Traditional Braided Updo for Curly Hair

Beachy Keen
An updo anyone can master is a precious commodity. It begins with styling cream worked through slightly damp hair, says Wang. Scrunch-dry to coax in that all-important texture, then make a center part and two loose braids. Coil both braids behind the head, and pin each into place as you go. Top with a narrow band, and voilà: A beach princess is born.

Headpiece, $110, by Tigerlilly Design, tigerlillytiaras.com.

Beauty note: A potion like Pantene Pro-V Smooth and Shine Styling Milk will fight frizz as it styles.