Hair DIY: The undone updo

By Amy Lawrenson


As reported by ELLE's resident beauty trends expert, Georgia Collins, elegantly undone updos are big news for spring. So I headed to Wella's central London Studios to meet Celebrity Stylist and Shockwaves Style Director Michael Douglas to find out how we can get undone 'dos at home.


Here's his 10-step guide:

1- Towel dry hair and apply Shine & Body Mousse, £2.99 by Shockwaves.

2- Blow dry hair. Make sure it's 100 per cent dry.

3- Use tongs or rollers to add a wave into the hair. Take quite big sections, so it doesn't take too long. It doesn't need to be perfect; the curl just helps the hair stay in place for longer.

4- If your hair is fine and slippy use hairspray on each section before adding the wave.

5- Once the hair is curled, use a wide tooth comb or soft bristle brush to gently brush through the curls.

6- Rub some Shine & Anti-Frizz Seum, £2.99 by Shockwaves onto your hands and run your fingers through your hair.

7- Section a triangle of hair at the front of the head and secure. Then create a side ponytail at the nape of the neck. If you have a side parting, make sure the ponytail is on the opposite side. This balances the hairstyle. If your hair is long, take all the hair loosely into the ponytail rather than sectioning out the front. Secure the ponytail using a hairband.

8- If your hair is short, release the front section and backcomb.

9- Experiment with where you want to place the loose hair. Use Kirby grips to secure sections or use curl clips to add interest.

10- If your hair is long and completely pulled back into the ponytail, use the end of a pin tail comb to loosen some of the front section. You can also add coloured pins and clips to add detail.

Top tip: For contrast, use black grips on blonde hair and silver ones on brunette hair.

Shockwaves styling products are available nationwide.

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