Three of Instagram's Best Bridal Stylists Share Their Tips for Updo Success

Mary Kaleta | April 12, 2019 | 9:45 AM
Plante, Brinkerhoff and Waligora used accessories from Pink Pewter to add dimension and a pretty touch to their creations.
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The time has come to walk down that aisle—wedding season is upon us!

Artists Renee Marie Plante @styles_by_reneemarie, Stephanie Brinkerhoff @hairandmakeupbysteph and Annette Waligora @annette_updo_artist teamed up in Chicago on April 8 to teach their tips and tricks during a day-long class that consisted of six demos and hands-on learning. The workshop also included instructions on how to take the best pictures for Instagram. 

"I always try to get as much information from the bride during her trial," Plante says. "And on the day of, if a bridesmaid has super long hair or wants a style that's very complex, you just have to be honest with her. Say, 'We have 45 minutes. This is how I think we can adapt that look to make it even more flattering for you.' You have to be honest."

Here, Plante, Brinkerhoff and Waligora share their top tricks for special occasion styling:

  • Plante:
    • "Using a marcel iron adds value. It makes you look more professional. That being said, whatever you feel most comfortable with, that's what you should curl with. Don't feel like you need to use a flat iron or marcel iron if it's not going to work for you. Everyone curls differently."
    • "For sectioning flowy styles, go up from the ear, straight up and zigzag back for volume. You need to be able to leave enough in the front to make it swoop back."
    • "A texture iron provides texture, sure, but it also brings the hairs closer together and provides volume at the crown area. The trick is to leave out the perimeter because you don't want to see the crimping on the crown area. Then you take skinny sections from either side of where the hair splits. You take 1/4 inch sections. You want tiny sections so you can get as close to the root as possible by holding the hair parallel. You tap the texture iron so you don't burn your clients, but also so you don't see that crease between the straight hair and the crimped hair. It helps it blend."
    • "If you're doing a braid on the side, go behind the bang and flip a piece over to create a softness and volume or else, you get a really harsh line."
    • "Two things people are afraid of: using products and touching the hair so you can manipulate it."
  • Waligora:
    • "The middle of the eye is a great guide when working in the front to section your client's hair. A middle part will elongate the face; a side part will accentuate it a bit."
    • "To keep a style flowly and soft, it's great to slide in bobby pins, which allow you to manipulate the hair and loosen some pieces to give a more airy, lived-in look."
    • "A great product to use at the hairline and for flyaways is the Kenra Professional Dry Oil Control spray. It's a dry oil and hairspray in one."
  • Brinkerhoff:
    • "Regardless of whether a client's hair is thick or thin, the process for creating tight, vintage curls is the same. It just takes more product and more time."
    • "I backcomb everything. For me, that's how I get my updos to stay all day. It's almost like you're creating an inch of hair padding all throughout the scalp."
    • "Vintage looks are like plastic; you finish, and they do not move."

Watch part of Brinkerhoff's demo here:

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