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thebeautydepartment easiest updo

photos: Kristin Ess/ post: Carachele Tyvan

Online hair tutorials can be daunting, for sure. Rarely can these how to’s be mastered by someone with little to no hair skills. If your one of those people who don’t have that natural beauty school brain. You’ll want to save this in your favorites right away! Here’s how the easiest hair tutorial ever is done!

the beauty department easiest updo ever tutorial hair


  1. This hair was curled the day before using THIS IRON. It was slept on and not brushed in the morning, so ” second day hair ” is a big yes for this look.
  2. Spray your favorite dry shampoo at the root. We are currently obsessing over THIS ONE.
  3. If you need additional texture or if your hair feels to soft (like it will slip out of bobby pins) add a light styling aid. Here we used THIS TEXTURE SPRAY, scrunching it into the middle and ends.
  4. Grab two small sections from the front/sides above your ear. Tie them together in the back using a clear elastic. (see photo for placement)
  5. Flip that! Twist that ponytail up and over itself (we went inward toward the scalp). Remember in grade school when you would do the “topsy turvy”? That’s basically the same thing.
  6. Use 3 more small elastics and make 3 tiny low ponytails like you see in the photo.
  7. Take the middle ponytail and tuck it up and over your top (twisted) ponytail. I like to give these sections a little twist on their way up. Secure these sections using a large bobby pin. You can do detail work at the end using smaller pins but it’s best to secure first using the larger pins.
  8. Continue pinning your side sections.
  9. Again notice she’s giving it a small twist away from the face before tucking and pinning. It creates better texture and color depth.
  10. Continue twisting and pinning.
  11. Add extra pins for extra security if you need them!
  12. At the end, if you see any fallen pieces, flyaways or hairs out of balance, use small bobby pins to tuck and secure!
  13. Finish using a flexible hairspray. You don’t want helmet head, ya know? Here we used THIS ONE!

the beauty department easiest updo

Here’s the look from the front. This isn’t supposed to be a big, voluminous look. It should be subtle and simple, but if you feel the need to pump up the jam, get your teasing comb out and do you.



One of my favorite go-to ‘dos is my TBD oldie but goodie– Twisted Sister. It’s a fairly quick and easy updo. The problem with this particular hairstyle is it tends to fall out if your hair is super fine, extra thick or if you’re an animal on the dance floor. It’s so pretty but I wanted to do a version of this that would be extra-secure. Here’s how to get the same style with a little more security…

You will need: 2 clear elastic ponytail holders, bobby pins and some strong holding hairspray.

  1. I like to give my hair a little wave before starting most updos but this one in particular. For this I used a 1 1/4″ barrel iron.
  2. Take a small section from each side near the temple. Join the two pieces in back and wrap one of the clear elastics around it.
  3. Now “topsy turvy” the pieces(Aka: flip the ponytail over itself and feed it through the loop. That will create more of a twist than just two pieces joined together.)
  4. Repeat the process just below with two more pieces, closer to the ear.
  5. Now take the remaining hair that’s down and create a half ponytail bun. That’s where you make a ponytail but on the last loop you only pull it half way through.
  6. Now grab the tail that’s hanging out. Twist it and wrap it around the base of the bun. Get a little messy with it!
  7. Pin it in place with some large bobby pins for extra security.
  8. The final step is to tug on the topsy turvy twists until the clear elastics move down and hide themselves in the next section below. They should slide and hide pretty easily.

Check the back in a mirror for balance and spray all over using some strong holding hairspray. You know my favorite Superhold.

Here are some images of it from different angles!



It’s definitely not easy to find tutorials online for girls with curls, frizz or natural texture so we’re going to try and remedy that by bringing more of these to the blog. We don’t claim to be natural hair experts, but we certainly know a cute updo when we see one! This particular chignon is great for anyone with lots of natural volume. It’s a great way to pull it all together when you’re rushing out the door to dinner or going on a date. Here’s how this sweet chignon was done…

  1. Start with all of your hair down. I personally like this chignon best with a side part, but you can do center, too.
  2. On one side make 2 twist braids. Try making one smaller than the other to mix it up.
  3. Take all of the hair behind your ears and down to the nape of your neck and make a bun. We went for a more “round bun” rather than the typical ballerina style bun that’s twisted into place. You can get a rounder bun by pulling the hair 3/4 of the way through your ponytail holder and pinning the rest underneath.
  4. Once your bun is in place, take your two twists from the first side and pin them over the top of the bun.
  5. Next, make a single twist on the opposite side.
  6. Now pin that over the bun as well. When pinning this section we used a larger bobbypin for extra support.
  7. Finally, you want to roll the remaining hair in front toward the back. We rolled “up and back” for this look but you can roll under and back if you prefer. Pin into place right above the bun in back and tuck in any remaining pieces.

How cute is Meskie!? Best hair ever and such a natural at doing updos! Looking forward to bringing you many more! xo


photography/post/graphics: Kristin Ess

You asked for it! Remember the hair flowers post from Valentine’s Day? We got a ton of emails asking if we could show how the hairstyle from that post was done. You’re going to need a few important things to get this look, so we’ve teamed up with Pantene Pro-V. For this tutorial, we’re using 3 products from the Pantene “Stylers” line which is endorsed by one of our favorite hair heroes, Pantene Celebrity Stylist Danilo! We’re using a heat protector, a soft texturizing wax and a shaping spray. Here we go!

  1. Blow your hair out all the way and put it on top of your head in a bun for about 10 minutes. That should help re-direct the hair so it doesn’t lay too flat.
  2. Grab a little pile of bobby pins in assorted sizes.
  3. Take a “pea-size” dab of Texturizing Sculpting Wax in your palm. Rub your hands together to warm + soften it up.
  4. Massage it into the root. This will give us the proper texture and will keep the hair appearing flat + limp. Remember– this wax is water-based so don’t be afraid.
  5. Grab your 1″ curling iron + your Heat Protection Spray.
  6. Spray a light veil of heat protector over your hair, wait for it to soak into the hair, then wrap curl your whole head for more texture.
  7. Do a rope/french braid on one side and pin it in place using a large supportive bobby pin.
  8. Then rope/french braid the other side.
  9. Lightly tease the hair in back. This will give volume to the bun portion of your chignon.
  10. Pull all of your hair to one side and twist it the same direction you’ve twisted the rope braid. In this case,  you can see she’s twisting it upward and toward her face.
  11. Pin it in place as you go.
  12. When you get to the ends, tuck and pin them as you see illustrated in picture 12.
  13. Gently tug at your rope braid to loosen up the look and make it a bit more romantic.
  14. At this point, you should pull out any small whispy pieces you’d like. You can see what it looks like with more pieces pulled out versus zero pieces pulled out in the Valentine’s Day post.
  15. Do a final veil of hairspray with something that will stay put but not look helmet-y. Obsessed with this Shaping Spray.

Oh… and that cute little peach tulle dress is right here.