Q: This past winter, I started growing out my hair and have been wearing it up as it goes through some awkward lengths. My standard ponytail and bun have become pretty boring day in and day out. Any suggestions for a new alternative up-do?
A: Letting your hair grow out is an extreme test of patience. Not only is it slow going (at about ½ an inch per month) but it can be incredibly challenging to change your hairstyle without cutting your newly lengthened locks. The obvious option is to sweep all your hair up into a ponytail and call it a day until your hair reaches the desired length. This however leads to a very dull and predictable hair-do that can be stiff or sloppy looking. Here are some helpful tutorials for easy up-dos that will keep your hair off your face and high in style!
Refinery29 has an elegant alternative to your classic low bun: The Rosebud. Separate your hair into a high and low ponytail , pinning up the higher ponytail so it’s out of your way and backcomb the low ponytail. Tightly-but-messily wind the ponytail into a bun and secure with bobby pins. Moving onto the high ponytail, part the hair into two sections with an off-center part and gently backcomb the right section first. Pull the right section diagonally across the back of your head and tuck the ends into the bun with bobby pins. Repeat with the left side and voila!
Another bun look that can be worn high or low is The Beauty Department’s The Twist + Flip Bun which channels a sweet Parisian vibe. Gather your hair into a low ponytail and slide the ponytail holder down, parting the hair an inch or two above the elastic. Flip your ponytail up and gently pull it through the split. Gently backcomb the ponytail and gently smooth the teased out hair with a smoothing brush or comb. Using your hand as a place holder, gently wrap the hair around your hand and tuck the tail of the ponytail into the original split in your hair. Secure with bobby pins and then spray generously with hairspray.
Finally, we love Beauty High’s guide to this Knotted Updo that is perfect for the days when you don’t have time to wash your hair. Begin by separating your hair into two even sections and tie the two sections into a tight knot a little above the nape of your neck. Secure the knot in place with bobby pins. It’s that simple!
These simple tutorials can be modified to a more elaborate hairstyle by curling large sections of hair with a curling iron or backcombing your hair more or less than the guide initially suggests. Regardless, with just some hair elastics and bobby pins, upping your up-do no longer has to be a big to-do!