Hair of the Day: Retro Free-Styled Updo

Monday, March 26, 2012

For work today I sported a chic retro updo which I free-styled with only a few bobby pins. To prep for this style, I did 8 chunky twists the night before to give my hair a slightly wavy texture that was typical of 1940s retro updos. When I unraveled each twist the next morning, I did not separate each section of the twist further because I wanted to keep the sections and the waves chunky. I then free-styled these unseparated sections, pinning the ends of each in place to form the finished look. To my surprise, I got several compliments on this style today at work. And the best part? This simple style only took me about 15 minutes to do from start to finish!

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  1. I love this style! I'm a teacher so I'm always looking for nice pinned styles. While your directions at the beginning of this post were nice, a quick video tutorial would be perfect. Or maybe can you tell me *how* you parted your hair to get the 8 chunky twists. Looks like you had one in the front coming down and then three smaller ones on each side and then one in the back. Thank you!

    1. Thanks BloominLotus! This style is definitely more simple to do than it appears heehee! I will definitely consider doing a video tutorial in the future. But in the meantime, here's how I parted my hair...I parted my hair in half horizontally from ear-to-ear. The front half was parted into 3 sections - one bigger center section and a section on each side. The back half was parted down the center into 2 sections, and then those sections were parted in half horizontally to make 4 chunky twists in the back. Hope this helps!

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    1. Thank you so much CoilyChi! It was pretty easy to do too :)


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