Going for a ‘hair down’ style for a special occasion can look amazing (check out some of Pam’s fab styles here), but the downside is that it is very hard to maintain and keep looking good throughout the day; which isn’t so great when it comes to weddings that start in the early morning and go on through to the night, especially where photos are concerned. If your client is set on having this very on trend look, then using hair extensions can be a fantastic cheat, as even if curls start do drop out or straight hair starts to wave, starting off with long, luscious locks means that you can get away with a lot more! Another good point here is that it doesn’t involve loads of clips and grips and so isn’t uncomfortable or restrictive at all.
This look can begin weeks before by doing intensive conditioning treatments once or twice a week to make sure that the hair is in tip top condition, so recommend some products in advance. Try Emily Blunt’s choice of Moroccan oil hydrating mask (which she actually sleeps in) or go the natural route and try coconut oil.
On the big day, blow dry with a large, round brush for great shape and if curling, wrap two inch sections around your iron curling outwards (but don’t clamp shut!) to achieve lovely, soft shape. Keep an eye out for our straight to curly tutorial to find out how to guarantee long lasting curls!
If going for the straight look, add some volumising spray and a bit of back-combing to the roots for extra lift before straightening and finish off with a smoothing serum. For a bit of added interest, you could subtly clip back a small section of hair from each side at the front and secure with something sparkly (like this fab pearl and crystal side tiara by Richard Designs!).
Another great look is that fresh off the beach wave! Kate Hudson does this style superbly by using a salt spray (there are so many great ones to choose from – try Ouidad sea spray) on roughly towel dried hair and then loosely curling with tongs, before flipping upside-down and ruffling it all up for that ‘controlled mess’ feel. Redken Powder Refresh Ouidad sea sprayis a handbag essential for this style, as a quick spray during the day will help revive the style and add some volume back in for some extra Va Va Voom in the evening!