The Truth Behind Pinterest Pictures

What they don’t tell you from a stylist point of view.

Ahhh Pinterest, it’s a magical place to find the utmost perfect pictures and well, perfect life. Perfect outfits, perfect decor, perfect makeup and perfect updos. But, what they don’t tell you is these photos aren’t actually perfect.


When you’re browsing on Pinterest a good majority of what you’re seeing is staged. It looks so perfect because they tried so hard to make it that way. Now, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Pinterest just like the next person. You can catch me pinning outfits I will never wear to my Pinterest closet all day long. But, what I don’t love is unrealistic expectations. 

By now you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m talking about so, let me tell you. 

Pinterest photos are absolutely great for inspiration and can be awesome at giving your stylist direction on what you’re looking for. But, here’s what you want to be aware of. 

It’s Probably Fake.

For the most part, these elaborate updos you’re looking at definitely have some sort of fake hair in them. Whether it’s extensions, a complete wig or a mannequin (yes, a mannequin) 9 out of 10 times fake hair is involved. Even extensions that are made of 100% real human hair have been processed through a factory and have some sort of coating on them. That’s what allows them to have such great hold. 

So, what’s the problem with fake hair? 

The biggest problem with the fake hair is that it makes it easier to attain texture and hold because it’s been processed. With humans, there are all different hair types but being the fake hair is processed, it will always be the same as opposed to real human hair which is soft, smooth and slippery. Texture and grit is needed in real human hair in order to attain a style.

If there are extensions added in then there’s more hair, meaning bigger bun, more volume and more to play with. So, if you’re looking for an updo with your own hair then it will not come out the way the picture does due to lack of excess hair. 

Lastly, you can buy mannequins with shoulders on them and simply drape a cloth or shall over to make it look like a shirt. With the right picture, up close, you would never have any idea that it’s not even a real person. 


There’s also a really good chance the photos you see on Pinterest have been edited and taken with a professional camera. Filters, lighting and photoshop can do wonders. So, always be aware of that as well. 

Tips to keep in mind when looking for Pinterest Inspiration:

Choose a photo that has the same color hair as you.

I think my biggest tip I could ever give when it came to inspiration photos is this; choose a style that looks similar to your hair. A lot of times I see inspiration photos with a dimensional blonde but the client has brown hair. The contrast of the light and dark makes the texture and pieces stand out more than one flat color. So, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a similar style; that just means it may not be as easy to see. 

Look at your stylists past work for inspiration.

It’s always amazing as a stylist when you’re shown an inspiration photo and you can say you know exactly how to do that because you’ve done it before. That’s always easiest to recreate!

Know that your style won’t be 100% like the photo.

Of course, as a stylist it’s our job to create a style for you that’s as close to the one you’re looking for as possible. But, especially keeping all of the information I gave you earlier in mind, the style cannot be exactly like the picture. So, keep an open mind to a style that’s unique to your own. 

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a sucker for searching Pinterest. My point is, be aware of what you’re searching. Like I said earlier, what I don’t like is unrealistic expectations. I want you as a client to be completely aware beforehand so that you come into and out of your trial or appointment getting exactly what you were looking for. 



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