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Amanda Bynes Long Curly Casual Half Up Hairstyle

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Added: 13 Jul 2009
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Description

We let you know how to copy Amanda Bynes' gorgeous braided half updo. Braids and half updos are all the rage this season, and Amanda Bynes is right on top of the trends with the hairstyle shown here. The great thing about this hairstyle is that it can be transformed from day to night, or casual to formal, with a change of clothes and makeup. But for now, let's concentrate on how to get this gorgeous hairstyle. This style will work best on medium to long hair. This was a divine look for Amanda. Her luscious length was braided through the front with the back and sides left to flow below her shoulders. This style is perfect for keeping hair off the face and out of the eyes and is perfect for almost any occasion.

1. Start by blow-drying your hair and adding waves. If you have natural waves, add some produc to enhance what you've got, then you are ready to move onto the next step. For ladies with straight hair, you will need to spend some time adding waves with either hair rollers, a curling iron or a curling wand.
2. Next, create a perfect hair part in the centre of your head and clip the sections on either side to keep the part in place.
3. Starting on one side, grab a loose section of hair at the front and start braiding towards the back of the head and downwards until you reach the centre of the back of your head. Clip or pin it to secure it.
4. Repeat on the other side.
5. Finally, you can either twist or braid the two sections together, or simply pin it into place, depending on what you prefer.

Remember to leave some loose tendrils to frame the face and add some dangly earrings like Amanda for a super-pretty look!

Type

Hair Category
Casual
Hair Length
Half Up Long
Hair Elasticity
Curly

Suitability

Gender
Women
Face Shape
round,oval,heart,triangular
Hair Density
Thin/Medium
Hair Texture
Fine/Medium
Age
Under 21, 21 - 30, and 31 - 40
Height
Any
Weight
Thin/Average/Large
Glasses
Yes

Styling

Styling Time
30+ minutes
Styling Tip
Use your finishing products to smooth down the ends and direct your hair into place
Products
Mousse, Wax, Smoothing Shine, and Lacquer



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Styling Steps

1. Apply Mousse

Mousse

Apply styling mousse to damp hair, using your palm as a measuring guide, and evenly distribute it along the hair shaft. Styling mousse will add hold and can help achieve better results.

2. Part the Middle

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Using the corner of your comb and standing in front of a mirror find the middle of your nose and then drag the comb straight up slowly until you reach your hairline and then continue back in a straight manner to achieve an even middle part. A middle part is a great way to make small, round face shapes appear longer and thinner.

3. Use a Large Radial Brush

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A large radial brush is usually used on long straight hair types or to smooth out wavy or curly hair textures. When selecting a radial brush, always use one with a pure bristle as this will not tear or damage the hair.

4. Blow-dry the Back Under

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To blow-dry under, start at the nape/back and place your brush under the section of hair close to the nape. With the dryer held up over the hair, pull the brush from the roots and continue to the mid length's, keeping the blow-dryer following over the top. Once you reach the ends, curve them under. Repeat this step until the section is completely dry.

5. Blow-dry the Sides Under

Sidesunder

To blow-dry the sides, take out a small section of hair from the front and clip the rest of the hair away. Next, place the brush under the section and then pull the brush and hair forward around your face (this curving motion creates body). Place the hair-dryer on top of the brush until you reach the ends and then turn the ends under. Repeat until dry.

6. Pin the Hair Half Up and Half Down

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Take one section of hair from one side and secure it at the back of your head with a pin. Repeat on the other side to form this style.

7. Wax Hair Down at the Back

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Apply some wax to your fingertips and then pull through the ends of your hair in a downward motion to achieve a sculptured look. Pinch clumps of hair in different directions for a messier result.

8. Style Sides Out Using Wax

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To get your sides to sit out, apply a small amount of wax to your fingertips and then working mainly on the ends, pinch them while dragging the hair in an out and upwards motion. Be careful not to overdo that wax or your result will be a flat and limp style.

9. Apply Smoothing Shine

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Apply a very small amount of smoothing shine to the palms of your hands and then run it through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Be careful not to add any to the roots or a large amount to any section of the hair as smoothing shine can be very heavy on the hair, weighing it down and making it appear oily.

10. Apply Lacquer

Lacquerfinishing

Lacquer is great for strong hold. A small amount is all that is required to finish and should be applied from an arms length distance to the entire style.




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