Most women have the need for an up-do at some point in their life—and they frequently try to create it themselves.
Unfortunately, good up-do's are more difficult than styling your average hair, even for professionals.
Sadly, this is often not realized until the day of the big event—and it often ends with an up-do disaster.
Whether you are looking at hairstyles for bridal, wedding party, prom—or a formal hairstyle for some other big event—I'm going to give you step-by-step tips on how to select and prepare for your up-do experience. This is instead of giving you step-by-step 'how to' instructions for up-do hairstyles.
1. Determine the life of the up-do: Are you going out for a quiet dinner? Then you don't need to be concerned with the up-do holding up for more than two or three hours. This type of up-do requires fewer bobby pins to hold in place and just needs a good dose of hair spray.
2. Is this a once-in-a-lifetime event such as a wedding or prom? If so, you simply cannot leave your up-do to chance. It requires time and practice. You may even want to do a trial run with your stylist at the salon.
3. Are you going to prom? Then I recommend you don't opt for a very formal style. Up-do's for prom are an old-fashioned idea. Hair down with some nice curls, or pinned to one side, is much sexier and sets you apart from the others. Hair down or a half up-do is more fun—and will have great bounce and motion on the dance floor.
Whatever up-do, prom, wedding, or bridal hairstyle you choose, here are a few tips that you will want to follow:
- Take a picture of the up-do you found and be sure to communicate with your stylist exactly what feel you are going for. Set up a consultation at least two weeks ahead of the event. During the consultation, your hairstylist will be able to give you feedback and suggestions.
- Make an appointment for a practice run three or four weeks before the event, especially if you are the bride. On your wedding day, there will be too many distractions. This will give your hairstylist an opportunity to work with your hair so there aren't any surprises on the big day. Make sure to take along your veil or headpiece and remember to discuss what to do once you remove your headpiece at the reception.
- Do NOT wash or condition your hair the day of the appointment. Conditioners and shampoo will make the hair slick and unmanageable and complicate the up-do. It will also cause your up-do to last a shorter amount of time. Make sure the finished up-do isn't too tight. By the end of the night, you will have a throbbing headache. Take a travel-size, firm-hold hair spray with you for last-minute applications. Your bridesmaid can carry the spray for you if this is for a wedding.
- If the up-do is for a wedding, make sure you follow these steps for your makeup too. If possible, have your hairstylist and makeup artist attend your wedding.
With these easy steps in place you should have no problems with your up-do. This will allow you to enjoy your prom, wedding, dinner, or other big event without worries about your hair.
Looking forward to your next BIG DAY!!