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Red Carpet Headband Updo


Red-carpet moments may not always involve limousines and paparazzi… but they always call for glamorous hair, the kind that’s picture-perfect when the invitation says evening. This year, that dressed-up hair is an undone bun–lavish enough to carry off a black-tie gown, simple enough to make an extraordinary appearance at cocktails–and it’s a cinch to pull off with just a few must-have products. Bonus: The ‘do (shown here on angelfoodstyle blogger, Sophie Elkus), works with any length or texture that can be pulled into a ponytail… and looks even better on second-day hair.

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • A one-inch curling iron
  • “U”-shaped hairpins
  • A clear hair elastic
  • Joico Flip Turn Volumizing Spray, Iron Clad Thermal Protectant Spray, and JoiWhip Design Foam
  • A dazzling headband

Step 1: Prep the hair

Give hair a good brushing and work in a dollop of JoiWhip Firm Design Foam for extra texture and volume.

SophieRedCarpet-Step2Step 2: Create some curls

Spray individual sections of hair with Ironclad Thermal Protectant Spray, then wrap those pieces into loose tendrils using your curling iron. (Want to go higher? Simply do a little back-brushing at the crown.)

Step 3: Get handy

Run your fingers through those waves (they’re nature’s best tools) and scrunch for a playful, messy texture.

Step 4: Place your headband

Beaded and blinged-out is best (we include one for FREE in our Red Carpet Style Essentials Kit), making sure the top of the band lays directly over the crown of your head.


Step 5: Pull into a pony

Nothing fancy. Just gather hair back and fasten with a clear elastic.

Step 6: Fashion a bun

No big wrapping maneuvers here, either. Simply divide your pony into three sections (easier than one fell swoop), pulling each section up and over toward the elastic so it forms its own natural, gathered shape. Secure with pins as needed. Don’t worry if a few ponytail ends and tendrils show up here and there; remember, untidy is A-Okay


Step 7: Mess it up!

Feel free to tug on hair to create a fuller, less formal bun; then lock down your ‘do for the evening with our secret weapon–plenty of Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray.

Done…and Undone!



NEW Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray: The most exciting hairspray you’ll ever gets your hands on, this beauty allows you to spray upside-down, sideways, backwards…wherever and however you need a hit of texture, volume, shine, and super-charged holding power.

NEW Ironclad Thermal Protectant Spray: Magic in a can, Ironclad is like having your own personal stylist give you that perfect, shiny blowout every time you do your ‘do. Watch strands literally transform into sleekness before your very eyes.

JoiWhip Firm Hold Design Foam: This baby lets you reach for the stars by building extraordinary volume in any style you dream up. (And better yet, it won’t dry out your hair—thanks to a not-so-secret dose of Evening Primrose Oil.)




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