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Fresh New Updo Ideas

Say Good-bye to austere looking updos! Willa Holland shows how. Her loosely gathered hair enhances her youthful radiance
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Updos have a long tradition as styling solutions for all events and circumstances when wearing a ponytail seems too casual and austere chignons simply do not fit your style. Young stars like Willa Holland look charmingly young and sassy wearing modern casual updos

  • Modern updos are not only creative and fresh they are also easy to style. This applies in particular to the updo versions from undone to messy. The arsenal of artistic updo elements includes twists, twirls, braids and accessories. There is no end to personal expression. Yet with all this variation, simplicity remains the common theme.

  • Twirling Your Hair into an Updo

    Actress Willa Holland shows how to integrate twirled hair elements into a decidedly young looking updo, which lacks all attempts at a serious or austere appearance. The young actress is more likely to steal our hearts than to impress us (see the photos above and below).Twirled strands of hair are arranged in the back of the head. This kind of styling works on the fly and is versatile to boot. With a few twists and twirls your hairstyle changes with hardly any effort at all as long as you have a few bobby pins at hand. Our instructions show how to pep up your updo and how to create Willa Holland’s updo. It is easy!

  • Instructions: How to Style the Willa-Holland Updo

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    Willa Holland’s almost undone updo
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    1. For ease of styling work a hazelnut-sized dollop of styling mousse through your hair.

    Create a side parting; then separate an about 3 to 4 inch wide strand of hair on either side of the parting. These strands will be styled last.

    3. Gather the remaining hair in the back randomly taking large or small strands of hair and twirling them around before securing them in the back of your head with bobby pins.

    4. Comb the left out strands of hair right and left of the parting and secure them underneath the twirled strands of hair with hidden bobby pins.

    5. Pull a few strands of hair free to emphasise the undone style.

    6. Finally, apply hairspray for longer hold.

    Would you rather like to braid than twirl your hair? It is your choice. In our gallery, you find beautiful modern updos for your inspiration. Styling instructions are included if you want to try your hand on one of the stylish updos.

  • Gallery: Fresh New Updos with Styling Instructions

    Updos: Cobie Smulders

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    Modern Updos: Twirled Updo

    In the final episode of the TV series 'How I Met Your Mother', Cobie Smulders delivers all the surprises. She also keeps surprising us with trendy hairstyle choices. In the photo, the actress presents herself with twirled back hair, which is playfully secured with bobby pins on one side of her head. The accurate side parting contrasts with the other styling elements and adds an elegant flair to the updo.

    Styling: Apply styling mousse for manageability. Create an accurate side parting and separate one 2 to 2.5’’ wide strand of hair on either side of the parting. Gather the remaining hair in the back of your head. Then twirl individual strands of the gathered hair before twirling the ends of the entire gathered hair into a chignon. Secure the chignon using bobby pins. Now take the separated strands right and left of the parting and twirl small sub-strands of them toward the back. Use slides or bobby pins to secure these twirls. The pins or slides may be visible as accents. Apply hairspray for the necessary hold

    Updos: Amber Heard

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    Modern Updos: Big Hair with Quiff

    The quiff makes Amber Heard’s big-hair updo glamorous and fresh.

    Styling: Hang your head upside down to add volumising powder to your hair.
    Set aside a wide strand of hair above the forehead and tease the rest of your hair using a styling comb. Then gather the hair into a high ponytail and loosely arrange the hair ends around the scrunchy. Use a hair donut if you like to create more volume. Secure the hair ends with hidden bobby pins. Now tease the strand of hair above the forehead and arrange it in a smooth layer over the hair on the crown of your head. Secure the strand with hidden bobby pins. Finally, apply hairspray for long hold

    Updos: Dianna Agron

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    Modern Updos: Romantic Updo with Alice Band

    You may know Dianna Agron from the US American TV series 'Glee'. Her character, the rebellious cheerleader turned outcast Quinn Fabray, lives through quite a few storms. Recently, she has allowed her hair to grow long enough for various updos. She likes to use hair accessories to give these updos a playful note. In our photo she looks particularly young with the Alice band holding her hair back.

    Styling: Create a middle parting and gather your hair into a loose low ponytail. Now twist the ponytail into a casual chignon and secure it with hidden bobby pins. Pull out a few strands of side hair and use a curling iron to curl those strands or create soft waves. Finally, use an Alice band to hold the hair back and to create an accent

    Updos: Kate Mara

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    Modern Updos: Ponytail with Twist

    Actress Kate Mara used to wear long brunette hair. Right now, she prefers a blonde long bob. Her hair is still long enough for many of the modern updos. She twirled her side hair before she gathered it into a low ponytail.

    Styling: Use volumising powder to make your hair more manageable. Loosely gather your hair to a low ponytail. Take a wide strand of hair on either side and twist it outward before you add it to the ponytail. Apply hairspray for the required hold

    Updos: Julianne Hough

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    Modern Updos: Chignon with Braided Hair Element

    Actress Julianne Hough is known for her inventive hairstyles. Here, she turned her classic chignon into an eye-catching work of art.

    Styling: Hang your head upside down to apply gel wax in the area of the braid element (the lower back of the head). Start French braiding your hair at the nape of your neck. Starting at ear level, continue with a regular braid to finish the braid. Combine the rest of the hair and the braid to form a loose chignon. Secure the chignon with hidden bobby pins

    Updos: Rooney Mara

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    Modern Updos: Low Chignon with Side Parting

    We have taken a fancy to Rooney Mara’s style ever since she stepped into the role of hacker Lisbeth Salander in the movie version of Stieg Larsson’s book 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' wearing tar-black hair with short fringes. Here we see her with low chignon and low side parting but without fringes. Either way, she looks stylish and elegant.

    Styling: Distribute a small amount of extra-gloss gel through your hair and create a deep side parting. Tautly comb your hair back into a low chignon. Secure the chignon with hidden hair pins and apply hairspray

  • In his video tutorial with step by step instructions, Schwarzkopf hair expert Armin Morbach demonstrates how to create updos.

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