The new-year approach to beauty is effortless and undone, but no less considered. Here’s how to achieve messy updos the easy way
THE BRAIDING GAME
Unintentional, windswept strands of hair across the face make braids just a little cooler and more current. Hairstylist Michele McQuillan recommends getting into the habit of always priming the hair for protection, then leaving out a rough section around the front hairline for the
wispy bits. ‘Clip the section out of the way while you braid the body of the hair. Then, from a centre parting, section the hair into four parts and braid tightly,
securing with elastics and finishing with a ribbon.’ A light spritz of hairspray will keep the braids in longer while not
taking away the natural movement.
IN THE MIDDLE
Braided pigtails could veer into schoolgirl territory – bring the look back to adulthood by parting hair into a defined middle parting and
allowing strands to fall loose across the face. Extend the braid across the crown of the head
for a cooler, more updated version.
The updo for 2016 isn’t flawless – rather, it is deliberately messy, bringing in a sense of realness,
softness and a modern response to the overdone structure of hairstyles from yesteryear. Michele suggests preparing the hair with a product that amplifies volume
and texture and roughly blasting the hair dry. ‘Next, section the hair into two pieces, from the centre back, cross them over at the back following the head shape as if you are tying a head scarf around your head, secure
in place using bobby pins and leave the ends out for softness.’ Complete the look by pulling out a few loose
pieces around the hairline.
LAID-BACK AND NATURAL Hairstylists and experts all over the world are emphasizing the importance of working with and embracing your hair’s natural texture. After shampooing, apply a texturising spray throughout the hair, then dry with a hairdryer and diffuser. Michele says, ‘Don’t touch your hair while it ’s drying as this causes frizz.’ When the hair is dry, use your hands to scrunch in a light, leave-in conditioner.
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