DIY Updo - How to Do a Messy Bun Like a Pro


(Images reprinted with permission from Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty © 2012 by Ann Shoket and the editors of Seventeen, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Book Group.)

Earlier, we brought you advice straight from the desks of Seventeen editors on how get the perfect at-home manicure. Well, now that you've got perfectly polished digits, here's another easy as 1, 2, 3 tutorial.

We can't wait to wear this simple-yet-sophisticated topknot during the sweltering summer days ahead. Perfect for work or the weekend, read on to get this gorgeous braided bun at home.


(Courtesy of Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty)

1) Lift: Using just your hands, rake the front of hair to one side (to get the soft swirl), then loosely pull your hair up into a high ponytail and tie it with an elastic band.

2) Wind: Wrap the length of the pony around the base of the elastic (be sure to leave a piece of hair out in the back for the braid). Tuck in a few hairpins around the base to keep it in place.

3) Shape: Braid the piece of hair you left out and wrap it around the base of the bun. Secure with U-shaped pins. Finish with a spritz of hairspray all over for hold.

If you love (we do!) this DIY how-to, be sure to check out Seventeen magazine's beauty bible Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty for more hair, skin, makeup and nail inspiration.


(Courtesy of Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty)

Excuse us, while we go fix our hair now!

Do you love this totally wearable (and DIY-able!) hairstyle? If you try it out, let us know!
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