(Closed) Doing your own hair?

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
Post # 4
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think if you are, of your own admission, not very good at doing your own hair, and you have hair that doesn’t hold a curl well, then your best bet is to find a professional.  I know I have the same exact problem actually – I’m useless doing anything with my own hair but blowdrying it and throwing it in a ponytail.  And my hair is thick and poker straight – if I try to curl it, it will fall out within half an hour and look very deflated.  I would never in a million years try to curl it myself on my wedding day – I think it would look deflated by the time the ceremony started.

The problem is not that professionals don’t know what they’re doing – you are just gun shy about the prom fiasco, but the real problem is just that you had the WRONG person at the time.  There will be someone better out there.  Get a hair trial ahead of time so you know what your hairstylist can do and find the right person.  Take photos of their trials, and bring the photos you like with you on your wedding day.  Use someone who gets good reviews – see if there is a place in your town that does just updos and blow-outs, or go to a higher end salon if you can afford it.

Post # 6
4 posts
  • Wedding: September 2007

I did my own hair for my wedding.  My bridesmaids helped.   I wore a headband with a lot of backcoming (i.e. ratting!) at the crown, pinned back into a sort of bun.  It was soft and very romantic-looking.  I’ve had so many bad experiences with professional hairdos in my lifetime, I felt it was 100% the right decision for me.  On a daily basis, I blow dry my hair and that’s about it.  So curling and backcombing and the like was pretty new to me on the day of.  I did practice the hair style about 1 week in advance.  At the time I had shoulder length hair (straight).  Basically, I used a ton of cheap extra hold hairspray before I curled all over with a 3/4 inch curling iron.  I then sprayed a ton more hairspray, put on my headband, and my bridesmaids backcombed the rest of my hair and pinned it back into a bun.  I might add that I didn’t wash my hair on the day of and used baby powder to absorb any excess oil (my hair get really oily after even on day of not washing) and to add texture. 

I think it’s totally doable on your own.  I would definitely practice beforehand.  Good luck!

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