Taking Us Back Tanya.
October 24, 2011 § 4 Comments
Omg. Best. Updo. Ever. I’m in love with Tanya Ramirez. This woman was generous enough to give me a snazzy updo for my sister-in-laws wedding out of the goodness of her heart. On top of that, she’s the best vintage hairstylist in Los Angeles.
When three of my hairdresser friends were booked on the fateful Saturday, I became a little worried that I was going to just have to deal and do my own hair. Not that big of a problem, I’ve just never been that good at doing anything special or fancy with my hair. I own a hair straightener, a few brushes, and a couple styling products. Not enough to actually bring down the roof with the poof that I wanted.
My bridesmaid dress could only make me think of one thing: the 50′s. So I knew I wanted to have an Audrey Hepburn-esque beehive reminiscent of the days of old. Now if I could only find a stylist who could help me pull it off.
One of my three friends had a referral to the most amazing vintage hairstylist in all of Southern California. And as a fellow mom and understander of the old “scraping by” mentality, Tanya Ramirez was just the sister friend to help me out on that rushed Saturday morning.
Not only did she make me feel completely welcomed like an old friend, but I was immediately confident in her ability to whip out a phenomenal updo when she told me stories of being on a time crunch. This lady had done this hundreds, if not thousands, of times before. A sigh. My heart was rested at ease.
Tanya gave me a sweet vintage/modern updo that went perfectly with my dress. Everyone loved it and I got complimented all night long. Most importantly, the hubby loved it. And his stare from across the room at the reception was all I needed to make me realize I’d be visiting Tanya in the future for sure.
If you’d like to mimic my updo, here’s the quick and dirty steps to getting you there, brought to us by lovely Tanya herself:
1. Section off fringe. Take a 1″ section along hairline from ear to ear.
2. Lightly mist hair with a working hairspray. Using a crimping iron, crimp remaining hair (crown, sides and back) from roots to ends. Mist all sections with a working hairspray again when finished crimping.
3. Beginning in the back crown section, backcomb sections in a gentle, circular motion. Continue downward toward the nape. Then, brush in an upward direction and gather to create a soft bun and pin.
4. Next, take the top-front section and backcomb to create a small pompadour. Use the 1″ section along the front hairline to create a smooth finish and pin. Style fringe area using a flat iron for a smooth and shiny finish.
5. For each side area, backcomb hair then style in an upswept fashion. Use the 1″ section along the hairline to create a smooth finish and pin.
6. Lightly mist finished style with shine spray. Add a flower or hair jewelry for added drama!
Voila! There you have it. Okay, so Ms. Ramirez makes it sound easy, but it’s definitely worth a good go or two. I know I’ll be trying.
If you would like to visit Tanya Ramirez at Sweet 9 Salon on Melrose Ave in Los Angeles, go to UntamedInstincts.com or ring her at 310-869-2196!