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Bottoms Up
Jordan Blackmore of NYC's Three Squares Studio is a nice young man who likes to get knotty. Here, he shows New York editor Jordan Blumberg how to keep her hair out of the punch bowl with help from a flashy top bun.

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Pull hair into a tight (think face-lift tight), high ponytail and hold. (Flip head upside down to make sure locks are gathered right on your crown.) Spritz with moisturizing Apres Beach spray.

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Brush/smooth hair underneath and tousle front section, leaving it imperfect. Hook rubber band in at the center, twist, and tie. Brush ponytail smooth, working in a dab of cream product.

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Create a cylinder by pinching at the base and wrapping your ponytail around your fingers like a donut. Tuck the end into the center hole.

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Secure with pins around the base of the knot. Blackmore suggests one pin every half inch to start and stresses that you can't use too many hairpins. (We got up to 30.)

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Use a rattail comb to muss up your hairline. Pull out small wisps where hair is extremely flat.

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Rub Oribe gold pomade in your palm and "paint" along the hairline with a finger. Soften lines and clumps with a damp cloth.

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Instant Lift
Stylist Yubelkys Tejada (Yube for short) of NYC's Snip 'n' Sip vows to give updo-novice confidence with an easy side ponytail with just enough crown height to keep things graceful. Research editor Stephanie Almazan nabbed a seat and gave Yube her full attention.

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Bend the ends (Yube's simple mantra) using a half-inch flatiron to create texture and a loose curl.

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Use a rattail comb to gently tease the hair at the crown.

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Gather hair at the crown into a half-up style, pushing hair forward slightly to create height. Hold in place with one hand. Using the other hand, point a bobby pin (pried open with your thumb and forefinger) perpendicular to the back of your head and secure hair on one side. Repeat on other side with another pin. Secure base of sides with pins. (Thicker hair will need more pins.)

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Bring hair to one side over the shoulder. Take a small section of hair from the bottom and use it to wrap around the base of the ponytail. Secure the ponytail with two bobby pins using the same method in Step 3.

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Wrap the ends of the ponytail around your finger to smooth the curls. Spray the crown and ponytail with hair spray.



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