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Help A White Girl Out! (Style Question)

(St. Louis, MO)

Q: Hi I am a caucasian stylist in St Louis and have a African American client that is in need of a updo.

I am not familiar with black hair care and would like help.

Do you have any tips for updo's or what products I should use?

A: Number One Updo Styling Tip

If I could give you one piece of advice to always making a killer updo it would be to get the foundation of the style right.

By that I mean the base of the style. If the client wants everything smoothed up make sure every hair is in place while at the same time not making the style look "hard" if you know what I mean.

I love updo's personally and wear them a lot when my hair is long enough for it.

Suggested Products

The main things you'll need are:

- A good soft hold flake free gel.
- A wide paddle brush.
- A soft bristle hair brush.
- A snag free elastic band to secure the base of the style.
- Many styling hair pins.
- Shine spray.

*These are the basics for any updo style.

Now if you're gonna get ultra fancy with it you might also need to have:

- A weft of weave hair.
- Flat iron.
- Curling iron.
- A draw string ponytail.
- A faux bun.
- Accessories.

It really all depends on what she's going for at the end of the day.

Additional Advice

I think the best idea here is to ask her to surf the web or thumb through some hair style mags and bring in a picture of something that looks like what she wants.

After that, sit her down in your chair, create a neat and solid foundation for the style (nice smooth slicked up hair) and let your imagination and her guidance take the rest of the style where it will.

Lastly, I want to say thanks for stopping by and you're more than welcome to join us anytime you want.

Even though the name says Black Women Beauty Central EVERYONE is accepted here.

Hope this helps and keep on making people pretty sista! :)

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