UPDO: Soft, Messy Bun
Great for formal occasions, create this textured updo by finger-combing a texturising hairspray through hair for a weightless, natural look, before looping sections loosely over each other. A shiny statement headpiece adds an appropriate touch of sparkle.
Top Tip: Add fullness to your crown by sliding a rattail comb into hair just behind the headband and gently lifting to “puff it up”.
As seen at Elie Saab
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UPDO: Shiny Chignon
For something sleeker, give this low-slung hairstyle a go. Coat damp tresses with a few drops of hair oil, like the Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Leave-in Concentrate, $42 (75 ml), to add lustre and keep flyaways in check. Tie a low ponytail and fasten with elastic band. Twist ponytail and wrap it around the base, securing with bobby pins. Finish with a shine-enhancing spray.
Top Tip: If a middle part looks too severe, try making a side part instead.
As seen at Jean Paul Gaultier
UPDO: Looped Pony
This updo is perfect for work events or cocktails. After brushing hair back, divide into two upper and lower halves, securing each section with a thin elastic band. With another elastic band, tie the bottom section to the upper one, creating a voluminous loop
that goes upward before looping back down again.
Top Tip: Gently tease or backcomb hair at the crown with a comb to add some height.
As seen at Ralph & Russo
UPDO: Retro Flair
Fake a fringe with this modern 40s-inspired look. Section off hair from one side of your crown and pull it over to the other side, keeping it loose at the hairline. Secure with bobby pins. Pull the rest of your hair up to a French twist and, to ensure that your ‘do stays up throughout the evening, mist hair with a strong hairspray.
Top Tip: Prime hair with a volumising spray or foam, concentrating at the roots and then throughout the lengths.
As seen at Bottega Veneta
DOWN-DO: Segmented Braid
Start with clean, blow-dried hair in a left side part and smooth it down to a side ponytail. Apply a mattifying texturiser or sea salt spray to add grit and provide a weathered effect, before making a fishtail braid down the entire length. Then, using copper wires that you can get from craft or hardware stores, tie them around sections of the braid to create the segments. Finish with a few sprays of medium hold hairspray for more grip.
Top Tip: You can also decorate with flowers, ribbon or any other accessory of your choice.
As seen at Christian Siriano
DOWN-DO: Side Twists
This asymmetrical style is perfect for Christmas brunch. After curling hair, start twisting a section from one side of your head, adding more as you go across the back. Repeat on opposite side, then secure together with pins.
Top Tip: A great texturising hairspray helps lock in waves and curls.
As seen at Jenny Packham
DOWN-DO: Wet Hair Chic
A favourite look among hairstylists and celebs, the key to looking chic and not greasy is surprisingly simple – pomade. Just a dab of the pliable product helps hair look soft and sleek without looking “crunchy”. Breathe life into shorter ’dos by distributing small amounts onto sections of hair on both sides of your head.
Top Tip: Build body at the crown by raking a styling paste upwards with your fingers.
As seen at Paul Costelloe