The intricate updos that we frequently see on the red carpet can seem impossible to re-create, but if you look closely, even the most complicated looks can be broken down into easy-to-follow steps or re-created in a slightly simpler way. To help inspire you to get creative with your hair, we've picked out some of the coolest modern updos seen on some of our favorite stars, from messy twists to punky coils. Just learn a few simple tricks (and possibly enlist the help of a friend), and you'll be showing off you own killer updos in no time.
If your hair is in that awkward in-between stage, you just made the chop, or have shoulder-length hair, it can be difficult deciding on what type of updo will work best for a date night or even your wedding. We figured out a gorgeous style that works perfectly for hair that brushes your shoulders. On Kirbie: Finders Keepers dress.
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The next time you find yourself in front of your mirror trying to get your updo just right, take a step back. Lately it seems as if polished ponytails aren't the only options for Summer. Tousled styles are taking center stage, too. Recently, Jennifer Lawrence (left), model Selita Ebanks (upper right), and Olivia Palermo (lower right) have all been spotted sporting this mussed-up look.
To re-create the style at home, the trick is to form lots of body as a base. Prime your hair with a texture-enhancing product, like Alterna Summer Ocean Waves texturizing spray ($20). Then, it's time to customize. Pull random sections of your hair away from your hairline and bobby-pin them at the back of your head. Whether you allow pieces to fall in your face is up to you. In the back, gather a portion of hair at the nape of your neck, and pull it into a loose, deconstructed ponytail. For an even more imperfect and dramatic look, tease pieces of your hair near the hair elastic, and you're done . . . or should we say undone.
A great, effortless hairstyle for a wedding or special event is a romantic, loose updo. Check out this video to see how you can get the summery style in just a few steps — just be prepared for loads of complements to follow. Accessories featured: Colette Malouf Bridal Collection hair pins and Towne & Reese earrings.
Last night the FiFi Awards highlighted the top fragrances of the year, but it was Nicole Richie's updo that really stole the show. "For the awards we wanted to put Nicole's hair up, but make it different than the topknot we do often," explained stylist Charley Brown. "[We wanted] something larger to balance the drama of the dress, but keeping it chic, cool, and easy."
And while the design looks intricate and complex, you can get a similar turban-like style in three easy steps. See how to re-create the impressive updo now.
One thing's for sure: Kristen Stewart knows how to mix things up. At the Snow White and the Huntsman premiere in London earlier today, not only did Kristen mix the edgy with the ethereal, but she also incorporated silver and gold elements to complement her black lace Marchesa. Silvery shadows and nail polish played nicely against her twisted bun, which was dressed up with a gold chain woven throughout. See Kristen's cool-meets-warm style up close, and get tips for re-creating the look yourself.
A soft chignon creates a look that's equal parts poise and glamour, and stars like Lea Michele and Carrie Underwood have both been spotted wearing the elegant style. But is it possible to get the look on hair that's more fine than full? We brought celebrity stylist J.D. from Juan Juan Salon in to show us how to get the perfect low bun — even if you don't have a lot of hair to work with. See how to get this trendy, tousled updo now.
Alicia Keys is on par with Dita Von Teese when it comes to great vintage-inspired hairstyles, and her victory roll/pompadour updo at the Grammys was one of the show's standout looks. Fekkai celebrity stylist Adir Abergel created the look for Alicia, and now he's broken down exactly how he did it. See all the angles on Alicia's retro look, and find out how to do it yourself.
From the front, stars looked divine at the Critics' Choice Awards, but once they turned around, many wore coiffures impressive enough to take your breath away. There were pretty plaits and there were tousled twists, but most of all, these were some of the coolest red-carpet styles we've seen in one place. Take a look at the ones that stood out most.