Up-Styles are always popular, and everyone is always looking for something "new"
and "different" in their up-dos. And just as overall style trends change through the
years, so do the specific variants of those styles. In fact, such changes always occur in
small increments. Little adaptations to existing styles lead inevitably to new 'looks' as
time passes. Up-dos are just the same. In the eighties, most up-dos were characterized
by puffed up bangs, and frilly twists and spiraling accent curls. As the eighties passed
into the nineties, the puffs and frills got smaller and smaller details became the
fashion. Today's up-styles tend to be smoother, sleeker, with a cleaner, more
sophisticated look to them (but perhaps that opinion is colored by the telescoping effect of looking back at styles).
But with modern trends in mind, it's time to take a look at an easy, long-haired
up-style for those women who want a smooth sleek finish to their formal hair-do.
Creating the Style:
We begin our demonstration on a manikin with unwashed hair. We mist the
manikin's hair with a leave-in conditioner and use a blow-dryer and a flat paddle brush
to dry it smooth and straight. The manikin's head is tilted forward and the hair is
combed outward from the center of the crown area, allowing the natural parting of the
hair to assert itself. (Our manikin's natural part is to the left of center. If your client
doesn't have such a parting you will want to create one, or adjust the final stages of the style accordingly.)
Once the hair has been combed smooth, section out a circular shape of hair
centered at the crown of the head. This hair will form our 'base' and will be the
anchoring point upon which we will build the layers of our up-style. Divide this circular
section into two sections vertically. Holding the two sections as if you were going to
make ponytails of them, tie the sections together into a square knot with the knot
itself resting gently against the scalp. There is no need to pull the knot tight, as it will not stay tight.
Use two large bob pins and anchor the knot to the scalp by positioning them
crosswise onto one another. Allow the free ends of the knotted hair to continue going in
the direction dictated by the knot wrapping them in a circular sweep around the knot.
Before the ends become sparse (and to prevent a frayed look to the finished style) clip
a bob pin onto the strand ends, flip the pin so that its ridged side is facing the scalp,
and clip it into position at the base of the knot. Using the tail of a tail comb, gently
tuck the hair ends underneath the curve of hair you just formed. Spray lightly
with hairspray and gently pat the hair to smooth down any stray strands.
Now, begin slicing long thin sections of hair from the sides of the head at the
ears, alternating between one side and the other. Take these sliced sections and mist
them with spray, comb them smooth and sweep them across and around the crown of
the head. Use the "clip, flip, and slip" method to pin the sections into place, carefully
tucking the ends out of sight and spraying and patting the sections to smooth down strays.