Bridal Hairstylist Hacks: Tips from the Experts You Need to Know!

No matter whether you’re just starting out on your journey as a wedding hairstylist or you’ve been at it for years, it’s never too late (or too soon!) to learn all the expert bridal hairstylist hacks that make your life working with clients and creating beautiful hairstyles just that little bit easier.


It’s a tall order having to create the most beautiful hairstyle someone has ever had and it can be quite a daunting prospect if you’re worried about getting it right. How do you really know if a client loves her hairstyle at the trial or if she’s just being polite? What can you do to make creating hairstyles easier and more likely to stay put? And is it really possible to make limp, fine hair appear voluminous and gorgeous?


These are just a few of the questions that all wedding hairstylists have whirring through their brains all the time!


Make your job more enjoyable and your hairstyles more successful with these bridal hairstylist hacks:

bridal hairstylist hacks

Choose Your Products Wisely

Finding the perfect products to work with really only comes from years of experience, but luckily for those of you reading this, Pam is happy to share the knowledge she has gained from over 20 years working in the wedding hair and makeup industry so you don’t have to wait to find out!


One of our top bridal hairstylist hacks is about which hairspray you use. If you’re already styling hair, you’ll know that hairspray plays a big part during the preparation, creation and finishing and because so much hairspray is required, you might find that your client’s hair is ending up a bit more wet or crispy than you would ideally like. So, how do you beat this?


Pam’s top tip is not to use less hairspray, but to use the right hairspray!


“I love Elnett hairspray – it’s a classic for a reason – but the stuff you can buy in the shops is too heavy and wet for creating stunning bridal hairstyles. Instead, I only ever use Elnett Professional, which can be purchased at hairstylist wholesalers rather than on the high street. This product has a much finer mist spray action and whilst the hairspray still has a good, strong hold, it doesn’t weigh down the hair like the regular hairspray does”

Keep Your Pins in Place

Many hairstylists struggle with keeping their hairstyles in place once they’re created and this is the last thing you want when working with a bride – they want to feel confident that the style you make for them is going to last throughout the day and night, so having it all slip out at the trial is never a great start!


There are a few bridal hairstylist hacks that you can use to avoid this happening and keep those pins steadfast: First of all, you need to make sure you’re using the correct technique when fixing them in – just simply pushing the pins into the style won’t cut it, especially if the hair is quite heavy. Instead, you must use the up and over technique. Not sure what this is? Join us on one of our 2 day4 day or online courses and Pam will show you!


If you’ve got the technique down but your pins are still sliding out, a dusting of dry shampoo can work wonders. This product isn’t just for mattifying the hair, it’s also fantastic for creating a bit of extra grip.


You will also have an easier job of hairstyling in general if you ask your bride to wash her hair the night before, rather than on the day you’re due to meet. Avoiding conditioner for that last wash can really help as well, as very silky, soft hair is tough to work with.