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Prom-Style Updos

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.

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Although many 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 year.

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To create a Reese Witherspoon style updo, you will need to:

Shampoo and 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.

The "messy 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 loose curls.
  • 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 prom!

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