Fancy Retro Reverse Tuck Updo

Thursday, December 12, 2013
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One of my favorite hairstyles is the Gibson Tuck. Generally worn at the nape, this pretty style is effortless and classy. I found that reversing the tuck and wearing it higher is just as lovely and has a fancy retro feel making it a great choice for holiday parties and other special events. As beautiful as this style is, you will be shocked at how easy it is to create.

Get the step-by-step tutorial after the jump.

Fancy Retro Reverse Tuck Updo

1. You’ll need your hair to be straight for this style, so start by giving yourself a nice blowout with volume.

2. Tie your hair up in a high ponytail.

3. I’ve left some hair out in the front because I have shorter layers but that is up to you. If you don’t have bangs or short layers, feel free to slick all of your hair up into your high pony for a sleek and polished look.

4. Wiggle your ponytail holder down a little and create a hole between your head and the band.

5. Flip your ponytail up through the hole from underneath.

6. Pull the ponytail tighter.

7. Apply a little pomade to smooth your ponytail and fold the ends under, holding it against your head. If your hair is longer than mine, you can make this loop extend farther down if you prefer. A longer loop has even more of a retro Betty Draper-esque vibe. If you want to keep it high, simply wind the ends around your fingers to tuck them up.

8. Pin the ends into place. Spread out the sides of the ponytail so that it reaches your head on both sides, and pin to hold.

9. Add a pretty accessory, if desired. A sparkly hair comb like this one helps to keep shorter layers at the nape in place.

What do you think? Will you try this pretty style this holiday season? If you do, please send a picture to sonya (at)

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2 Responses

  1. just tried this – super easy and looks so polished! love it! now i’m going to spend some more time on here looking for more great ideas!

    Jenny T
  2. Thanks! This is perfectly elegant!

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