Up, Up and Away

Whether it’s a sleek, low pony or a sexy-messy bun, an updo is just the thing to make you look devastatingly chic at your next holiday party. The best part? Though complicated looking, these styles are secretly easy. Break out the bobby pins!
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 04, 2009

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Want to add oomph to an everyday high bun? Take a cue from Ashanti and wrap a braided piece around the perimeter.

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To rock a princess-y style like Gabrielle Union’s, slick strands back into a high ponytail and tuck hair under, securing with bobby pins. If you’ve got short hair, simply attach a fall.

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Sanaa Lathan is all “movie star” in this beyond-elegant, braided bun.

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We love Eva Marcille Swiss Miss style! To do: Part hair down the middle, and create two low Pocahontas braids (if you have short hair, add extensions). Wrap the braids around the top of your head, pinning the ends underneath.

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Beyonce’s Greek goddess ponytail is both stunning and simple. Simply sweep hair into a high ponytail, wrapping a tiny piece around the elastic. Then, curl the pony with a medium barrel curling iron.

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Angela Bassett’s bouffant is all about height! To do: Create a side part and sweep hair behind ears. Use a fine-tooth comb to tease hair at the crown and then lightly smooth back the top layer. Finally, wind hair into a French twist, securing with pins.

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Halle Berry’s low-maintenance upsweep is the last word in unstudied chic! Simply pull strands into a high pony, curl the hair with a medium barrel iron, and create loose pin curls.

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Kerry Washington channels 60s-era Diahann Carroll with this high-glamour style. First, create a side part and sweep bangs behind ears. Separate a wide section at the crown, tease the roots, and curl small pieces with a medium barrel curling iron. Wind hair underneath into a chignon, loosely pinning the curls around the twist.

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This avant-garde hairstyle is equal parts sexy vampire and Japanimation heroine—a whole lotta look, but Kimora pulls it off!

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To create Alicia Keys’ “AMA” look, Pantene Celeb Stylist Tippi Shorter parted her hair into three sections, French-braiding the center piece from the nape to the front. Then, she gathered the two outside pieces into a pony, braided the hair, and tucked it into a bun.

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To create Paula Patton’s easy-chic style, wind small sections around a 1" barrel curling iron and finger style. Leaving the top curly, comb back the sides and create a loose bun.

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