How To: Create a Bridal Updo That Will Last All Night
Before. Olivia, the bride, has very fine double-processed hair that doesn’t have the fullness or length to support a wedding updo that wows. Great Lengths hair extensions were added for extra fullness and length in two different shades of pale blonde to give tonal difference.Photo 2 of 13
To prepare the hair, use a heat-activated styling product or hairspray and set the hair on either hot rollers or a large barrel curling iron. Then, brush out set. Mist a light wax spray over the top to give definition to the curl. Section from ear to ear and clip hair out of the way.Photo 3 of 13
Backcomb the back section. Then, backcomb the top section from the ears forward that is isolated.Photo 4 of 13
Loosely brush back hair with a brush first, then with your fingers. Secure the first section using a thread and needle.Photo 5 of 13
Keep crossing over, incorporating the strands that were crossed over from the opposite side. Use an over-under pattern each time. Secure with the sewing method.Photo 6 of 13
Once the sides and back have been secured, wrap the loose ends around to make a ponytail. Cut and secure the stitching for this section.Photo 7 of 13
Secure the bottom of the ponytail with remaining thread.Photo 10 of 13
Fold ponytail up underneath the section above and secure with a stitch. This gives volume to the back. Finish with a little hairspray and spray wax to keep it loose looking.Photo 11 of 13
Hair: Darren Brokaw, Great Lengths Artistic Director
Make-up: Paula Lee
Photography: Ryan Strong
Hair extensions go above and beyond just creating length and volume--stylists certified in Great Lengths hair extensions learn that extensions can be used as a tool: to create a hair cut, correct a hair cut, add chemical-free highlights, cover a scar or alopecia or to fill in a fringe.
In this how-to, Great Lengths Artistic Director Darren Brokaw, of J Brokaw Solutions for Hair in St. Louis, shows how he gave this bridal client a total hair transformation by combining the makeover power of hair extensions with the elegance of a special occasion style.
"This style is great for a bride that wants an updo that has an 'undone' appearance but still somewhat neat and will stay in place all day or night long," Brokaw says.