updo uproar.


This weekend, I'm honored to be standing beside one of my beautiful cousins as she says "I do." Whenever I'm asked to be a bridesmaid, I always get a bit nervous--because of my hair. Do a quick Google search of "curly bridesmaid updos" and you'll be seriously frightened. It's where the butterfly clips and jewels of the early 2000s went to die. There are a few celebrities in the mix, but walking the red carpet is very different than walking down the aisle.

Growing up, no one at the hair salon knew how to tame my hair. I ended up with cornrows and a puffball of curls for my junior and senior proms. {I wish I was kidding.} In a few recent weddings, my hair has been so cemented to my head that I get a three-day headache. The only day I've ever really loved my curly updo was my wedding day. The difference there? It was my wedding day and he spent two hours constructing that perfect pile of curls.

As a bridesmaid, you're simply an auxiliary part of the day. While important, guests are really only focused on one thing: the bride. I'm really ok with that. {I've had my day in the sun!} My argument with curly updos is simply that I don't want to look embarrassing in photos. I don't wear my hair down because it inevitably would find its way up. I don't have those curls hanging in front of your eyes because I have weird flashbacks to eighth grade dances and butterfly clips. I simply want some loose curls which look elegant and not frizzy. Is that so much to ask?

For the wedding this weekend, I've decided they should simply blow out my hair and add some curls into the mix. Thankfully, my hair would happily hold whatever shape someone puts into it. I'm just going to pray for no rain {or snow!}. If you're a fellow curly girl, what directions do you give your stylist when you ask for an updo? Cross your fingers for no cornrows this weekend ;) xoxo {av}

13 comments:

  1. A few favorites:

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/275634439666340470/
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/275634439663710057/

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  2. love these pretty picks! you'll be gorgeous! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  3. These hairstyles are so pretty. All will work out!

    Sarah
    aroseinthecity0.blogspot.com

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  4. Oh it is soooo hard! I hate going to the hairdresser because most of them have no idea how to manage curls at all. I think Option 1 is my favourite of those - good luck!!

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  5. great inspiration! However, as I have gotten older my hair has gotten less and less curly!

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  6. I totally feel you on this! I typically do it myself because I feel so bossy, but I typically request the following if someone else is at the helm: keep it relaxed, looking for basically a pinned back version of natural curl, please only use curling iron to define (wand is best), must stand up to white girl dancing, and asymmetrical is OK...helmet head is not. ;)

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  7. I don't think I've ever asked for an updo with my hair. Spent most of my childhood in dance classes and wore a bun, so for any special occasion I asked for anything different. I feel you though. Trying to search for curly hair inspiration is kind of like my worst hair nightmares. I did see this one updo while on pinterest the other day, and it could possibly translate really well with curly hair. http://www.oncewed.com/diy/mess-french-twist-tutorial/ :)

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  8. Number 4 is totally cool! Actually all of them are, although I doubt it would work on my dead straight hair. It just refuses to be manipulated ;)

    Naomi

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  9. oh man, I WISH I had curly hair - no matter how I try it's always straw straight. Love the inspiration! xx

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  10. Butterfly clips! Oh the memories!
    www.catesayshey.blogspot.com

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  11. THIS is why I never ask for updos! but if I had to get one created I'd go for 1 or 4 :)

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