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Smooth Up-Style

Instructions for a Modern Sleek Finish

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       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.
 
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