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The Art Of The DIY Updo: Only 8 Bobby Pins Required

By Andrea Claire · July 23, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Updos can be costly and keep you in the salon for hours. Not every occasion requires such posh styling. What you didn't know is that most updos can be created with a maximum 8 bobby pins. True story!

I say most updos as some of the more intricate styles or thicker hair may require extra pins, elastics or even hair extensions.

Here is a simple chignon:

  1. Hold hand tight at base of tail
  2. Twist tail until you feel the tail twist in your hand
  3. Keep twisting and let bun shape naturally go in shape (trust me - it really does)
  4. Pin with 2 bobby pins crossing in an 'X' at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock (the 'X' pinning locks hair in place therefore less pins and longer-lasting style)
  5. For a twist on the texture braid tail (pics below) and twist into bun shape



You can be Red Carpet worthy in moments.



Below is the how-to for the above deconstructed 'do. Note, I did it 2x. The beauty about this style is each time the updo is slightly different - organic beauty!


  1. Separate the hair in 2 sections
  2. Twist each section in your hands
  3. Cross over the sections and twist the ends together
  4. Tuck and roll the ends, secure pins in 'X' formation


A reverse twist, a new take on a ponytail with a french twist seam. This is from a bridal editorial I did but you can easily DIY this hairdo.


Here's the how-to:


  1. Gather hair at the sides as if to secure in a 1/2 up style
  2. Roll hair continuously downwards as if you are gathering and rolling a ponytail (maybe the visual is better than the description)
  3. Pin along the seam in 'X's' with one pin going pointing down and one pointing up
  4. Tail can be left out, curled, teased or even twisted into a chignon/bun shape


Want a more finished appeal to your style? Set hair on ceramic hot rollers first and then continue with how-to's.

Looking for a hairdo with a modern approach? Why not your hair in a bow? Check out that how-to here.

 Special thanks to Faz for working the camera for my hair-brained idea and to Winnie C for the input and holding up some white curtains to bounce some light in!


posted by

u make it seem so easy, andrea.
you know ive gone for 2 diff hairstylingcourses and i STILL cannot do a style. it either looks lopsided or just doesnt look right.

posted by


Sounds like I need to host a workshop! :) You can do it with my tips, I'm sure!

posted by

if u do, im the FIRST on the list, andrea!

posted by

wow, i like the updos. the first two look so effortlessly chic :)

posted by hydaia

beautiful andrea!

i'll be the next person in line after sarah! :D hehe

posted by

hahah i know right, hyd! :)

posted by

Sarah and Hydaia - I'll keep you posted on upcoming plans!

teaplayground - Thanks! It is amazing what you can do with just twisting your hair around itself and a few pins. All you need to remember is lock you pins by crossing them in an 'X' and the style will stay. Pin close to the scalp and make sure the pins are fresh and not stretched.

Happy Hairdo-ing!

posted by

hmm, i never had much luck with bobby pinks but i guess i'll try again soon :) thank you

posted by


If you fall off that horse - get right back on! A little practice with the pins and the odd curse word you'll get the hang of it, I promise. :) And if you see me in line at Starbucks, tap my shoulder - happy to show you!

posted by

love, love, love. i am going to buy a head to practice on! really looking forward to our 1-1 course, you should do a group class too

posted by

Thanks Norah!

Do buy a head - just make sure the hair is real so you can set it and wash it etc...

I've been asked by many to host a class - I just have to organize it! :)

posted by

oh good tip. will venture to Chinatown today, was recommended a spot to buy head to practice on.
a bridal hair class would be very popular, especially since it is not offered by many places locally.

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