With prom and wedding season coming up fast, learn these four ways to style the front of the hair for any updo to bring the glamour all day and night long with Stephanie Brinkerhoff!
First look: Center part with loose pieces framing the face
This soft and sweet look is the perfect hairstyle for those going for a glowing, dewy look. Two pieces of hair cascade around the face to create a demure hairstyle that is quick and easy to achieve.
Step 1: Begin at the top of the ear and spray Kenra Hot Spray 20 to prepare hair for heat styling. Next, use a flat iron to create loose curls going away from the face. For this style, you only need to curl the front half of the hair.
Step 2: As you work your way away from the face, begin to backcomb to create some volume. Then spray Kenra Volume Spray 25 to lock the curls in place.
Step 3: Once you’ve completed the curls on both sides, run your fingers through to soften the hair. Then gently begin to twist and pin back the curls organically towards the center back. You can use any type of bun in the back. Make it fancy or keep it simple; it’s up to your client!
Step 4: After your pieces are in place, go through with the Kenra Volume Spray 25 and lift the roots with your fingers for a natural, voluminous look. This finishing spray is soft and pliable but will still keep the hairstyle intact from day to night.
Second look: Side part without any pieces out
This classy, elegant updo is perfect for more formal occasions. It is also a great balancing hairdo for a dress that has a lot going on. If the dress is wild, keep the hair mild.
Step 1: Start at the top crown and begin to backcomb the roots to build a bit of volume. Then lift the hair in sections and spray the roots with Kenra Volume Spray 25 to add some lift.
Step 2: Next, part hair and then section off a one-inch piece at the top. Work your way down, curling pieces away from the face with a flat iron or curling iron.
Step 3: Once you have all the pieces curled, pin the hair back, row by row, detailing and placing hair as you go. By working this way, you will create a dimensional look. As you work up, be sure to direct the hair back instead of down. Repeat steps one and two on the opposite side. When you’re done, seal your classic updo with some Kenra Volume Spray 25 for dance floor durability.
Third look: Swept back hairstyle
This updo is about as sexy as updos get. It will get all of your client's hair up and out of their face but has the volume and texture to give the look a touch of va-va-voom.
Step 1: Start by sectioning the front mohawk section and clipping it aside for last. Then begin on one side and spray the hair with the Kenra Hot Spray 20 from roots to ends to protect hair from the curling iron.
Step 2: Work in one-inch pieces curling hair up and away from the face with a one-inch curling wand. Work the hair up and back with your fingers, spray with the Kenra Perfect Medium Spray 13, and pin the sides of the hair in the back. This spray will give you light hold and stunning shine. Repeat the process on the other side.
Step 3: For the mohawk section, spray the hair with a generous amount of Hot Spray 20. Then take the saturated hair and use a smaller iron to create a tighter curl pattern. Work the curls back and up with the Perfect Medium Spray 13 and secure with bobby pins. Pay special attention to the very front sections and take your time detailing to ensure everything is cohesive and in the right place.
Fourth look: Classic side part with loose face-framing pieces
This whimsical updo is great for a soft and flirtatious look. If your client's dress is pastel, floral, or flowy, this updo is sure to match flawlessly.
Step 1: Deeply part hair and begin by backcombing the side sections for volume. Then, spray hair with Kenra Hot Spray 20 and curl hair away from the face in one-inch sections starting at the bottom and working your way up.
Step 2: Use your fingers to gently comb the flyaways into place. Pull the side curls back and bobby pin them piece by piece into place to create a textured low bun.
Step 3: Take the loose front piece and tuck it behind a part of the hair above the ear. Repeat the process on the other side and finish with a light coat of Kenra Volume Spray 25.
Tutorial and video courtesy of Kenra Professional and Stephanie Brinkerhoff