Awhile back I did a post about how I am a bridesmaid for two of my best friends’ weddings this summer in Minneapolis and my hair styling dilemma. In short, In a very open conversation the salon that was selected to do the bridesmaids’ hair admitted to not having the skills to do natural hair, and I sincerely appreciated their honesty before I wound up with jacked up curls. This original stylist then recommended E42 Salon, a Deva-certified salon, and suggested they might be able to do my wedding hair.
E42 jumped right on board and agreed to not only do my hair, but also travel to the salon where the other bridesmaids were doing my hair so I wouldn’t miss out on pictures! Normally I wouldn’t worry so much about my hair (or would I?), but for a black tie only affair to which I was wearing a long black silk gown, I wanted to make sure that I looked totally polished and formal. We agreed to do a trial run so that Claudia could get a sense of my texture and the direction of the style. My main concern was my asymmetrical cut and how to create an updo when one side is just an inch or so long.
We did the trial last Thursday, two days before the wedding and I insisted upon two things for this style:
- No loose hair: I love my curlies so much, but I wanted them pulled up and put away for the big day.
- Long-lasting: Whatever this style consisted of, it needed to be so secure that it could last for my 15 hours of bridesmaid duty.
After a series of super complex interlocking two strand twists (we can try this another day, it looked VERY cool). We decided on a combination of flat-rolls and a bouffant. I left pretty unsure of what the exact final look would be, but confident that Claudia could pull it off!
Practicing the twists before the big day
Bright and early last Saturday morning, I found myself in the styling chair and Claudia began twisting. While the other bridesmaids had 30-45 minutes blocked off for their hair, I had scheduled a full 3 hours for mine: #highmaintenance. Claudia worked around the short side and back of my hair first to detangle the curls then began sectioning half inch vertical sections and twisted upwards towards my crown repeating all the way around the perimeter.
Heeding my request to not leave any ends loose, Claudia then rolled the tufts of hair coming out of those twisted portions into a large flat roll so as to tuck those ends under.
Beginning in the back, Claudia used a weaving technique (more as in basket than fake hair) across the crown before pulling the front pieces into a bouffant to finish the style! Here are the pictures of the final look:
With Claudia! The finished look from the front (sans wedding make up)
From the back
Made up and detail shot of the side
Up close of the front. Love how the highlights look when pulled up!
With my friend Sarah, another bridesmaid/friend from growing up/avid reader of Natural Selection!
All dressed up and ready to head down the aisle with bridesmaids Alyssa, Isabel and Sarah (there were 10 of us total!)
With my parents at the reception
With the lovely bride, Lauren! Who actually had a pretty cool wedding hairstory herself: those are custom-dyed extensions she had done by her colorist to match her shade of blonde.
All in all it was an amazing wedding. The bride, groom and I have all known each other since growing up and it was so special to see them start their lives together!
Huge shout out to E42 Salon for making this updo come together! I received so many compliments on it throughout the entire evening; it turned out perfectly for the event. If you’re in Minneapolis, be sure to check them out, but ALSO SAVE THE DATE! I’ll be hosting an event with them on Thursday July 19th! Stay tuned for more details on that coming soon!