How to Create an Upstyle Perfect for Any Occasion

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So let's get started. 

Products and supplies you need: 

  1. Clips
  2. Head band  
  3. Curling Iron
  4. Bobby Pins
  5. Small elastics
  6. Kenra #25 volume spray
  7. Kenra #13 medium hold spray
  8. Kenra Dry texture spray
  9. Kenra texture powder  
  10. Kenra working wax  
  11. Comb  

We love step by step images as you never have to hit pause or replay. If you have any special events coming up this Upstyle will be perfect.

Upstyle by Monique  

Upstyle by Monique  

Step 1

 

Colour by Monique  

Colour by Monique  

Make sure your hair has not been washed the same day ! Clean hair is never ideal especially if you have fine slippery hair. We love second day hair so you may wash your hair 24 hours prior to styling. Prepping the hair is the most important part of a style ! We used from root to end going section by section Kenra Dry texture spray to help give the hair more grit We then used Kenra texture powder going in sections on the root to help with volume and lift . Believe it or not texture will help the bobby pins grab the hair better and help it be more secure.

 Step 2

Section your hair into 4 sections. Top, two sides, and leave the back to play with. These sections do not need to be perfect so just do your best ! 

Section  

Section  

Step 3 

Now you may take medium-small sections and curl your mid-lengths to ends. We just want to help smooth the ends to create some structure. Spray each section with Kenra #25 super hold hair spray. When not doing up styles on a regular basis please use a heat protection spray. For this look we want a firm and secure hold so once and a while hair spray and heat is permitted just please watch and feel the hair at all times. 

Curl Ends  

Curl Ends  

Curled sections  

Curled sections  

Curled section  

Curled section  

 Step 4

Now use your fingers once the curl is cool and break up the curl a bit. We aren't looking for perfection here.

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Step 5

Secure into a low ponytail. It does not need to be tight and smooth. Just ensure it is tight enough to feel secure . Make sure it is placed on the side you want the majority of your hair.

Low side ponytail  

Low side ponytail  

Step 6 

Now move to your side section that is furthest away from where your ponytail sits. We will braid this section towards the face. Spray Kenra #13 working hair spray to help secure the braid and any loose ends.

 

Make sure you keep around the ear soft  

Make sure you keep around the ear soft  

Use three strand technique. Braid in the direction you want to go. Finish braid and secure with hair tie.  

Use three strand technique. Braid in the direction you want to go. Finish braid and secure with hair tie.  

Step 7  

Move to the other front section and Use the same 3 strand braid technique but directing hair towards the ponytail/away from the face.

 

Away from the face 3 strand braid Secure braid with tie and leave.   

Away from the face 3 strand braid Secure braid with tie and leave.

 

Step 8

Move to the top/crown section and begin back combing to create some height. You may even want curl the ends to smooth them out just like that back section.  

We like to back comb first and then curl

We like to back comb first and then curl

Curling ends  

Curling ends  

When back combing think about how you want the hair to lay. We went on an angle to keep it soft and have the braid lay easily over top of this section . Always pick the side with the most natural volume.  

Once done leave this section aside for later. 

Step 9 

Find your headband and place underneath your ponytail. Secure the top of the head band with a clip so it doesn't move while styling. 

Place band under ponytail  

Place band under ponytail  

Step 10 

Begin wrapping hair from the ponytail under and around the headband and securing each step with bobby pins moving from one side to the other. You may cross your bobby pins in a X formation to ensure a more secure feel.  

 

First section secured  

First section secured  

Continue wrapping and securing  

Continue wrapping and securing  

Use headband as an anchor to help the bobby pins secure. 

Use headband as an anchor to help the bobby pins secure. 

Step 11  

Once your back section is secured begin to bring back your top/crown section. This section will come back and around the headband the same way the pony tail did.

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Step 12 

Now begin wrapping your braids accordingly. We even pulled apart the braids a bit so it didn't look so perfect and placed.  

Secure the bobby pins through the centre of the braid.  Do both sides to finish    

Secure the bobby pins through the centre of the braid.  Do both sides to finish

 

 Step 13

Now you can pull out small pieces to add some bohemian interest. Once you pull them out you may curl!

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Once curled. You can use Kenra working wax to define and smooth. Afterwards Finish with Kenra #25 spray.    

Once curled. You can use Kenra working wax to define and smooth. Afterwards Finish with Kenra #25 spray. 

 

Voila you are done ! 

Photography by Karen Chernecki

Photography by Karen Chernecki

Photography by Karen Chernecki

Photography by Karen Chernecki

Photography by Karen Chernecki

Photography by Karen Chernecki

Photography by Karen Chernecki

Photography by Karen Chernecki

Photography by Karen Chernecki

Photography by Karen Chernecki

We hope that you found this post informative and fun! Now start your version of this great look. 

Huge thank you to our Model Alicia Hickman and Photographer Karen Chernecki for making this tutorial possible!