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/ August 16, 2016

Quick + Easy Formal Updo | Hair Tutorial (with photos!)

Have you ever had one of those days where you plan to give yourself a lot of time to do your hair and makeup for a night out and then *POOF* you have 15 minutes?

Yeah, me too.  All the time actually.  I am forever running behind, so I’ve had to master a few super fast hairstyles.

I saw this updo on Instagram a year or so ago and feel completely in love.  It looked SO hard but then when I started breaking it down, I realized it’s actually fairly simple.

I also love that it can be worn sleek, or pulled apart a little bit at the end for a more “undone” look.

For today’s tutorial, I am happy to collaborate with Remington!

I am using their “Just Stay” bobby pins, which have a little grip to them but don’t pull out your hair like some strong grip pins.

I genuinely love these pins and will be keeping them stocked in my personal and pro kit when I lose all 45 bobby pins that came in this pack, in about 3 weeks.  Haha!  Where do bobby pins go!?  Where.

best bobby pins hair updo tutorial

I can’t explain why, but this might be one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken.  I just love it.

Ok, let’s hop to it, shall we?

You will need: the bobby pins, a teasing brush, and two hair elastics.

I also like to get a little texture spray lightly sprayed in between layers of my hair to add grip.

I am wearing my 16″ set of girlgetglamorousHAIR extensions to add volume to my bun, but you can definitely do this look with just natural hair also.

How to: Quick + Easy Updo |

1 | Part hair to tease crown and create your top section.

2 | Tease crown.

3 | Gather top half of hair into a half up ponytail, secure with an elastic.

4 | From the side of your head, above your ear, bring a 1″ section over the ponytail you just created and use a bobby pin to secure the hair.

5| Repeat with hair from the other side of your head.  This will give you a nice criss-crossed look and hide the elastic.

6 | Gather the remaining hair into a low ponytail, secure with your second elastic, and wrap the hair around into a bun.

7 | Tuck the ends of the hair into the elastic to secure the bun and start adding bobby pins at the base of the bun to help hold it in place.

8 | You can leave the bun as is for a sleek look, or gently pull on the sides of the bun for a more undone, messy boho look.  I also like to take out a few pieces at the front to frame my face.


That’s it!  It’s good to practice this once or twice before a nigh out, but then it moves along pretty quickly after that.  I really love how elegant this style looks.

quick and easy hairstyles wedding updo running late


Please feel free to add this picture to your Pinterest board so you can find this again easily later!

Thank you for reading and being a part of the blog.  I hope you love this tutorial as much as I do!

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