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If you have thick, heavy hair and think updos are not for you, think again. You can wear gorgeous updos like Penelope Cruz's Oscar look with just a little practice and some patience.
To get this look, first you will want to pick up a hair accessory like the Quik Bun. These tools are designed to make it easy to create professional looking buns. While the look can be achieved without one, you will appreciate the speed and simplicity of creating a formal updo with a tool like this.
To achieve Penelope's look, first tease the hair on the crown to give height to your look in the front. If you don't get the lift you want right away, using a little hair spray as you tease will make it work much better. Then smooth the hair in the front over the teased area. Bring all of your hair back into large, non-damaging elastic to form a ponytail. Penelope's look is then achieved by separating the hair into three sections, a large section on the bottom with two smaller sections on the top. Take the Quik Bun or other bun forming tool and, following the directions, create a large beautiful bun out of this larger section of hair. Next, take the other two sections one at a time, and twist until they form two smaller buns. Pin, pin, pin the three buns until they are secure and no ends are sticking out. Make sure as you pin that the elastic is completely hidden. Up front, gently curl bangs under with a 1" barrel curling iron. Finally, lots of shine enhancing hairspray will hold it all together.