Elegant Bridal Updo: A Wedding How-To

By Alison Alhamed | 05/01/2012 11:49:00 AM


click image to zoomupdo bride special occasion blonde upstyling prom weddingBrides are unique and require personal attention—they solely depend on their hair stylist to transform them from ordinary to extraordinary on their special day. Here, Jennifer MacDougall creates a stunning updo fit for a bride. When MODERN Facebook fan, and L'Oreal Professionnel Artist, Jennifer MacDougall posted this image on our Facebook wall, our fans went wild with love! Luckily, Jennifer is not only a talented stylist, she's also an educator! She was so excited to share the steps to recreate this stunning updo, she even made a video demo-ing the how-to. You can learn formal creative styling and hair color from Jennifer LIVE during her Coiffure Mariee class at L'Oreal Professionnel SoHo Academy in NYC May 6-7. 


  • Small Bobby pins
  • U Pins
  • Bungies
  • Crepones (sponge-y pieces—see .30 in the video)
  • Hot Rollers
  • Jewelery accent
  • Kanekalon Hair (hair filler/extensions)
  • L'Oreal Professionnel Densite, Infinium 3, Mythic Oil

Step 1: Apply mousse to dry hair and work into the hair with a dryer. Next set the hair with hot rollers.

Step 2: Section the hair from ear to ear and brush smooth, spray with L'Oreal Professionnel Infinium 3 working spray and put hair into a bungee. Repeat to bottom section and sweep the hair to the side.

Step 3: Using the crepone, roll the hair around and forward to the base of the ponytail covering the crepone with hair. Snap or bobby pin the ends of the crepone together. Bobby pin to secure close to the head.

Step 4: Backcomb the bottom ponytail spraying lightly with Infinium 3. Twist the section and smooth and pin.

Step 5: Hair extensions are previously curled with 1-inch iron and brushed. Apply a drop of mythic oil. Smooth around crepones.

Step 6: Put hair filler into hair nets and pin close to the head as padding.

Step 7: Place the crepones as desired.

Step 8: Cover the hair filler with extension wefts by bobby pinning.

Step 9: Spray glitter on a hair net and, after drying, place a curled, brushed out hair weft inside. Using U-pins secure in place.

Step 10: Add jewelery and smooth all hair with tailcomb and Infinium 3.








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.

You can find Alison on Google+ or e-mail her at aalhamed@vancepublishing.com.


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