Hair It Is

I saw a hair “salon” with that punny name in eastern Kentucky. (It was in a pretty run-down shack, so I’m a little hesitant to call it a salon.) Ever since then, “Hair it is” has been my favorite hair pun. You have to say with a real good Southern accent to really appreciate it. But I digress, before I even begin.

I want to talk about hair (obviously). I just read in Glamour magazine that hair is what takes a look from “good to great” or “OK to terrible.” And I’m inclined to agree. I’ve got a few pictures of myself that I’d be happy to burn so that no one would ever have to see the frizzy mess sitting on top of my head. (Thank god digital images weren’t really around until I left high school. I do not want any of those pictures floating around the internet.) So anyway, I’ve spent a LOT of time thinking about what my hair should look like for the big day.

The first thing I knew was that my hair will most definitely be up. It’s time for me to confess something. I kind of have an issue”¦with sweating. When I’m at the gym in an aerobics class, the instructors all know me as the girl who asks for the fans to be turned on. (Yeah, it’s embarrassing.) And for whatever reason, the sweating is absolutely the worst on my face and neck. I know for a fact that I will be sweating on my wedding day. It doesn’t matter if it’s 20 degrees outside. I’ll get nervous, and I’ll start sweating. So, wearing my hair down is just not an option.

Because I knew I wanted it up, I started growing out my hair basically as soon as I thought Mr. Whale and I would get married. We weren’t engaged (in fact, we didn’t get engaged for another year and a half or so). But I used to have this cute little sassy bob, and I knew it would take ages to grow it out, because it was angled in the back. (I was right. It took about a year to get it to shoulder length.)

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MOH and me / Personal photo

So now I officially have long hair, and that means I can do whatever I want!

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Mr. Whale and me being silly

Now that I can do whatever I want, what do I want?? Well”¦I’m pretty sure I want a high updo instead of a low one. I’m not really sure how to describe it, but I think I want a big mass of texture on the top of my head. So, kind of like a ballerina bun but less sleek and more textured.

I love how big Jennifer Love Hewitt’s style is here.

Image from InStyle

But it’s not enough texture for me. I’d like to add in some braids like this next one (but on top of my head):

braided bun. can this be on top of my head?

Image from Plum Pretty Sugar

But I don’t want only braids. I’d like it to just add some texture. I think this next one is beautiful, but again, I’d like the look to be on top of my head. (PS: The hairstylist from below has pictures of her replicating a bunch of hairstyles from Pinterest and doing some of her own. They’re amazing. If you’re in Utah, you might want to check her out!)

I want this kind of look...but on top of my head...

Photo from Hair and Makeup by Steph

So far, the only high updo I could find with a bunch of braids was this one.

omg

Image from Refined Style

I’m really worried that my hairstylist won’t know what I want if I can’t find a photo for her to replicate. We’re definitely doing a trial, but if she doesn’t get it right at the trial, then I don’t really know what to do”¦

Are there any great places to look for hairstyles out there? I feel like I’ve scoured the internet, but I can’t seem to find anything that’s really even all that close to what I want. But I just can’t believe that no one has ever done the hairstyle that I’m looking for.

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Mrs. Blue Whale

Location:
College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    S, Guest @ 8:09 am

    That is what I wanted but in the end I had to simplify it. A lot of those high updos with texture and volume are actually hair pieces! If you want to use your own hair you might need a simplified version.

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    mswallaby 2063 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:13 am

    My hair trial turned out terribly because I didn’t show my stylist a photo of exactly what I wanted. Definitely keep looking so you can show her exactly what you have in mind! There must be a photo out there. Do you want the braids to start at your face and work backwards towards the bun, or just braids in the bun (like the last pic you posted)?

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 8:25 am

    the sweating comment? i am that girl. that is actually, no lie, the number one reason i wanted a winter wedding. lower chance of dripping sweat in my photos.

    try the beauty department (lauren conrads + co’s beauty blog) – they post lots of good pics/tutorials.

    here’s some stuff too – http://www.refinery29.com/braids#slide-13 i wore my hair in a french braid (upside down) bun in a wedding once and it was awesome

    http://www.myshineproject.com/2012/06/weekend-and-giving-love.html (bottom pic – not exactly what you’re going for but incorporates both)

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 8:45 am

    You look really pretty with long hair! It suits your face shape!

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    bigwhitedress 68 posts, Worker bee @ 9:13 am

    Khloe Kardashian recently did a high elegant bun on the X Factor
    http://khloekardashian.celebuzz.com/guest-blog-jen-atkin-on-the-elegant-bun-11-2012

    Or there’s Jennifer Lopez
    http://www.planyourperfectwedding.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/dynamic_925wide_or_610high/image/rexfeatures_1638906cj.jpg

    Maybe you can show your hairdresser one of these two and just ask for a few braids to be added as well.

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    Teh0817 30 posts, Newbee @ 9:29 am

    http://pinterest.com/pin/227080006182983744/
    if you look closely you can see the braid and texture. :) one of my inspiration pics.

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    RnbwznPuppies 590 posts, Busy bee @ 11:08 am

    You did it again… can’t help yourself?

    “I saw a hair “salon” with that punny name in eastern Kentucky. (It was in a pretty run-down shack, so I’m a little hesitant to call it a salon.) Ever since then, “Hair it is””

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    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 11:52 am

    I hear you on growing out your hair: mine is chin-length right now and I feel like it’s going to be chin length FOREVER, despite the fact that my hairdresser keeps assuring me that it’ll probably be shoulder length by the time of the wedding. But your hair looks amazing long (and short, too!) and I love all your inspiration: can’t wait to see how it turns out!!

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 2:16 pm

    @Miss Care Bear: I love that front braid!!

    @Teh0817: I love it!! This is closer to what I was looking for.

    I’m getting closer!! Yes!

    @lealorali: Thanks!! I’ve been trying to decide if I like it better long or short. I definitely like the options that come with having it long.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:27 pm

    You have beautiful hair! I love your inspiration, I can’t wait to see what your stylist does for your trial!

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