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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!


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.


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!



So, the Golden Globes were last night and there was some AMAZING hair and some not so amazing.

The Golden Globes are the “fun” awards show. There are celebrities from both TV and Film, there is dinner and lot’s of champagne. The dress code is generally a little more relaxed and less formal than the Oscars. So, with that said, here are my TOP PICKS for up-do’s, down-do’s, and everything in between.

My favorite down-do’s are Claire Danes and Lea Michele. What I love about these looks is that they’re glamorous but casual. A lot of the hairstyles that were worn down were a little too overworked for me, for this particular award show. Claire and Lea look effortless and allow the dress to be the star.


My least favortie down-do is Kelly Osbourne’s gray-purple, over-worked “Dame Edna” style. This “Fashion Police” host is clearly going for a look, but it’s a little been there, done that. We get it, you’re different.


My favorite up-do is Julianne Moore’s elegant but simple french twist. It’s so classic and understated. I love that this up-do adds to her whole look, but doesn’t overshadow or overpower her dress. It’s perfect.


My least favorite up-do is Amy Adam’s vintage-ish look. It looks a little crispy and overworked. For me, this does not add much to the dress. It’s also too formal and heavy-handed for the relaxed atmosphere of the Golden Globes.


Oh, yeah, and Helena Bonham Carter but that goes without saying…I love her as an actress, but I think she forgot to return her Les Miserables wig!


My Favorite short-do is Michelle Dockery’s wavy layered bob. It has just the right amount of layers to keep it from looking boxy. It’s soft and casual and let’s this detailed dress shine.


My least favorite short-do is Jodi Foster’s blunt bob. This shape only makes her jaw line look more square. It also does not compliment her glitzy dress. It’s flat, boring and misses the mark in my opinion.


Those are my top and bottom picks for Golden Globe hair styles. I’d love to hear from you if you feel I’ve missed anyone in either category! Vote below for your favorite hair from my picks.