Video: Updo skillz a bit lacking? Try this sneaky time-saving cheat if you want to rock a seriously cool (NON-bridal) high or low bun

Leighton Meester Hollywood Awards Gala

So you know how I’ve said—quite a few times on this blog and even more in real life—that I never accept a free haircut? Well, I lied. That siren song is hard to ignore (especially when, ahem, you blow a few hundred bucks on a new pair of boots) and so back in October I found myself in the surprisingly capable hands of Mr. Alain Larivee, Canadian consultant for John Frieda and co-owner of CAJH Maitres Coiffeurs in Montreal.

I say surprisingly just because I have trust issues with hairdressers. But you know what? He did a great job on my hair. AND he gave me some great advice re: updos.

Loose, sexy, effortless-looking updos. Because truly, there is nothing worse than an updo that looks “bridal.” Whether you are, in fact, a member of a bridal party—or not.

This is what I’m talkin’ about:

wedding hair Video: Updo skillz a bit lacking? Try this sneaky time saving cheat if you want to rock a seriously cool (NON bridal) high or low bun

Not that I think most/any of us could achieve this at home, but… it looks crunchy, it looks overdone, it looks like it came straight out of the 1990s with a giant can of hairspray.

Not what we want, obvs.

Instead, we take our inspiration from people like Leighton Meester, above, and Anna Faris and Mila Kunis, below:

Anna Faris Courage in Journalism Awards2 Video: Updo skillz a bit lacking? Try this sneaky time saving cheat if you want to rock a seriously cool (NON bridal) high or low bun

Mila Kunis Black Swan 4 Video: Updo skillz a bit lacking? Try this sneaky time saving cheat if you want to rock a seriously cool (NON bridal) high or low bun

The EXCELLENT news it that not only do these styles look touchable and sexy and like you barely tried (in a good way)… you really DON’T need to try (much) at all.

Here’s the vid with Alain’s tips:

Recognize anyone? Behold—the model is Katherine from Canadian Living, whose gorgeous lips n’ lashes I mentioned in the TIFF ’10 beauty editor edition

Katherine Flemming Video: Updo skillz a bit lacking? Try this sneaky time saving cheat if you want to rock a seriously cool (NON bridal) high or low bun

Anyway! Tell me—

Are you proficient at updos or are your skillz a bit lacking?
Think you might try Alain’s little tricky trick?
Or do you prefer your hair long and loose like most of the ladies in this post?

5 Comments

Liza
Tuesday, December 21/2010 at 5:00 pm

The lovely Katherine is truly beautiful.

And I love Alain. Great cutter *and* a great stylist.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, December 22/2010 at 9:20 am

Isn’t she? The girl glams up SO well.

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daniela
Wednesday, December 22/2010 at 7:11 am

Unfortunately, I couldn’t really hear him properly. Audio not the best. Also..I wish he had actually demonstrated the up do’s. :(

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, December 22/2010 at 9:21 am

Sorry Daniela – I just captured this on the fly as he started giving tips during Katherine’s haircut.

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Jon
Thursday, December 23/2010 at 10:43 am

Hey Katherine,
I love the final look! And you’re right, the “bridal” style looks way too crunchy.
Looking forward to reading more :)

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