Effortless Up Do Hair Tutorial for Summer

Ready for summer’s easiest up do hair tutorial? It’s so simple and cute up dos are a fabulous hairstyle solution you can try on long or medium hair . Keep reading for the full step by step!

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We are heading to San Diego this week and to say I’m looking forward to a low key week of summer fun would be a major understatement. My favorite thing about being on vacation with the kids is feeling like I am my most present mom self.

We are all getting to enjoy new things for the first time and discover new places together and you know what I don’t have time for? Bothering with my hair. Nope. No fancy mermaid braids here… unless I’m doing them on the girls!

I threw up my hair similarly to this one morning last week and was so pleased with myself that I thought I would share it here for any of you also looking for a low maintenance beauty week. Consider this easy up do hair tutorial 2019’s answer to 2009’s top knot.

Up Do Hair Tutorial Easy and Quick for Summer

Effortless Up Do – Step by Step

  • Finger brush your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a rubber band. Skip the actual hair brush to give it a messier more undone look.

twisting hair

  • Take the end of the ponytail and begin loosely twisting the hair around until it’s tight enough that it can easily form a bun.

up do from behind

  • From there, loosen it up a bit so it’s not too ballerina-esque. You want it as loose as it will go while still maintaining it’s bun shape.

up do from the side Up Do Hair Tutorial from behind

  • Secure the ends beneath the rubber band with bobbi pins.

placing clip in hair

Up Do Hair Tutorial with clips

An Easy Up Do You Can Do Yourself

When we’re in a rush to get out the door, most of us just whip our hair up into a traditional ponytail. There’s no denying the pony’s quick and easy nature and its low-slung sister was still super popular on the Spring 2018 runways, but it can become played out.

With that in mind, I wanted an easy updos practically anyone can accomplish in a couple of minutes, and this is just the ticket! You can create this if you’re in a rush and even dress it up with some clips if you’re heading out on the tiles. Seriously effortless!

Does My Hair Have To Be Dirty For An Up Do?

The quick answer is no. Freshly washed squeaky clean hair, as a rule, is not the easiest to work with, but that definitely doesn’t mean that you should go days without washing your hair before an updo. You know if your hair gets greasy and oily if you don’t wash it daily. You know if your hair dries out too much if you wash it every day. Everyone’s head is different.

The idea is that your hair is not “dirty” but that the moisture and oil in your hair should be properly balanced so that your hair will hold a style. Washing your hair the day before is always a good middle ground, allowing for the right balance for the up do.

Don’t Worry If It’s Not Perfect

Really perfect looking updos should be reserved for very formal occasions, like weddings. For a successful party upstyle not every hair strand has to be in place and having loose bits of hair, especially around your face, will create a soft and beautiful look.

Top Tips For An Effortless Up Do

  •  Bobby pins are the life force behind any updo. Ensure the pins don’t budge by placing the wavy side against your head for maximum grip.
  • To avoid a stiff updo (it’s all too easy to overspray), spray bobby pins with hairspray for added grip.
  • Forget texturizing spray—add texture to any style by creating friction with a toothbrush.
  • Add some glitz or pop of color to your up do with some chic hair clips.

Check Out These Other Great Hair Tutorials

Any hair styles you’re loving this summer that we need to know about?! Drop them in the comments! We would love to hear from you!

PS. If you’re looking for hair clips for the summer, you can find these and so many more good ones right here!

Photography by Katie Jameson

Effortless Up Do

Ready for summer's easiest up do hair tutorial? It's so simple and Cute up dos are a fabulous hairstyle solution you can try on long or medium hair.

Prep Time1 min
Active Time2 mins
Total Time3 mins
Yield: 1
Author: Jen Pinkston

Instructions

  • Finger brush your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a rubber band.
  • Skip the actual hair brush to give it a messier more undone look.
  • Take the end of the ponytail and begin loosely twisting the hair around until it's tight enough that it can easily form a bun.
  • From there, loosen it up a bit so it's not too ballerina-esque. You want it as loose as it will go while still maintaining it's bun shape.
  • Secure the ends beneath the rubber band with bobbi pins.
  • Add a couple of clips! Seriously, it's so easy!

  1. Super cute!! I feel like I can only do a ballerina bun since I’ve done it for so many years! It’s an issue lol

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • Jen Pinkston

      07/09/2019

      Haha! I never had quite enough hair for that perfect ballerina bun!

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