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a holiday floral updo...

a holiday floral updo

With the holidays fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to come up with a wintry update to our floral updo from the spring. My hair guru, Danielle Walch, taught me how to create this loose and pretty bun that can be worn on it's own, but feels even more special with a few blooms added. Here's how...

a holiday floral updo

1. Curl your whole head of hair. This helps to give the hair body which will make it easier to pin later. We used a 1" barrel curling iron.

2. Tease the hair at the back of the head where bun will be, section off some hair from both sides of your head, nd put the rest of the hair in a ponytail in the back.

3. Pull out about 1/4 of your hair from the ponytail and wrap the remaining 3/4 of it into a bun. Secure the bun with 2-4 hair pins (depending on thickness and length of hair).

4. Once your bun is secure, separate the remaining lock of hair into five sections, and loosely twist each one into the base of the bun and secure with a pin. Separate the remaining hair that’s left in the front into a few uneven strands, loosely twist and pin into your bun. By wrapping smaller sections of hair, it gives a more loose and wavy texture to the bun. 

5. Finally, add flowers. We made small bouquets (almost like boutonniere size) ahead of time so that it was easy to tuck the set into the hair all at once. Simply use some washi tape to keep a few stems together. Secure the mini bunch of blooms with hair pins in at least two places so that it rests nicely on the hair and stays put.

a holiday floral updo

a holiday floral updo

One thing to keep in mind is there is no need for perfection here. The looseness of the bun and the asymmetry of the florals in the hair is part of it's charm. I hope you'll try this for your upcoming holiday festivities (which would look great with a red lip)!

P.S. You can see more from Danielle at Inside Out Beauty and her website right here.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, floral styling by Julia Wester, and hair tips by Danielle Walch for Oh Joy. My top by J.Crew.}

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