How To Create a Bow-Tie Updo

By Alison Alhamed | 06/23/2012 2:56:00 PM


MODERN Facebook fan Becky Marinich posted this shoelace-inspired bowtie updo onto our wall and it not only caught our editors' eyes, it also caught our fans' eyes! We KNEW we had to track down the steps on how to recreate the look.

Marinich, a stylist at Olde South Hair Designs in Springboro, Ohio, was inspired by her first ever styling book she received 10 years ago. Though she can't recall the name of the book, she never forgot the inspiration. The book demonstrated how to create little bowties out of ponytails and pin them around the head. "The technique stuck in my head all these years, and so I created a simpler version of it!" Marinich says. "I have used this look for bridesmaids, but I can see it also for a homecoming or prom/formal style."

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Step 1. Lightly tease the mohawk section of pre-flatironed hair and comb straight back.

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Step 2. Next, create four ponytails, horizontally at the nape.

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Step 3. Beginning on the far left, divide the hair in the ponytail into two subsections.

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Step 4. Isolate half of the ponytail, along with the other three full ponytails.

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Step 5. Divide the current section into two additional subsections.

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Step 6. Spray with working spray and re-flatiron both pieces.

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Step 7. Create a loop with the left piece, and continue to tie as if you were tying a bow in your shoes.

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Step 8. Slide a bobby pin through the center section of your bow and secure to head.

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Step 9. Continue with the second half of your section, and repeat with the remaining three ponytails. Stagger the placement of the bows, pinning some vertically, and some horizontally.

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Step 10. For a modern look, tease the ends, and spray them so they remain sticking out over the head, or...    

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Step 11. ...curl and finish ends for a more polished look!


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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USA  |  June, 26, 2012 at 07:08 AM

Nice tutorial! Although, it's kind a hard for me but I know I can still do this for my hair.. I like the style so much.. thanks for sharing this..

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June, 27, 2012 at 07:50 AM

Wawo this is very beautiful i very like it. Wash your face at least twice a day,this will get rid of bacteria and germs on your face which can lead to your hair getting dirty. use good product that you know will be good for your hair but i want you more for cheek this site

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