Just a short month ago, Yes To Carrots announced that I was their next Yes To Stylista. Me. The small-town Idaho girl named Annelise Driflot. To say that I was blown away would be an understatement. I may have even cried a little—or a lot—depending on who you ask. Just kidding, ask anyone. I cried a lot.
On my blog, I’m known for being the girl who is “not.” If you’d ask my amazing readers, they’d tell you that I don’t share any recipes, DIY projects, or adorable photos of chubby-cheeked babies with them. In other words, I’m not a Pinterest chef, I don’t craft, and I’m not a mom… yet.
See, I threw in that last little word “yet” for a very specific reason. On December 1st, yes this December 1st of 2012, I was married to my oh-so-handsome husband, and became Annelise Rowe. We’ve only been married eleven days and I don’t think it’s possible for me to be any happier, though I’ve heard it only gets better from here.
Now—back to that “yet”—since I was just recently married, I’m expecting many of the things I’m not known for will begin to slowly appear on my blog. As you know, when Yes To Carrots was looking for their next Yes To Stylista, they wanted a girl who was all about hair. Despite not being crafty, I will admit, I can put together quite the hairstyle or two. I’m not a trained hairstylist, nor do I claim to be an expert on the matter, but hair tends to be something that I like to have fun with.
As my wedding day approached, my friends all wanted to know who was doing my hair. I told them plain and simple—I am. Before the wedding day, I asked my readers which style they preferred in a “Wedding Hair Ideas” post. Though I had an idea about which style would work best with my dress, I wanted to put my ideas out there to get a feel for what everyone else thought, too. My readers, friends and family agreed with me, the Pinned Updo was the way to go.
What’s great about the Pinned Updo is that it’s never the same. Oh, and don’t forget the fact that it’s so easy. All this simple updo takes is some bobby pins, a teasing comb, and hairspray.
I began my hair that morning by washing and conditioning with the Yes To Blueberries Healthy Hair Repair Regimen. I love the subdued fresh scent of the shampoo and the way the conditioner really locks the moisture into my hair. Then, I blow dried my hair. After the blow dry, I had my friend (since I’m not the best at curling my hair), curl my naturally stick-straight hair with a curling rod, creating pretty, wavy curls. When she was finished, I teased the crown of my hair with my teasing comb, using a bit of hairspray to keep it in place. For the first pins, I took the front pieces of my hair that hang next to my bangs and twisted them back, securing them at the back of my head with bobby pins where a low half-ponytail would sit. I repeated that four times, making four twists (two on each side) that joined together at the back to make the Twisted Half Up featured in my Wedding Hair Ideas post. Next, I simply took a piece of hair, twisted it once or twice, and pinned it at the back of my head, creating a little pouf of hair. I repeated that process 8-10 times, until all my hair was pinned into little poufs. Then, I pinned the ends that were sticking out. After all of my hair was pinned where I wanted it, I went through and gently tugged each pouf, making them appear a little more full. I finished by straightening my bangs and spraying a veil (or three) of hairspray over the updo. The Pinned Updo lasted all day and ended up having about 20 bobby pins total.
Though I know written directions aren’t always the most user-friendly, what I recommend with wedding hair is simple—have fun. Play around, either with your hairstylist or by yourself, and test out new ideas and options. By tinkering with my hair in my bathroom one Saturday afternoon, I discovered this style and fell in love with it. It’s not only appropriate for a wedding, but for a holiday party, a black-tie event, or even a nice date out on the town. Also, if you’re looking for something with a bit more oomph, add a few fresh flowers, some pearl pins, or a birdcage veil for an exquisite wedding updo.
I hope you enjoyed this style! I’ll see you next week with a couple more ideas for festive holiday hairstyles. In the meantime while I get used to my new last name, here are other places you can find me: