easy NYE hair how-to

I’ve never been a big up-do person. Just the word “up-do” makes me cringe and think of big, overly teased bouffants. This is about as close as I get to an up-do and its basically an undone low ponytail. I usually like a more messy and undone look to juxtapose a formal NYE outfit. Follow along with these 4 easy steps… it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes (insert thumbs-up emoji).

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1. Curl random sections of hair- this is mostly for texture. I do 3 big sections (2 sides, 1 back) because my hair is quite fine; you will have to do more smaller sections if you have thick hair. Make sure you curl the front pieces away from your face.

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2. Tousle your hair. You can flip your head over and do this as well. I like mine quite messy.

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3. Tease the crown and around your part for height.

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4. Pin back your hair, as if you were doing a messy, very loose ponytail with bobby pins. Be sure not to pull down on the sections you teased (ie. the crown). I keep the front sections out for a softer look. Spray with hair spray to finish.

The back should look a bit like this, but this style is very adaptable so play with it if you like.

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I’ve also done a super easy 5-minute smokey eye tutorial that is perfect for New Year’s Eve. I’m not the biggest New Years fan and will spending it making a lovely dinner with my boyfriend (follow along on Instagram @theaugustdiaries to see my kitchen escapades/disasters).

Wishing you and your loved ones the happiest of New Years!



  1. Alecia Mariana
    12.29.2014 / 8:42 am

    This is a hairstyle I think I can pull off! I also cringe when I hear “you should try an undo”!


    La Joie de Vivre

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