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How Fitness’ Senior Web Editor Got Over Her Fear of the Updo

Confession: I am obsessed with talking about my upcoming wedding. I’ve bought the books, signed up for the boot camps and have clicked through Pinterest so much I probably now have early carpal tunnel–I am definitely sipping the wedding crazy juice. The one area of planning I was not looking forward to however, was figuring out what to do with my hair. My hair and I have had a tumultuous relationship. After years of flat-ironing and coloring and trying to cast spells to transform it into Gisele Bündchen-like length (spoiler: I’m no where close) I’ve finally given up, thrown in the towel and am just letting my mane do its thing. So when the beauty editors here at FITNESS hooked me up with a visit to see celebrity stylist Josue Perez (Who has styled likes of Katrina Bowden and Gwyneth Paltrow. No big deal.)  I was a tad anxious. My history with updos has been pretty terrible, probably because my hair was retaliating from years of trying to make it something it's not, and I’ve spent many a high school dance in the bathroom minutes before with my mother trying to smash down my bouffant with bobby pins. So that was my one requirement for Josue – easy on the height. After all, I’m more sporty than stylish and while I want to look like a million bucks on my wedding day, I still want to look like me–just a really, really, put together me. Here is how Josue handled my  “I hate updos but I want an updo” request. A low, woven bun that looks slightly undone but is definitely dance floor ready. Watch the video to see how he worked his magic and print the directions below to try this at home. In the world of updos – this one is classy, simple and speedy. Directions:

  1. Using a paddle brush, quickly roughdry your hair to take out any excess moisture (your hair should already be dry). Brush the hair back to find your natural part (in this case, my part was slightly to the left). Use an ionic blow dryer like the Rowenta Inspiration Pro Auto Sensor.
  2. Divide the hair into two sides (top and bottom), leaving the bottom portion free so you can separate it.
  3. Take the top portion and tease it by back brushing. To back brush, hold the section of the hair up and take a comb from the tips to the root brushing down (opposite to how you would normally brush your hair) to create height. Secure with bobby pins near the crown of your head. Comb back the sides of the hair to create a sleek, smooth look. Spray with hairspray and pin behind your ears if needed.
  4. Divide the bottom part of your hair into four sections. Grab the first two pieces and twist, pinning near the crown of your head. Repeat for the last two sections. This will create a ponytail that is secured by the bobby pins you just used and prevents you from having to curl your entire head.
  5. With the strands of hair hanging out of your ponytail, use a small curling iron like the Rowenta Versa Style to curl. Turn the iron 180 degrees (similar to curling a ribbon with a pair of scissors) and then release.
  6. To finish, place the curled strands of hair in a position to create a bun behind the head. Pin with bobby pins and top off with hairspray.