Thursday, 6 September 2012

How To: Up Do

So you may or may not know that I am in the process of growing out my bob
Let me tell you, this has been a lonnggggg journey
and every now and again I get annoyed and chop it all off again!
well my hairdresser does!
Anyway this time I am determined to persevere and have flowing locks
but right now my hair is at that awkward in between length 
and I don't like wearing it down all the time as it's started to flick out
So I've come up with a nice little up do which can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion 
so here's how to do it 

What you will need 
A brush 
Kirbys/bobby pins whatever you wanna call them! 
and one of these...
now I'm not entirely sure what these are called but the sponge part is made of the same stuff as the donuts that are everywhere right now for doing ballerina buns, and it is attached to a comb
I got this one in Primark for about £1 and they had them in brown and possibly black

How to
Now I just washed and blow dried my hair but this style would probably work better on day old hair 
as you can see my hair is still pretty short and it is really fine 
so you may have to adjust this to work with your own hair.

First you want to section off any hair that you want to leave down at the front
obviously this is optional but I always like to leave some down as I don't like my hair to look to severe
put the hair in a clip or tie it with a bobble to get it out of your way

Now you want to section the rest of your hair
take your fingers to the top of your ear 
right to the centre of the back of your head 
Do this on both sides
As if you were putting your hair in a half up half down style
Now you have two sections, the top section and the bottom section 

Now backcomb the top section to create as much volume as you like 
I like to make mine pretty much as big as possible but again this is up to you 

Once you have backcombed this section you again want to style it half up/half down and secure it with two kirby grips 
It should now look like this
you are essentially creating a beehive with the top section of your hair 

This is how it should look from the front
(minus the roots lol)

Next you want to take your little sponge/comb contraption 
and with the teeth pointing upwards push it into you hair underneath the kirbys you just put in place 

Make sure you put this in securely you don't want it slipping out halfway through your night out! 

Now you want to backcomb the bottom section of your hair 
If you have been blessed with nice thick hair you might not need to do this 
but I like to do it just to ensure you can't see the sponge underneath my hair

Now take the middle section of this hair and fold it up and over the sponge and secure it with a kirby 

Do the same with the side sections 
Now just tidy up any loose ends and any hair hanging down from underneath the sponge 

and you should end up with something that looks like this 
You can perfect it so that it is much neater than this or you can mess it up a bit for a more casual look 
now you just need to decide what to do with the front section of hair

Sometimes I put mine to the side 

Sometimes in the middle 

and don't be scared to add accessories to make it a bit different 

How cute is this for a holiday look?

Or something like this for a wedding?

It's a great hairstyle to take you from day to night as you don't have to worry about it 
Once it's done it's done and your free to enjoy yourself without worrying about bits of hair flicking the wrong way! 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed doing it
Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more posts like this 

Jen <3 

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  1. omg that is sooo cute missy! Love it xx

  2. You think you have fine hair? You should see mine! There's no way I'd be able to do this with it :( It looks fab though :) x

  3. This looks so cute, i didn't know you could get that sponge/comb piece either! Love the black headband as well :)

  4. Your hair looks lovely, a great tutorial xx

  5. this looks so good! i need to get something like this as i always have my hair down and i'm getting bored of it

    you have such a lovely blog too btw!

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  6. Fab tutorial!


  7. Love this tutorial. Will have to get one of those thingys when I'm in primark next! Haven't seen them in Canada yet. Mentioned you in my 100 followers giveaway by the way :) [] xx

  8. great post i have one of those things from primark & never use it! x

  9. Ooh that's really cute and looks really easy too. I've seen those things in Primark and always wondered what they were for but now I know haha xx

  10. Very pretty Jen if i spot one of those 'things' i'll buy one and give it ago lol, won't look as good as yours though as i'm terrible at anything too fiddly lol

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  13. Love that black headband! xo

  14. Love this style! My hair is longer, but hopefully I'll still be able to do this, it's so cute :) xoxo

  15. This is amazing, definitely going to try it out!