The Perfect Bridal Updo: The How To

By Alison Alhamed | 04/04/2012 12:14:00 PM


click image to zoom MODERN Facebook fan Jim Robeson, who is a bridal hair and special occasion stylist in Houston, Texas, has gained a reputation of being an updo master—which grows stronger every time he shares his work on MODERN's Facebook wall.

Robeson, who has been doing hair for three decades and is also a lead technical adviser for Schwarzkopf Professional, has a way with hair—creating seamless, smooth, sleek styles that look absolutely flawless. After his updos gained so much praise on Facebook, we knew we had to track him down for a how to. Here is, what he likes to call, the Argentine Tango, a perfect updo that is highly requested on all of his brides.

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Step 1: On clean, blow dried hair, curl the entire head to add texture and movement. At the front hairline, isolate two back-to-back 1 1/2-inch sections.

Step 2: Pull back the remaining hair into a low ponytail. Subsection the ponytail into 4-5 sections. Tease at the base, then pull apart to widen and smooth. Then, twist the subsections into barrel-shaped rolls that will sit at the nape of the style. Pin the ends into the center of each roll to hide the ends.

Step 3: Then, take two side panels that frame the face and overlap them, on each side. This will be from the rearest isolated section from Step 1.

Step 4: On the top of the head, create 7 sections from the remaining hair isolated in Step 1. Use those sections to place strategically on the top of the head, bricklayering from side to side, and laying down in "S"-shaped patterns. Use hairspray to finish the look.

BELOW: Variations of the Argentine Tango updo created by MODERN Facebook fan Jim Robeson. This technique can be used in multiple ways to create various results.

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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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