Ideal for curly or wavy textures, this option has the casualness of hair that's worn down but the grace of an updo. The stylist made seven loose braids -- three of them on each side of the head and another one down the middle -- which he brought together and secured with pins. The rest of the hair was left to flow naturally.
This loose updo, fashioned by New York City stylist Nathaniel Hawkins, is modern and sophisticated. He applied mousse to wet hair, blew it dry, and tied knots along 1-inch sections. Strands were pulled back into a ponytail, which was wrapped around base, pinned, and sprayed.