Loose updo

Photo: Torkil Gudnason

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Normally leave your hair down?
Pull it up
Forget the word updo, with its connotations of bridesmaids and uptown matrons. The effect here is sophisticated, not stuffy. Just use your hands to rake back hair, and secure it above the nape of your neck. Tease the length of the ponytail to create texture, then pin the ends into a messy bun.

Why the change will do you good: "When the hair is pulled off the face, it accentuates the elegant silhouette of the jawline and neck," says Hidalgo. If your hair is light (gray or blonde) you'll likely also find that the color looks deeper when you pull it back, which can be another slight—but interesting—change.