Genie Francis - Wedding Hairstyles Of Laura Spencer
The most beloved soap opera couple of all time - Luke and Laura Spencer are getting married for the second time, twenty-five years after their first wedding captured massive ratings.
The wedding is scheduled to take place the week of November 13th on ABC's General Hospital which airs from 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET.
It is fascinating to be able to go back and look at the photos of the happy couple when they first wed in front of 31 million viewers in November of 1981 and look at them in 2006.
It is also amazing to look at the various hair and wedding fashions from an era that is 25 years old.
Granted, Laura and Luke as well as Anthony Geary and Genie Francis have each added 25 years of life to their resumes, but they both look great.
I thought it would be interesting to compare some of the images, courtesy of ABC, of the two different weddings. Of course I will be watching the actual wedding when it happens.
Meanwhile, on to the hairstyles of the various bridal party members.
Genie Francis As Bride Laura Spencer
For both of her weddings Genie as Laura Spencer wore her beautiful hair in a very romantic style.
For her 2006 wedding she wore her much lighter blonde tresses in soft curls that cascaded down around her face and past her shoulders.
Soft bangs were lightly parted and barely brushed the top of her eyebrows drawing attention to her beautiful eyes.
Volume was carefully built into the area behind the crown giving the entire bridal hairstyle a carefully balanced and finished look.
The hairstyle was perfect for a bride Genie and Laura's age and worked in harmony with her cream colored wedding suit and stunning flower arrangement. Although she displayed a bit of red lip, it was subtle and worked well with the rest of her makeup.
Turning the clock back in time 25 years, the bride wore a traditional snow white gown and a matching view encrusted with an array of seed pearl accents.
The view was worn right at the hairline and billowed out around the top of the bride's beautiful face creating lots of volume.
Genie's hair was a darker shade than her 2006 blonde but worked well with her skin and eye tone. As women age it is often to their advantage to progressively go lighter to lighten their skin and eye tones that may darken with age.
In 1981 Genie as Laura wore her hair a little bit shorter than for 2006 but in a very similar style.
Although she does not have a forehead fringe in 1981 like she did for 2006, she wear her hair in loose curls that cascade down around her neck and past her shoulders.
For her wedding in 1981 the focus was definitely the wedding gown and the veil. With these as the focus points, her wedding hair was in perfect harmony.
In 2006 no veil was worn and the gown was elegant but understated for a second trip to the altar. The focus instead was on the spectacular floral bouquet in an array of luscious cream hues. Because of the change in focus for the 2006 wedding, the bridal hair could be a little more highlighted without taking away from the total bridal look.
Steal Laura's Bridal Hairstyles
Part of the popularity of the wedding stemmed not only from the great love story that lead up to the wedding but the fact that the bride and groom made a stunning couple.
Over the years as Anthony has aged, he has gotten even more handsome even with his hair turning a brilliant shade of white mixed with some gray.
As his got older, natural curls faded into a much shorter men's hairstyle with an absence of ringlets.
Although Anthony as Luke had a very different hairstyle and look, what is most striking is the difference in his wedding fashion.
Follow the steps below to steal Laura's stellar executive look:
1. Shampoo and condition hair with products created for your hair texture, type and current condition.
2. Finish with a cool/cold water rinse to close the cuticle and help add natural shine.
3. Towel blot - do not rub - hair with an absorbent towel.
4. Depending on your hair texture, type and condition apply a moisturizing heat protecting conditioner or a cocktail which includes a leave-in conditioner and defrisant product along with a straightening balm. It is your option to work with all three types of products or select only those that your hair might require.
5. Gently detangle hair from ends up to roots using a "hair friendly" comb or your fingers.
6. Separate hair into individual 2" strands.
7. Start at the back of your head using a Boar's head or similar brush to anchor the individual strands while directing the air flow of a blow drying down the shaft from roots to ends. Continue to blow dry until each section is 100% dry.
8. Touch up the strands with a medium sized flat iron to achieve stick straight locks.
9. Using a paddle brush or fingers, smooth all of the hair off your face and direct towards the middle back of the head.
10. Apply one or two drops of a shine serum or similar product into the palms of your hands and rub together. Gently swipe the palms of your hands over the top of your hair to distribute evenly and add a brilliant shine.
12. Pick up the tail of the new ponytail with your fingers and loop the tail up and over the top of the pony's base.
Depending on the length of the ponytail wrap one or more times holding the new twist close to the scalp to form a type of cinnamon bun confirmation.
13. Use bobby pins the same color as your hair to anchor the new twist in place. Use your fingers to arrange the final shape of the twist to make it softer or tighter.
Form X pin configurations for extra hold. When possible place the bobby pins as anchors against the scalp so that they are not visible.
For an optional look you can create some soft volume along the crown extending from the hairline to the back of the head. This volume can be created by simply back combing the desired section or by using a volume enhancing spray or similar product when blow drying the style.
For a softer look Bridget skips the twist and wears her hair in a sleek executive style ponytail.
Genie Francis was stunning for both of her weddings as Laura Spencer.
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