Post # 1
A friend of mine is getting married tomorrow afternoon*, and I’ve just spent the last 2 1/2 hours trying to sculpt my hair into some sort of updo that might be good enough to grace her presence with. I’ve looked at a bazillion YouTube videos, stalked Pinterest for how-to’s, you name it… but I’m severely NOT GOOD at girl stuff, and I’m on the verge of (frustration) tears. Part of me just wants to laugh, but I think I’m past that stage now…
Really, though… how does one manage to even curl their hair with a straight iron, let alone fluff it all up into perfection? It amazes me. ‘Easier Than It Looks Updo’? Not for this girl! Major thanks to my (single father) Dad for lopping off all my hair until high school. I never had a chance to try things out with it while growing up, and it’s affecting my adult life now. UGH.
First world problems.
* It’s a very (verrrry) small intimate thing at her house with >10 people, so I don’t want to visit a salon, and all my ‘girly’ friends who usually help me with this kind of stuff are busy.
Post # 3
@brighteyedgirl: Awww, I hear ya. What about something simple & chic? Do a deep side part and slick your hair back into a pony tail? Or, a sock bun? Add a clip or other hair piece to dress it up a bit?
Good luck 🙂
Post # 4
@brighteyedgirl: I”m terrible at doing my hair. It will.not.curl
How long is your hair? Can you sock bun?
Post # 5
@DaneLady: When all else failed, that’s what I did, but I felt really underwhelmed… especially because I’ll be in a pretty formal dress. The event is small, but I still wanted to dress appropriately, y’know?
@MsGinkgo: I just got my hair cut on Tuesday to about collarbone length. I’ve tried sock bun-ing it, but it just won’t cooperate. Like I said, I’m really, really terrible at this kind of thing, lol.
Post # 6
@brighteyedgirl: My wife goes to the local hair dressing school for such occasions. They charge her $17 for an up-do. Maybe there’s something like that near you?
Post # 7
@brighteyedgirl: sock buns are pretty easy and look great either slicked back or messy like. Maybe even a simple side pony tail with a little piece of hair wrapped around the band, or your bangs twisted back? There’s lots of little things you can do to your everyday ponytail/braid/bun to jazz it up a tad without alot of work. How do you usually wear your hair? I’d go with that and just add a little something- even straight hair down looks great if you pull a piece back with a pretty clip!
I did this today for the first time & it was super easy & looks pretty nice- would be even nicer with a nice clip or flowers: http://kouturekiss.com/hair/the-brilliant-braid
Post # 8
@Duncan: I don’t know of anywhere around here that offers that, but it’s definitely something to look into! Thanks!
@BeckyS0: I’m a hair down (stick straight) kind of girl, and I don’t think that’ll quite work. I’ll definitely keep playing around with options, though.
Post # 9
@brighteyedgirl: I can’t do hair either. Maybe just do a nice blow-dry & do you have any sparkly/nice hair clips/pins?
Post # 10
I had waist-length hair until college, and shoulder blade length hair ever since.
I totally can’t do my hair, either! You are not alone!
(Also, you can curl hair with a straight iron?)
Post # 11
@brighteyedgirl: I am also horrendous at doing hair, but I try to class up a regular hairdo by doing the ol’ twist-back with the hair on top. You know, where you split the hair on top of your head into ~1 inch sections and twist them back into a ponytail/bun/etc.? If you feel like a regular hairdo is too plain, this is a REALLY easy way to fancy it up a little!
Post # 12
Maybe flat iron it straight and wear a fancy headband?
My hair does not curl well with any product in it. I suggest you use a flat iron with clean hair if you want to curl. place your hair in the iron, then flip the iron over backwards so the side that was towards the ground is now toward the ceilng. If that’s too dificult, you can also try to use curlers with wet hair. Once your hair is dry you WILL get curls.
Post # 13
@brighteyedgirl: I know a couple of friends at school went to Georgian to get up-dos done, but I’m not sure if that student program runs all the time or not. I’d offer to pop over and help you, but I cannot girl either. I can barely pull off a braid!
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@brighteyedgirl: My mom never showed me how to style my hair, I’ve had to figure it out on my own. I curl my hair all the time, using a clipless curling iron – I bought it at Target for ~$20 and it was a great investment! I watched a couple YouTube tutorials and figured it out quickly.
Post # 15
Hot buns is the best thing ever for an easy modern updo. I have several of these and they’re amazing. They are sold in most pharmacies and I think Wal-Mart.
Post # 16
@PermaStudent: Aw, you’re so sweet! Actually, DH txted me on break from work (ironically, at Georgian) that he knows of another place on Dunlop that’s essentially the same thing… I think we’re headed over there after we pick up my dress from the drycleaners, tomorrow A.M..
@tksjewelry: HotBuns do not work for me, for some reason… at least a knockoff version I got from some place in the mall. It doesn’t wrap neatly enough, and my bun just… flops.
Thank you everyone for your suggestions, and personal tales of woe that made me feel not so alone! Luckily (as I’ve told Perma, above), I think we’ve figured out a solution. Even more lucky for me, I can finally stop messing with my hair… which is why it took me so long to respond again. *sigh of relief*