I have a checkered history with updos. My hair is obnoxiously thick, wavy, and unruly. Therefore, when I get it put up in a fancy updo, it either becomes an enormous, slicked-back mass on the back of my head:
Me at the eighth-grade graduation dance. OK, so you can’t really see the “mass” here, but know that that business-in-the-front yielded to a Cinnabon-sized bun. Oof. And yes, I dislike fancy updos so much that I had to dig way back in my files to eighth grade to find an example shot.
Orrrrr random little sprigs of hair spring out at will after an hour or two. And yet, I was convinced right from the start that I’d want an updo for our wedding. See, for me, wearing my hair down on the dance floor feels like wearing a fur cape. Whenever I go to weddings with my hair straightened and/or curled, it’s in a ponytail on top of my head five minutes into the dancing part of the night. Not the cutest.
So, my mission became finding a style that would keep all my hair up and out of the way, but was still soft and romantic looking. At first, I gravitated toward the side-bun look.