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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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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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tonicaruth wrote:

I am from the Show-Me-State and I need someone to tell me how to Get The Look!

12/4/2011 10:05:14 PM Report Abuse
lenore7283 wrote:

Well I have to agree with all of the above. Its not even an advertisement for a PRODUCT . . . just a pic and does me no good.

4/25/2010 08:42:08 AM Report Abuse
birdmongeish wrote:

Please give us directions on how to get these adorable looks!!!!!!!

3/18/2010 07:43:21 PM Report Abuse
xxsandee1xx wrote:

I completely us how to do it or it's just another model in a magazine.

3/18/2010 09:14:16 AM Report Abuse
eunicemkhwanaz wrote:

But were are hair stlyes for black hair?

3/18/2010 12:31:39 AM Report Abuse
fitshopper011 wrote:

I agree, useless information. Come on Fitness!

3/17/2010 10:57:24 AM Report Abuse
artzyladi wrote:

what a bunch of useless photos I could get that in any magazine but without telling you how to get it that way why bother to show us!

3/17/2010 10:35:15 AM Report Abuse
rhondal5 wrote:


3/17/2010 10:34:05 AM Report Abuse
tjfox863308 wrote:

without some instruction this article is useless.

3/17/2010 10:13:32 AM Report Abuse
andll wrote:

Not only do we not all have long hair,some of us have fine,thin hair. These models all have beautiful hair. How about doing something for the more "average" woman?

1/19/2010 07:44:59 AM Report Abuse
kimbery0723 wrote:

I agree with the other posts

1/18/2010 12:36:28 PM Report Abuse
cgg266 wrote:

Why bother doing this piece without details? I agree with the other posts-

12/25/2009 01:15:35 PM Report Abuse
nicholle78 wrote:

I also agree, it really is no help to show a cute hair do but not explain how to do it....

12/23/2009 06:03:44 PM Report Abuse
masskell1 wrote:

how is this accomplished?

11/16/2009 12:31:55 PM Report Abuse
futchtime wrote:

I looks great but how do they do it??

11/16/2009 08:29:26 AM Report Abuse
M_Cortez_Elizabeth wrote:

they need to show how to do them

11/14/2009 06:11:14 PM Report Abuse
schroederjenny02 wrote:

gee, lots of detail in these hair-do's, huh!?

11/13/2009 11:13:21 PM Report Abuse

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