Recently, I sat down with master stylist Yann Varin of the Yann Varin Salon in Manhattan. Yann created the incredibly elegant hairstyles at Carolina Herrera's bridal show and is considered a master of updos. Here, Yann imparts some of his expert advice to getting a gorgeous updo for your big day.
Check with your stylist if updos are in his/her repertoire.
Not all stylists have the particular skill set required to create an interesting updo. Check first, then schedule a trial if you are comfortable with the artist, or just start with just a free consultation if you unsure. Scheduling a consultation is the key to getting the hairstyle you want.
Consider your accessories.
The biggest mistake you can make is to forget your veil or hair accessory when consulting with your stylist. "The stylist has to take into account where the accessory will be placed when creating a hair style," Varin says. "You don't want your veil in an awkward spot or falling out halfway through the night. The veil should anchor the updo."
Think about the location of your wedding.
Yann believes you should match your updo style to the style and formality of the event. Something loose for the beach and something tighter for a grand ballroom. It is good to bring pictures of your wedding venue and your dress so your stylist can get a sense of the atmosphere and theme of your wedding.
Take into consideration the texture of your hair.
"Let your stylist guide you towards a style that your hair can hold through the ceremony and the reception. Curls on fine hair will not hold as long. If you are not by the beach, go for a bun or a more intricate updo, and let the pins do the lifting."
Keep hair touchable and soft.
"Heavy products will make hair look stiff." Varin suggests lightweight stylers for his brides, like L'Oréal Professionnel Texture Expert Infinium 4 Finishing Spray — the strong-hold formula locks in style with a natural feel, elegant construction and optimal shine, but lasts all day.
For a deep look at Yann's bridal expertise, take a look at this behind the scenes video of Yann working on the Carolina Herrera bridal show: