How To: Create a Bridal Updo That Will Last All Night

By Alison Alhamed | 07/24/2013 1:08:00 PM



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.

Want to learn more about getting certified in Great Lengths extensions? Check out a review of the 3-day certification program and how YOU can become an extensionist.







ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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