How to Create a Classic Updo

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Add instant elegance to your look by pulling your hair into a classic updo.

Step 1: Comb hair
Comb your hair to remove any knots. Remember that hair is easier to work with if it’s not freshly washed.

Create fat curls with hot rollers, Velcro rollers, or a curling iron if you want more volume.

Step 2: Tease your front hair
Grab a one-inch-thick section of hair from the front of the head. Back comb it, and flip it forward.

Step 3: Continue in sections
Grab a one-inch section of hair right behind the first section, back comb that, and flip it forward. Continue until you reach the crown of the head.

Step 4: Tie a high ponytail
Gather all the hair into a ponytail at the top of your head, just behind the crown, and secure it with an elastic band.

For a sleeker do, use a bristle brush to sweep the hair on the sides back tightly into the ponytail.

Step 5: Pin the pieces
Take a one-inch piece of hair from the ponytail, bending it underneath to make a loop, and pinning the end of the loop at the elastic band. Repeat until all the pieces are shaped 360 degrees around the band.

Step 6: Dress it up
Add decorative pins, flowers, or ribbons around the hair or on the sides of the head if you like.

Step 7: Frame the face
Pull a few front pieces loose to frame the face.

Did You Know?
The average woman spends 43 minutes a day thinking about her hair.


JeTheUnicorn says:

0:45 love how you say forward! xD

Jeremy Bob says:

I tried this and it didn't work does anyone know why and keep the language clean for the little uns!!

Keisy Castillo says:

@0kbaby0: Yes, back-combing IS teasing your hair.

aglover360 says:

@adrianehershey Poaney tayall 😀

chai kwon says:

I was laughing when it says create fat curls 0:37

Grandma Pirate says:

@Howcast Wow…. you freaking replied…. BTW all of your videos are basically obvious, and start usin music that isn't crappy.

SmilingMiranda says:

It looks messy :/

KirstyBandicoot1 says:

wow first time I'd seen Howcast reply to a comment

Emily Anderson says:

what if you are not a regular women

Sinead Fay says:

So cute!!! Love it!

MiFFiL says:

That was a horrible updo. It just looked like a messy bun with a flower.

And that was really shitty back combing.

BGH122 says:

Haha, "you'll need unwashed […] hair". So when I see a girl with an updo I know she's grimy?

Chris Diaz says:

Back-combing /teasing is not bad for you hair, its all in the way that you do it. I dont think this video was well thought out. The effort and execution were really bad. And yes there are better ways of getting volume than whats showed here.

amesguy515 says:

Big effing deal.

rjlerias says:

i have layered hair…what should i do?

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