Beauty Trend Alert: 1940s Updos

As some of the hottest Latinas are demonstrating, retro updos are an elegant option for evening occasions—or for debuting your new single and performing an intricate dance routine on national television. See how versatile the style is? The 'dos look clean and intricate, but several versions are actually easy to achieve. Here are some steps to take to copy the looks.

Step 1: Smooth hair and create a deep side part at the front of the crown.

Step 2: Gather the hair that you parted to one side and either roll it or braid it, starting at the front of your head and going around the side; pin the roll or braid around your head as you go, until you get to the back of your head.

Step 3: Gather all of your hair together at the base of your neck; tease it at the roots.

Step 4, version 1: Make a French twist and roll the ends at the top of your head, securing with bobby pins. This will give you the Eva Mendes look.

Step 4, version 2: Roll all of your hair up—as if you were winding it around a roller—then secure the roll to your head. This will give you Jennifer Lopez’s look.

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