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A Scandalous Up Do!

January 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

The Screen Actors Guild awards were on Saturday night, and there were some really beautiful hairstyles from the evening. I was looking through all of the styles and wanted to find a hairstyle that I could explain how to achieve the look at home. I wanted to find something that was simple, elegant and playful and could be worn to a formal event or to a Friday night dinner.

I chose Kerry Washington’s updo from the Screen Actors Guild awards. It’s clean, simple and fun!

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There are a couple of things to consider for this style like, how high or low do you want the bun to sit and how much height do you want on top.

Step 1. With all of your hair down, take a round, “halo” section where you want the bun to sit. If it’s straight off the back of your head like in the picture then your section will sit somewhere in the lower crown area, above the occipital bone. The halo section will vary depending on hair density. The more hair you have the bigger the section.

Step 2. Gather that hair and make a ponytail. Slide a hair donut (matched to your hair shade. I prefer the donut to always be slightly darker than your hair color) over the ponytail and bobby pin into the round base of that section. The donut gives you the elevation off the back of the head without having to excessively backcomb.

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Step 3. Gather all of the remaining hair, pull it back and over the hair donut and join to the existing ponytail. Place another ponytail holder over that section.

Step 4. Take the ponytail and lightly twist and coil around the base of that section, pin and secure.

If you are using a headband that has a velcro, snap or adjustable closure you can add it at this time. If you are using a headband that stretches to fit snugly to the head, put the headband on FIRST before any of the steps. Wear it around your neck and after you finish the last step you can pull it up and into place.

Finish with take a metal tailcomb and spray it with hairspray and glide it over the style to smooth out any fly away hairs.

Here are some other variations of the same look. Enjoy!

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The SAG Awards were last night, did you watch? I did, well most of it at least (gimmie a break, Downton Abbey was on)!

Anyway, I saw the red carpet coverage which is the most important part for spotting hair trends, and hair that should have checked itself in the mirror one last time before stepping out the door!

My favorite trend that I spotted last night was hair that was styled over one shoulder with soft, light waves. It’s simple but glamorous, casual yet sophisticated. It’s also a great alternative to the all down or half up look.

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I’m a big fan of hair just casually laying over one shoulder and not pinned into place. In most of these pictures the hair is long enough to do this and stay in place. If you’re hair is not quite long enough to stay in place on it’s own then try a soft loose braid or a roll/twist to one side. It will just stay better and you will be able to hide those pins you may have used.

I was not a fan of January Jones and Julia Stiles’ looks. I’m usually a big fan of January’s style, but in this case the look was too severe and overworked. Julia, while the look was fine, it did however, age her. She’s a young woman and the cut and style made her look pedestrian and older than her years.

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I think the reason the hairstyles that worked so well just worked, is because the ones that worked used the hair as an “accessory”. Accessories like jewelry can throw off or add to a look just as much as the hair. The hair should never, in my opinion, be the main attraction. You should consider the whole look and how everything compliments each other.

I definitely will be using the over-the-shoulder waved look on some of my clients for their next big night out!

I’m off to rewatch Downton Abbey…it was that good!!