I’ll fully admit I don’t know everything about hairstyling. Products, techniques and styles change. That’s why I totally believe stylists need to constantly be seeking more. More knowledge and experience is so valuable in this industry, plus it’s so much fun and such a buzz connecting with others all striving to learn x
When deciding on your ‘bridal style’ it can be really difficult to determine what you do and don’t like. Instagram and Pinterest are filled with ideas that can make choosing all the more tiresome. Below is my simple guide to help you cut through all the chaff, and really decide on want you want. I use these questions myself to pin-point what my client does want, without them even realising it x
1. Do you prefer your hair up or down? It’s a really simply question but you would be surprised how often this gets over looked. If you are comfortable with having your hair down most days, then having an up-do can feel exposing and not natural. Likewise, if you often have your hair up – leaving it down can make you feel hot and bothered. So consider how you naturally behave with your hair day-to-day.
2. What’s your wedding gown like? Does your gown have a high neck with detailing at the back – do you want this exposed or covered by your hair? Alternatively, does it have a long back – therefore do you want your hair to fall onto your bare back?
3. What is your hair colour like? Clients often bring me images of looks they love of hair up – and what do all of them have in common? The model almost always has blonde or blonde highlighted hair, when in fact the client stood in front of me has deep brown hair. They love the style because with blonde hair you can clearly make out the detail in the design – that gorgeous braid or pulled out twist. It’s sad but true that in darker coloured hair this detail gets lost, so either consider a different style with similar colouring to your own, or take the plunge and book in for highlights.
4. What’s the weather likely to be? If you’re getting married in peak heat wave season then you’ll want to minimise the risk of curls falling out, or frizzy hair sticking to your back so an up-do is your perfect style ticket. Likewise, if you’re having your wedding during cooler climates, then gorgeous cascading curls is the perfect choice to keep a tad warmer.
5. Are you having a veil, hair accessorie, flower grown or alice band placed in your hair? Generally speaking veils work better on hair that is down, due to the fact that the sheer weight of the veil can knock the air out of a wispy up-do. A sturdy low bun is often better if wanting both.
Modern hair accessories are usually made in mind of how they are going to be placed in the hair for a either an up-do or down-do. I can highly recommend the following retailers that have been carefully designed to with-stand the pressure of both. Kelly Spence / Victoria Fergusson / Donna Crain
6. And lastly… is your hair long enough, thick enough, has enough texture for the style you want? 9 times out of 10 the styles on Pinterest have been achieved using hair extensions. It’s a well known trade secret. This makes it incredibly hard for brides to realise their expectation is not completely realistic. Luckily, hair extensions exist for everyone to buy- so if you really want that ka-bow style we can achieve it! x
You’ve booked the wedding venue, found the perfect gown, Pinterest the hell out of your bridal makeup and hair inspirations – now it’s time to fully take charge of your skincare routine AND… your haircare regime. Often neglected on the run up to the wedding (and who can blame you with everything going on!) Spend a little bit of time on your haircare needs, and believe me your ultimate bridal look will go from ‘girl next door’ to ‘red carpet glam’ in no time! Here are a few tips for getting glossy, strong and longer hair before your wedding.
1. Eat Smarter
Diet is the most important thing to consider if you want thick and healthy hair. While genetics determines hair texture and curl, our diet plays a role in how genes can get expressed. Be sure to get plenty of good quality protein and good fats like olive oil and Omega 3. Foods such as salmon, avocados, nuts, vegetables, and fruit to get the nutrients and fibers needed.
2. Use The Right Shampoo & Conditioner
Different hair types require specific products that cater to different needs. Those with fine hair should look for building shampoo and conditioners, such as the Redken High Rise Volume, to create thickness and shine. For those with coarse hair, products that tame frizz, enhance shine, and moisturize, like Ouai’s Smooth Conditioner.
3. Start With Your Scalp
The scalp has a rich micro-biome of bacteria and fungus necessary to keep the skin healthy. When we don’t shampoo enough or use harsh chemicals on it, it leads to scalp problems that negatively affect hair growth. You have to take care of your scalp because it is an extension of your skin. The skin has immunity functions and is our first line of defence against toxins and environment aggressors. When the scalp is compromised, the scalp cannot defend itself. Keeping a healthy balance of moisture and natural oils is important on scalp just as it is on your face.
4. Ditch Hot Tools
I know it can be hard to break up with your hair dryer or flat iron. But if you want thicker, shinier hair, you might have to. Keeping hot tool use at a minimum will lessen hair damage. It will make a huge difference. If you cannot stay away from your favorite hot tools, it’s an absolute must to use a heat protectant spray, like the Cutler Protectant Treatment Spray, and a hot tool brand that regulates heat and temperature, like the T3 Single Pass Straight Iron. I’m also a fan of the new Dyson Airwrap Styler, a styling tool and dryer hybrid that uses air and minimal heat to dry and curl hair.
5. Brush, Brush, Brush
Yes, even brushing can affect your hair’s thickness. Brushing your hair helps distribute the natural oils that will help protect it from damage and add shine. Regardless of hair texture, brushing everyday will exfoliate the scalp and remove dead hair.
But it’s only helpful if you’re using the right brush. Using a boar brush, like this Mason Pearson one. You will polish the hair and it gets its natural glow because you are dividing the natural oils from the scalp into the hair. As for the biggest hair brush faux pas? Using a plastic one. Don’t use a plastic brush. It will damage the hair and make it static.
A few days before the big day, add nourish troubled tresses by treating them to an intensive hair mask. Whether you pick your favourite store bought remedy or mix up the best of your kitchens’ offerings, this should help keep your hair smooth and shiny on the special day.
Kate Middleton has become most famous for her beautiful glossy, long thick hair with many a client asking for the ‘Middleton’ in hair salons up and down the country. But how does she do it? Well, here are a few secrets to achieving that very same healthy shine for your wedding day x
1. Start to deep condition the hair at least six months before the wedding. Go for products that are meant for repair like Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask – these sorts of masks are brilliant at putting back moisture and life into your mane. Use them at least once a week.
2. Try to start putting together an idea of what you want for your wedding hair either by making a collage or Pinterest board. Now, do you need to grow/colour or cut your hair to gain that style? If you do then start making plans to be able to achieve the style you want.
3. If your hair colour needs a little fine tuning then think about root touch-ups or subtle highlights around this time too. That way the colour has time to develop and for it to feel like ‘you’. Don’t book in a colour appointment too close to the wedding. Instead, have your last colour about four weeks in advance. And always think about going lighter not darker, as this will lift your features and compliment your gown.
4. Start taking onboard more water, fruit and vegetables along with a daily hair supplement such as Hairburst Chewable Heart Hair Vitamins. Not only will this help to plump the skin and reduce wrinkles, but will also encourage your hair to grow and become thicker. Always consult your GP before taking any supplements.
5. Book in for a hair trial. Take the opportunity to experiment with different styles and remember to bring your wedding hair accessories including a veil if required. once your happy with the style, take loads of pictures on your phone to remember the hairstyle and get excited!! x
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Hairstylist Michelle Crosser and myself are constantly asked by our bridal clients how can they improve the condition of their hair, and how can they make it grow… FAST! The answer is unfortunately patience and a good diet – you know the boring stuff 😉 Here are my top 4 tips to gorgeous wedding hair x
1. Try and introduce more essential fatty acid foods into your diet such as salmon, tuna, walnuts, flaxseed and avocado. All these help to improve the condition and shine of your hair.
2. Don’t shampoo your hair everyday. Instead try and do this every other day to allow the natural oils in your hair to return and make the hair less dry and brittle.
3. Make sure to have regular hair trims that are staged at the correct time your hair requires it. You will need to have your last trim/highlighting/dying completed at least 5 days before your big day.
4. Try using a hair mask like those from Philip Kingsley.