I know a lot of hairdressers that would rather eat dog food than do an updo on a client. There is something about the unknown when you see an updo scheduled on your books that makes your stomach turn in fear. I was that person for years until I realized that it's the easiest way to be an on-site hairdresser. Sure, there is a confidence that comes with doing them for awhile, but it is honestly super easy. I probably shouldn't even be saying this because now you know I'm just a lazy person who can charge money for literally being lazy. Here are just a couple keys I've learned over the years on doing updos that will make your clients so happy and keep you in business.
- Make the wand do the work. This is an over-generalization but when it comes to updos, and more specifically wedding hair, even just a little bend in the hair can make the difference between a perfect updo and a pitiful one. I curl probably 90% of my clients hair before pinning it up. The curl leaves a much softer look and gives those pins some traction so they don't slip out.
- Take it in sections. Many clients will bring you a picture of their desired updo. I have been handed some of the most intensely braided/twisted/crazy pictures of hair that have made my head spin. This is normal, but not necessary. First, find out what the client likes specifically about that picture. They may like a part of it that you didn't even notice while you were being distracted by the swirly-whirlyness. Most importantly, look at the style in sections. When broken down, you will notice that maze of design could be merely a teased-up bun interwoven with a few simple braids.
- Smile often. When I have a new client that I can tell is not ready to hand their full trust over to me, I smile at them and I keep that smile even when I think they're not looking. Not like a psycho, but just a gentle smile that lets them know I'm not worried and they shouldn't be either. This small gesture will ultimately make the greatest difference in your work and in winning over your client.
If you find yourself freaking-out about an upcoming bride or updo client think of these three simple keys and watch the work of your hands create amazing things!
With all my love and bobby pins,