Elaborate updos, bouffant braids, va-va-voom volume…we’re all about taking risks when it comes to our hair. But let’s face the facts – we’re way more prone to admire those intricate hairstyles on our Pinterest boards than execute them on the daily. As much as we try to spend quality time with our locks, it usually ends up getting pushed to the bottom of our list of priorities (trying different cronuts colored eyeliners takes up a lot of time, you know). That’s why we’re so in love with this simple half-updo – it’s the perfect way to give your everyday hairstyle a touch of elegance without requiring too much time in front of the mirror. Plus, we’re suckers for anything sparkly so it’s a win-win in our book. Here’s how to get this look…

half-up twist


Instructions: 

1.) Curl: Before curling, spray your hair with a heat protectant spray like Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist - Heat Protectant Spray.  Wrap your hair around a curling iron, curling away from your face in ½ inch sections.  After you’ve finished curling, give your locks a spritz of hairspray to hold everything in place (makeup artist Tara Shakespeare used Paul Mitchell Freeze & Shine Super Spray).
** For extra volume, give your strands a little tease before step 2.
2.) Twist: Take two strands of hair on either side of your face and twist back.
3.) Secure: Secure the strands in place with your favorite jeweled hair clip.
4.) Voila! You’re done – simple, chic and elegant. Don’t be surprised if you get a few double-takes today…
 
Jewels in your hair – yes or no? Sound off in the comments!
 
Photos: Thinkstock Makeup artist: Tara Shakespeare for Contour Fossa Photographer: Joshua M Shelton Photography Model: Alicia Baker