Easy formal hairstyle tutorials: from voluminous ponytail to romantic pin-curl inspired updo

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From my posts you guys can see I don’t change my hairstyles too often – usually default to either loose waves, a high ponytail, or all my hair piled into a big bun. I love each of these as they can easily transition for special events with a little extra teasing and curling. With wedding season in full swing, I’ve partnered with TRESemmé to show a few easy tutorials for simple but classic dressier hairstyles.

First, I’m showing you guys the steps for one of my favorite looks – the voluminous wrapped ponytail. I also wanted to share a super quick way to transition a ponytail into an elegant updo. This second look is inspired by vintage pin-curl hairstyles, and is a great option for engagement photoshoots, bridesmaids – even glamorous enough for the DIY bride.
DIY hair tutorial loose curls
To start, I like to have a base of loose waves. It does mean some extra time prepping, but is necessary for adding body and will help the hairstyles be easier to “shape.” I curl my hair by wrapping it around a 1.5″ barrel iron, in an outwards manner away from my face. I finish each curled section individually with TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done hairspray.
If you typically like using a prepping product like mousse, TRESemmé also makes a Wave Creation Sea Foam in the same collection that can be applied to damp hair and left in as it dries. The foam can be used as a base to make curls light and airy. I absolutely love the Perfectly (un)Done collection for wearing hair down, as the products provide hold but still allow for bounce and movement. The end result here is simply my everyday look. Now, to convert it into a voluminous ponytail…
DIY hair tutorial volume ponytail

For the voluminous ponytail, the key here is to tease both the top of your head pre-pony, as well as the base of the ponytail after you’ve gathered it together with an elastic. Also, Step 3 here is critical for me where you hold the base of the ponytail (where the elastic is) firmly in place with one hand while gently tugging out some hair at the top to get that “poof” at the top of your head.

Each time after teasing or shaping the poof, I apply hairspray to help that section hold. For this look I love TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Frizz-Free Hold hairspray (very affordable at under $5 in stores) which is infused with the same Keratin that you get at salon hair treatments. I especially like it for smoothing away massive wispies all along the sides of my head. A few readers shared the toothbrush on hairspray tip with me years ago, and it’s become one of my favorites!

Now, to convert a ponytail into this romantic updo:

DIY hair tutorial vintage pin curl bun updo
The beauty of this hairstyle is the loops don’t need to be uniform or perfect. For an updo like this, I have also been loving TRESemmé’s Keratin Smooth collection. The line is designed to control frizz for up to 48 hours which would be especially useful in humid settings like a beach wedding. I’ve used the toothbrush hairspray trick here once again to smooth the sides and lower back areas as much as possible.

For thick, coarser hair like mine, the spin pins are also a necessity for securing down the loops. I find mine at places ranging from the drugstore, to eBay, to most recently the hairpieces aisle at craft stores. I don’t own many hair gadgets, but a teasing brush and a bunch of spin pins are a must for most of my updos!

Thank you to TRESemmé (a product of Unilever) for sponsoring this post. I had a lot of fun making these tutorials, and hope you guys will try them out. Please share photos on FB or tag me on Instagram if you do!

 

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