REPOST//Tips for growing beautiful, healthy nails for your wedding

I have a confession to make.  I am a former nail biter!  I’m not going to lie it took a lot of patience and time to kick this lifetime habit.  And it all started with starting to plan my wedding and wanting to make sure my nails (which were in a sorry mess at the time) were not going to let me down.  Especially as my good friend and wedding photographer Mia mentioned that she would be taking a few ‘wedding ring’ shots, which immediately spurred me into action!  Don’t get me wrong there were plenty of relapses on the lead up to the wedding, as no wedding is completely stress free!  I learnt a lot of things along the way that helped me kick this naughty habit and now I’m going to share them with you x

Let’s get started!

1. Buy the wedding nail polish you want to wear and get excited about putting on that first coat of polish!  Often if you can visualise what your nails are going to be like by the end of your journey, then it makes it all the easier to make a good start.

2. Often our hair and nails need a little help in getting the right vitamins to them, so try adding a supplement to your daily routine.  I personally love Imedeen Derma One teamed with Imedeen Hair & Nails so my skin and nails get a kick start.  Also Perfectil is a wonder and slightly cheaper, but still as good.  Always check with your local GP before taking any supplements.

3. Get off to a good start by having a professional manicure to improve the cuticles and shape of the nails (be that with tiny nails for now!)  This will ensure good habits and make you want to keep up the good work.

4. Avoid the temptation to have false nails applied for your wedding.  I honestly don’t know why these have not been banned yet!  False nails are incredibly bad for your own nail bed – cutting off the air supply to your nails can make them brittle, yellow and left with unsightly ridges.  All those chemicals are not good for the nails, or your lungs!  There’s a reason why they all wear masks in nail salons…

5. Regularly paint your nails in expensive nail polish, or top coat it in special nail biter polish which tastes awful!  Why expensive nail polish?  Well, knowing how much it cost often made me not want to bite it off at all (I definitely wanted to get my monies worth!)

How to get glossy, strong and long wedding hair

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.

Confident with doing your own bridal makeup, but just need a hand creating that perfect soft tousled ‘up-do’?

I have been training as a wedding hair stylist for around a year and a half now, teaming up with stylists that have been in the business for more than 25 years.  I’ve worked hard to absorb as much of their advice and skills as I possibly can, and as a result I have worked on creating soft down and up-dos for bridesmaids that can easily be translated to a bridal look.

So if you’re pretty confident doing your own bridal makeup, but just need an extra pair of hands to create that soft tousled do – simply get in touch at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk or by using my contact form on my website here.

REPOST // WHO AM I?

Hello!  I’m Frances, a classically trained bridal/editorial makeup artist and trainee wedding hairstylist working across the South of England.  My previous clientele have included brides, models, actors, actresses, singers and members of the aristocracy throughout Hampshire (New Forest), Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire and London.  A regular contributor to national and international wedding magazines and blogs, my work has been seen across the world and celebrated for its emphasis on luxury beauty.  I simply love being asked to be a part of someone’s wedding day.  Not only is it incredibly exciting; it’s also a position of trust, and one which I fully respect.

In my professional makeup kit are products which I have carefully selected for their high performance qualities and ability to work under pressure – which ensures your bridal makeup has everything it needs to look fab!  These include: Anastasia Beverly Hills * Benefit * Bobbi Brown * Charlotte Tilbury * Clinique * Laura Mercier * L.A Girl * MAC * Makeup Geek * Rosie for Autograph * Sigma * Smashbox * Stila * Urban Decay and YSL to name a few.  Likewise, my professional hairstyling kit contains well-known leading brands.

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The big questions – No. 7: I’m pretty confident doing my own bridal makeup – could I just hire you do to hair instead?

When clients see someone like myself who is both skilled in makeup and hair styling – there seems to be a little reluctance in being able to freely ask whether I wouldn’t mind doing just makeup or just hair.  In fact I don’t mind at all – I’m just excited to be a part of your big day and if by my doing a gorgeous cat-flick, or a soft tousled up-do you feel completely fierce and ready for your red carpet moment then I don’t mind at all!

If you are confident in applying your own makeup, but need a little assistance in the hairstyling department then always feel you can contact me and discuss your requirements.  What really helps, when discussing hairstyles on email, is to tell me of any hair pieces you have purchased and want to wear or if you have decided to go for a veil and the setting this has.  For example, does the veil have a comb attached or clips?  Also, send me any images of styles you like to get a sense of what you’re after.  If you have no idea of what you want then don’t panic – we can always discuss this at your trial.  Lastly, you will need to send me a description of your own hair and any images of it’s condition, length and colour.

Top Tip – My top tip when searching for wedding hairstyles you like is to try and find styles that are very similar in colour to your own hair and the same length.  That way you will not be disappointed when the same style in blonde doesn’t look quite the same as in brown hair.

Happy Easter Weekend

I am running normal working hours over this Easter weekend so do send me any enquiries to hello@francesmooremua.co.uk to receive an instant reply x

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Hello! I’m Frances…

Hello!  I’m Frances, a classically trained bridal/editorial makeup artist and trainee wedding hairstylist working across the South of England.  My previous clientele have included brides, models, actors, actresses and members of the aristocracy throughout Hampshire (New Forest), Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire and London.  A regular contributor to national and international wedding magazines and blogs, my work has been seen across the world and celebrated for its emphasis on luxury beauty.  I simply love being asked to be a part of someone’s wedding day.  Not only is it incredibly exciting; it’s also a position of trust, and one which I fully respect.

In my professional makeup kit are products which I have carefully selected for their high performance qualities and ability to work under pressure – which ensures your bridal makeup has everything it needs to look fab!  These include: Anastasia Beverly Hills * Benefit * Bobbi Brown * Charlotte Tilbury * Dr. Brandt * Illamasqua * Kiss Eyelashes * Laura Mercier * L.A Girl * MAC * Makeup Geek * Rosie for Autograph * Sigma * Smashbox and Urban Decay to name a few.

I’d love to hear about your wedding plans so do get in touch at hello@francesmooremua.co.uk, or by sending me a message through my Contact page.  Also do check out my blog which is regularly updated with helpful tips and advice for your wedding day!

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