January 21, 2013

easier than it looks updo tutorial



I think one of the most important things in creating a beautiful updo is breaking the hair down into smaller sections. Oftentimes, due to lack of time or even lack of experience, I see women trying to gather all their hair and quickly throw it up into an updo, when instead it would actually be quicker to take it section by section.

For this style, I did just that. This is a great way to achieve a lot of volume at the crown--which is one of the tell tale signs between a professional updo and a "home" updo. If you can get volume at the crown, you'll make any updo look fancy.



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polka dot top (similar)


73 comments:

  1. I love it and was waiting for ur post :)

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  2. Oooh, this is so pretty! I wish I could get as much volume as you do. My hair is just so fine and limp :(

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  3. Looks great! I need to try this at home.

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  4. I love this look! Is it bad that I pinned this based on the first picture alone? I have faith that your video will be easy for me to follow later when I have all the supplies handy.. and I'm not at work =)
    Jenn
    With Luck

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  5. Silly question but, what brand of clear elastics do you use? Love your tutorials.

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  6. I so look forward to Tutorial Mondays!! Thanks for taking my hair out of Frumpyville! You're the best!

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  7. I would have never guessed it was as easy as you make it sound!

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  8. That is amazing! I'm so excited to try this! My hair may be too long, but it's worth a try! =) Thanks! Also, do you know any good hair blogs that do styles for really long hair? Like mid- low back length? That's how long mine is, which I love, so I can't always use your tutorials. =(
    Alesha <3

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    1. http://www.secretosdechicas.es/blogs/43207/videos-cabello?tag=Peinados%20y%20Recogidos%20F%C3%A1ciles
      here you have some ideas for your long hair. I think you'll love it. enjoy! I'm sorry, it's in spanish but you'll see that it is easy to understand.

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  9. Cannot wait to try this out! LOVEEEE! Good thing I don't have anything fancy for a couple months so I can give my hair a little time to grow. It's RIGHT at my collar bone right now, so another 1/2-1" more would make it easier for me to try (at least somewhat successfully!)

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  10. I love your tutorials each Monday! I know it's a formal undo but I am trying it today then going shopping! I can't wait for a formal occasion... :)

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  11. Wow, this is gorgeous. Our hair is very similar length and texture, so I can't wait to give this a try!!

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  12. Kate, would you have a suggestion for a dual voltage blow dryer? There are so many on the market, I would appreciate your advice if you do not mind. Thanks so much!

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  13. What a great tutorial! Love the up do.

    xoxo
    Mags
    http://magsmind22.blogspot.com/

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  14. PERFECTION! YET AGAIN!!!!!!! You are amazing and make it look SO simple! Thank you!

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  15. What color nail polish are you wearing in the video? Love the gray!

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  16. Super cute! Love the hair style!

    xo
    Caroline

    lovecarolineblog.blogspot.com

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  17. Cute - donut, I love it! I have a work party this week so I think I will try this then! What color is your polish - super cute!

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  18. Beautiful up-do!

    Sheree
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  19. Thank you so much for this! We have military balls and family weddings coming up, and with our second child just weeks away this is exactly the easy yet chic kind of look I need to have on hand!

    On a side note my 2 year old son LOVES watching your tutorials.

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  20. just gorgeous -- you always have the best updos! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  21. I think I'm going to attempt this for an upcoming military ball! Do you think finer hair can hold this look?
    Kara
    http://lessonslearnedfromwifeofwounded.blogspot.com

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  22. I can't believe that those steps created that. When you got to the end I thought, "that can't be it," but then it was. Love it!

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  23. Cute & Different. I Likey!

    The How to Guru

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  24. This is amazing! I would love to see more updo's!

    <3 Rubiiee

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  25. Wow! Absolutely love this!!! Thank you!

    chicwallart.etsy.com

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  26. I LOVE your tutorials! Thanks!

    lemonsugarcreative.com

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  27. this is beautiful! you are beautiful. it's all beautiful. thank you so, so much for sharing your talents with us!!!

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  28. Love, Love, Love!!! Perfect for the formal Army functions I have to attend!! Love the nail polish too!! :)

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  29. Very pretty, and more importantly, very simple to do!

    I think donut IS the only word for it :)

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  30. I need to go out and get some clear elastic bands...back to Target I go. Thank you for the great tutorials!

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  31. Amazing tutorial! You always make it look so easy. Silly question, but what kind of teasing comb do you use?

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  32. I absolutely love this hair style! Thank you so much for sharing. You always are so great at explaining difficult looking styles in an easy to comprehend way! I would love if you would do a post about how to tease your hair. I know that for some this is an easy concept, but I have the hardest time with it!


    -Audrey
    http://janeoftrades-ajl2870.blogspot.com/

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  33. that was a great tutorial!! i usually hate video tutorials because they drag on and don't get to the point but you've done an amazing job and i love the updo!! it's funny that you use clear elastics because i just had a wedding hair trial and that's what she used too. it really makes your hair stay a lot better than just using pins.

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  34. I love our tutorials and am growing my hair longer so I can try even more. Thank you for doing this blog. I do have one question though.... I have dark hair and I worry that using dry shampoo for more body and texture would not look right because it is like a white powder. Do you think it would work for me?

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  35. So cute! I'll have to try it, thanks for sharing :)

    www.inspirationlush.com

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  36. This is exactly the wedding hair I am looking for!! Yay!

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  37. I love your hair tutorials. I just wish I could do them and have them look good! My hair is really long and super thick. I always feel like bobby pins are pulling my hair when I'm finished. But I keep trying! Thanks so much for the tutorials!!

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  38. YOU ARE A HAIR MAGICIAN! I am running to try this right now!!!

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  39. Wow! I love this look! And, from the video it seems easy enough that I'll hopefully be able to do it! I'm going to give it a try this morning!

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  40. You are so sweet and adorable. Love watching your videos and so nice of you to share how to to do these easy, pretty styles. Thank you!

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  41. Just did this for my birthday party and it was so cute! Thanks for the awesome ideas, as always! :)

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  42. Yay! Thank you! I need new ideas for my fine hair. I'll be perusing your site for more...

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  43. Just FYI, this isn't on your hairdo button yet. :)

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  44. This was such a great tutorial! I'm going to try this tomorrow for a Valentines formal I am going to. Thanks for sharing!

    www.thepreppylittlepolkadot.blogspot.com

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  45. I've tried this, and I luuuuurrvveeeeee it! One thing... It seems to not be appearing on your main "Hair Tutorials" page. Am I blind?

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  46. This best hair tutorial I've seen! I used it today for a wedding- it was absolutely fabulous!

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  47. This is amazing! I have super thick, stick-straight hair, and I used this tutorial for a wedding I attended a few weeks ago-- everyone thought I had gone to the salon! I'm going to an evening fundraising event/dinner tonight, so I plan on doing it again.

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  48. just saw this tutorial on youtube :) looks so nice! i have realllllyyyy long hair, like down to my butt! and it's always a pain to get a nice bun because i have so much hair going on. but i'm gonna try this for the summer to get all my hair off my back in the heat :)

    just followed you on bloglovin' ;)

    hashtagphoebe.blogspot.com
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  49. I came across this tutorial on your Youtube channel and had to share it on my blog. I can't wait to try it out!

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  50. Oh my gosh, this helps so much! I've got a masquerade ball to go to this weekend and was panicking because I didn't know how to where my hair! And it's a legitimate ball - tuxedos and ball gowns only, no suits or banquet dresses. So I was worried that I wouldn't have my hair done and they would kick me out (which they did to my friend's last year, but they should really have read the rules), but this is absolutely perfect! I just tried to put my hair up like this and it works so this weekend is going to be so amazing, thank you!

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  52. I can't wait to try it....I ALWAYS have a problem since I'm 53 and my hair is getting thinner and thinner...I seem to have so much trouble making my messy bun and messy pony look full and full of body....but your video gives me renewed hope. I can't wait to try it...nothing sexier than a messy bun or ponytail I think, and I have to wear my hair up at work since I'm in the field. WOO! Thanks so much!

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  53. I totally did this today! Mine didn't look quite as together and clean as yours but it got plenty of compliments. "That must have taken a while" they all said...little did they know!

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  54. I did this last night! My "doughnut" was more of a messy bun, but it still looked really good. Thanks so much for your tutorials, they help so much! :)

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  55. your tutorial is so well done that I just watched it on mute, and understood perfectly!

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  56. Perfect for my Mother of the Bride hair. The best one I've seen.... thank you!

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  57. Thanks for this! Best tutorial I've seen so far. Using this weekend!

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