A Five Minute Party Updo

Five minute rolled updo (click-through for the full tutorial)As a kid I always imagined the holidays would be full of fancy dresses and elaborate parties when I was an adult. You know, like an old Ginger Rogers film, because you know, that was a realistic goal.

The reality is quite different. When my friends and family do get together around the holidays, it’s usually quite casual. Still, I love any excuse to get a bit fancy. So I usually am overdressed at any gathering during this season. Dinner at my parents’ house? Why not throw on those sequins with a sparkly headband?

Of course, I’m also almost always running late as an adult (I was so prompt as a teen—I feel like I used all my prompt days up!), so quick hairstyles are also a must.

This style fits the bill as being chic enough for the fanciest party, but something you can do in five minutes so you don’t have to feel super overdone if your party isn’t Ginger-Rogers-fabulous.

Five minute rolled updo (click-through for the full tutorial)Step One: Place a headband on top of your hair.

Step Two: Take a small section of hair and wrap it around your headband.

Step Three: Pull the section tight.

Step Four: Keep taking small sections of your hair and wrapping it around your headband.

Step Five: If you have shorter hair, you might need to use a few bobby pins as you go, or at the very least when you get to the last, short section of hair.

Step Six: Place bobby pins in your hair sideways.

Easy rolled updo (click-through for the full tutorial)That’s it! Done in five minutes or less, and yet it looks so elegant. For the holidays, I love this style with a sparkly headband, but if you’re feeling more casual, it can also be done with a silk scarf or a less flashy headband.

I’m actually wearing two headbands here; a simple black, elastic headband to keep the style in place and one of my favorite decorative headbands! If you have longer hair, you can also pull apart this style a bit to make it more soft and romantic. Cheers, Rebecca.

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Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. 

  • Wow! Amazing photographs and ive never seen a better step by step of this – excellant stuff! 🙂

  • What an adorable hairstyle. I think it would also produce amazing heatless curls when you take it down.

  • I have two left hands when it comes to up-dos, but this one definitely looks manageable!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • That’s so gorgeous and easy to do! It looks beautiful with that lovely star headband


  • Cool how easy this is, does it work with short hair as well?

  • The hairdo looks amazing. If I cut my hair shorter I might try it out. And you have the most gorgeous hair colour. 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • I used to wear that haircut all the time a few years back! Maybe it’s time to do it again x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

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