Steal Alexa Chung’s Neither Up or Down ‘Do

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Style icon, Alexa Chung, shows us an ideal ‘do for insouciant weekends. It’s got a bit of everything. The rear section is pulled up and back, which lifts up cheekbones and chin; the center-parted fringe brings attention to beguiling eyes; the wispy bits keep it carefree and casual; and, all in all, this look is a cakewalk to do. Classed as a half updo on account of being part up, part down, this look is a classic get-up-and-go style. To learn how to create it in five minutes or less, click style notes.

Step: Layer refinish dry shampoo into dry, unwashed hair. (This look will be easier to create, and look better, with a gritty, lived-in texture.) Shake and tousle hair.

Step: Split hair into two sections by making a part, horizontally, from ear to ear. Gather hair in back and create a ponytail, bun or twist as desired. Some light backcombing will help to add height to the crown, which is a great way to embellish the look. To do so, use primp working spray and comb ends to root until your happy with the height.

Step: Part the fringe in the middle. Use set and style spray and a comb to push into shape with shine and soft hold.

Step: Artfully pull out a few pieces of hair here and there to add a wispy, undone feeling to the style. Finish with a light film of shine spray to add radiance and glister to the look.

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