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Cute up and out-of-the-way hairstyles

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

Posh and polished updos

For those days when long and loose hair just won't cut it, make sure you have a polished updo in your repertoire. Not sure where to start? Check out these easy hairstyles that are simple enough for the hair-impaired.
Cute up do
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1

A hair-braid headband

Braided headband tutorial

There's nothing sweeter than a classic hair-braid headband paired with a demure dress from Anthropologie. Even though it looks like a challenging style, you'll be out the door in ten minutes as long as you know how to make a simple braid.

2

Un-polished chignon

How to do a simple chignon updo | SheKnows.com

A traditional chignon can look a little stodgy, so update your up-do with this wistful and whimsical chignon that is guaranteed to set hearts ablaze with desire. (That's a tall order, of course, but just look at how beautiful it is before rolling your eyes.)

3

Fuss-free side braids

Miranda Kerr braided hairstyle tutorial

We love that this side braid half-do is completely chic without looking harsh. You'll get all the sexiness of long and shiny tresses, while keeping stubborn side bangs away from your face and eyes. Did someone say summer weddings are just around the corner? You're totally set.

4

The updated power bun

Jessica Alba top knot hairstyle tutorial

A traditional power bun can look a little too much like you're preparing for a debut in Black Swan. Instead of putting on a leotard and ballerina tights, use your hair to create a ribbon-like effect around your top-knot for an updated power bun.

5

The alpha woman half-do

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Met Gala hairstlye tutorial

Channel your fierce side — whether you're facing down a board room or a first date — with this alpha woman half-do. Your long and sleek hair is completely feminine, while your pinned-back tresses will accentuate the powerful shape of your face.

6

A bob, or something better?

January Jones party hairstyle tutorial

Play around with a shorter hairstyle by styling this bob look-alike rather than chopping off your locks. These sweet and shapely curls summon the spirit of Hollywood greats like Katharine Hepburn for a glamorous night on the town.

7

Goddess braids

The Hunger Games wedding hairstyle tutorial

Braids continue to be all the rage this year, but it's high time that you step away from the ubiquitous side braid. Top off this majestic goddess braid hairstyle with a sparkling accessory for an up-do that's unique and ravishing.

8

The futuristic ballerina

Ashanti's top knot
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It's time for your high ponytail to meet a harsh twist and a few bobby pins for a look that's completely futuristic ballerina. We kind of love the idea of wearing this style to work and spin class alike.

9

Edgy low bun

Blake Lively's messy bun
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This wild low bun is like a demure chignon on steroids. With a quick loop of your hair and strategically placed bobby pins, you'll be able to rock this look at next year's Coachella or Austin City Limits without even batting an eye.

10

Sleek and chic twist

Malin Akerman's twisted updo
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Next time you're accepting an Emmy or checking out a hip new restaurant with your hubby, glam yourself up with this sleek and chic twist that lacks nothing (except a coordinating little black dress).

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