Elegant Half Updo – Loops & Twists

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I got an e-mail a couple weeks back from one of my readers, requesting a style for her homecoming dance that is this next weekend. As I’ve stated before, it’s always tough trying to come up with a style that will be “the right fit” for the person requesting the style. I don’t know most people’s personalities and face shapes, etc. For this request all I know is that her hair was about shoulder length & not overly thick. So my hope with this style, is that regardless of length or thickness – pretty much anyone could do this. (Unless your hair is as short as mine, of course!)

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Begin with sectioning out hair at the temples to make a “poof” in the front. Give it a bit of a twist.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Secure with a few bobby pins. You can push the “poof” forward as much as you want for height up front. Because I think the whole “poof bang” look is a bit mature for Goose I opted to only give her a little bump up front!

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Next section off the hair from the ear forward. Do that to both sides. I clipped off the hair hanging down in back to keep it out of the way.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Part off a small section of hair on the left side, just in front of the ear. You’ll be making a vertical part for this section.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Comb it upwards and start twisting the hair, pulling it to the right side of the head (hopefully covering your bobby pins from your “poof bangs.” Secure it with a bobby pin on the right side of the bobby pins you are covering up. If you can’t get your bobby pins to stay — go HERE and watch the 2nd video in the post. That’s the method I use to keep bobby pins in.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Here’s a look from the right side of the head once you’ve secured that first twist with a bobby pin.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Repeat on the right side – parting off a section and twisting it over to the left side of the head & securing it with a bobby pin.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

It should look something like this. You’ve basically made a bit of an X with the two twists.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

On the left side, part out a “triangle” section of hair – sort of on an angle anyway.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Hopefully you can see the part a bit better in this picture. Comb the hair up and back and twist it. Bring it across your other twists to the right side of the head.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Once again, secure it over on the right side of the head with a bobby pin.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Repeat on the right side of the head – bringing the twist over to the left side of the head.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Secure the last twist with a bobby pin on the left side of the head. Again, you should have made a bit of an X with these two twists.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

With the remaining hair that is hanging down by the ears, take the section on the right side & mist it with hairspray, combing it up and towards the back of the head.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Take a little clip & secure it to the middle of the back of the head for a moment.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Take the hair on the left side & smooth it up as well. Pull it towards the middle of the back of the head to join with the right side hair you clipped back there.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Secure the two strips of hair with a small rubber band. Technically you could be done at this step & add some curls. But I went a bit further.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Hopefully as you secured the twists on each side of the head, they all ended up in the same area. You should have a section of their “tails” hanging down on both sides underneath the hair you just pulled back.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Starting on the right side, take the tail from the right side twists & make a loop like this. I basically did it like my video HERE shows – except using a lot less hair. Secure it at the bottom with a bobby pin. I also ended out using a hair pin in the top of the loop to keep it from flopping forward too.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Make a middle loop using the “tail” from the hair you secured with the rubber band in the middle. Make a 3rd loop on the left with the “tails” from the twists that came over on the left side.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

When you’re all done it’ll should something like this from the top front & top back. I did a lot of this dry, so sorry about some of the fly aways. I just didn’t want it to look totally “slicked” back! Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Views from the sides:

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

To finish it off, I curled the ends of her hair under with my flat iron. Then I did a bunch of random ringlet curls with our small curling iron. Make sure you curls the tails of the loops when you make your random curls.

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

Elegant Half Updo - Twists & Loops -BabesInHairland.com

She got a ton of compliments on this when she wore it at church, so I’m sure it’d be a hit for any dance of formal even you have. I hate to admit it, but combining this hairstyle with the little high heels she was wearing, it made her look a bit too grown up for my liking! I sure wish I could bottle them up & keep them young & innocent for a lot longer! They grow up way too fast!

One Response

  1. HAirstylist1 says:

    wow i really love this i will try it

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