Post # 1
Hey bees, so I had my hair and makeup trial the other day and I am having so much trouble figuring out what to tell the hair stylist. At the trial I told her it wasn’t quite as I pictured, but I am terrible with hair so I could not really tell her why. She gave me a tiny suggestion (adding more tendrils), and I said okay and basically before I knew it she asked if I would like to take it out so my fiancé would not see it, I agreed and I was on my way! I know I should’ve said more, but I was a little flustered and could not figure it out.
Looking back at photos the studio sent me, I do not think it shows enough curl and it looks too droopy, there’s little to no volume and I’m thinking about changing the style all together (possibly bringing the side bun to the back) but I would like some suggestions on how to fix this for my next trial! I’ll attach my original inspiration photos (which are all a little different), but I’ll probably go on the hunt for others. I’m thinking big, yet soft, romantic updo.
Post # 2
zabbyforever : I think it looks great! If you’re looking for something bigger/fuller, I would recommend hair extensions. The inspo photos you shared are of girls with really really thick hair or extensions – that’ll help give it more of the look you want. If you had your trial with freshly washed hair, I’d also recommend washing it the day before (or a couple days prior – my hair holds style best two or three days after being washed) to give it more grit for the style.
My stylist didn’t give mine hair as much volume for the trial (she didn’t want to tease it as much and put half a can of hair spray in for a regular day of running errands) but delivered lots of volume on the wedding day.
Post # 3
Agreeing with missinthecity… that much volume requires model-thick hair or extensions. (Member of the “fine hair club” here!) I would either switch the style to something sleeker, or let your stylist know your concerns about volume and ask her if your hair type simply isn’t conducive to that particular up-do. You don’t want to tease up your hair so much that you have none left for your bun, so extensions might be a good solution.
Post # 4
I love your trial hair – it does look wonderful, and i agree with PPs that this might be an extensions/volume thing. I, too, am a lucky member of the fine hair club. I think your trial photos are beautiful, though!
Post # 5
It looks great!!! I’d add a bit more volume and a few more pieces of hair pulled out at the front. But that’s it!
Post # 6
I haven’t embarked yet on a wedding trial, but one thing I will say from all my experiences (good and bad) with hair stylists is that communication is key. I had a lot more success when I could better communicate to my stylist what I wanted and when I had a stylist who was realistic to me about what was and wasn’t possible with my hair.
To me the most noticable differences are:
*The volume up top (which you already pointed out — seems to need to be teased a bit more)
*More loose tendrils
I don’t know the length & thickness of your hair so I don’t know how much of that can be done without extensions.
When you say too droopy, which part do you mean? Because in your inspiration photos the updos do look a bit more loose and natural vs. tight and contained.
Is it also possible that hair color is factoring in? The inspo styles do look a bit different because there are more highlights and lowlights in the hair which I do think makes the look of the braid pop more whereas in your photo (and this could be more lighting) it doesn’t pop as much with your hair color.
Post # 7
I think the photos look fab actually, but I agree with the above, it sounds like you want a thicker look and probably need extensions.
Post # 8
Fine hair club gal here!! Same exact issue with my updo… in fact I had the same inspo pictures. My trial was droopy and flat but I got good extensions and adjusted my inspiration and expectations a bit and it turned out beautifully day of.
Also… remember these photos are photoshopped in the same way bodies are and the angles taken are the most flattering for the style so don’t compare too hard!
Post # 9
I used a few of the same inspiration pics you did for my wedding hair. I’ve got almost bra strap length hair but it is on the finer/thin side. I bought a pack of clip in human hair extensions for like $100 and was able to achieve wedding hair that looked closest to the second to last photo you attached.
Post # 10
phillykeys : Can you show us what your hair looks like without the extensions or on a regular basis? And what types of extensions you got? (eg, 2 x 2 rows, 1 x 3 row?) I have thin hair and am thinking of extensions but not sure how much difference they make.
Post # 11
shadows9x : I don’t really have any pictures of me with my hair not done. It’s just normal, bra strap length hair that is pretty thin and damaged. You can tell how thin it is by looking at the thickness of the side braid. I went to a nearby beauty supply and had my best friend match me to a color. I picked extensions that were 18” which happened to be just about the length of my hair without them. The pack had a variety of sizes. A 4 weft, two 3 wefts, four 2 wefts, and a couple single wefts. My hairstylist wouldn’t have been able to get the volume she did without them. My normal hair is so flat and sad! $100 for extensions was a drop in the bucket after all was said and done. I say go for it.
Post # 12
I think it looks good! And I actually like that it looks a little more polished than your inspiration pics. If I were you, I’d just ask for more volume if you want it to look just like those pics. And I agree with others above – some extensions may help. My sister used them to achieve a big bun for her wedding, and they were super cheap from like Sally Hanson, and the stylist knew just how to incorporate them.