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How to Do a Super Easy Wedding Updo Yourself

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Going to the hair salon each time you have a wedding invitation or a special occasion is not always the easiest on the wallet. This summer I was invited to my friend’s wedding and decided to do my own hair. I’ll start off by saying I’m no hair guru; in fact, I’m really bad at doing my own hair. But this hairstyle is so easy, anyone can recreate it at home. I was inspired by an updo I spotted on Jessica Alba. I love that this look is elegant and chic and can even be worn to the most elegant of events.

Best of all, it only requires a few simple items you already have and just a few minutes. Scroll through to get a step-by-step on how to get the look.

 

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    With only a few simple steps, you can easily get this look. Scroll through to get a step-by-step. 

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    Start by creating a deep side part (you can choose which side you like best). I also find that second day hair works best. 

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    Set aside a small section of hair (approximately 3 fingers wide of hair). You will use this piece later on in the hairstyle.

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    Comb your hair into a low side ponytail like this. 

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    Secure with a hair elastic. You want to make sure this is tight.

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    Next, start twisting your hair like so. 

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    Next, start wrapping the hair in a circle into a low bun. Then use another hair elastic to secure. 

     

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    Wrap the hair elastic around the bun (approx. 1 or 2 times). 

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    Make sure the bun is secured on the nape of your neck. 

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    Next, use bobby pins to secure the bun.  

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    Once your bun is in place, grab the small section of hair and curl it with a curling iron. I like to use a 1 ½ inch barrel from Hot Tools and wrap the hair around the barrel (not the clamp).

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    You should now have a curled piece of hair like this. 

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    Once the hair is curled, use bobby pins to secure the strands next to the bun ... you want to go for a messy look, so you can play around with this part. It doesn't have to be perfect.

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    Finish off by spraying hair spray. I like one that is easy to brush and won't leave white flakes. 

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    And there you have it. A super easy updo! 

Read more of Carmen’s writing on her fashion blog, Viva Fashion.

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