If, when you hear updo, you think hairspray and tight curls, think again. We present three easy-to-do styles that are soft, romantic and cool.
The Textured Twist
Ideal for medium to long hair, this variation on a classic chignon brings a cool, laid-back vibe to both day and night.
Step 1: “Prep by spritzing Windle & Moodie Oceanic Spray onto damp hair,” suggests Windle & Moodie Stylist Victoria Ralph, “this will give a matte, tousled and textured finish, but the powerful mineralising formula will also treat hair and leave it moisturised, not dry or crispy .”
Step 2: Next, tip your head upside down and rough dry hair on a medium setting using the T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer. No need to use a brush, keep hair looking natural by drying using your fingers to add texture.
Step 3: Once dry, split your hair out into sections and use the T3 Whirl Convertible Styling Wand with the T3 Tousled Waves Tapered Barrel to tong hair and create loose waves. “Try tonging random sections in different directions,” suggests Victoria, “this will give a less formulated and more natural finish to the overall look.”
Step 4: Use your fingers to push up the roots and create lift, before securing the length of the hair into a ponytail.
“Pulling out strands of hair is a super easy way to emphasise texture” says Victoria.
Step 5: Lastly, twist the remaining hair clockwise in a coil around the base of the pony and secure with pins.
“Leave the ends poking out slightly for that added ‘undone’ look”, adds Victoria.
Step 6: Once you’ve teased the hair enough and you’re happy with the texture, spray with Windle & Moodie Light Satin Hairspray to add enough hold to keep it in place throughout the day while still looking pretty.
The Braided Bun
Great for second-day hair, braids are a quick way to disguise less-than-fresh locks. We love Windle & Moodie Stylist Valentina Ingrosso’s take on the trend, best suited for medium to long hair.
Step 1: Revitalise oily roots by blasting with dry shampoo where needed. We love IGK Hair’s trio of dry shampoos designed to clean hair at three different stages of the wash cycle. Try IGK Hair Direct Flight Multi-tasking Dry Shampoo for second-day hair. Use your fingers to massage into the scalp.
Step 2: Divide the hair into two sections and create a middle parting. Valentina recommends using a little Windle & Moodie Invisible Day and Night Cream on the mid-lengths to ends of hair to achieve a smooth and frizz-free look, but also to reanimate tired and faded locks.
Step 3: Pull one side of the hair into a low pony and secure with an elastic at the base of your neck. Plait the ponytail until you run out of hair. The plaits should finish at around your shoulder.
Step 4: Coil the plait around itself to create a tight bun or knot at the base of the head. Use an elastic to keep it in place, and kirby grips to secure.
Step 5: Repeat the same thing on the other side of the head. Valentina suggests slightly opening the plaits and brushing the hair gently to create a soft, romantic finish.
The Romantic Roll
Minimum effort, maximum effect, this style is inspired by the glamorous twists and rolls of the 1940s and works well with short layered or curly hair types. It’s also good if you’re growing out your fringe.
Step 1: Tip your head upside down and spritz with Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray. This innovative formula contains ingredients to swell the hair shaft and increase volume. This look relies a lot on volume, so the bigger the better.
Step 2: To start the style, take a small section of hair from the top right of the head and start to roll it away from the face. As you roll, start to pick up more hair and incorporate it into the roll. If you have fine hair that tends to slip, add grip and texture by blasting the ends with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.
Step 3: Continue rolling until all the hair on the right side of the head has been incorporated into the twist. Stop rolling the hair just before you get to the middle of the neck, just a little bit off centre.
Step 4: Keep hold of the roll of hair in your left hand and position against the back of the head. Use your right hand to push a grip into the top of the roll, taking care to catch hold of the rest of the hair on the head too, before pushing the grip horizontally into the roll of hair. This way, it remains hidden.
Step 5: Come back to the front of the hair on the left hand side and start the process of rolling again.
Step 6: Secure the roll at the back of the head on the left side, as you did before on the right.
Step 7: You should be left with a loose section of hair in the middle. Take a small elastic and tie at the bottom of the hair, creating a pony tail. The end should be about an inch long.
Step 8: Roll the pony tail upwards towards the roll of hair and create a chignon, secure both sides of the chignon with grips. All of the hair is now neatly rolled around the head.
Step 9: Spritz random sections of the finished roll of hair again with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and gently pull and tease hairs out of the roll to create a soft, textured look.
Step 10: If you need more security, finish the look with Ouai Medium Hair Spray.