October 8, 2012

Pretty & Simple Updo Tutorial

Today's tutorial is full of tricks. Maybe I have halloween on my mind, or maybe I'm just tricky like that.

Either way, this one is really simple to do!

It's especially great for thick hair, or hair that is difficult to pin up. Even if you have a "medium" (not thin, not thick) texture, though, it can still be a great tutorial for you!

You'll need a few clear elastics, a fairly decent amount of bobby pins and some hairspray. You can do a straight hair-ed version of this too, but you'll have an easier time with curls! 









Green Dress: Target
Grey Sweater: Gap (similar)
Belt: J.Crew (similar)
Earrings: Elisabeth Ashlie (out of stock! hoping to add more soon!)

87 comments:

  1. Kate I adore your hairstyles - you never run out of ideas.( I had a little giggle today as I think you meant to edit out "this is where we are" x3. Made it on the 3rd time!! ) Keep them coming! XX

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    1. Whoops! Thanks for mentioning this! Totally missed that when I was editing!

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  2. I especially love the ghetto throwback "this is where we at.". Hehe.

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  3. It's telling me "this video is private"...?

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  4. I missed a part that needed editing! Will make public in a few hours!

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    1. I thought you maybe had - it showed your lovely sense of humour though!! Go edit!!! XX

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    2. Gotcha! Thanks!!

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  5. Your hair looks great! =)


    Brooke

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  6. Love the look and the hair, looking forward to the tutorial :)

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  7. :( I can't view the video... it is telling me it is private :( is there something I need to do to view it?

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    1. If you read a few comments up you'll see that I need to edit it! Will repost later today

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  8. On my computer is says video is private

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    1. If you read a few comments up you'll see that I need to edit it! Will repost later today

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  9. It says the video is private and won't let me watch :(

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    1. If you read a few comments up you'll see that I need to edit it! Will repost later today

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  10. Can't wait for the video to go public so I can see how you did the cute hairdo!

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  11. Having the same problem others have mentioned...video is private. :( Boo!

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    1. I marked it as private, there isn't a problem. I need to do some editing! Will repost shortly!

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  12. i recently cut 10+ inches of my hair off, and i'm super excited to be able to try out some of your tutorials now that my hair is shorter!

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  13. I love the elegant, simplicity of this style! And I love you! Such an inspiration, Kate!
    -- Lauren @ http://justalittlebitoffaith12.blogspot.com/

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  14. gorgeous updo! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  15. Cannot wait for the video! My hair is really hard to pin all of it so this just might work for me! So beautiful!

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  16. Love this! Can not wait to try it on my naturally curly hair. :)

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  17. Gorgeous! I have pretty thin hair, but I'm still hoping to give this a try. I'm attending a wedding on Friday, and I would love to have a great style like this!

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  18. love it! very cute :)

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  19. I have hair that's is very thick & waist length. Is there another kind of elastic bands that you could recommend? Thanks Kate

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    1. I'm not a hair expert, but since it looks like the elastics end up hidden in the final look, you could probably use regular elastics that match your hair color.

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  20. love it! very cute :)

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  21. u look adorable on this monday!

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  22. I love this up-do!! I have VERY long (waist length and VERY thick (horse tail ponytail!) hair so I have a hard time finding up-do's that work with my hair. What kind of curling iron would you suggest for a girl on a budget?

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    1. I just got a hot tools curling iron on sale at ulta for $35 and then with the $5 coupon off it was $30- very cheap for a quality hair tool!

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    2. Actually I just looked at my receipt and in the ad it was 29.99 and with the $5 coupon I got it for 25:) ulta is the place!!

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    3. That's not bad at all! Thanks for that advice! :)

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  23. Thanks for taking the time to show us how to create simple yet fabulous updos! Love your blog ;)

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  24. Kate, Love the tutorial :) Please let us know when the earrings are back in stock!

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  25. I have very thick hair and am looking forward to trying this also that minty color looks REALLY great on you :)

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  26. I love love love this look! I have lots of fine hair so this probably won't look the same on me but next time I curl my hair I'm going to give it a shot!

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  27. This is great! I love the idea of making the separate pony tails...never thought of that! Thanks!

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  28. You always have the BEST hair tutorials! I love this and can definitely benefit from it as i have majorly thick hair!! Thanks!

    I'm hosting a SEPHORA GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY on my blog if anyone is interested :)

    http://www.fashionmavenmommy.com/2012/09/win-25-sephora-e-gift-card.html

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  29. LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE! This is a hair tutorial that will actually work on my thick, coarse, wavy hair!

    #meow

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  30. Woo-hoo!! Perfect timing! I need an easy cute style for a wedding we're going to and this is it!! My hair is the longest it's been in years (which isn't even very long) and I had no idea what to do with it...thank you for taking the time to do these tutorials. You're great!

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  31. LOVE the tutorial and the dress! Thinking about orderng it. If you wouldn't mind, what size did you order? Is it true to size?

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  32. Kate:
    1-You're beautiful.
    2-You have a great smile.
    3-I love your tutorials. Just like you standing there teaching me how to do it!

    :)

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  33. If I was rich, I would pay you to come over to do my hair and make-up every morning!

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  34. Seriously? Could I buy your closet from you? I love everything you wear! You inspire me...I just don't know how to put the inspiration into reality! :) You always look so fresh and pretty. Thanks for your blog - I (and many others) love it!

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  35. That do looks so awesome! Love all your hairstyles!

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  36. I am about to order some of those little miracle bobby pins you use. I know you said Diane Brand on your FAQ, but what size and color do you use? I want the EXACT ones. You're awesome!!

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  37. I can't wait to try this! Thanks! :)

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  38. Great Video! I can't wait to try this one! thanks so much

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  39. I do my hair similarly to this all the time. It looks great on you. I love updo's. I think having your hair down all the time is overrated! ;)

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  40. Kate, could you tell me what lipstick you're wearing in this? It's so pretty!!

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  41. do you have a full body picture of this dress? thinking about buying it but target only has a pic of just the dress not on a person.. I kind of want to see how it fits :)

    love the tutorial I have super long curly hair and love learning in these tutorials but there are very few that i could actually do.. at least without taking hours haha.. excited to do this one!

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  42. When you jam the bobby pins into the pony, do they go directly into the center area, or outside the elastic towards the center? Thanks.

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  43. I found your blog via pinterest, and LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! I have shared it with numerous ladies after getting compliments on my hair!! I did this specific one yesterday, it was so easy to do, and so cute! Thank You So Much for sharing your knowledge with those of us (ME) that are not that great at fiddling with our hair!

    Blessings on your day!

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  44. I love your hair and tutorials, but could you please do a post about how to style hair for winter accessories? I just bought a cute big headband/turban with a pretty jewel on it, and need some tips for how to style it. The hard part is the side-swept bangs and huge forehead I have.

    Any tips on how to style hair with winter accessories would be great! Thanks!

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  45. You have multiple styles on your hair tutorials very.similar to this one. Yet this is by far the easiest one! I am on day 2 hair and my hair was already.curly to start with. This style took me tops 15 minutes and looks like i went.and professionally.got it done! Where the others took a bit longer! And i used alot less bobby pins! I Ttyl all of your tutorials you post and have been able to do.almost all.of them! Thankyou for taking your time to teach.those of us who don't really know what to.do.with our own hair. Because.of this blog my hair.looks fantastic on a daily basis. Even.on the days it shouldn't! So thanks so much.for that!

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  46. I tried this for work today, super easy to follow, and turned out very nicely. I got several compliments! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Tried this for the first time yesterday...super easy and I loved it! Thank you Kate!

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  48. What kind of shoes are you wearing with outfit?

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  49. Thanks so much! Tried it and loved it.

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  50. Hello! I have just discovered your blog & I love it! It's a great help on "all the small things". I was wondering if you could make a video or blog about growing out an inverted bob and how to make the transition flattering. I think if I could get it into a long layered bob the growing out would be easier but I always cave when the back looks shabby and just reshape the cut. It's honestly the most difficult cut I have ever had. I had no idea the frequency in upkeep it would need or that it would look so awkward growing out. It would be a huge help to me and probably many others!!

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  51. I just discovered your blog last week and it's amazing! I have tried this hairstyle several times over the last few days but I'm still having a few problems I'm hoping you might have some ideas about. How do you hide the bobby pins when you are pinning the top sections of hair? I end up with a row bobby pin ends sticking out at the top. Also, I can't seem to hide the rubber bands on the sides because they make the hair stick out so far. I thought at first that maybe they were too tight, but it didn't work any better the second time around when I loosened them up a little. I am using teeny tiny "invisible" rubber bands. Even with my problems though, I have gotten so many compliments! I look forward to trying all of the other hairstyles on your blog.

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  52. Thank you so much for this, Kate! Did this for a wedding on Saturday and got many compliments! If you want to see how mine turned out, check out the pictures on my blog post! http://kimbaland.tumblr.com/post/33642342204/thats-a-wrap-2012-wedding-season-edition

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  53. Wore this style tonight and got many compliments! By the end of the night, it was starting to "droop". Wondering if I did something wrong. Do you put the bobby pins in a certain place or direction? Thanks! Love your blog!!!

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  54. Thank you! Wearing it to a wedding today. Specially liked the kitty meow in the early part :)

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  55. Thank you for sharing! I am a hairstylist and have really enjoyed these tutorials :) You and I appreciate the same hairstyles- loose & tossled, but elegant. LOVE! Can I ask what your haircolor formula is?

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  56. Thank you so much for making a video for people with thick hair! My hair is ridiculously thick, so I actually added a 4th pony above the three that I took from the crown section to make it more manageable, and then pinned the top section with a bit of a poof right at the fourth pony and pinned all the last pieces. It worked GREAT and will be perfect for a wedding I'm going to tomorrow! Would love to see more ideas for people with thick hair!

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  57. You have officially been crowned the hair genious! I have tried numberous hairstyles on your blog, and loved this one soo much I reblogged it at adventuresofliving.com!
    Thanks so much for all your great post!

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  58. I just found your blog via a pin on Pinterest, and I'm so impressed! I'll be a new follower, for sure. Thank you for the great how-to videos. You do a great job explaining and breaking it down, which I really appreciate.

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  59. How many ponytails do you normally section your hair into for this look? I do not have thick hair, I have regular to thin hair. Just curious.

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  60. Thank you so much for posting such cute and easy hair tutorials! I have super thick hair that im trying to grow out. It's in the weird stage around my shoulders so the messy updos and buns are perfect for me at work. I also love that we live in the same city and experience the same weather here in Raleigh! You post according to the season! LOL Love it! Keep them coming!
    XOXO Nancy

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  61. Hi! Just found your blog through Pinterest. My hair is almost shoulder length, but I definitely want to try this hairstyle once it gets long enough. Quick question (I hope), my hair is pretty thick and every time I've attempted to curl it, the curls fall out within an hour (even after using a ton of hair spray). Any tips for that?

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    1. Hi,
      I know this wasn't intended for random internet people to answer but I thought I'd throw my opinion out there since my hair does the same thing. Try turning the heat up on your iron/holding it longer, if you get a really good base curl it should stay longer. Also, I got some 3-Day Straight styling spray by John Frieda which helps. I know it sounds contradictory since you're not trying to straighten your hair, but all it really does is help hold whatever heated style you're attempting to do. Oh and heat protectant also helps to make the 'base curl' last longer, plus it protects your hair....obviously.
      One other thing, try starting in the middle of your hair instead rolling the iron from the ends to the scalp. Since that's the part that needs the most time on the iron it really helps.

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  62. Hi, Thank you so much for breaking these hairstyles down. I am 35 yo and am very hair challenged. You make it so easy for me to be able to do these. I would ask for a few more of these "for thicker hair" tutorials though. Some of the styles I just can't seem to get all my hair up or in bobby pins. Thanks so much!

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  63. Just found this tutorial and I love it! You explain it so clearly and make it look so easy. I can't wait to try!

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  64. This is such a cute hairstyle! I always have trouble with my hair because it's super thick, long and unruly. Also has a bit of long layers that I have trouble with. I find that whenever I use bobby pins they will stay for about a minute and then spring out of my hair and across the room no matter how many I use. Do you have any advise on how to get these pins to "stick"? I already have to use 10-12 just to keep my bangs out of my face and pin the stray sides. My hair is just so heavy that I cannot keep any volume in the crown either, and teasing doesn't seem to do much. I love my hair, but am lost when it comes to styling. Please help!

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  65. Oh my goodness...I already adore you! I'm a new follower now for sure. Your little burp and "excuse me" won me over! Hehe! ;) Love the tutorial - I'll be trying this out tomorrow. Happy weekend!

    www.camiannephotography.com

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  66. I love the green on you! Another great tutorial! Thank you! Can't wait to try it!

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