How to wear mid-length hair up

Written by krista sheehan
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Mid-length hairstyles have become increasingly popular because they are versatile and work for nearly every face shape. Although many people choose to wear mid-length hair down, certain occasions call for a more formal up-do hairstyle. If you have mid-length hair, there are a variety of options for putting your hair up into a fun and elegant style.

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Things you need

  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Elastic band
  • Curling iron
  • Hairspray
  • Hair jewels or accessories
  • Volumizing mousse
  • Hair dryer
  • Paddle brush
  • Hot rollers
  • Bobby pins

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    Half-Up Hairstyle

  1. 1

    Use a brush to completely brush out and detangle your mid-length hair. Your hair should be clean, but not freshly washed. Be sure your hair is completely dry before you begin styling it.

  2. 2

    Use a comb to part your hair horizontally from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. The top section of your hair should now be separated from the bottom section. Secure the top section of hair into a secure ponytail with an elastic band. Preferably, use an elastic band that matches your hair colour.

  3. 3

    Use a curling iron to curl the ponytail. Separate the ponytail into small sections of hair and curl each section individually. This technique will give you a large bunch of tight spiral curls. Comb your fingers through the curls to loosen them up slightly.

  4. 4

    Use the curling iron to lightly curl the rest of your hair. Keep the curls loose; the goal is to achieve light waves on the bottom half of the head. Finish with a light mist of hairspray to ensure the hair stays in place. If preferred, add small jewels or sparkly barrettes in the hair above one of your ears.

    All-Up Hairstyle

  1. 1

    Shampoo your hair with a smoothing shampoo. Use a cotton towel to gently blot the hair dry. While the hair is still damp, apply volumizing mousse. Turn your head upside down and blow dry. While blow-drying, use the fingers of your other hand to comb through and tousle the hair. When the hair is almost completely dry, flip your head back upright to complete drying. Use a paddle brush to pull sections of hair up while drying. Hair should be completely dry before moving on to the next step.

  2. 2

    Set your hair in hot rollers. Gather a small section of hair and wrap it tightly around a hot roller. Pin the roller into place and move on to the next section of hair. Once all the hair has been set, leave the rollers until they cool completely.

  3. 3

    Carefully remove the hot rollers from your hair once they have completely cooled. Avoid stretching out the curl while unrolling it. Spray the hair liberally with hairspray, once all the hot rollers have been removed. After about 30 seconds, loosely run your fingers through your hair; this should loosen the curls just slightly.

  4. 4

    Use your fingers to comb the front section of your hair back away from the face. Pin the hair into place with bobby pins. Take a section of hair on the side and pull it up toward the back. Use bobby pins to secure it to the head. Repeat on the other side. Take another small section of hair and pull it to the back, securing it to the head with bobby pins. Continue this same technique until all curls have been pinned into place. This should leave you with a loose cascade of curls along the back of the head.

  5. 5

    Finish with a light mist of hairspray.

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