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How To Style a Beehive like a Adele

Adele, the “ginger biscuit”, is back on the cover of Elle and is looking as pretty as ever. The new mom can be seen with a huge beehive hairstyle, smokey eyes and a black lace Alberta Ferretti gown.

The beehive is her signature look and although it looks intimidating to do the hairstyle yourself, it is actually pretty simple if you have the right supplies. Here’s what you’ll need: comb, hair spray and bobby pins.

The trick to creating a beehive hairdo is a technique known as backcombing, or teasing. Instead of combing hair from root to tip, backcombing involves combing hair towards the roots. Teasing the hair makes it bunch up, which creates a base for an elevated style. Beehives work best on hair that’s at least shoulder-length, and hair should be completely dry. Curly hair should be straightened before attempting a beehive. These precautions are necessary because backcombing can be somewhat stressful and damaging to hair.

Here are four quick tips to get the ‘do’:

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1. To build a beehive, take a small section of hair, about 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters), and tease it by making short strokes toward the scalp. You can use a fine-toothed comb or a bristle brush for this task and backcomb the hair until it reaches whatever height you’d like.

2. Apply hairspray to this small section of hair, and then take up another section of hair and repeat the process. It’s important to use the same type of short strokes each time in order to create the same height. Once all the sections are teased, take the comb or your hands and gently smooth the top of the hair without crushing the height, and then twist the excess hair into a side chignon, ponytail, or circled and pinned up into the hair.

3. Apply hairspray liberally to keep all that hair in place!

4. Redhead bobby pins will be your best friend with this hairstyle. Place them into the hair to secure the do. A beehive may last a few days if you’re careful, but when it’s time to change your style, carefully comb and detangle the teased hair.

Rock it like a Redhead!