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Easy and chic ways to wear your hair up

Andrea Kasprzak is a former magazine editor and full time freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Men's Journal, Allure, and SELF among others.

Sleek up your 'do

Even the most touchable, tossable hair needs to go up, up, and away sometimes. We’re not talking gym rat ponytail here. These are serious, polished styles that won’t have strangers raising their eyebrows in “oh, must be a non-shower day” disapproval.

Up-do hairstyle

LOW POLISHED PONy

Part Park Avenue, part action heroine, this is a look that transitions well into evening. After blowing hair straight, gather locks in a tightly fastened ponytail in the middle of the head and apply a bit of smoothing cream on the ends. We love Alterna Bamboo Shine Silk-Sleek Brilliance Cream.

Ashanti's topknot updo hairstyleCINNAMON BUNS

Separate hair into three sections. Take the right section and twist counter clockwise toward your face, wrapping the right section onto itself like you're making a little bun. Secure with bobby pins. Twist the middle and left section clockwise and pin with bobby pins. Finish with a spritz of hairspray.

TOPKNOT

This is very futuristic ballerina and was all over the runways (Rosa Cha, Sass & Bide). Plus, it is so easy it's almost laughable. Start with dry hair and pull into a tight, high ponytail. Twist the length until it coils and pin with bobby pins. Check out Ashanti's topknot hairstyle to the right.

With these styles you can turn any messy 'do into a chic, sleek look.

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