Pull your hair back into a low bun and secure it with elastic just above the nape of your neck. Note that buns are no longer strictly for ballerinas. The modern take on this classic hairstyle features an "undone" effect. The end result shouldn't be too perfect. Great news for you since it'll take less time to style! Remember, this isn't a ballerina bun, so you don't want it placed too high on your head. Keep it low.
Note that if you have layers or the bun was twisted messily, you may have a few stray ends sticking out. If you like, use bobby pins to tuck them under the bun and out of sight.
Pull a few strands out of the bun so that they hang loose around your face. You're going to twist these into waves, so if you want more waves, pull out more hair.
Hold a heated curling iron with a 1.25-inch barrel vertical a few inches from your scalp. Don't use the clamp on the iron; think of it as a rod that you'll twist hair around. Wrap your hair in a figure eight around the barrel of the iron, keeping your fingers clear of the hot iron. Hold it in place for 10 seconds, then release.
Repeat step 4 until all loose face-framing pieces are wavy. Lightly mist on a flexible-hold hairspray. This style should move with you, so go easy on the spray. Helmet head is not hot.
Sleek Side Ponytail
Note that this isn't the '80s version of the side ponytail; this version is sleek, clean and elegant. Use a flat paddle brush to detangle your mane. You want a sleek pony, not a knotted mess.
Pull your hair back and gather it into a ponytail shape, holding it with one hand while you smooth your hair back with the other.
Pull the ponytail to one side of your head. For a chic look, position the base at the nape of your neck, about 2 to 3 inches behind your ear. Keep it low; the higher you position it, the more dated the look becomes. Use a thin hair elastic to secure the ponytail.
Use a flat iron to smooth strands and make them sleek. For added gloss, mist a shine spray onto the ponytail. With this hair, you'll trick everyone at the party into thinking you just stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine.