Hair Dare: 1 Girl, 7 Styles

Wish there were more African-American hairstyle ideas out there, complete with pretty pictures and easy-to-follow steps? Wish granted.

black hairstyles updo

Day 5: Letting out my inner wild child

I’m going to a friend’s party tonight, and I want to try something edgy and fun. The top I picked out for tonight has a ton of shoulder detail (I’m not wearing it yet), so I decide to go with an updo to show it off. FYI, this look is a bit more complicated than the first five, so give yourself some extra time.

1. Since I want a ton of volume, I start by teasing my hair at the crown. I section off a piece of hair at the top of my head, from the arch of one eyebrow to the other and clip it to the side (I’ll worry about that later).

2. Next, I smooth back my hair at the sides, and pin them down with bobby pins. This leaves a long mane at the back of my head. (Slicking back the sides of your hair will help emphasize your voluminous pompadour, says O’Neil.)

3. Remember the section of hair I put aside in the first step? I smooth it back to form a pompadour, and pin it in place — but not before pushing it up toward my hairline for volume. Then, I gather all of my hair into a ponytail, and secure it with an elastic.

4. I separate my pony into several sections. I take each section and slightly twist it outward, bobby pinning it down in a random spot on the back of my head. By the time I’m done, I’ve got a knobby updo that I love.

5. I mist my updo with strong-hold hairspray to keep it in place.