Why You Should Try Hair Sewing

Big needles are the key to a modern updo

Updos can be such a drag: The bobby pins. The hairspray. The chance you might walk out of the salon looking like Marge Simpson.

Maybe it’s time to try hair sewing.

Our latest beauty discovery from the Chicago-based stylist Michael Jacobson, of Michael & Michael, is a way to get a glam off-the-neck 'do that doesn’t look or feel overly overly done (meaning: it’ll be perfect for that big wedding or rooftop cocktail bash on your calendar this summer).

Here's the scoop.

Ask around for a stylist in your city who’s been trained in hair sewing. Then block out about an hour and a half for the appointment--this is an art, people.

For best results, your hair should be shoulder-length or longer.

After a shampoo and blow-dry, your hair will be curled with an iron to add texture. Then out comes a large set of needles (similar to knitting needles).

With the help of thin, rubberized string, your stylist will sew your hair into a mass of undone-looking, romantic ripples (think: Jane Austen heroine, version 2.0). (Bonus: you won’t have bobby pins falling out everywhere, and it’s easy to securely add flowers and jeweled pins if you want.)

When you want to take it out, all you have to do is dig around a bit to expose a piece of the string, then just snip it and pull.

A sewn updo is mostly a day-of phenomenon, but if you sleep perfectly still, you might get a second day out of the look.