1 of 20 Bill Phelps
A hair stick (or two) is a pretty―and effective―way to secure a bun. Opt for sticks made of strong wood or resin for extra staying power.
2 of 20 Ericka McConnell
The classic twist works best with unlayered hair that is chin length or longer. Sweep bangs to the side, blending them in to the updo.
3 of 20 Bill Phelps
Stacking complementary hairbands may not provide twice as much control for unruly hair, but the look is stylish.
4 of 20 Lucas Allen
A long ponytail with side-swept bangs is romantic and playful. For extra polish, wrap a strand of hair around the elastic and pin securely.
5 of 20 Craig Cutler
Give a classic up-do a super-sleek finish: Apply a smoothing serum to damp hair before blowing dry.
6 of 20 Bill Phelps
Wire combs―made of lightweight metal―hold fine hair securely and, unlike tortoiseshell clips, won't slip out easily.
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Stylish and fuss-free, this short cut can be varied by pulling back the hair with clips or pins.
9 of 20 Gentl & Hyers
To trim bangs, comb dry hair smooth, then hold scissors so that the tips point up at a slight angle and trim a bit at a time. Don't snip horizontally, which can lead to overcutting.
10 of 20 Ericka McConnell
Create this festive look by gathering hair loosely in a ponytail. Loop up 1-inch sections and bobby-pin to the scalp. Frame your face with a few tendrils.
11 of 20 Amy Neunsinger
A loose, simple bun―secured with pins that match your color―is sophisticated and effortless.
12 of 20 Ericka McConnell
To blow-out for volume, body, and smoothness, use a large, round brush, moving the brush and the dryer together down the hair shafts from roots to ends. Keep the airflow angled toward the ends.
13 of 20 Ericka McConnell
Give a bun an upgrade: Gather long hair into a low ponytail secured behind one ear, then twist it until it coils around itself. Fasten with hairpins.
14 of 20 Bill Phelps
An ornamental elastic provides control for thick, unruly hair. To minimize hair snags, choose a wide one that's metal-free.
15 of 20 Susie Cushner
Dressing up hair for the evening can take no more effort than adding a pretty barrette to a sleek bun.
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Just a dime-size amount of pomade is enough to hold this style. Pinch it onto the ends of small sections of hair to define layers and create a textured look.
17 of 20 Ericka McConnell
To gracefully sweep hair into a double bun, brush it into two ponytails: one at the crown, one at the nape. Twist up each and pin in place.
18 of 20 Bill Phelps
With short hair, look for bands less than two inches wide. For more volume, lift pieces on top as you blow-dry, then tease hair at the crown.