Updo Hair Prep 101 7 Steps to Bridal Prep

This is my go-to prep tips for most hair styles that I do and it is especially great for romantic or Bridal styles or updos.

I instruct my clients to arrive with clean, dry hair. I can always make it “dirty ” with product. I also recommend doing a pre visit facetime consultation! Watch my YouTube video about Virtual Consults here: https://youtu.be/xLxnQBrdUA4

1. Start by using Redken Guts or Kerastase Densifique Volumizer at the root & mid-lengths. Apply onto dry hair two or three sections at a time & blow dry in while constantly moving the hair with your fingers or a vent brush. I don’t apply it to the entire head in one fell swoop before blow drying because it will start to dry & get stiff before it’s blown into the hair. It’s best to apply it in quadrants. I direct the root hair up with a brush or my fingers to give the hair height, or in the direction it is going to end up going while I’m blow drying the product in.

2. Next I like to use Redken Triple Dry 15 texture spray for an additional layer of grip & manageability. All of these steps are adding volume & tack while drying out the hair strands. A dryer hair strand holds curl better.

3. If I have built up too much product into the hair & it is hard to work with, comb or section, I’ll “soften” the hair by using a spray shine like Redken Shine Flash. Shine spray can break down product & soften overly porous or dry ends. When used last after the entire look is created it will create a beautiful shine.

4. If you use too much shine spray & the hair then looks oily, you can use a quick spray of Redken Invisible Dry shampoo to absorb the oil. or Deep Clean Dry Shampoo for more greasy locks, by Redken

5. Once I have FULLY prepped the hair, I’ll then go through & use a Sam Villa Marcel Curling Iron, which also converts to a wand (amazing duo tool) to put in more height, movement & texture. As I’m curling, setting, or wanding, I’ll add the occasional layer of Redken Fashion Works 12 hair spray for good measure.

6. To minimize flyaways as I’m working, I’m constantly smoothing the hair with my fingers by combing them through the hair, controlling flyaway as I go.

7.  As a last step, I’ll use a very, VERY conservative amount of Redken Wax Blast to smooth down stubborn flyaways. Some flyaway is ok, you don’t want a helmet. You want romance. Apply Wax Blast in a sweeping motion. Don’t just hold it still & spray directly. Start with one spray across the top of the head, or wherever needed, then run your fingers through. This will also give you some serious additional hold along with smoothing flyaways so be sure it’s the last product you layer.

TIP: When using the dry texture spray, dry shampoo, spray wax or a large blast of hair spray, step into another room, the hallway or outside as to not completely fog up the room/suite that you’re working in. Your party will thank you for being considerate of their personal space seeing as how aerosol products can be offensive.

Use all of these products sparingly, initially, until you get a feel for the steps. You can always add but you can’t really subtract short of washing the hair & ain’t nobody got time for all that!

Once you’re comfortable with this sequence & these types of products, I highly encourage you to mix & match, eliminate, add & make it your own! Wanna use ALL dry texture spray only? Go for it!!

This is a step-by-step breakdown of my prep method, but there is a 3 easy style bridal video on my YOUTUBE up on my channel here: https://youtu.be/RqJMImlamI8 as well as other helpful videos for newer stylists! Can’t wait to see your creations & remember, you’re in control – not the hair!

Dream up, Lori

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