Neil Moodie: The Ultimate Up-Do

Bumble and bumble's Neil Moodie shows us the Ultimate Up-Do

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By Suzanne Scott

Backstage from Bumble and bumble tent at Cornwall’s Port Eliot festival, hairstylist Neil Moodie shows you how to achieve the ultimate up-do.

“The great thing about this style is that you can go all-out and do the whole look or you can just take elements from it for a softer, more wearable version,” says Moodie.

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Begin by sectioning off a layer of hair that sits at the crown and leave all the surrounding hair loose. Secure with a clear elastic then attach a hair doughnut over the top (you can buy a hair doughnut from Boots for £4.69). If your hair is very long or thick you might need two.

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Splay the ponytail over the donut to hide it, then pin into place.

Next move onto the rest of your hair and section into 4 sections: one at the back below the bun, two at the sides and one at the front. Spray your hairbrush with hairspray and brush the back section of hair up and over the bun before pinning into place. Repeat with the side sections until almost all your hair is swept up and over the bun and just the very front section is left.

Divide the front section of hair into two pieces, and gently backcomb the hair at the roots only, to get volume. Brush the front section up to meet the bun, pin into place and allow any flyaways to hang behind the doughnut for a relaxed feel.

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Mist with hairspray to keep everything in place. If you want to copy the festival vibe, lightly spray any ends of your hair with a coloured hair powder (Bumble and bumble made a pretty peach especially for the festival).

For a final touch of backstage flare tie a length of black elastic around the front of the head like an alice band – a chic finishing touch for the ultimate up-do.

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