November 23, 2017

The Sara: Easy Curled Up-Do (that looks like you styled it all day)


Are you having fun with our 30 Days – 30 Ways Hair Challenge?

Remember, the goal is notย  necessarily to be “Red Carpet Ready” every day, but just to encourage ourselves to get out of our rut. I find that when I take a few minutes for myself, and re-focus spiritually, mentally and yes, physically, it can change my whole day’s outlook.

Today’s fun hair style challenge look is from my friend Sara, so it’s now called “The Sara”. Every time I see Sara at events, I am drawn to her unique style. This look has become her signature hair style in my opinion, and I always thought it was a hair-do that would take forever to style.

Imagine my surprise when she shared her secret. Yes, a secret hair style that makes you look Red Carpet Ready, but one which anyone can do. ๐Ÿ™‚ This will work on long hair, but it will look great on those with shorter hair as well. As long as you can curl it and pull it back at all, this will work for you. You will just need to adjust the bun if your hair is shorter.

The key to this style is all in the curls. Curl well and then do NOT brush it out.

1.ย  Brush your hair well before you take your shower as you can’t brush it when it’s wet if you’re doing this style.
After your shower, squeeze extra water out of your hair by scrunching it from the bottom. (Pic 1 with wet hair.)
2. Dry your hair with a diffuser to enhance the natural volume. (Pic 2 is after drying with diffuser.)
3. Use a curling iron (I use a 1/2″) to curl sections of the top layer of your hair only, and spray well to hold curl. Curl into sections all around your head. (Pic 3 is after curling.)
4. Gather your hair into a pony tail, and twist it into a bun. Use a hair band to secure it initially. Then use 4-6 bobby pins to make sure it’s nice and secure. (Pic 4 is after I’ve pulled it into a bun.)

I can’t wait to try this look. Honestly, if you see it in person, it looks as if each piece of hair was twisted in some special way. When she first told me that all she did was use a good hot curling iron and pull it back, it was truly an eye opening hair moment. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yes, I appreciate the simple things.

How have you been going on our Hair Challenge? Have you tried any new styles?


  1. I wore the split ponytail style one day, a couple days later, my 12 yo did her hair that way and said when she went to her church event, her friend had it that way too! They taught the other girls in their group how to do it. It’s like a hair-do pay it forward! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. (Sorry – the “inverted ponytail”!! Not split!)


  3. Actually, I have been doing the inverted pony tail for about 12-13 years, on and off. I saw this plastic tool, which is shaped like a mirror with a handle, on a show, went to the drug store, probably paid too much, lol, and I have done it quite often in the past. I just realized the other day that that style had been absent in my “look” for awhile, so I did it yesterday. I have had seveal people over the years, ask me how I did it. I have had seveal comments. So, maybe that means that I was “in” for longer than I realized! Cool!


  4. I’ve seen this one on Sara in person, and it is adorable. I can’t wait to try it!


  5. Oh, so pretty. I would make a complete mess of that style, I’m afraid.


  6. This is so much fun. Thank you all. Although I haven’t done a different style each day, I have done something other than my standard straight braid and it’s been great. Thanks soooooo much for this Jen, I really needed it. ~Jean


  7. Oh, I love this one and hope I can pull it off! I have been inspired by your series and have worn the inverted ponytail in a couple of different ways in the last week or so. I’ve also tried to come to terms with my hair in its “natural” state and reduce the amount of flat ironing I do.


  8. I remember Sara from the Becoming Conference, and yes, I did notice her hair! It looks great! I want to try it, but I’m not sure how it’ll work on my hair. I have totally stick straight hair, no natural waves or anything. Thanks for the how-to!


  9. Hi Jen! I’ve hardly been around lately, and I’m sorry for that. I’ve missed a lot!

    Now, I’m finding just exactly something I’ve been looking for! I wear my hair the same way every day. EVERY DAY. It gets boring. I just don’t know how to “fix” it any other way! But I think my hair would really work with this style. I’m going to give it a try!


    Jen Reply:

    Oh sweet friend – no apologies necessary. Life is SO very busy and I can’t even begin to get to all my favorite friends blogs either. Thanks for popping in though…you are always such an encouragement. ๐Ÿ™‚



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