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How to: The Braided Updo
Fri, 14 December 2012 1:43PM
Disclaimer: The braided updo is one of those ‘dos that actually doesn’t really need a how-to. That’s because there aren’t really any hard-and-fast rules about how to style it – and that’s because there are so many ways to wear the look.
Take, for instance, just some of the variations on the style that have appeared on the red carpet this year …
Nevertheless, when ghd sent us this exclusive video of hair maestro Alan White creating his version of the look, we couldn’t help but play it for you.
If you can’t play the video just now, here’s the cheat sheet:
- After blow-drying, mist ghd Final Shine Spray, $20, 1300 443 737, through the ends of your hair, and work through with a paddle brush.
- Create a low side-parting and section hair in two halves.
- Start French braiding on the larger section of hair. Keep the braid loose so it stays looking modern.
- Work the French braid down the side of the crown, pulling in hair from the back. Keep French braiding around towards the nape, and then plait off the hair to the very ends. Secure with a clear elastic.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Use your fingers to gently tease the loops of the plaits in order to loosen the look a little, and create more texture. Don’t worry if some ends come out of the plaits as you do this.
- Take a bobby pin and attach one braid up at the underside of the main top braid.
- Now, simply wrap and twist the remaining lengths around the back of your head, using as many pins as you need to tuck and secure everything all in place. Again, don’t stress if any bits fall out.
True, you need a certain length of hair to work this version, but mine isn’t super-long and I still managed to come close. Here’s my version, quickly whipped up at home last night:
Not bad for a first try, huh?
What think, Primpers, inspired to style yourself a braided updo this party season?