Written on June 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm , by Eleanor Langston
Skip the blowout: How gorgeous is this relaxed, undone bun that FITNESS reader (and my friend!) Blake Cotton tried out today? It only took her about seven minutes, and I think it’s a pretty, easy alternative to a ponytail for work or an updo for a date night. You could even wear it exercising too! Here’s the step-by-step:
1. Start with air-dried hair and clip the front and top sections up and out of the way.
2. Create a messy bun at the nape of your neck.
3. Take individual pieces from the front sections and loosely twist them, pinning the pieces into your bun as you go until you reach the top section.
4. Back-comb the crown area for subtle lift, then twist and pin that section into your messy bun.
Written on March 15, 2011 at 9:31 am , by Fitness Magazine
Simple and easy updos, perfect for those days when the alarm doesn’t go off or you hit the snooze button one too many times, are having a serious celebrity moment (check out our Fresh Hair feature in the April issue, out today, for the best gym-friendly options). Jessica Alba’s messy updo, above, is top notch: This effortlessly cool style can be twisted in a few seconds—push a headband over the front to smooth flyaways and make the look more polished.
If you’re a curly girl, the messy bun that both Annalynne McCord and Vanessa Hudgens sport is perfect for you. To get this look, pull your hair up into a loose bun and pull some tendrils free to finish it off. This is easygoing style will take your hair from frizzy to chic with time to spare!
Another celeb diving head first into the topknot trend is Kate Bosworth. Channeling her inner ballerina, Kate puts a more polished spin on the bun trend: Her look is elegant, yet fuss-free. This style works best on ladies with straight hair. Start by pulling your hair into a high, tight ponytail. Twist hair around the base of the ponytail and loosen the twist as you place it. Once you have perfected your bun, pin it in place (we love the Goody Spin Pin, a single pin—you may need two if you have a ton of hair—that miraculously, undetectably holds hair in place).
—By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern
Written on January 27, 2011 at 8:33 am , by April Franzino
Amy Abramite, creative director of Maxine Salon in Chicago shared this video on how to do a chic, classic updo in less than two minutes with FITNESS. Watch and learn!