Four pins and a can of hair spray: The art of the up-do

Angela Scharver

Four pins and a can of hair spray: The art of the up-do

For quick and easy styles in a pinch, small, simple techniques can make a world of difference.

Let's take Lisa as an example.

She has fine hair and a good amount of it. It is medium length and naturally straight.

On a day-to-day basis, she blows it dry into place and occasionally touches it up with a flat iron. I would call this her signature style.

Recently, I seated her in my chair, and she gave me free reign on styling.

She wanted to see what kind of style I could create in about 10 minutes of work time.

Curling up her hair with a 1-inch iron and a small spritz of hairspray, I then twisted the bulk of her hair and used one bobby pin to hold it in place.

I gathered pieces that had fallen out and placed a second bobby pin right over the first while scooping up a bit more of her hair and locking the pins in place together by their zigzag ridges.

This creates a secure foundation for the style.

I used two more pins on the fallen pieces of hair for the final outcome.

More shine mist and finishing spray was applied to hold down random, flyaway strands and give a polished appearance.

The hair does not have to be placed perfectly for an elegant, balanced style. Asymmetry is a part of the art of an up-do.

Here are some staples to always have on hand at home so you can do this yourself:

  • Hot rollers are an old-school tool that will work wonders in a hurry.
  • You can't go wrong with a teasing comb and a round brush.
  • Dry shampoo will help you achieve a polished-looking style in a rush.

Angela Scharver, hair artist at House of Color in the Plaza at Belfair, Bluffton, specializes in full-service hair styling.