kids it ends up in a ponytail… a lot! These tips are quick and easy and fun to do! Thank you so much!!!

  82. Jessica H says
    Posted November 17, 2011

    LOVE it! Hope that I can get it to look half as good as yours!

  83. Posted November 26, 2011

    So glad I found your blog. we have almost identical hair so everything you do should work on me! Thanks!

  84. Chris says
    Posted November 29, 2011

    Hi Kate, I loved your video tutorial. It was so much fun to watch. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  85. Kate says
    Posted December 1, 2011

    This is awesome, makes me think I can do it! Thanks for sharing!

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  86. Anonymous says
    Posted December 4, 2011

    Love the hair..and LOVE your earrings!

  87. XOXOAN says
    Posted December 8, 2011

    I’m Amy & I like many other found you through pinterest. Anyhow, do you think that this messy side updo is possible to do with long hair that goes to the middle of your back?

  88. Kristy says
    Posted December 9, 2011

    Just wanted to add to the others: your blog is amazing and a hair-changer for me! Tried this hairstyle just now and it worked great!! It IS easy, your way. Except I put it up too high, against your advice to put it between ear and neck. Oh, well. Something to work on next time.

  89. Lindsey says
    Posted December 10, 2011

    Hi- I saw what you said about just twisting long hair up, but is there a trick to getting the bobby pins to hold? It seems like they’re not wanting to stick in or maybe I’m trying to put too much hair up per pin? I have that’s longer and thick so maybe this updo won’t work? What are your thoughts? I LOVE yours and would love to be able to make it work!

  90. Lisa says
    Posted December 10, 2011

    I love your video, this hair style is amazing!! thank you so much. I did modify it a little bit and did a half up half down look using your technique, and it is so perfect. love your blog!

  91. Hope says
    Posted December 10, 2011

    Why is that you start with curly hair? It seems like by the end you are twisting it around in such a way that it wouldn’t matter if it were curly or straight.

    My sister shared your site with me and I have to say I am absolutely in love! Thank you!

  92. Posted December 10, 2011

    Just did this for my company holiday party!! I’m loving the way it looks! Thanks!

  93. Chelsea says
    Posted December 12, 2011

    Kate, thank you so much for all your hair tutorials. I’ve been doing this do for a bit and love how it looks. Growing up, my mom wasn’t around much and never taught me how to do my hair. Now that I’m an adult, I love knowing how to do my hair and look girly every once and a while. I can’t thank you enough for helping me feel beautiful!

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      Posted July 26, 2014

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  94. Anonymous says
    Posted December 13, 2011

    1) I appreciate it when you talk about what to do when you have different textures/thickness of hair than you have.
    2) I also liked it when you throw in a “don’t ever” do this. For some of us, this does not come naturally, so those obvious (to you) pointers help some of us.
    -Angie πŸ™‚

  95. Rachel says
    Posted December 13, 2011

    Hi! I just wanted to say that I tried this style out last weekend for the hubby’s christmas party & I LOVED it! It took me a few tries but will definetly wear it again! Thanks so much for sharing & for all your hair pointers!

  96. Anne says
    Posted December 17, 2011

    I just tried this out last night for my husband’s holiday work party & I loved it! I received so many compliments on my hair & it was so easy! I have naturally curly hair, so I was able to skip the first step. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!

  97. Anonymous says
    Posted December 18, 2011

    I love these pants! are they jcrew? Im going to go try this hairdo right now!

  98. Anonymous says
    Posted December 21, 2011

    Hi i love this look but I have thick long curly hair it can be pain to work with. Do you have any ideas for New Years Eve party looks?

  99. Josie says
    Posted December 28, 2011

    You have such cute hair and ideas!

  100. Katie O says
    Posted December 29, 2011

    You are simply AWESOME!! Thank you SO much for sharing your mad skills & helping to beautify us ladies πŸ™‚

  101. Posted December 31, 2011

    Thanks for all the tips! I found you on pinterest and I’m so glad I did πŸ™‚

  102. Anonymous says
    Posted December 31, 2011

    thank you for the video. i am going to try this for NYE!

  103. Anonymous says
    Posted January 9, 2012

    This is my favorite site for hairstyles! You are so cute πŸ™‚ I just love your style! Classic but you can wear it any day of the week. Thank you for teaching me how to (safely) trim my bangs in between cuts, too. You are the bomb girl πŸ™‚

  104. Anonymous says
    Posted January 10, 2012

    This is a really cute hairstyle…really simple, yet also elegant!
    My only complaint is that I needed to section my hair into four sections because of my length and thickness, but other than that, it’s a winner for me!!

  105. Anonymous says
    Posted January 15, 2012

    What if you have very very long hair? How would you tuck in the pieces after you tie the knots?

  106. Anonymous says
    Posted January 16, 2012

    I LOVE This! If only I could get my hair to look how yours started. πŸ™‚

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      Posted July 10, 2014

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  107. Anonymous says
    Posted January 20, 2012


  108. Anonymous says
    Posted January 21, 2012

    I LOVE THIS LOOK! I just tried it and im so in love with it! You make it look so easy and i love it!

  109. Anonymous says
    Posted January 22, 2012

    Could you demonstrate a way to do this without having to tie a knot in the back? I have a graduated bob that is just a tad shorter than yours in the back and I can’t do the knot but I can put my hair up.

  110. Anonymous says
    Posted January 23, 2012

    I think you may be the cutest person I’ve ever seen! I love all the tutorials and am so glad that you don’t mind sharing that you got your pieces from target! Just shows you can look classy on any budget!

  111. Anonymous says
    Posted February 7, 2012

    Any tips on what to do if you don’t have bangs and just long layers?

  112. Anonymous says
    Posted February 21, 2012

    If you have thicker hair can you do more then three sections?

  113. Posted March 8, 2012

    This is AH-MAZING. i’ve had curly hair all 16 years of my life, as do my 2 sisters and my mom, and its always an issue trying to find unique ways to do up-dos with the layers curly hair requires. i just tried this and it looked adorable. definitely wearing this to school tomorrow, thanks!!! πŸ™‚

  114. Anonymous says
    Posted March 10, 2012

    So… I’m stuck at work for 12 hours but I can’t tell you how EXCITED I am to get off work and try this out! I live in NC also, but I’m guessing you’re closer to the Raleigh area πŸ™ BUMMER. Needless to say, I LOVE all your styles and that you take the time to walk us through step by simple step! I’ll leave another comment after I’ve tried it out! ;] -Ashley

  115. 7Cyns says
    Posted March 17, 2012

    Found your blog via Pinterest and I love it!! Such great advice and easy how-to videos; thank you so much!!

  116. Posted April 9, 2012

    My hair has recently been cut again.. And a year ago i went from blond (my whole life) to a brunette for my 30th birthday. i used to always try new and cute things to my hair but lately I’ve been bored and it’s a little frustrating. Now seeing your videos i feel excited again. Thank you so much for your blog!

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  117. Posted April 9, 2012

    My hair has recently been cut again.. And a year ago i went from blond (my whole life) to a brunette for my 30th birthday. i used to always try new and cute things to my hair but lately I’ve been bored and it’s a little frustrating. Now seeing your videos i feel excited again. Thank you so much for your blog!

  118. Posted April 23, 2012

    I did this for a date this weekend and it was super cute and he complimented me on it. Thanks Kate for the amazing hair tutorials!

  119. Jessica Skarlen says
    Posted May 19, 2012

    Thank you so much Kate! I did this for my prom- looked wonderful with my dress!! xxx

  120. Lydia says
    Posted June 15, 2012

    I am so going to try this tomorrow! I can do nothing with my hair except straiten it and put it up in a ponytail…I bought a curling iron today, and watched your tutorial on how to after that battle…I will totally give this a try! This looks simple enough, and with 4 kids, (5, 2 1/2 and 8 1/2 month old twins) I DO NOT want mom hair..I want to look pretty without it taking an hour to acheive! Wish me luck!

  121. Christy says
    Posted June 24, 2012

    Kate- I have 5 kids (13,10,7,4,& 3) and work full time as the office manager of a small private classical school that my husband and close friend started 7 years ago. (
    I LOVE YOUR BLOG! You have a true gift in educating us “inquiring minds” in all things fashion and beauty.
    As you can imagine, I do NOT have a lot of time to devote to getting MYSELF ready. About how long does it take for you to get ready?– from the time you step out of the shower, until you are ready to walk out the door?
    I love all your tutorials and how easy you make it look~ very inspirational! THANK YOU!


  122. Posted June 29, 2012

    the link doesn’t work for your product recommendations at the top πŸ™

  123. Melissa says
    Posted July 26, 2012

    I love your hair and your earrings but i can’t find the earrings on your etsy page anymore. πŸ™

  124. Anonymous says
    Posted July 30, 2012


    Thank you so much for these easy to follow tutorials! I had a beach wedding last month and wanted something laid back and easy. I was able to do my own hair for my wedding and everyone was astonished when I told them I did it myself. Thanks for helping make my wedding day (and my wedding pictures!!) a success!


  125. Anonymous says
    Posted August 1, 2012

    I love it! Thank you!

  126. Katie says
    Posted August 15, 2012

    i was in my sister’s wedding in july and i did this hairstyle! all the other bridesmaids had theirs done and said they liked mine better. πŸ™‚ thanks for saving me some moolah and for all the tips!

  127. Posted September 7, 2012

    I LOVE you hair tutorials. I’ve used a few and get so many compliments and direct them to your blog! Thank you so much!

  128. Laura says
    Posted September 27, 2012

    I have never been one to “do” my hair. Mostly flat iron and go. Love, love, love your blog. I tried this for a date night with my hubby and it was great. Your video was perfect especially for me a visual person. Thank you! I have some confidence now that I don’t have to have my hair the same all the time.

  129. Anonymous says
    Posted October 21, 2012

    Your eyes are really pretty.

  130. Anonymous says
    Posted November 8, 2012

    I did your messy side do for a wedding I was going to. It turned out beautiful!! I got so many complements (my hair looked better than the brides). Your video was easy to follow and the “do” was easy to “do” on my own hair. Can’t wait to try other styles for date night! Thanks!!!! Lisa

  131. Posted December 13, 2012

    I found you on pinterest and LOVE your hair tutorials. Most of the hair tutorials on pinterest are for long hair or I just find pictures with no instructions. All your hair styles are super super cute, I’m so excited to try them all!

  132. Posted March 5, 2013

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  133. Posted March 16, 2013

    I looove your site πŸ™‚ I have longish hair that I’ve known what to do with! Your site has been pure gold for me!! I have done this hairstyle six times now and every time I do it, it turns out differently. Each time, it gets easier and looks a bit better. People always think I have gone and gotten it done professionally. Love that!!! Thanks so very much for your work with these tutorials. You are a blessing to many people!!!

  134. Posted March 16, 2013

    Longish hairI have NOT known what to do with…

  135. Becky says
    Posted April 3, 2013

    Thank you so much. I love your tutorials. I have hair the same length as yours and have been putting up the same boring way for years. These hairstyles make me feel so much better! Thank you!

  136. Posted May 28, 2013

    I have thicker and longer hair and it helped so much when I sectioned my hair into four sections instead of three! Thanks so much for your tutorials! I plan on styling my hair like this for my upcoming bridal shower!

  137. Anne Bragg says
    Posted May 22, 2014

    cute! you make it look so easy! can’t wait to try it! πŸ™‚

  138. Deana says
    Posted August 20, 2014

    i love your website i just makes me want to do other peoples hair

  139. Hannah says
    Posted August 20, 2014

    Your hair do’s are simple and beautiful. Please continue sharing them with us.

  140. Posted August 20, 2014

    I don’t usually do anything with my hair, but I love this! Definitely will try a few of your hairstyles out. πŸ™‚

  141. Rebecca says
    Posted December 19, 2014

    I did this to my hair last night for a concert I conducted and got SO many compliments! Thanks for posting!

  142. Kim says
    Posted April 3, 2015

    I absolutely love this and would like to do it for my wedding but your hair always looks quite ‘done’ before you actually start the tutorials. How do I get my hair to the starting point as it looks like you have a bit of lift and some waves and I’d like to know how to get there first!



  143. Shawna says
    Posted April 26, 2015

    Hi, found you on Pinterest of course. I love your updos! I am trying to master at least one style, although my hair is a little longer than shoulder length and very thin! I think if I piled on the product I just might get lucky!

  144. Jill Danklefs says
    Posted May 31, 2015

    I love this so much… I’ve tried 3x to do this… And all I see is bobby pin worl on my head!!! It’s a tad shorter than yours in this video… But I can’t see your pins!!! Argh!!! Do I need to curl or tease more ahead of time?

  145. Amelia says
    Posted July 11, 2015

    Hey please do more fancy up-dos!! I need one for a formal wedding! PLEASE HELP