Achieve A Salon Updo at Home

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Living in a country where the exchange rate is three times your home country's currency is a little bit hard on the purse. So you tend to get resourceful.

When we decided to go to the international student ball, we stayed in halls and did our own hair and makeup. I found this amazing way to create a curled hairstyle - it's kind of a part updo with soft ringlets falling around your face.

This hairstyle can be modified and made into a complete updo like Kate Hudson's in the picture above (her wedding scene in Bride Wars), or you can do it the way I did at the student ball in the first picture, and in the picture below.

So here's how you do it:

Works on: Shoulder length - long hair

What you will need:
Hair Mousse
Curling Tong (medium sized barrel)
Lots of hairclips and hairpins!
A small rubber band - matching the colour of your hair

1) After washing your hair, douse it with a decent amount of mousse. A good environmentally-friendly brand is Giovanni's Air-Turbo Charged Mousse (eBay link)- Malaysians can get it at any Sasa outlet, and Australians can buy it on Organics Australia Online.

2) Blowdry your hair - turn your head upside down to achieve more body.

3) Divide your hair into 2-inch sections, and clip them up. Heat up your curling tong.

4) From slightly below the top, in the middle-back section of your head, take a 3-inch wide section of your hair and braid it. Secure the braid with an elastic band.

5) Then, curl the braid back up upon itself and secure it to your head with a pin.

6) Section by section, first apply a little more mousse, then curl your hair with the curling tong. It's best if you don't clip your hair inside the tong. Instead, using your hand, wrap your hair around the tong, wait 20 seconds or so, then release. This part is important! To ensure that your hairstyle holds through the night, roll the curl back up and use a pin to secure it. Repeat this process until you have your entire head of hair curled and pinned up.

7) Blowdry the pinned up curls.

8) Release the curls from the pins (leave the braid as it is).

9) Grab sections of hair (sections about 1-inch large should be good enough) and pin them to your braid, depending on the style you are looking to achieve.

If you want a tighter updo like Kate Hudson's, pin the curls to the upper section of your braid, and be sure to place the pins closer to the braid.

If you want a looser, more romantic style like the one below, pin the curls slightly further away from your braid, and along the entire length of your braid.

I was just roughly doing it as an example here - instead of the big dark pins, go with small bobby pins to finish off the look better

10) Finish off with hairspray to set your hairstyle and to make sure it stays in place for the rest of your night. Schwarzkopf sells an amazing range of quality, affordable hairsprays.

This hairstyle is amazing for proms, formal dinners, or a posh date.

Happy styling  :)

Related posts:
MIS Ball 2008
MIS Ball 2008: Behind the Glamour

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