Wedding Hair Styles Made Easy!
As a bridal hair stylist, you will know that wedding season will be starting again soon, and if you’re new to it all this prospect can be a little daunting…but don’t panic!!
With top tips from award-winning bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley, with over 25 years experience to share with you, your job is about to get a whole lot easier…
The Trial Run
Don’t be tempted to leave the trial run until the last minute! It is in both yours and the bride’s best interest to have the trial at least 2 or 3 months before the wedding day.
You will probably find that bookings with brides tend to be a bit quieter in the winter months (Jan – March and into April), so keep yourself busy during your down-time and not overloaded during summer by filling your winter weekends with these all important trial runs.
Working with ‘day old’ and unconditioned hair will be easiest for you, but the last thing you want is the hair to be greasy, so discuss this with your bride in advance.
Ideally, your client will have clean, dry hair, washed the night before, but if your client tells you that she likes to wash her hair every day then let her – just ask her to forgo any deep conditioning treatments or 2-in-1 shampoos, as this will leave the hair too sleek and therefore un-manageable.
It may seem like your clients want you to have all the answers, but you’re only human, and if you’re a little unsure about what styles to suggest to your bride . . .
Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know!
You might feel a bit ‘on the spot’ if she asks you what your going to do with her hair, but just be confident and let her know that you need to get your hands in her hair first and have a play around before you decide together what is right for her.
Pam explains “From my experience as a bridal hair stylist, I have found that you can force most hair types into practically any style, but you’ll find chances are if you have to force it, it won’t suit her and it won’t want to stay in! Take your time and get to know your client a little bit for best results”
If you’ve found yourself trying to memorise which hair styles suited which face shape. . .
Pam’s advice is “don’t worry about it!”
Most people are actually a combination of face shapes and even if they aren’t, there are so many other things you need to take into consideration when it comes to choosing the right hair style: the dress, the venue, even the height of the groom!
Just relax and talk to your client. Try a few styles out when you do the trial run – you’ll find the one that works.
Get Your Bride’s Input
The best way to find out what a client wants is to ask!
Advise your bride to start looking for styles that she loves in preparation for her trial run and ask her to let you in on her wedding inspiration too.
Pinterest mood boards are fun to make and very useful for a bridal hair stylist to get an idea of the whole wedding theme. Get your bride to send you pictures, or invite you to share her Pinterest albums.
Once you have an idea of the sort of styles she likes, and doesn’t like, have a go on your practice head or a friend in preparation for the trial run.
You can watch our online tutorials for in-depth guidance and hairstyle inspiration, so you’ll be really confident when you have to do it for real.
Always ask lots of questions about her dress, the venue, the bridesmaids dresses, her flowers – not just about hair! Be sure to find out if there’s anything she doesn’t like too – does she have big forehead she wants to hide? Is she self conscious about her ears?
Be sure to keep an eye of your bride’s body language, as this will tell you how she’s really feeling! Ask lots of open ended questions and assume there is something she doesn’t like, to end up with a happy client.
Natural Curls & Waves
Pam says “Unless your client has really curly hair – like mine, or curlier – it is probably best to ask her not to straighten her hair before you arrive, as you will have to see the hair in its natural state so you know just what you need to do.”
If you want to add some height and oomph into the hair with heated rollers, you should start the styling process working with the natural shape and texture of the hair rather than going from poker straight and flat.
If you do find the hair needs straightening to get it glossy and shiny, you can always straighten it when you arrive and then re-curl with your tongs or straighteners before creating your fabulous hair style.
Get your styling kit in our shop – there’s lots to choose from!
Work With A Mirror
Don’t try to second guess! Work with a mirror in front of your client and always involve her in the styling process.
To make sure you give your client the best hair she’s ever had, it is the job of a bridal hair stylist to listen to her input. Try asking these questions, and add some of your own:
Where does she like to part her hair? Would she be happy trying the parting in different positions? Would she like width at the sides of the hair or would she prefer it sleek and tight back? Does the hair above her ears look better going back and down or up and back? How does she like her fringe – forward and sweeping over, to one side, or back with height?
If you ask for her input she will feel more relaxed, and between you, you’ll get the perfect style!
Sleek or Tousled?
Your client might have a very particular idea of what style she wants in her head, but it’s still worth trying a few different looks on the trial run. She may be surprised at what she falls in love with!
If your bride can’t decide what style she would like to have on the big day, it is possible for her to have both. She can have her cake and eat it! After all – she’s the bride…
If your client asks for a smooth sleek backcombed style, you’ll still need to curl the hair, so try a quick soft relaxed style first so she can see what it looks like. A very popular this year is the “I woke up this gorgeous” effortless beauty look, but a lot goes into getting these styles just right and once you’ve created a smooth and sleek backcombed style, it’s practically impossible to get the soft curl back again if she decides she doesn’t like it.
Come along to one of our bridal hair courses or sign up to our online tutorials to get confident with all the different types of waves and curls: soft beachy wave, soft, relaxed corkscrew looking curls etc…
Braids are a must have too! Make sure you’re happy with at least 2 or 3 braiding techniques and practice incorporating them into your soft relaxed looking styles. Not sure on these? Join us for our 1 day braiding course!
Keep Detailed Notes
Once you’ve found the perfect style, you will need to keep a record of it so you can recreate it perfectly on the wedding day. Here’s how:
- Taking photos is great so you can see how the finished style looks, but you need to remember exactly how you achieved that look…
- You’ll need to remember all the little things that you did to tailor make this style to make it perfect, so take notes! Pam says “I find it invaluable to write the detail down – how did I curl the hair, did I use a reverse wind or reverse wind with a twist? Tongs, straighteners or heated rollers? What products did I use? Does she like her ears covered to not? How does she like her fringe, her parting the height on the crown? There are so may thing to remember!
It will make your job as a bridal hair stylist so much easier on the wedding day if you know exactly what you have to do to achieve the perfect style, so write everything down in our specially designed wedding hair and makeup planners.