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Casual and Formal Updos, Braids, and More

Do it up! Find the perfect updo or pretty braid for your prom, wedding, or any old day of the week.

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Modern Updo with Multiple Headbands
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Linda Churilla
Laura Doss
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Laura Doss
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Upward Bound

Keep hair piled into a bun or twist perfectly in place by wrapping not just one, but several, headbands or stretchy oversize hair bands around the crown of your head. Dress it up or down with multicolored bands, patterns, or accessorized headbands.

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Pile It On

Pile hair high to create tons of lift at the crown. And don't be afraid of flyaways -- slightly messy updos are so stylish, so let those pretty tendrils fly free.

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Pin-Up Girl

This chic style is surprisingly easy to do: Haphazardly pin up sections of your hair at the very middle of the back of your head. Like most updos, this will work best on slightly dirty, day-old curls.

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Pigtails for Grown-Ups

Surprise! Two long braids can be sexy -- and look much better than they did in third grade. Keep this look grown-up by plaiting strands loosely, allowing a few tendrils to twist out. Leave ends loose, or secure them with a holder that matches your hair color. For another twist on this style, try fishtail braids.

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Piled Braids

If you've got it, flaunt it! Extra-long hair allows for maximum experimentation. Try twisting up long braids on the top of your head, plait one strand directly across your forehead for a flower-child look, or try a small French braid across your hairline, a la celebs like Drew Barrymore, Lauren Conrad, and Jennifer Aniston -- the possibilities are endless.

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Soft Chignon

This graceful look is super versatile -- as appropriate at the office as it is at a wedding. Never tried something like this with your hair before? No worries: a chignon looks most modern when it's a little messy.

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Dress Up a Bun

Whether you're rocking a super-sleek bun (shown) or a messy, it-took-two-seconds version, put a pretty twist on any updo with your favorite flower or a sparkly accessory.

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Laid-Back Braids

Control overgrown bangs and layers with this breezy look. (We love this look in hot, humid weather!)

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Singled Out

Nothing looks prettier and more wholesome than one long braid -- no matter what your age. Create a French braid, or tie a low pony at the nape of your neck and braid down.

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Polished Ponytail

This sleek spin on a classic 'do takes the ponytail from playground to cocktail party. Want to make this look really work? Skip a shampoo or two. The natural oils in your hair will help the knot stay put and keep any flyaways at bay.

Originally published on, August 2009.

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doras07 wrote:

Who ever wrote ugly don't know style...this is a great tip.

7/27/2012 01:39:42 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

Love this!!! I could do this everyday !!!

7/24/2012 10:29:52 AM Report Abuse
cthomas896 wrote:

like very much.

3/17/2010 10:35:18 AM Report Abuse
fitshopper011 wrote:

Instructions would have been nice!

3/17/2010 10:30:40 AM Report Abuse
tjfox863308 wrote:

this is useless without some instruction.

3/17/2010 10:15:58 AM Report Abuse
amymuse2004 wrote:

This is great for my hair, but is there an actual "how-to" set of instructions, besides "pile up the hair"? Next time, instructions, please....

1/19/2010 02:28:17 PM Report Abuse
silvia.sapoznik wrote:

love it!!!!

1/19/2010 12:40:14 PM Report Abuse
pjkpine wrote:

why always long hair styles?

1/19/2010 10:41:51 AM Report Abuse
mkkitche wrote:

Not one short hair do???? We don't all have long hair.

1/19/2010 05:45:16 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

You're right, those headbands always slip off.

1/18/2010 09:28:14 PM Report Abuse
mbruce11 wrote:


1/18/2010 06:55:03 PM Report Abuse
auldine.hernandez wrote:

the headbands slip off

1/18/2010 05:02:02 PM Report Abuse
terals wrote:

looks awlful

1/18/2010 11:06:40 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

I love that idea! and I wear a lot a headbands but never thought to wear more than one at once. The pic looks great to

12/23/2009 01:07:43 AM Report Abuse
angieb4757 wrote:

nice if you have long hair but ive got short hair and im in my 60s about some ideas on that , please

12/22/2009 04:39:28 PM Report Abuse
washnroll wrote:

do not like this at all!!

12/22/2009 03:24:13 PM Report Abuse
elizabethaheinrich1 wrote:

Cute ideas... but no one ever has hair ideas for short (chin length) hair.

12/22/2009 02:22:10 PM Report Abuse

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