Party hairstyle tutorial: how to rock an Alice band

/ 06.27.2014
Alice bands can still be cool!
Alice bands can still be cool!

Alice bands are one of those things that are so outdated they're actually cool again. They're also a great for creating interesting and easy-to-style updos that look as good on the dance floor as they did in the school playground way back when. Like pigtails, you can make this hairstyle look and feel more grown up, as the lady in the photo opposite proves... even if she is sporting no less than three Alice bands criss-crossed over the top of her head! Though she may have gone overboard on the accessories, her volumized updo is worth taking note of.

Harking back to a bygone era of beehives, bouffants and miniskirts, combining an Alice band with some added height is a one of the easiest ways to give your while beauty look a vintage spin. All you really have to do is tease the top then pin the rest of the hair up into a loose chignon at the back. To do this, spray the roots on top and at the crown of your head with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray then back-comb to build some height. Smooth it over and pin before you deal with the rest of your hair.

Why not try a French twist to give you a classic, pulled-together look? To do this, sweep all your hair over to one side using a brush to eliminate any bumps then pin at the back to hold it in place. Sweep the hair back over itself and roll it into a banana shape then secure with more pins over the top of the ones you just put in. Tease a few pieces loose at the front then mist with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.

A loose, messy updo is another great option, especially if you want a laid back look. Simply gather the hair back and pin it up, working in large twisted chunks. You want to create a big messy bun that doesn't really look like a bun... more like three caterpillars having a nap on top of each other. Again, tease some pieces loose to frame your face then finish with Bold Control Hairspray.

You could also try a 50s style ponytail with curled ends for a super girly look or go for a more polished vibe with a ballerina bun.

How will you rock an Alice band?

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