If you look at people walking around with updos today, you’re likely to notice some major changes from the way they looked even two or three years ago, and if you don’t believe that, take a look at some prom photos from 2009 and 2010. Updos have gotten softer, because it’s now all about using your comb to move the hair. which now makes it an easy hairstyle. The looks now are fuller, but there’s not as much pressure to make them so large. If you are working on updos for long hair for your clients, there are some helpful tips that you can use to make the job easier — and quicker.
Location, location, location
When you’re putting an updo together, your movements and positioning are key to your success. If you think about an updo like you would a drawing on a canvas, then you know that you have to commit your entire body to the process. Figure out the direction you want the hair to move, and then move your body in that particular direction. Is there a twist that just won’t go your way? Shift your position a little bit, and try it again: you’ll be surprised at how well that ends up working for you.
It’s all in the twist
Updos for long hair can be trickier when your client’s hair is extremely straight, even if you are an expert hair stylist. Turning up the volume can be a major chore at that point. This is where thumbtwists can save the day. Twist a fairly small section of the hair and, using your thumb and index finger, massage the opposite way. Do this five times, and keep going down the section. Before you know it, you’ll see a head that is teeming with teased curls. If you want to boost the results even more, use a curling wand on the hair before you get started.
Luxuriate with waterfalls
An updo that looks ornate will leave your client (and her entourage) impressed with the results. However, just because an up do looks complex doesn’t mean that it has to take you a long time to create. If you add a line of waterfall braids, moving from forehead to crown, pushing the braids ahead and pinning as you get to the crown, you’ll create an updo that looks like it took hours to make in a small fraction of the time. It’s important to cross the pins to keep everything in place.
Set a goal
Updos for long hair can seem like a challenge that will occupy the better part of an hour at least. However, if you can’t do a braided updo in 15 to 20 minutes, you’re wasting your time — and your client’s. Put a time goal in place, and strive to meet it. You might not reach it the first few times, but you will get there if you keep trying.
Keep your client “in the loop”
If you want another way to add definition and detail to your clients’ updos, you have more tools than waterfall braids. Pick a section of your client’s hair and put in pins every five inches. Each time, twist the opposite way to wrap the hair around the pin in the shape of a loop, and pin it into the design. Keep going until you have worked the section completely into her hair. If your client is lacking a bit in fullness, this is an easy way to add volume, and it looks much more expensive than it is.
Keep on rolling
So it’s time to bring the updo to an end, and you’re in a bit of a crunch, so here’s a simple solution. Work downward toward the nape, and leave a section in the shape of a triangle, and then split it in half. Bring the right side over to the left, then the left back to the right, and wind things up by wrapping the air up around the top and pinning it into place. This gives you a little bit of Adele, bringing a modern flair to the updo.
These tips are just a few of the many ways you can make updos more manageable as a hairstylist. The more options you have at your disposal, the more looks you will be able to offer your clients — and the fewer snags you’ll find along the way.