Prom Updos: Advice from the iVillage Personal Hair Advisor

Personal Hair Advisor: There's nothing like the elegance of an easy, breezy style like an updo! To put your hair in an updo, start with a light styling lotion to help set the style before putting it up. Apply this before you hair is totally dry, work through to the ends, and then smooth while finish drying.

Then you can make either a low or high pony tail and tie securely. For a smooth look, twist it evenly and pin carefully in place for elegance. If you're after something more fun and relaxed, twist the hair in a slightly messy fashion and keep in place with an assortment of colorful clips for accents. Either way, after you've created your updo, be sure to pull a few strands down around your face to soften the look and create the illusion that you threw your hair up effortlessly. You can either curl or crimp these so they'll frame your face beautifully. Add a touch of hairspray to keep your super look and you're ready to go!

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