For an inside scoop on the return of the up-do, and the 10 styles to watch for in 2020, we got in touch with two popular Toronto hairstylists who really do it all. From sleek chignons to fringe-details and everything in between, we got the expert insight on what you need to know about the modern up-do, and how it’s reaching new heights in the New Year (pun intended!) So get ready to lock in that high pony and bookmark some up-do braid styles as we take you through 10 celebrity-loved (and stylist-approved) up-do styles that are bringing this trend back in a big way!
The classic ponytail
Pro tip: This style works best on medium to thick hair, but for those with fine hair looking to get the most out of the pony trend, Tania says, “That’s what extensions are for — instant volume and length!” We love how Kate Middleton adds volume to her classic pony with a retro-nod by teasing the hair slightly at the crown and then smoothing it into a ponytail.
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Center-part low bun style
Pro tip: To keep the look on trend, Tania suggests, “Wear this one with a middle part and the hair slicked back for a sleek look.” And for those looking to add some fullness to their bun? “Try a donut 'sockbun' at the ponytail, while creating the bun, to help add volume.”
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Soft fringe style
Pro tip: “To create the perfect messy bun to compliment your fringe pieces up front, use a bobble tie to secure your bun in a way that allows you to control how “messy” you want the finished bun to be.”
Pro tip: “Flyaways are a pain. I love my baby hairs but I don’t always want them front and center. For a style like this where you want the hair fully slicked back, spray a spoolie (eyebrow brush) with hairspray and run it over the rogue hairs — it’s an easy hack and it works!”
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Messy chignon style
The style: When we asked her what ranked on her list of up-do’s to watch for in 2020, Heather noted the chignon as one of her favourites. “A chignon in a low, messy style is a simple way to pull your hair back from your face and neck for a clean and elegant look, while still maintaining a casual feel.”
Pro tip: A look that Heather considers especially easy to “DIY,” she notes that updated versions of the style cater more the “messy” theme (different than the slicked-back sister-style often requested for more formal occasions), and results in a chic-yet-effortless finished look. For different variations on the “messy” style, Heather says, “It depends what you’re going for. For example, the popular 'wet-look' chignon requires lots of product, used to create a glossy style that adds more glam, where a softer chignon will call for less product and softer-looking hair.”
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Pro tip: “These braid-detail up-do’s can be quite intricate, and will be unique to the vision between every hair-dress and clients’ end-goal, but generally all of these will include a lot of texturizing spray to help prime and style the braids.” Of her go-to texturizing products: “I love the liquid-to-powder 'shake' formulas as well as the spray texturizers, which are effective and easy to use.”
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Pro tip: “Hair extensions work so well with this style, and will help to create the effect of a fuller and longer ponytail for that added sense of drama.”
Pro tip: This look is one of those rare up-do styles that won’t fall apart by the end of the night. “Boxer braids hold the hair firmly in place and will easily last a few days before needing to be taken out.”
Exposed hair accessories
Pro tip: Have fun with your accessories. This trend is a great excuse to find accessories that really play to your own personal sense of style. Whether that means a subtle, pearl pin or a bold, rhinestone-encrusted word spelled out (a major designer trend this past year — ahem Gucci hair pins, anyone?), go for what you like, talk it out with your stylist and make it your own.
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