As a hairdresser, I anticipate the spring event season with equal parts excitement and dread. More than anything it's the time crunch of trying to make every girl feel like a million bucks for prom night or their wedding day with as little error and mishap as possible. Mostly it's a blast. Getting the opportunity to enjoy a special event through the eyes of a client is pretty cool, and helping them look their best is a great way to do it. I've been perusing some of my favorite spring updos for special occasions this spring, and these really struck me inspirationally. 


Spring is all about loose hairstyles. No one wants to look strapped into their updo. Hair should look effortless, not tortured.



Curls in front are a great alternative to having your fringe in your face all night.


Hair accessories make your life easier, and your hairdresser's. A headband adds instant sophistication while giving your style an easy place to conceal loose ends.


There is never anything wrong with a really sleek bun.


Adding tiny details like braids can be just the thing that sets your style apart. Also, if you're concerned about not looking like yourself, wearing your hair low and off to the side will ensure that some hair shows when you're photographed from the front, and you're more likely to look like "you."


If it's humidity you're worried about, style your hair in a way that will look more organic with some frizz. You can even ask your stylist to "rough it up" using some matte product so your hair looks intentionally undone.


If you can't decide what to do, sometimes it's a good idea to have your hair styled the way you normally wear it, just pinned up and with some added shine. It's always best to stay in your comfort zone with event hairstyles. Save the risk-taking for your dress.


The '60s Brigitte Bardot updo is really popular right now, and works great with a vintage-inspired dress.


Half-up styles are reserved for the thicker-haired ladies, but can be great with a strapless neckline.


Have short hair? Don't worry about trying to pin and spray your short locks into submission. Curl them and comb them off your face with a headband and save a ton on a salon visit.

Whether you're a prom date, a bridesmaid or a bride, it's important above all else to feel comfortable in your event style. If you don't trust yourself to do it, make sure you bring a picture or two to your stylist to make sure you get what you want. You might even consider bringing a picture of your dress. But it's all about being girly for a day at least, so enjoy it!

Do you have any special events coming up this spring? Do any of these styles appeal to you?

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