One way to create an African American updo hairstyle is to make a deep side part and put the hair into a coiled bun. This 20-minute style works best with relaxed medium and long hair. The required supplies are a blow dryer, a round hairbrush, a styling comb, heat protection spray, smoothing cream, a hair elastic, hairspray and bobby pins.
- Blow dry the hair
Rub smoothing cream between your hands and distribute it over wet, freshly-washed hair. Comb the product through the hair, then mist it with heat protection spray. Blow dry the hair while lifting sections with a round ceramic hairbrush.
- Make a ponytail
Create a deep side part with the pick end of the styling comb. Separate a small section of hair along the forehead, and comb it forward. Put the rest of the hair into a high ponytail, and secure it with a black elastic band.
- Twist and pin the ponytail
Pick up one quarter of the ponytail, and twist it into a coil. Wrap the coil around the base of the ponytail, and secure it with bobby pins. Coil and pin the rest of the hair with the same technique.
- Add the side piece
Comb the small section of hair along the forehead, and guide it back over the ear closest to it. Wrap the end of the section around the bun, and secure it with a bobby pin. Push the pin beneath the bun so it is invisible.
- Apply hairspray
Hold a can of flexible-hold hairspray 12 inches from the head, and mist the updo.