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HOW-TO: Martin Parsons' Conceal, Connect Updo

Elizabeth Jakaitis | June 30, 2015 | 9:20 AM
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Conceal, Connect Updo How-To

This intricate upstyle is the result of “ruffling” where sections are twisted and then pressed up with fingers. Each twist is pinned to the next section, connecting to marry the other twists. “It’s important to break them up so that they don’t look like sausages,” Parsons says.

Are there ageless updos, styles that work for just about any client, of any age? Many silhouettes can be tweaked to be either more modern and sophisticated or younger and less structured. MODERN reached out to the King of Updos, Martin Parsons, and asked him to share “ageless” upstyles that can work as is, or be adjusted for the appropriate setting or client.


  • Always watch around the ears, pull the hair down. Filling in that space makes the neckline softer. It also makes the neck look thinner and longer.
  • Move your body when styling.
  • Don’t worry about bobby pins showing while you are creating a style. They can always be covered at the end.
  • Horizontal sides create a more sophisticated finish.
  • What makes it modern is not the texture, but the silhouette.
  • To smooth the sides of an updo use the back of the comb, not the teeth.

Hair: Martin Parsons, assisted by Michelle Pleasant
Photography: Roberto Ligresti
Makeup: David Maderich
Fashion styling: Alejandro
Nails: Reiko Omae


Styling products: Seaberry Shine Serum and Seaberry Styling Cream by Obliphica Professional
Flatiron: FHI Heat
Curling irons: Hot Tools
Brush: Aquage
Combs: Janeke; and Spornette teasing comb
Nails: Essie Urban Jungle and Ballet Slippers
Makeup: Model Launcher Signature Eye Shadow Quads; Triple Shot Mascara by Ciate; Grande Brow brow color

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