Chelle Neff, Owner of Urban Betty Salon

For most ladies, year round, there is always an occasion calling for an updo. Events could include weddings, holiday parties, or any of Austin’s endless parade of fashion soirées. We can help by inventing fresh ideas that keep you ahead of the trends and on top of the red carpet. Here are a few tips from the professionals at Urban Betty Salon to ensure you have the best up-do rather than an up-don’t.

Rule number one, please make sure that your hair is at least shoulder length. If it is not, the use of temporary extensions is going to be your best bet. These can be easily pinned into the updo and come in a wide variety of colors that will match your hair perfectly. Next, make sure that you have given yourself a great blow out prior to the appointment. This is especially important for curly and frizzy hair. However, DO NOT use a flat iron before getting a updo. That can make it hard to hold curl and stay pinned in place. Please leave the flat ironing to your stylist on the day of the event. Another great rule is to arrive to your appointment early and with DRY hair. This allows time to look thru magazines and have a proper consultation, while cutting out unnecessary time for hair drying. The night before your appointment, make sure not to over condition or apply a mask to your tresses. This can result in hair that is too soft and weighed down.

Last but not least, the weeks prior to your appointment are crucial. Freshly highlighted and colored hair is a must. New growth (dark roots) can show up dramatically in an updo andcan sometimes be even more emphasized by certain cameras and show up exaggerated in pictures. Going an extra shade lighter can help your hair look perfect and camera ready. Having the ends of your hair trimmed neatly also keeps the finished product smooth and impeccable. The final important tip is to wear a button down shirt to your appointment on the day of the event. This will keep you from damaging your beautiful new do when you are trying to get dressed later in the day.