If you’re someone who loves to wear your hair down, you’ll know that branching out into up-dos can feel intimidating.
When your hair is like a security blanket, it’s easy to feel insecure when you decide to tie it up, often bringing more attention to your face.
But experimenting with up-dos doesn’t need to be scary.
If you’re looking for some easy hairstyles that will look cute while keeping your hair from sticking to the back of your neck during the heatwave, we’ve got you covered.
Neil Capstick, a haircare expert and founder of Neäl & Wølf, talks us through his favourite easy up-dos that anyone can master.
Sultry loose low bun
A sultry low bun is the perfect hairstyle for those transitioning from down to up.
It’s a classic, elegant style that can be worn for any occasion – plus, the loose strands framing your face make you feel like your hair’s still front and centre.
‘To achieve this look, simply part the hair down the middle and scoop it into a low bun, leaving some face-framing strands to catch that chic and sultry look,’ Neil tells Metro.co.uk.
‘Don’t forget to lock in your look with a lightweight, non-crunchy hairspray.’
How to achieve a sultry low bun:
1. Part the hair down the middle.
2. Tie it into a low bun.
3. Leave out some strands to frame the face.
Spiky crocodile clip up-do
If you’re all about the Y2K resurgence, you can’t go wrong with a crocodile clip.
Not only is this style easy, Neil says that it’s perfect for looking trendy between washes while keeping your hair out of your face.
For some added Y2K charm, don’t be afraid to backcomb the ends of your hair for a spiky feel.
How to achieve a spiky crocodile clip up-do:
- Add texture with dry shampoo.
- Brush your hair into a low ponytail.
- Twist the ponytail and fold it back up so that it’s upside down.
- Secure with a crocodile clip.
- Tease the ends with a comb to make it spiky.
Sleek high ponytail
A slicked-back high ponytail (à la Ariana Grande) is an undeniably timeless look.
It’s the perfect style to look chic while bringing more attention to your makeup or outfit.
Neil suggests trying this look on washed dry hair.
How to achieve a slicked back ponytail:
- Section the hair half up and half down. Taking the top part, brush from the front to the back across your scalp and tie up at the crown.
- Carefully brush the lower section up, making sure it’s sleek and even before gathering with the top ponytail and tying both up together.
- Take a lock from the back of the ponytail and wrap it around the base of the ponytail so it hides your hair tie. Secure this strand with a bobby pin.
- You can wear this look pin straight, but if you want some more volume and movement, use a flat iron to gently curl a few locks.
- Finally, tease the hair around the top of the ponytail for added volume.
Fun and quirky space buns
Finally, opt for something a little more ‘out there’ with some messy space buns
The low-effort look reaps high rewards with a very 90s fashion feel.
You can try this look with your front strands out, or scrape it all back between wash days.
How to achieve easy space buns:
- Leaving out the front strands, pull the rest of your hair back into two messy buns held with elastic.
- Using bobby pins, secure your messy up-do, making sure to keep it casual and not too tidy.
- Finish with hairspray
- Accessorise with a romantic butterfly clip.
- If your front tendrils aren’t as straight as you like them, run through with a flat iron, flicking them inwards slightly towards the bottom of each strands for that classic 90s face-framing look.
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