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How to Get a Banded Updo Hairstyle Like Amanda Seyfried 2010-04-26 11:00:00

Get Amanda Seyfried's Sweet, Simple Banded Updo Look


It seems like the headband/updo combination is having another moment. In the last week alone, both Jessica Alba (see her version here) and Amanda Seyfried have worn the style. And it's easy to see why — the look is chic, uncomplicated, and flattering on everyone. To see how you can wear the style for yourself, just keep reading.

  • Before drying and/or straightening your hair, apply a golfball-sized dollop of volumizing mousse, like Alterna Life Volumizing Spray Mousse ($21), from root to tip.
  • Once your hair is dry, backcomb from the crown of your head to directly above your ears to create the necessary volume.
  • Put on your headband — the thinner the better. Wraparound elastic bands are perfect for this look.
  • Gather the rest of your hair high up on the back of your head, almost at the crown, and pin it under into a soft, messy bun.
  • Go over the style with a healthy spray of super hold hairspray.
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ashleyheatherr ashleyheatherr 5 years
She looks simple and great. I will start to do this hair style:)
smart-blonde smart-blonde 5 years
I wore this style to dinner last night with girlfriends, and everyone was asking me how I did my hair, and they wanted to try it. FWIW, I have straight, medium thickness, shoulder-length hair, and I didn't use product. Next time I do it, I'm going to use a little hairspray to tame the baby hairs around my face. Otherwise, it was easy and quick. Thanks for posting this.
amaebi519 amaebi519 5 years
I use this hairdo for when my hair is a total frizzy mess and I need to get out the door in a hurry - it even hides the wonky pieces at the side. Glad to know it's considered chic and not a copout!
franceslopez franceslopez 5 years
Bella, I love/hate her! It's just not right that someone should be so lovely. Have you seen her in "Devdas"? I don't like the movie, but the costumes and makeup are so gorgeous and ornate.
sunraze16 sunraze16 5 years
omg. love this look! not on me of course it just doesnt work for my face. but amanda s. looks really sweet with her hair up like that.
lizlee89 lizlee89 5 years
I love the hairstyle, but what's really amazing is her makeup - that smokey cateye makes her eyes and face look gorgeous...
Beauty Beauty 5 years
Oooo, Frances, I do love Aish! I'm also a tad obsessed with Deepika Padukone—I've seen her in real life and her skin and hair are absolutely amazing.
franceslopez franceslopez 5 years
I don't generally love the way Amanda Seyfried looks, but she looks gorgeous here! She can really pull off the 'more makeup' look. She looks almost Aishwarya Rai-esque here.
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 5 years
I love her hair, and makeup too.
Beauty Beauty 5 years
No, good to know, Exchequette! What's your hair type?
chequettex chequettex 5 years
Sorry, I'm gonna be a total Debbie Downer on this one, but for me this look IS complicating, and not very flattering to my particular face, head & hair. My head is not the right shape for these kinds of bands - no matter where I place it, it slides toward the back and then falls off. Also, any style for me where all the hair is pulled straight back from my face doesn't work for me, 'cuz I have a small head and those kinds of styles accentuate that. But I do have a solution to get this sort of look for others with the same predicament: make it messier. Pieces coming out, poufier backcoming, etc. I also use clips to keep the band in place. It's a fun look, but for me not really worth the time it takes for what it's supposed to be: a simple, easy, quick & casual updo.
chequettex chequettex 5 years
Sorry, I'm gonna be a total Debbie Downer on this one, but for me this look IS complicating, and not very flattering to my particular face, head & hair. My head is not the right shape for these kinds of bands - no matter where I place it, it slides toward the back and then falls off. Also, any style for me where all the hair is pulled straight back from my face doesn't work for me, 'cuz I have a small head and those kinds of styles accentuate that. But I do have a solution to get this sort of look for others with the same predicament: make it messier. Pieces coming out, poufier backcoming, etc. I also use clips to keep the band in place. It's a fun look, but for me not really worth the time it takes for what it's supposed to be: a simple, easy, quick & casual updo.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 5 years
I love this look. It's so simple and classy, but glam too.
miss-leanne miss-leanne 5 years
I absolutely love this entire look. You should do a walk through for the makeup too!!
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