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UpDos For Proms, Weddings Or Just Everyday

Updated on September 20, 2014

Updos for fancy, formal, fun or functional!

The term "updo" is sort of modern verbal shorthand for "doing a hairdo that's up." For some, updos are quick and easy. For others they are battles waged with hairpins and spray. Really there's no reason they have to be battles, unless you really like fighting with your hair.

Just what is an "updo?" For some people, this means all the hair is pulled up into a hairstyle, baring the ears and the neck. For others, it might mean only part of the hair is styled up, sometimes just a simple ponytail. You'll find variations at either end of the spectrum and all points in between here.

Doing an Updo

Hair confessions from the Author

I couldn't be bothered to deal with my hair in high school, it was the early 80s and I wanted to look like the skinhead girls I saw standing outside CBGBs when I went into NYC with my friends. I buzzed all my hair down to a crew cut.

In college, I majored in costume and makeup, which is really like getting a degree in Advanced Dress-Up And Other People's Laundry. I unofficially minored in dyeing my hair in the co-ed bathrooms. Anyway, I learned to do all sorts of hairdos, on other people's heads. It's a much different trick to do an updo when you can walk around and see or work on it from any angle. I also got a lot of experience on other types of hair, all not like mine.

So, now we come forward in time, and I've grown out my hair to nearly the longest it's ever been. Knowing how easy an updo could be, I immediately was confronted with my thin and curly hair texture (one I'd never dealt with in school), plus I couldn't see what the heck was going on back there. It took some doing, but slowly the updo is becoming my friend.

With longer hair, it's obvious that your hair can either be left hanging down, or it can be "put up" somehow. This can seem like a mysterious process, one of those magical arrangements that only a hairdresser can pull off, or maybe that woman at the gym that you already don't like for how pert and perky she is.

In this picture, I have hair down to just below my shoulders, really I do. However, most of that longer hair has been wound up into a simple little bun at the back of my head. It's not hard, I can do it by feel and my mother likes how you can see my face when I do it for pictures.

Doing an updo can be useful when traveling, gardening, working out, sleeping, dancing, looking fancy, for enduring hot and humid weather, or just if you feel like it that day.

And when you "do" your hair up, it can be an updo, an up-do or an up do, whichever you prefer...lol!

Books and Magazines - What the Professionals Have to Offer about Updos

Having instructions to follow, especially with pictures, can make doing your own updo a lot easier. Pictures can give you tons of great ideas for making those more formal and fancy hairdos for events like weddings, proms or holiday parties.

Here are books and periodicals that offer really good advice on creating updos. I picked these specific ones to try to give you the best information that really focuses on updo hairstyles. Each of these will be able to provide you with step-by-step guides for a variety of hair styles.

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Updo Issues - Solving Hair Style Problems

some common problems women have with updos

There are a variety of hair factors that can make the idea of wearing an updo seem like an impossibility. Each one is really a technicality towards wearing an updo that simply has to be solved or worked around.

I had a textile teacher in grad school who used to say if you made a drip or mistake on a piece, always remember to think, "can you turn it into a design element?" So, can you take hair misbehavior that ordinarily challenges you, and make it a feature of an updo? Sometimes a cowlick or funny curl can suddenly be an asset to build shape or volume.

Issue: Hair is so thick or heavy it falls down out of updos.

Options: Hair is styled best when it's NOT freshly washed, as this gives the hair more grip. You can also apply a touch of hair gel to create the same effect. Updos on very long and heavy hair may also require more underpinning to support the hairstyle. Some of the braided or twisted updo styles can give thick hair more to do, thus keeping it in place better.

Issue: Hair is so thin or limp it falls down out of updos.

Options: This is another situation where styling with slightly dirty hair or using styling product can help. Mousse is better on thin hair than gel. Also, hair elastics and fastenings must often be scaled down for thinner hair. Uusing smaller or slimmer elastics can help with hold. You can try adding a clip-on hairpiece or ponytail to add more volume. Braided updos can emphasize thin hair as they reveal more scalp so you may want to avoid those.

Issue: Current hair style is layered, making it hard to gather into an updo.

Options: Updos no longer have to be sleek buns or French twists. They can have longer bits of hair dripping out of them, or they can even be an explosion of ends at the back of your head. Instead of having an updo that catches all the hair into one gather, using a sectional hairstyle can work to catch the various layers. Also think about where the point of gathering for your updo is. A simple ponytail can be varied by moving it highter or lower, or making it off-center.

Issue: Hair doesn't quite seem long enough for a good updo.

Options: Hair pieces and clip-on ponytails are great add-ons that let shorter and medium length hair do great updos, sometimes in seconds. And if your hair is super short and you really wish you could do an updo, you might want to try a wig styled into an updo.

Tools of the Trade - useful hair products - a variety of organic hair spray, mousse and more

I'm making the switchover to as many natural bath and body care products as I can, especially after all the debate surrounding parabens (a type of preservative in cosmetics) and breast cancer in women. I also don't use any hair products that come in a can with propellants as those are damaging to the ozone layer.

If there's one mistake that people make with hair spray, it's misting the hair from too close a distance. Don't hold the bottle right next to your hair, hold it about 12" away. That way the hair doesn't get over-coated, which gives it a plastic feel and look.

For gels and styling creams, apply sparingly and increase if needed. Note if the product goes on to wet hair or dry and if it needs setting with a hair dryer.

A Tip About Haircuts

If you're going to get your hair cut or trimmed ahead of your big Updo Day, make sure to schedule it for two to three weeks beforehand so that your hair has time to recover from the cut and grow back just the tiniest bit!

Hair Foundations - Support and volumize your formal hair style

Hair foundation, sometimes nicknamed "donuts" or "rats," are one of the great secrets hidden underneath many an outstanding updo. These soft shapes add size and shaping assistance to lots of hairstyles.

Rae, photographed by Mark I Chester
Rae, photographed by Mark I Chester

Rachel's Five Minute Updo

I've been doing this version of an updo ever since my hair grew down to my shoulders. I used to have a lot more layers in the sides of my hair and once those grew out, it worked much better.

This was an updo done on a sunny July day in San Francisco. I was going to be outside. This meant I'd probably be sweating at some point and that there would be wind.

I have curly hair, so leaving an element of messiness to an updo is paramount to me. If you have super-straight, sleek hair, you may wish to do a version of this where all the hair is slicked tight to your head, but that just doesn't work in my case. For any woman who has bits of hair that escape and stick out, consider playing that part up instead of fighting it.

I washed my hair the night before so it had a bit of its own oils on it by the time I was putting it up. I used my fingers to fluff it out and then gathered it into a ponytail at the back, just below the crown of my head. I use a tiny black hair elastic for securing this part. They grip well on my thin hair and are pretty much invisible.

When I had layers that dripped, I'd use a few bobby pins on each side to catch up the bits that were hanging down over my neck. Those parts always made my neck itch and just seemed to get sweaty, so I'd pin them up against my head. With those layers grown out, they now get fastened up in the main ponytail.

Like a lot of women, I sort of feel strange with my hair off my ears, even though I like the look. So I always pull down two tendrils on each side, just in front of my ears. Almost like having long curly sideburns. I'll spritz those with a a bit of water from a mister and then scrunch them to get the curly refreshed. And that's pretty much it for my updo.

I did add one thing for that windy day. I took a really large hair elastic, sized to be a headband. I put it around my head, like how Grecian women would wear ribbons, for some extra hold on my hair. The part that went around the hair just above the back of my neck kept any shorter bits from dropping out and the part that was around the front part of my head gave some lift to my curls in front. It's too thin to really see in this picture, but there's a hint of it over my ear.

Fun and Funky Hair Falls - Add some length and color to your 'do!

"Falls" are lengths of hair or other materials that tie or clip onto a bun or ponytail to make it seem like you've really got long hair. They can be made from real hair, synthetic or yarn. They are really fun for when you go out dancing or for costume events. There are goth girls and belly dancers who make their own and those falls are amazing one-of-a-kind hair art pieces.

THE UPDO LIST - the mega link list - Nothing but links to Updo websites

Here is a vast array of updo suggestions, pictures, instructions and advice.

It's best to practice anything you want to get right, and a new hair style is no exception.

If I've got a really special occasion, I'll take a night a few days before the event, when I'm at home, and I'll just practice doing my hair up for the event. This gives me an idea of how my hair is going to work, or what parts of the process take me longer. It's also nice to totally mess up, wet your hair and redo it, all the while not being in a rush as it's still just practice night. Most often I get just what I'm looking for in two or three tries, and it usually doesn't take more than a few hours. In the end, it's totally worth the time investment.

If you plan on wearing a veil for your wedding, an updo hairstyle is often the base to which the veil is pinned. Be sure to test your veil attachments and know how the veil works with your hair before your actual wedding day.

When I was doing costuming in college, we used to go over complex clothing accessories with the actors and coach them on how to use or move with them. I really recommend to brides-to-be that they get in a bit of veil practice, and wear it at home for a few hours one afternoon. For longer veils, you want to get in walking practice, especially if your veil trails behind you significantly. Going through doorways and changing direction need a bit of attention to the material behind you. If you're going to have an outdoor wedding, turn on a standing fan and see what your veil does in a light breeze. If you have a shoulder-length veil, this can be crucial. Having a bit of practice moving with it and knowing how it moves can make it easier to keep out of your eyes and mouth on your special day and for photographs.

D.I.Y. UpDo Videos! - See how to do an updo by yourself!

Here are some videos of women doing their own updos. The trick to this is practice. It's probably going to take more than one try to get it right, but nothing shown here is too complex.

Remember, adding rhinestone bobby pins or fancy barettes help make a simple updo look more fancy. And you don't want to do these on freshly-washed hair unless you have some product to add for a bit of "grip."

A super easy updo for YOU: For me, the hotter the weather, the higher the updo. I like to do a ponytail variation I called "the Pebbles." Named for the daughter on the Flintstones, it's when you put a ponytail gathered on the top center of your head, just like she always wore.

With short hair, it spikes up great. Longer hair, it can just fall over the elastic to form a loose bun or if it's really long, cascade down the back, ala Angelina Jolie's Lara Croft.

Good luck and have a great updo!

Renaissance Fair Fantasy Hair

Simple braids make for a complex look

I was at a Renaissance Faire in August 2006 and saw that they had a booth where you could get your hair braided. At a Faire many years ago, my younger sister did it and loved it, but at the time, I had that "no hair" do of my high school years. I wasn't going to pass this one up at all.

They had a book with pictures of braid variations and styles, but in the end, I selected "pay for play" where you let the braider just do something unique for your hair. This fancy looking updo is the result of five basic french braids. My hair was wet down with the help of a sprayer and braided wet to make the braids very sleek. Two were done from the front of my head going back to the crown, with the long ends just tapered off into conventional braids. Then the girl had me lean forward and she did three more French braids up the back of my head, ending in three more braided tails. The five thin braids were then wound up to make a figure-eight shape, fixed with hairpins, sprayed with hairspray to fix it in place really well and little purple flowers were added.

Overall, it took five elastics and eight bobby pins to create and about an hour and a half to braid, and it only cost me $25 in the end! I gave my hair braider a very nice tip.

I then kept this hairdo for the next four days, until I flew home from my trip and could show my folks and roommates. The trick is the satin pillowcase. As my hair braider reminded me, this was something our grandmothers did, with their sculpted and sprayed hairdos. By sleeping on a satin pillowcase (or a pillow wrapped with a satin-backed bed throw) the hair is able to slide smoothly and the hairdo doesn't pull down or get flyaways overnight. You can also wrap a satin scarf around your head to get a similar protective effect.

When I showered, I kept my braids dry and then misted them lightly once I was out of the shower and smoothed any flyaway bits back into place.

It was fun for running around, but watch out for getting sunburned on parts of your scalp that have never seen the light of day before. I did ok in that regard but a few spots did get a bit pink over the few days of having braided hair.

UpDo Guestbook - Comments, Q&A

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Your pictures, along with the hairstyles, are beautiful. I have been trying to learn how to braid my hair and the skill honestly escapes me. I loved reading this post and plan to try some of the tips in the near future.

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      Loveboncyboutique 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thank you. But you can add more pictures.

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      AshAffiches 5 years ago

      hehe...looking good.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      As a man with thinning hair, it's unlikely that I'll have an UpDo. The wonderful thing about Squidoo is that you can find subjects on anything. I came here because I was curious. And the photo is beautiful.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Thanks for such great hints. I am always trying to get the updo thing to work on my hair, but it just slides right out. I will have to try it when it is a little dirty. :)

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      This is a great lens I like the information and will be coming back to read more of your work.

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      fivee05 lm 5 years ago

      This is really helpful. I will try all you have shared on this lens and see which works best. Thanks for sharing.

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      Skylermeyer2012 5 years ago

      Interesting topic to talk about.. Very creative.. Like this lens

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Interesting, I never even thought about all these issues since I prefer to keep my hair short for the most part.

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      I like that I just got out of bed updo. The trouble is mine look like I just got out of bed. Can't seem to get the hang of it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very creative.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wish I had curly hair so I could do a messy updo like you! Great lens - loved all the tips!

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      Sheila 6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Great lens! Nice tips.

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      Very nice! Thanks for the information on the basic chignon updo. My hair is longer now, and I very much too hot if I leave it on my neck.

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      Mary 6 years ago from Chicago area

      the lensmastress photo of you is awesome! and I wish I'd had this lens for my wedding.

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Great updo information. Will pass along to daughter!

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      italianheart92 lm 8 years ago

      Wowww this lens is amazing I love how informative it is too! Very nice job =D

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      hospitalera 8 years ago

      Very nice, will try it out, 5*****, SY

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      I have to wear my hair up for work, and it reaches the small of my back, so this kind of lens is just what I needed, I get tired of the same old look everyday.

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      homecominghairstyles 9 years ago

      Great lens. I loved all the pics and videos, I have done a lot of up do's and you gave me so many new ideas

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      Homeguide LM 9 years ago

      Thanks for this lens, I'm getting married soon and you just helped us a great deal.

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      LibbyGudzdesign 9 years ago

      this is a great lens w/ tons of great info. 5 stars! (i dind't even need an updo, just clicked out of curiosity!)

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      whawks 9 years ago

      I love your lens! I have done a lot of up do's and you gave me so many new ideas. Great and well put together and very informative tips. GREAT JOB!!

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      BeccaFletcher 9 years ago

      Wow - very useful stuff. I'll have to bookmark this one for future use in theater. I've had to do updos for several shows and always needed help!

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      MsMorrison 9 years ago

      great lens you have here! hair is the crown of a woman's beauty!

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      TheNewGreenWayToHealthyLiving 9 years ago

      pretty hairy lens to me! ha Ha!!

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      Pamela2Heaven 9 years ago

      Love the lens

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      SerenityLive LM 9 years ago

      Great lens. I loved all the pics and videos, and I'll definitely recommend this to people!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Love your lens ! I never did suit updo's but I love seeing all the different styles.

      Great job !

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      lissie 9 years ago

      Thanks relache this is really useful. I've had very short hair since my teens I figure in my mid-40's its now or never! After a year of growing my hair I have it all 1 length just at the back of my length. my problem is because I ballroom dance I need to have my hair either short or up and off my neck - and mine's thick and heavy - I probably have 2 more months before I have to deal with an updo! And a dancing up do has to be tougher than a ball do - it has to stay there while you through yourself around the floor!

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      I use to do this everyday esp for now that summer is near. :) Stylish lens.

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      eccles1 9 years ago

      thanks for the tips This is great

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      zoezuniga 9 years ago

      Beautiful photos! and I love the way you have organized the information for easy access

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      Rae Schwarz 9 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I like getting together with a "hair sister" and then you do each other's hair. It really makes it a lot easier!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great! It's cool to learn doing our hair when special event and occasion calls. We don't have to go to a salon and pay someone to do it for us.

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      thomasz 9 years ago

      Cool lens. Interesting info.

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      Lakota429 9 years ago

      Very well done! Interesting & great information! Makes me want to grow my hair out! I'm passing this one on to family. 5 stars! Would love you to come and visit. :) Annie~

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      lifestyler 9 years ago

      This is THE Updo resource - five stars!

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      one SquidAddict 10 years ago

      Welcome to the Group! 5*

      Womens Fashion

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Wonderful amount of information! I've lensrolled you on two of my wedding lenses. Great job.

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      LILSOMPIN 10 years ago

      5 stars!!

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      Internet-Grandma 10 years ago

      I've got to recommend this lens to my three granddaughters. They will love it!

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      Aika 10 years ago

      thanks for the tips! I updo before my long hair, I like it because I feel refreshing and neat-looking. :) 5*

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      hamutie28 10 years ago

      Awesome lens,interesting and useful information.Good Job!! 5 stars lens~~~~

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      SARASOTASWEETIE 10 years ago

      Great lens. 5 stars!

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      allbabygearonline.com 10 years ago

      Hi, Rachel you have a Nice lens

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      Tomross 10 years ago

      Nice lens Rachel. Tom

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      datingtips93 10 years ago

      Nice. i'll bookmark this lens for future reference.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hi Rachel. I love your lens! So many interesting info with graphics. 5 stars from me! If you find time, please check out my lens Long Hair Beauty. Thanks.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hi Rachel, great lens! I love the hair pins, and use them a lot. My favorite 'updo' is a lazy one...for flowergardening chores, first a ponytail, then pin that up, and put my favorite hat on. It's black, with white lettering on the front "Bad Hair Day" he he.

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      brookehudson 10 years ago

      Hi Rachel, awesome lens! Updo is very classic! Love your lens. 5 stars. Visit mine sometime. Thanks!

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      Rae Schwarz 10 years ago from Seattle, WA

      As my hair gets longer, I've been debating how long to let it get it and how layered to keep it. I do updos fairly regularly to get my hair out of the way when I'm busy during the summer months.

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      Sweeppicker 10 years ago

      Great lens! I'm building a lens showcasing wedding videography. Check it out and rate it for me! Mark :)

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      Fingerscrossed 10 years ago

      Fabby lens, loads of info here I do something similar to your 5 minute UpDo most days I also use those diamante hair swirl twist things on special occasions That takes a bit more time though

      Found your lens by searching for Prom articles.

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      Rae Schwarz 10 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I was just camping in the desert, and doing an updo was how I kept from having just a giant knot of hair on my head! It was so windy, putting my hair into a bun and then tying a scarf over it saved me tons of snarls.

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      PotPieGirl 10 years ago

      What a great lens! It's getting H-O-T down here in the SE USA and I was looking for neat way to put my hair up. Thank you!

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      cocomeezer 10 years ago

      wow, nice lense. I'm planning my wedding and I really want to wear my hair up but I'm so bad at putting it there. I never thought to check youtube for hairstyles!

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      abza 10 years ago

      This lens is immaculate, amazing attention to detail. Congratulations! I am definitely going to bookmark this one for future reference.

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      KarenS 10 years ago

      Well Done Lens, Congratulations.

      A piece of Jewelry often looks great

      when worked into an updo. Visit us

      at anoccasionalpiece.com

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      InvoluntaryGypsy 10 years ago

      I need this information. My hair has gotten way too long and so far I have found no time to get it cut. And it's starting to get HOT around here. Thanks.

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      KimGiancaterino 10 years ago

      Congratulations!! Number One!! I'll look for the glow-sticks, too. Thanks, Kim

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      What an interesting len! I like it.

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      groovyoldlady 10 years ago

      What a fun lens! My hair was down to my mid-back. I hate playing with curling irons and blow dryers, I did like finding fun ways to put it up. Now it's a perky shoulder-length cut. I need a shorter hair up-do!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Great job and lots of good pics - just what is needed!

      Nice work!

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      pkmcr 10 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Relache thank you very much for joining "Health and Beauty"

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Wonderful job on this lens. I'm going to get a French braid up-do this evening :)

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      Rae Schwarz 10 years ago from Seattle, WA

      If you can find the thin glow-sticks that are bracelet-size and come in a package straightened-out, those make great hair sticks for holiday parties or when you go dancing. Give 'em a try!

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      KimGiancaterino 10 years ago

      Very nice lens, and some great ideas. I love the chopsticks too! I've used pencils in a pinch.

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      NorthwestJewelry 10 years ago

      Really, really nice lens. Interesting and creative. Good job!

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      Sharon Stajda 10 years ago from Shelby Township Michigan

      I loved this lens... Great job, I have len rolled it to my Wedding Traditions lens, and my Perfect Hairstyle lens. As always an excellent lens. Shar

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      Rae Schwarz 10 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I'll be going to a wedding in Boston in late May, so I'm anticipating doing an updo for that occasion. I'd like to find a good hair clip and sew on a silk flower.

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      Senora M 10 years ago

      These are some great updos! I've been in quite a few weddings and never have an idea of what to do. Now I can come here and save myself a lot of online research. Wish I could have known about this lens before I got married. Nice job! Check out my lenses too!

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      Mappster 10 years ago

      Hi, I've got some really neat styling products I'd love for to try for your up-dos. Great lens! Isn't hair fun?

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      Lady Gotrocks 10 years ago

      Hi! Great lens! Love the looks!

      I have a lens on how to avoid wedding day Disasters.

      hhttps://hubpages.com/relationships/weddingdaydisas

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      linhuck lm 10 years ago

      My wife loves your lens!Very well laid out.

      linden

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      Rae Schwarz 10 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks for stopping by, Stephen! You're not the first dad who's been helped by this lens.

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      smile 10 years ago

      Never found any more helpful info about updos. Great job!

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      Rae Schwarz 10 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks, Anne! A lot of brides I know did their own hair at the wedding to save some money.

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 10 years ago from Enid, OK

      I found your squidoo very helpful for addition to our site under Wedding on a Budget, page. You have some great photos and good information.

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      Rae Schwarz 10 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Rock on, Ladies! I'm really glad so many of you are finding hairdos you can really do!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Thanks to you I did the "Look at that pretty hair" updo for a wedding. I was a little hard to do all by myself so my mom had to help me. The plait was easy but those things in the back, *phew*! ;)

      Sincerely, The Beauty Tip owner.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I found so many useful and informative things about up dos going to try some thanks for making this lens. Asweome.

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      Rae Schwarz 10 years ago from Seattle, WA

      When I was living in San Francisco, and I'd go out to fetish clubs, I used to put my hair up using African porcupine quills as hair sticks. These things WERE weapons!

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      KCStargazer 10 years ago

      Great resource for chic up-dos!

      This should inspire a lot of ladies for Valentine's Day. I like stix because, if your date gets too fresh, they can double as weapons "a la Buffy".

      Welcome to the Kaleidoscope Group!

      KCStargazer

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      Rae Schwarz 10 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks! It is that time of year again...

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      vaebay 10 years ago

      Hello, I lensrolled you on my lens "Prom Trends - Dresses, Accessories, and More!" Great info on your lens!

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      Rae Schwarz 10 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Wow, I only put the hairstyle poll up a day ago, and already the responses are really strong! Thanks everyone and please, keep voting!

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      Tellman 10 years ago

      Wow, what a lens. You have done such a great job in putting this together. Your updo List is huge. Awesome resource.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Yeah - I just loved your page. Very professional and full of useful info and links.

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      Rae Schwarz 11 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Jen Carter - your lensmaster page has no way for me to contact you in regards to your writing offer. Please email me via the link on this lens.

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      positivementality 11 years ago

      I have three daughters and two of them are pre teens and so I will be showing them this, they are always coming up with wild hair styles :)

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      wedschild 11 years ago

      This is an excellent lens. The photos are excellent and the techniques nicely explained.

      Here's a link for hairsticks: http://longlocks.com - The sticks on here range from the practical to the purely decorative.

      And I'd like to invite you to join the Weddings - All the Fixin's group here on squidoo.

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      JennyUpdo 11 years ago

      Hi Rachel,

      Just loved reading all about your own experiences and enjoy the "real" photos, rather than those polished professional pictures that most sites have.

      Am just finishing off a new website on Updos and would love to have you write a few articles for it-let me know if you're interested.

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      bonus-hunter 11 years ago

      Everyone is an expert - this lens is the proof.

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      Rae Schwarz 11 years ago from Seattle, WA

      In answer to the question do I braid hair, the answer is not professionally, but I used to do French braid for friends at Dead shows when the weather was really hot. One champion college session took 3-5 of us 5 hrs to braid one girl's waist-length hair.

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      mywebcontent 11 years ago

      Wow,

      It never ceases to amaze me to see how specific a lense can be. From the looks of your link list, the topic is much more popular than I would have ever thought! You do show some nice styles!

      Good luck!

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      Rae Schwarz 11 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks, Tiffany! After years of fighting with my own hair, and being asked by friends to help with theirs, it was time to share the hair love and knowledge.

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      giftsandbagscom 11 years ago

      I love your styles, Bo you braid hair? I would like to see your styles.

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      writertiff 11 years ago

      I don't think I've ever seen such a comprehensive page on updos alone! This is great! I run http://www.weddingsocieties.com and I'm planning on having some beauty topics soon and I'll be sure to refer your lens to my readers! I have new articles daily. Take care!