Need a quick holiday updo before your parents and the boyfriend ring the bell — but setting the table for their arrival has you jam packed? Not to worry! Easy formal, curly updos like the one below will have you looking dressed up and well-prepared for the event. Follow the steps below and both you and the dinner will be hot and ready in no time!

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Simply Tousled & Twisted

It’s easy to create pretty curly updos thanks to a simple ponytail with a romantic twist. To accomplish the look, you'll need a mousse, pomade, finishing mist for shine, hairspray and about five bobby pins, maybe more depending on the texture of your hair. The thicker your hair is, the more bobby pins you'll need!

  1. Begin with freshly shampooed hair. Towel dry hair with a mircofiber towel and then turn your head upside down and scrunch in your mousse. Let hair air dry or, if you are in a rush, diffuse on the coolest setting.
  2. Place a dime sized dollop of pomade in the palm of your hand, rub palms together, then smooth hair back into a ponytail. Holding the pony tight at the scalp with one hand, run your other hand over the ponytail all the way to the ends. Pomade helps to soften, open and define your curls, but won't flatten them out.
  3. Divide hair into two sections with a center part in the back of the head (as if you were creating pigtails). Take one side and twist it under to the side, securing with a bobby pin or two — whatever holds it in place. Then twist the other section also under and to the opposite side. Secure it with bobby pins as well. You are crisscrossing the two sections to create a unique, loose tumble of curls that is simple, but elegant.
  4. Smooth tendrils, add bobby pins if necessary, or dress up this look with a stunning hair comb, like this crystal and pearl combo. If your tendrils need definition, a hot curling iron covered with a light cotton fabric will do the trick. Finish off with a shine spray and hairspray.

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