The Secrets to a Big, Full, Flawless Updo
The weather is changing in Ambler, PA, the home of Barberella Salon, and we’re excited about the warm spring days ahead. For a salon, springtime is usually about lightening colors and simplifying styles. Yet springs also marks the beginning of prom and wedding season, when a more complex style reigns supreme: the updo.
The official style of special events, the updo flatters your features and neckline while offering a relatively maintenance free style.
A perfect complement to a variety of dress styles, including high-neck, strapless, and v-neck styles, the updo is also a great warm weather choice. In the heat, getting your hair off your neck is a definite bonus!
There’s plenty of D.I.Y. advice online for styling your own updo. Glamour suggests a hair bungee. For a “big, full, and flawless” updo, Cosmopolitan suggests a “crazy looking donut thing” (or foam ring).
These are great options for weddings guests or prom dates. If you’re part of the main event, like a bridal party member, or you simply desire that big, full, flawless style, you’ll want to book a salon visit.
Want to nail a perfect updo style? Below we answer some your most common updo questions.
Should You Wash Your Hair Before the Updo?
At Barberella Salon we often hear this question about updos: “Should I wash my hair before the updo?”
The logic of not washing your hair is sound: soft, squeaky clean hair may be harder to style into an updo; and often clean hair won’t “hold” the style as readily as second-day hair.
However, dirty hair presents its own problems, including the actual look, which may be greasy or dry.
So what to do?
We like the advice of Kendra Aarhus: “The idea is that your hair is not ‘dirty’ but that the moisture and oil in your hair should be properly balanced so that your hair will hold a style.”
Aarhus offers some sensible tips for pre-updo hair care: “If you wash your hair every day…wash your hair the day of your event,” preferably a few of hours before your appointment.
“If you don’t wash your hair every day…wash your hair the day before your event.”
Ultimately, you know your hair. If a second-day style is best for you, go for it. If you tend to get too much build-up, don’t hesitate to wash before your appointment.
Quick Tip: A dry shampoo is a great way to resolve greasiness without compromising texture.
Hair Styling Before Your Updo
If you wash your straight hair the day of the updo, we recommend blow-drying for a smooth finish. If you wash your curly hair the day of the updo–and you want to wear it curly–you may blow-dry or air-dry, depending on your preference.
Before the blow-out, keep the styling products light, but don’t be afraid to use a light leave-in conditioner, a little volumizing product, like Davines’ Volume Boosting Mousse, or a texturizing powder, like Davines’ Texturizing Dust.
For straight or curly hair, try to stay away from oils or other heavy products that may weigh down your hair.
Quick Tip: Wear a button-up shirt to your appointment–easy on, easy off!
After Your Appointment: Maintaining Your Updo
A major attraction of the updo is its simple maintenance. We suggest a supply of bobby pins and a small can of hair spray to touch up any flyaways.
Just remember: too much product may change the style. So go easy.
And remember: Your special event hair is only one part of your big day. Once your style’s in place, let it be–and have fun!
Flawless Updos @ Barberella Salon
The stylists at Barberella Salon can help you create a big, full, flawless updo style for your special occasion. Book your next appointment online, or call today: 215-643-4066.