One of the greatest benefits of long hair is the variety of up-styles that can be achieved. These up-styles can range from the
simple to elaborate up-styles taking hours to construct. Up-styles are a staple for the woman with long hair. Properly executed, even a simple up-style can transform many evening looks into something
sophisticated and elegant. Here. I will demonstrate a very quick, very simple up-style that looks very sophisticated.
To begin we want unwashed hair. Usually, the preference is for hair that has been washed the day before and styled with a normal
amount of product. The reason for this is simple. When hair is freshly washed and properly conditioned, it is sleek and silky. Sleek and
silky is great for hair worn down, but won't hold an up-style very well.
If you find yourself forced to work with freshly washed hair, there is a quick
solution. Apply styling gel or setting lotion to the damp hair and blow-dry the hair.
Once dried, separate the hair into thin (one-to-one-and-a-half inch) partings and mist
each section with hairspray. Allow the hairspray to dry and brush out the hair again.
This should adequately "dirty" the hair so that it will be easier to style.
To begin the Twisted Knot:
NOTE: You will need large bob pins, hairpins and combs or hair accessories for decoration.
Bend forward and brush the hair forward from the back of the head to the front.
Once the hair is smooth, gather it up in one hand as though you were going to create
a topknot-style ponytail at the crown of the head.
Instead of binding the hair in an elastic band, hold it loosely just left of center,
and begin twisting the hair counter-clockwise. The twist will begin to form an upside-down U-shaped bend as it tightens. Continue twisting and let the hair bend again in an
upward direction until you reach the starting point of the twist.
Again, keep twisting, but lead the twist behind the initial 'U' and follow it down, tucking it behind the knot that has been formed.
Once you reach the end of the hair and have tucked the ends out of sight, use
two large bob pins to secure the knot to the head by forming an "X" at the crown of the head behind the knot. Add additional pins as needed to secure the knot firmly in
place. Remember when securing the pins that the wavy side goes toward the scalp to provide grip and traction. It is also important that your first two pins form the "X" so
that you can anchor additional pins from this base.
Once the knot is secured, you can add combs or other adornment as desired. Finish the style using hairspray. Mist the hair lightly and gently pat down any loose strands or fly-away ends.
Unless you have to 'dirty' the hair you begin with, this style can be accomplished in under ten minutes. It is a very simple style, but still looks elegant and sophisticated.
It's a great trick to know if you need to dress to impress on short notice.