Style Up Dos
Your prom is
going to be one of the most memorable days of your life, and there
are many great prom-style updos to choose from. While some have
their prom-style updos designed at a salon, others try various prom-style
updos at home before they decide on the picture-perfect formal hairstyle.
of these prom-style updos look more challenging than the average
hairstyle, you do not need to have the skills of a professional
stylist to create a perfect look. You simply need the right length
of hair (medium to long), patience and the right equipment to put
together a great look for prom. And remember; practice makes perfect.
There are many
simple, elegant prom-style updos designed around a chignon, which
is a very loose bun formed from a ponytail. Many people aim to imitate
Reese Witherspoon's famous chignon she wore at the Oscars, and this
style is slated to be one of the most popular prom-style updos this
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Formal UpDos You Can Do
To create a
Reese Witherspoon style updo, you will need to:
condition hair (but be warned that freshly shampooed ponytails are
difficult to style, because they are more "slick". You
might want to shampoos and condition your hair the day before. This
is one advantage of trying this style at home rather than going
to a salon.
- Rinse out
the conditioner and give your hair a cold rinse for shine
- Towel dray
hair and add leave in conditioner or mousse
- Dry your
hair straight with a paddle brush
- When your
hair is dry, spray it with hair spray and gather the back section
into a low pony tail that sits on the nape of the neck.
- Divide the
pony tail into three sections and curl each part with a curling
iron. Fasten the warm curls with pins until they dry, and remove
the pins when they cool.
- Brush out
the pony and wrap it around the elastic band of the pony tail.
Arrange your chignon to the desired size and shape.
- Make sure
that the sides of your hair are sleek. If you wish, pull out some
tendrils and let them dangle at the side or curl them.
bun", a popular look for professional women, is also one of
the most popular prom-style updos. You can make your "messy
bun" more formal by adding more curls and ringlet tendrils
at the sides. The procedure for creating a messy bun is very similar
to styling a chignon, except that the messy bun is left open.
- Shampoo and
condition hair, preferably a day ahead of time
- Use a cold
water rinse for shine
- Towel dry
and apply a leave-in conditioner
- Blow dry
- Sweep your
hair up into a ponytail. Push it up to the middle of your head
using an elastic band the same color as your hair
- Divide the
pony tail into sections. Using a wide-barreled curling iron, make
- Pin up the
warm curls until the cool, remove most of the pins, leaving some
of them to cover up the base of the ponytail. Then "mess
up" the ponytail with a pick or your fingers.
If you have
curly hair or love a curly look, try prom-style updos that flaunt
your curls. Even those with straight hair can create dramatic curls
with time, preparation and the right curling equipment.
- Wash and
condition your hair the day before styling. If your hair is not
naturally curly, leave curlers in your hair overnight.
- Gather your
hair with a brush and form a ponytail that sits high on the head
- Place the
second finger of your right hand 1 ½ inches below the base
and fold half of the ponytail upward. Form a loop and hold with
bobby pins. This will lift your ponytail
- Divide your
ponytail into sections and pin up.
- Release some
of the pins from the side and hold the style with a good hair
spray. Leave tendril sections dangling at the side and curl with
a curling iron.
It is worth
it to experiment with several prom-style updos until you achieve
the look you want. Never leave your first try for the day of the