Bridal Hair & Makeup Inspiration for Autumn Weddings

When getting into the bridal hair and makeup industry, many people assume that summer is the busiest time of year but in fact, it’s the autumn months that are often the most popular with couples and wedding planners – so don’t start winding down just yet!

Autumn is such a magical time of year to get married (and one of the most expensive times of year too!) and there is so much scope to play around with slightly ‘warmer’ bridal hair and makeup looks. Summer always sees a lot of barely there, natural makeup and tousled locks and winter is a popular time for heavier makeup and more structured styles, but autumn offers that wonderful in-between ground which gives the best of both worlds. The sun is still shining, but the weather is getting colder and hair and makeup often reflects this.

In today’s blog, we’ll be exploring some of autumns hottest looks for brides – from the most sought after colour palettes to tapping into autumnal themes.

Why not practice some of the styles we suggest, in preparation for your brides? If you need a helping hand, join our online bridal hair course for expert advice and guidance at the click of a button!

Colour Palettes

Autumn comes with one of nature’s most vibrant colour palettes and an autumn bride might want to include this in her makeup look. Warm, bronzed contours; deep, rich red and berry lips all complete with a flawless base, of course! But as a bridal hair and makeup artist, it’s part of our job to stay on top of all the latest fashions, not just the obvious, and that includes colour schemes.

Pantone is the authority on colour for pretty much everything! Clothes, interiors and of course, makeup. The must-have colours for 2019 have already begun to surface, with collections titled ‘Cravings’ and ‘Classico’ providing a fantastic palette for autumn with lots of tempting reds and timeless neutrals. Stay ahead of the curve with your autumn brides and get playing with these gorgeous shades…

Red Pear

Red pear is an essential colour for autumn. A rich burgundy described by the experts as a ‘Deliciously deep red, whose luscious depth entices’. It’s a bold one, yes, but on the right bride this can make the most incredible lip colour. For those feeling a little less brave, keep the essence of the shade but dial it back a bit by keeping it sheer.

Cayenne

Cayenne is one of the most wearable colours of the season, particularly as a ‘pop’ on the apples of your bride’s cheeks for an instant health kick! The coral undertones and soft pink overtones combine to make the most, dreamy shade for most skin tones. Beautiful!

White Swan

You can probably tell from the name that this is a stunning colour for a bridal look and it’s one that is soon going to take centre stage, with many a wedding dress appearing in this warm off-white shade in 2019. Layer it up with gorgeous autumn floral tones for elegant femininity.

Chilli Pepper

A vibrant, spicy red that is possible the perfect red lip shade. This is bold but super flattering, with a luscious pink undertone. If your bride is after a striking Hollywood style  with a contemporary twist, this is the hue for you!

Caviar

Cat eye flicks are always a wonderful addition to a bridal look, particularly one which nods towards vintage fashion, but black can be a little harsh for day wear and often, brown just doesn’t cut it. Enter caviar – the perfect mid black with just a hint of teal. This will really make blue eyes sparkle.

Apricot Brandy

Contouring plays a key role in autumn bridal makeup, but less is more and colours can be more flesh toned than brown. Pantone’s Apricot Brandy shade is a wonderful choice for sculpting cheekbones on fairer skin or giving a fresh apple on darker skin tones. A multi-tasker for your kit.

Bridal Makeup

Autumn wedding makeup for brides paves way for neutral smoky eyes, lightly bronzed contours, deeply coloured lips and a hint of gold – all of which have that amazing combination of sultry and girlish. Playing ‘seasonally’ with makeup is so much fun and is a great way to spark your creativity!

Lips

Summer brides often opt for natural lip shades or stick to that wonderful nude pink tone that Meghan Markle wore so well on her big day, but colder months always bring those darker shades to the forefront, which us makeup artists love!

A slightly sheer plum is a favourite right now, for A/W 2018, but all those reds on the Pantone colour chart for 2019 means that timeless Hollywood red pout is seriously on the radar. If your client has the right complexion for it (usually red heads and warm brunettes), why not play around with some orange undertones too?

Eyes

2018 has been a year for the new lighter smoky eye, featuring greys instead of neutrals but both are big for autumn and heading into 2019. Eye makeup always depends largely on the rest of the face though, particularly the lip. If you’re making the most of those bold, red shades then you could always try out a more delicate eye – a subtle gloss on the lid, a precise cat eye flick and sky-high lashes (with a bit of help from false individuals set in!).

Cheeks

Whatever the weather, a healthy glow is a must! But this doesn’t mean you have to go without that autumnal contouring. Pale skin can look fabulous kept really clear with a pink flush, just like on a brisk winter’s day but we also love a bit of bronze in cooler months, especially on warm skin tones – but easy does it! We still want this looking quite natural, not overdone.

Brows

Eyebrows should never be forgotten. These are the frame of the face and when they’re not done, the whole look is incomplete. Autumn brides are looking amazing with a strong brow, but it’s important to remember that eyebrows are such a personal thing, so go with what your bride loves. Whatever look you decide on though, well-groomed and defined is essential!Embed from Getty Imageshttps://embed.gettyimages.com/embed?assets=464349052,464349194&et=Xp4YA_ORTsFLeMHcg03B_w&tld=co.uk&sig=-oprm4R7NAfDyiB03QyPW3R_MyBASfLtve8ZXl9jDyY=&caption=true&ver=2

Autumnal Bridal Hair

A bride’s hairstyle comes down to so many things, so going purely by the seasons is not something you can really do, but you can certainly be inspired by what seems to be more popular with autumn brides.

Still relaxed, but with a little more refinement than your typical summer styles. This beautiful style worn by Hailey Baldwin is a great place to start!

Hailey Baldwin Hair How-to

This is a fabulous textured low bun hair style, so first thing’s first: get some texture into the hair with mouse and salt sprayNext, curl – using your tongs or straighteners – using just a little bit of Silhouette prep and prime or Osis soft glam prep prime spray. Spritz each section lightly just before you get any heat on the hair for a lovely shine.Once everything is prepped, loosen the curls softly with your fingers before picking up sections from the front. Using the twist and pull technique, bring each section back and secure using a strong hold bobby pin. These are Pam’s favourites – they don’t move anywhere! You can get them from Salon services.Keep bringing hair back and twisting and securing until you are happy with how it looks at the front then finally, pick up all the hair at the back, create a quick easy braid with all the hair, loosen, twist and secure into a fabulous low bun – e voila!

Trouble Shooting

Avoid flyaways by gently spritzing the hair with the prep and prime spay as you go along  BUT avoid ‘wetting’ the hair – just light mists of product are enough. Try to not be too close to the hair when you spray or you will make the hair wet. . . and wet = hard, crispy hair – not nice!

Bridal Hair & Makeup Inspiration for Autumn Weddings

When getting into the bridal hair and makeup industry, many people assume that summer is the busiest time of year but in fact, it’s the autumn months that are often the most popular with couples and wedding planners – so don’t start winding down just yet!

Autumn is such a magical time of year to get married (and one of the most expensive times of year too!) and there is so much scope to play around with slightly ‘warmer’ bridal hair and makeup looks. Summer always sees a lot of barely there, natural makeup and tousled locks and winter is a popular time for heavier makeup and more structured styles, but autumn offers that wonderful in-between ground which gives the best of both worlds. The sun is still shining, but the weather is getting colder and hair and makeup often reflects this.

In today’s blog, we’ll be exploring some of autumns hottest looks for brides – from the most sought after colour palettes to tapping into autumnal themes.

Why not practice some of the styles we suggest, in preparation for your brides? If you need a helping hand, join our online bridal hair course for expert advice and guidance at the click of a button!

Colour Palettes

Autumn comes with one of nature’s most vibrant colour palettes and an autumn bride might want to include this in her makeup look. Warm, bronzed contours; deep, rich red and berry lips all complete with a flawless base, of course! But as a bridal hair and makeup artist, it’s part of our job to stay on top of all the latest fashions, not just the obvious, and that includes colour schemes.

Pantone is the authority on colour for pretty much everything! Clothes, interiors and of course, makeup. The must-have colours for 2019 have already begun to surface, with collections titled ‘Cravings’ and ‘Classico’ providing a fantastic palette for autumn with lots of tempting reds and timeless neutrals. Stay ahead of the curve with your autumn brides and get playing with these gorgeous shades…

Red Pear

Red pear is an essential colour for autumn. A rich burgundy described by the experts as a ‘Deliciously deep red, whose luscious depth entices’. It’s a bold one, yes, but on the right bride this can make the most incredible lip colour. For those feeling a little less brave, keep the essence of the shade but dial it back a bit by keeping it sheer.

 

Cayenne

Cayenne is one of the most wearable colours of the season, particularly as a ‘pop’ on the apples of your bride’s cheeks for an instant health kick! The coral undertones and soft pink overtones combine to make the most, dreamy shade for most skin tones. Beautiful!

 

White Swan

You can probably tell from the name that this is a stunning colour for a bridal look and it’s one that is soon going to take centre stage, with many a wedding dress appearing in this warm off-white shade in 2019. Layer it up with gorgeous autumn floral tones for elegant femininity.

 

Chilli Pepper

A vibrant, spicy red that is possible the perfect red lip shade. This is bold but super flattering, with a luscious pink undertone. If your bride is after a striking Hollywood style  with a contemporary twist, this is the hue for you!

 

Caviar

Cat eye flicks are always a wonderful addition to a bridal look, particularly one which nods towards vintage fashion, but black can be a little harsh for day wear and often, brown just doesn’t cut it. Enter caviar – the perfect mid black with just a hint of teal. This will really make blue eyes sparkle.

 

Apricot Brandy

Contouring plays a key role in autumn bridal makeup, but less is more and colours can be more flesh toned than brown. Pantone’s Apricot Brandy shade is a wonderful choice for sculpting cheekbones on fairer skin or giving a fresh apple on darker skin tones. A multi-tasker for your kit.

Bridal Makeup

Autumn wedding makeup for brides paves way for neutral smoky eyes, lightly bronzed contours, deeply coloured lips and a hint of gold – all of which have that amazing combination of sultry and girlish. Playing ‘seasonally’ with makeup is so much fun and is a great way to spark your creativity!

Lips

Summer brides often opt for natural lip shades or stick to that wonderful nude pink tone that Meghan Markle wore so well on her big day, but colder months always bring those darker shades to the forefront, which us makeup artists love!

A slightly sheer plum is a favourite right now, for A/W 2018, but all those reds on the Pantone colour chart for 2019 means that timeless Hollywood red pout is seriously on the radar. If your client has the right complexion for it (usually red heads and warm brunettes), why not play around with some orange undertones too?

 

Eyes

2018 has been a year for the new lighter smoky eye, featuring greys instead of neutrals but both are big for autumn and heading into 2019. Eye makeup always depends largely on the rest of the face though, particularly the lip. If you’re making the most of those bold, red shades then you could always try out a more delicate eye – a subtle gloss on the lid, a precise cat eye flick and sky-high lashes (with a bit of help from false individuals set in!).

 

Cheeks

Whatever the weather, a healthy glow is a must! But this doesn’t mean you have to go without that autumnal contouring. Pale skin can look fabulous kept really clear with a pink flush, just like on a brisk winter’s day but we also love a bit of bronze in cooler months, especially on warm skin tones – but easy does it! We still want this looking quite natural, not overdone.

 

Brows

Eyebrows should never be forgotten. These are the frame of the face and when they’re not done, the whole look is incomplete. Autumn brides are looking amazing with a strong brow, but it’s important to remember that eyebrows are such a personal thing, so go with what your bride loves. Whatever look you decide on though, well-groomed and defined is essential!

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Autumnal Bridal Hair

A bride’s hairstyle comes down to so many things, so going purely by the seasons is not something you can really do, but you can certainly be inspired by what seems to be more popular with autumn brides.

Still relaxed, but with a little more refinement than your typical summer styles. This beautiful style worn by Hailey Baldwin is a great place to start!

Hailey Baldwin Hair How-to

This is a fabulous textured low bun hair style, so first thing’s first: get some texture into the hair with mouse and salt spray
Next, curl – using your tongs or straighteners – using just a little bit of Silhouette prep and prime or Osis soft glam prep prime spray. Spritz each section lightly just before you get any heat on the hair for a lovely shine.
Once everything is prepped, loosen the curls softly with your fingers before picking up sections from the front. Using the twist and pull technique, bring each section back and secure using a strong hold bobby pin. These are Pam’s favourites – they don’t move anywhere! You can get them from Salon services.
Keep bringing hair back and twisting and securing until you are happy with how it looks at the front then finally, pick up all the hair at the back, create a quick easy braid with all the hair, loosen, twist and secure into a fabulous low bun – e voila!

Trouble Shooting

Avoid flyaways by gently spritzing the hair with the prep and prime spay as you go along  BUT avoid ‘wetting’ the hair – just light mists of product are enough. Try to not be too close to the hair when you spray or you will make the hair wet. . . and wet = hard, crispy hair – not nice!

How To Create Meghan Markle’s Bridal Hair Style

Meghan and Harry may be settling in to their life together as a married couple, but we’re still thinking about that gorgeous wedding day look and we’re willing to bet that many brides-to-be all over the world will be too, for a very long time.

When a wedding a huge as this one hits our media, it’s up to us as bridal hairstylists and bridal makeup artists to be on the ball and have that look figured out to a tee, so when a bride asks you for something just like it (and at least one bride will ask you for something just like it, at some point!) you’ll be confident and raring to go.

We covered Meghan’s beautiful, barely-there makeup in a previous blog and today, we’re looking at that effortless hairdo. Soft, face-framing and ‘very girl next door’ with all the grace and sophistication expected of a Duchess – this is one style that we’re absolutely loving! As demonstrated, despite its casual air, it fits like a dream into a regal, cathedral setting but it would look equally appropriate at a laid back barn or back garden affair too.

The trick to achieving a look like this is not so much it getting the hair to look the way you want it, but rather, getting it to stay that way! Deliberately falling tendrils and a loose appearance takes some serious skill to style in way that keeps it looking just as fabulous by the end of the night as it does when the bride walks down the aisle.

The trick to achieving a look like this is not so much it getting the hair to look the way you want it, but rather, getting it to stay that way! Deliberately falling tendrils and a loose appearance takes some serious skill to style in way that keeps it looking just as fabulous by the end of the night as it does when the bride walks down the aisle.

On our 2 Day Bridal Hair Course, we make sure to take our students through everything they need to know on proper securing and more often than not, even those who have been in the industry for years come away having learned need-to-know tips on creating the perfect foundations for a style, which Pam has developed during her 30 years as an award-winning bridal hairstylist.

Can’t make it to a course? Don’t worry! Pam has also put together in-depth tutorials as part of her online course taking you through these essential points step-by-step.

 

To discover how to create the look faultlessly, with all the little expert tricks and tips you need to make your style really stand out from the crowd, sign up to our online course or book onto one of our 2 day or 4 day bridal hair courses today!

 

To get you started though, here are the basics:

  1. To begin the style, you need to prep the base. For this you have two options: a glossy, bouncy blow dry (this is what Meghans hairstylist went for) or set the hair in heated rollers for lift and volume.
  2. Part the hair in the centre using your tail comb and pull back to the crown.
  3. Next, you want to add some loose waves through the hair using large barrel tongs (32mm). Make sure to wrap the hair loosely and alternate the direction to keep the curls looking natural and relaxed.
  4. Once you’ve achieved the desired movement and texture, pull the hair back into a tight, low ponytail at the nape of the head. Fix with hairspray.
  5. Twist sections of the hair around the ponytail to create the low bun. Loosely wrap these sections around the ponytail to create the voluminous undone bun.
  6. Finish by loosening up sections around the face for a really soft effect. Finish with your Elnett Professional hairspray.

Five Simple Steps to The Best Blow Dry Ever

Achieving that dream blow dry is something that all bridal hairstylists absolutely must know how to do. It might not be something you do a lot, but when you get a client that simply wants their hair blow dried to perfection for their big day, you’d better know how to do and it do it well.

There are different levels of greatness to a blow dry: some hairstylists feel it’s enough to end up with the hair dry and not a total mess; others like to use a particular hairdryer as their tool of choice to create a sleek style but hairstylists who train with create beautiful hair know that blow-drying can be used for so much more.

On our Online Bow dry & hair up course, and our 1 day intensive blow drying course, you’ll learn not only how to blow dry hair to perfection.

You’ll discover amazing pro techniques on how to style your client’s hair big and bouncy, smooth and straight, enviably curly and of course, all with gorgeous volume and movement.

There is no better way to learn than by watching the best in the industry and then going for it with loads of hands-on practice, which is what we offer on our 1 day blow drying course and virtually, on our online blow dry/bridal hair course too. But the next best thing is to get a few great tips that you can then work on at home. In today’s blog, that’s exactly what you’re going to get.

 

Here are five simple steps to the best blow dry ever!

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Avoid Friction

When the hair is still wet and you’re preparing to blow dry, the first thing you’ll need to do is remove around 70% of that moisture. We all know that heat-styling is not brilliant for hair health, so reducing the time that you need to keep those locks under hot air is a must is you want your client to have glossy tresses with minimal frizz.

To do this, you should squeeze the hair in a microfibre towel – never rub, as this friction leaves the hair dry and brittle. Apply a light leave-in conditioner as a moisturiser and detangler and then remove tangles using a tangle teezer.

Prep with Products

Once you have let the hair dry off a bit, it’s time to prep with excellent products! A volumizer spray either just at the roots or throughout the hair for plumper strands all over can really make all the difference to both fine hair that needs a bit of extra filling out and heavy hair that struggles to hold that bounce.

We love the Kerastase Volumifique spray which is milky and lightweight enough to not weigh down the hair, conditioning and a texturizer too which will help to hold the finished style in place for longer.

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Rough Dry

You won’t have the time to allow the hair to air dry to the point where it needs to be, so flip your client’s head upside-down and rough dry, using your fingers to tousle through, until you reach that 70% point.

Always keep moving the heat around the scalp to lift the roots all over and maximise the effectiveness of your chosen products, applied in the previous step.

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Section

Sectioning is a MUST for blow drying hair – you simply can’t achieve any look worth having without it. Follow a basic roller setting pattern for your sections and then begin to blow dry using a mixed boar bristle round brush lifting the section up and away from the face, with the nozzle and air-flow pointing up the hair, from the root to tip.

Once you have dried a section, roll it in on the brush and then clip into a vertical pin-curl on the scalp. Once you’ve made your way around the whole head, your pin-curls will have had at least 5 minutes to cool, so you can go ahead and take those out one by one.

Choose Your Look!

Now that the blow drying is done, you can choose to leave the hair untouched for a neat look and finish with a light hold hairspray, or give the hair a good shake through with your fingers for a more natural, loose style.

Adjust the parting to suit and complete with a spritz of TIGI Full Of It finishing spray (holding the can 10 inches away) for maximum but flexible hold.

Bridal Hair for 2018: The Create Beautiful Hair Favourites

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Whatever the weather, whatever the season; a bride wants to look her best on her wedding day and it’s up to you as her chosen bridal hair stylist to know how to create a bridal hairstyle that leaves her looking flawless…

Some bridal hairstylists see themselves as specialising in more contemporary looks, others in classic bridal styles but if you want to be a really successful hairstylist who stays fully booked all year round and is loved by all clients of all ages, it’s important to know your stuff about a wide variety of techniques.

From beautiful braids to vintage and retro styling, it’s all worth knowing, even if it’s not to your own taste. Sometimes a bride has her heart set on a certain look, but as her hairstylist you might know that what she wants is not always the best option.

Don’t be pushy, always work with her and listen to her wants and needs, but don’t be shy in offering your opinion or alternative solutions. Your expertise might just help her to discover that dream look she didn’t even know was out there! But to get it right, you need to be aware of and skilled in a broad selection of up-dos, down dos, plaits and braids and blowdrying techniques to handle any look.

Find 100s of Styles & Techniques at the Click of a Button…

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When you train with Create Beautiful Hair, you can rest assured that staying on top of all the hottest trends is something we know is key and it is our goal to train you up to be able to create any style.

Our Bridal Hair Online Course is regularly updated with full length, HD tutorials demonstrating new styles and techniques and we’re always hosting webinars too, for a classroom environment where you can get your questions answered LIVE by Pam Wrigley, wherever you are in the world.

On our face-to-face courses, you’ll be amazed what you can learn in just two or four days. We don’t just teach you how to create a certain number of set styles; we teach you the techniques so that you are able to create any style you can dream up! No matter what your experience, beginner or pro, you’ll walk away ready to take on the bridal hair world.

Our up-to-date knowledge of all the best looks is something that comes from our head trainer, Pam Wrigley, being one of the biggest movers and shakers in the bridal hair and makeup world, with high profile clients filling up her books all year round.

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To help you get clued up on all the best bridal styles for the year ahead, we wanted to give you a run-down of some of our favourite looks that we know we’ll be seeing a lot of it 2018.

Side partings, loose wavy blow-driesbraids and bold up-dos are just a few of our predicted bridal hair trends for 2018. Here are our top picks…

Faux ‘Air-Dryed AND Effortless

2018 is predicted to see a huge rise in trend for the ‘wholesome wedding’: Outdoorsy, woodland themes; “naked” cakes and minimal décor. It seems only fitting for the bride to match the theme!

If you have a bride seeking a more natural look for her Big Day, then faux ‘air-dried’ hair is going to be the ‘do for her. Looking effortless yet stylish, unpolished and cool. With minimal products and tools needed, this hair-down look is all about enhancing the hairs own texture. The idea is to keep it looking naturally gorgeous, like it’s just air-dried that way….

Blow-Dry to Perfection!

Master the art of a gorgeous wavy blow-dry on our 1 day Blow-drying Course

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  • Start with damp hair (not wet!) and lightly comb through if needed, although try to do this as little as possible, as you want don’t want to change the hairs natural texture.

  • A little product is vital to make this look work and stop the hair looking fluffy – You want deliberate effortlessness, not genuinely natural hair!

  • Blow dry with a diffuser and lift at the roots. Whether your bride’s hair has a wave or not, a little dab of curl or wave cream like ‘Redken No Blow Dry NBD Airy Cream’ can work wonders.

  • If your bride has fine hair, try adding a little oil to the ends after towel drying to ‘dress’ and then lift and loosen at the roots around the crown to give the appearances of more volume.

  • For extra lift, use those trusty Babyliss heated rollers! If your client would prefer a little extra texture then try ‘Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It‘.

Braided Beauty

One trend we will be bringing with us from 2017, all the way through 2018 is the ever-popular plaits and braids. This is one bridal trend that is here to stay. Whether it’s a classic blow out with a baby hair line braid, a pancaked Dutch braid or a beautifully classic French plait; it’s clear to see that 2018 will showcase some of our well loved looks from the last few years.

Why not give your bride a jaw dropping ‘Wow’, with a beautifully slicked-back ‘do and a trio of braids fastened together at the back to give and soft and romantic feel?

Get to Grips with Plaits & Braids

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  • Set the hair in rollers or blow dry for that essential root-lift.

  • Once the foundation is laid, part the hair into a deep side parting, and spritz with a Sea Salt Spray to add in some texture. We love ‘Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

  • Add a 3 strand braid just beneath the ear on the left side and wrap it across to the right side and secure.

  • Repeat on the right side, securing just under the braid on the left.

  • Using the ends of both braids fold backwards and secure them together with Bobby pins to give the illusion of 3 braids.

  • If you want to add another dimension to this look you can curl the ends of your bride’s hair.

Captivating Curls

Talking of styles that never seem to go out of fashion, let’s talk curls…

2018 bridal hair is all about those waves and curls, natural or not. Loose curls and wavy hair are perfect for all types of bridal looks; whether your client is after an up-do, an all down or somewhere in between. Loose curls and waves are an easy way to achieve that dreamy look that will be seeing so much of in the coming year.

Romantic and sexy, we love this fab texture, even if it is one that makes many bridal hair stylists nervous! Pair bouncy tendrils with woven in flowers in a faux braid, or add in some rope twists for a bohemian half up half down do.

If your bride has natural curls, don’t freak out! We know that this is a challenge many bridal hair stylists out there are afraid of, but with the right techniques you’ll have no problem at all. If your bride is happy to embrace her natural curl, then help her really go for it! Define those ringlets with an excellent curl creme (we love TIGI Curlesque and Boots Essentials Curl Creme) and amp up the volume. If your bride would like to soften her curl, setting rollers in can help to do that in a really gorgeous way, loosening them up and making larger curls rather than tight ones which is often much easier for us to work with if you then want to style an up-do.

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Go BIG or Go BOLD

Top knots and long “Rapunzel” plaits are some of the bolder up-dos predicted to be a huge hit for brides in 2018.

The Top knot may not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to bridal hair, but your more alternative bride may like the idea of something bold.

The Top Knot has the potential to be both edgy and elegany, so it’s a great choice for a variety of brides. It will also suit brides who have chosen a backless dress, perfectly, as this fantastic hairstyle will accentuate all those smaller details of the gown and allow the back of the dress to be on show in all it’s timeless beauty, for a real statement.

Why not incorporate both in to a more daring statement piece?

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  • Make 2 French plaits using the front section of hair

  • Pull back the rest of the hair in to a high ponytail.

  • Plait the pony tail using a fishtail braid and wrap it in to a bun to make the top knot.

  • Wrap the two French plaits around the top knot and secure in to place with bobby pins.

  • Spray a light coating of hairspray to keep in place.

The Create Beautiful Hair Review: Our Favourite Looks from the Golden Globes 2018

We all love a good red carpet event and the year is always kicked off to a supremely glamourous start with the Golden Globes, with 2018 marking the 75th year.

This year, as with all the rest, the hair and makeup offerings were absolutely gorgeous and not to mention inspirational for us hair and makeup artists getting to grips with the latest trends for the year ahead.

The 2018 Golden Globes selection has presented us with some new looks, differing from the boho hair styles that we’ve seen so much of at previous events. This time round, the focus was definitely more on the sleek and chic side of things, with poker straight glossy locks, high and tight ballerina buns and dead-centre partings. That old Hollywood glamour still has its place though, with some vintage styles and the old favourite, Hollywood Waves still going strong.

A fabulous blow-dry always looks the part at a red carpet event! Discover how to create the perfect blow-dry style, from big and bouncy to smooth and sleek, with Pam’s expert tips on our Online Bridal Hair Course

Here are some of our favourite Golden Globes hair and makeup looks of the night:

Alison Brie

Staying true to her Madmen roots, Alison Brie looked stunning on the Golden Globes red carpet with an exquisite Audrey Hepburn up-do (a bridal hair favourite!).

This is one of the first styles you’ll learn on our Create Beautiful Hair courses as it really is a timeless and incredibly versatile style. Ideal for all hair lengths (yes, even short hair) and a fantastic look for a bride who’s after something soft and feminine with a classic edge.

Alison’s accompanying makeup is exactly what’s needed alongside this lovely look. Big wide eye with lengthy lashes and a retro eyeliner flick, slightly flushed cheeks for a healthy glow and of course, a pop of red on those lips. The diamonds don’t go amiss either!!

Try This Style

Watch a short clip from our Online Bridal Hair Course on how to create an Audrey Hepburn up-do

Millie Bobby Brown

As a Bridal Hair & Makeup Artist, it’s your job to have beautiful styles up your sleeve not only for the grown-ups, but for the kids in the bridal party too!

It’s easy to find yourself falling back on a few quick curls or a pretty braid for flower girls and young bridesmaids, but for those who want something a little more cutting edge, looking to Millie Bobby Brown for inspiration.

We love this super-cool, kid-friendly up do that looks cute and quirky whilst still retaining some serious attitude. A sleek high bun would work too, but the addition of the Dutch braid at the back turns this style into something really contemporary. The little details make all the difference!

A fabulous blow-dry always looks the part at a red carpet event! Discover how to create the perfect blow-dry style, from big and bouncy to smooth and sleek, with Pam’s expert tips on our Online Bridal Hair Course…

Sarah Jessica Parker

The queen of curls! Always has been, always will be. SJP never fails to wow with her tumbling, spiral locks, 100% frizz-free and effortless.

These loose waves are sexy and carefree, but still look the part on a more mature subject. Try this on during your trial runs for some of your older, summer brides and if they love it, maybe direct them to have some face framing highlights put in, as seen here, as these really make the style pop.

Madeline Brewer

Hollywood waves have taken on a new look. Here, Madeline Brewer wears that classic over-the-shoulder style but a little more rough ‘n ready than what we’re used to – and we love it!

Kind of like a cross between Hollywood siren and 90s cool girl, it’s the perfect blend for a funky and naturally gorgeous look.

Blow Drying with CBH

5 Simple Tricks to Become a Pro at Blow Drying

 

Everyone loves the way that their hair looks after a trip to the salon and that’s not only down to a fresh cut and colour, a lot of that gorgeous finish is thanks to expert blow drying

As makeup artists & hairstylists, blow drying is a fantastic skill to have up your sleeve for clients who want to get their hair looking sleek, simple and fabulous with plenty of bounce and lustre, so if you want to make it as a top bridal hairstylist, it’s time to pick up your favourite hairdryer and start learning!

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1 Day Blow Drying Course

 

Here at Create Beautiful Hair, we like to make sure that you’ve got all the skills you need to keep you feeling confident and your clients happy, so as well as our Bridal Hairstylist Courses and Bridal Makeup Courses, we also offer a 1 Day Blow Drying Course, with our team expert Jacquie Gee, in London and Manchester.

On this fantastic, intensive course, you’ll learn all the pro tips and tricks to create really stunning styles simply by blow drying the hair. From big bouncy curls to straight and smooth looks, we cover it all with loads of hands on practice!

Master a flawless finish by getting to know all the best tools and products to use for different hair types; discover multiple techniques that yield different results and learn how to create a variety of looks that your clients will love.

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Blow Drying Perfection

 

For truly excellent blow drying

 

Follow these 5 tricks of the trade that make a world of difference:

Divide & Conquer

 

Never attempt to go at it without sectioning first! Correct sectioning of the hair makes a huge difference to the end result so don’t skip this step. Divide the hair into several sections and clip out of the way. Work up from the neckline to the crown for lovely volume and to avoid going over the same section more than once.

 

Keep Your Cool

 

It can be tempting to speed things up by switching onto the hairdryer’s hot setting, but for a frizz-free finish and to avoid damaging the hair, keep the air stream cool at all times. Ideally, the temperature should be comfortable against the back of your hand. If you do need to speed things up a bit, turn up the stream not the heat.

 

Damage Limitation

 

Lots of people assume that blow drying is bad for hair and in excess, that may be true, but what actually causes the problem is the heat damage rather than the blow drying itself. To keep hair healthy and happy, always use a really great heat protection spray, fix a diffuser onto the nozzle to disperse heat more evenly and always get the hair to 80% dry before you start to blowdry.

Keep Your Distance

 

You want to try and keep the dryer at least 8 inches away from the hair to avoid extra heat damage and whipping that barnet up into a bird’s nest! This is particularly important for fine hair that tangles easily but should be applied to all hair types.

 

Flawless Finish

 

It’s those little touches that make all the difference in all aspect of bridal hair and makeup styling, and the same applies here. Always angle your dryer down and blow each strand from root to tip for smooth cuticles (the foundation of smooth, shiny hair).

Once you’ve come to the end of drying your client’s hair into the desired style, blast a stream of cool air down the strands for more elasticity.

blow drying

Blow Drying Course

Watch the live model demo &

Practice the blow-dry techniques yourself

 

Highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to add another skill to their talents

Jacqui was a great teacher who demonstrated well and let us ask questions as and when we needed.

She was very patient and encouraging to all students.

I learnt a lot in the one day and can’t wait to go and practice my blow drying skills on friends and family then paying clients!!

Hannah

I was really impressed with the course.

I learnt more than I expected to and really liked that we were in a small group.

There was a lot of individual help and attention.

Lots of top tips and information including products technique and styling tools.

Rebeccca

Online Blow Drying Course

 

If you cant make our Blow-drying courses in London and Manchester

 

Learn blow drying and bridal hair online with Jacqui Gee and Pam Wrigley – from just £36

Christmas Party Style: Festive Hair & Makeup Looks for 2016

If there’s ever a time to get creative with gorgeous hair and makeup, it’s Christmas! Whether it’s for you or your clients, it’s so much fun figuring out the Christmas party style you’re into for the season.

Whilst there are certain things that never go out of fashion (festive red lippie – we’re looking at you!) there are definitely new trends that appear every year and we’re loving some of the offering for Christmas party style 2016!

 

Here are 5 of our favourite festive looks for you to try out:

Christmas party style

Grown-Up Glitter

 

Yay! Glitter! Don’t pretend like you don’t love it. A guilty pleasure of all girls (and some guys) out there, we’d be lying if we said getting to wear glitter without feeling like our 13 year old selves isn’t a bit of a dream come true.

This year, Christmas party style is calling for ‘grown up glitter’ looks. One makeup trend that is really striking it the glitter lip: go barely there for all other makeup and leave the eyes makeup free but go all out with the dark coloured, sparkly pout!

If going so bold isn’t really your thing, another very popular way to use glitter right now is larger, sparse flecks around the eyes. Hardly noticeable, but it makes all the difference to an overall look.

Mussed-Up Hair

 

Forget smooth and sleek hair this year, for your Christmas party style choose messy, textured and matte.

Bed-head chic takes more skill than you might imagine, so don’t just ruffle it up and hope for the best! Start with heated rollers for that must-have root volume and invest in some fabulous texturising products too.

Pam loves Osis Dust It for it’s matte finish and fabulous hold. If you want to go the natural route, Tabitha James Kraan Organics award-winning dry shampoo does an excellent job as well, and smells great!

 

Glossy Cranberry

It’s true that a vivid red lipstick isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean that you should skip the festive lip altogether.

This year, one of the hottest colours for lips on the Christmas party style circuit is Cranberry – a subtle take on those bright tones.

Normally, for the reds, we love it matte but cranberry works really well with a glossy finish. Think lip tint or stain rather than full on, paired with sky-high lashes. This colour is so feminine and flattering – what’s not to love?

Christmas party style

Keep It Casual

 

If you fancy going for an up-do, keep it casual. Glamour is out this year and ‘thrown together’ fabulousness is in!

When going for an up-do, keep it rough and tousled and not so try-hard. Half up half down styles work great for this as does a swept back do with some added height.

The last thing you want is flat hair though, so be sure to give it some serious volume! Messy buns and braids are of course gorgeous too.

Smoky Eye (With a Difference)

 

Knowing how to do an amazing smoky eye is key to being a great makeup artist – this is something we all love to wear at some point or another. For your Christmas party style, change it up a bit by blending in a deep colour.

Burgundy tones work really well for a gothic edge at this time of year, or if you’re not feeling quite brave enough for that, try a midnight blue blended with a shimmering grey.

Go for Gold

 

Gold is big this Christmas! Whether that’s a golden shimmer underneath your foundation or a strong golden eye, this is one aspect of glitz we’ll be seeing a lot of this season.

Finish golden eyes with jet black, liquid liner for a really striking effect and if you’re going for dewy, gold skin, keep the rest down-played and brush up those eyebrows for a rough edge.

Christmas party style

Want to learn how to create beautiful hair and makeup looks on your clients? Join us on our bridal hair course or bridal makeup course.

Want to discover how to create these looks on yourself? Sign up for our 1 day makeover masterclass!

It’s official! Our LIVE bridal hair webinars with Pam Wrigley have now started, with our first one just gone and lots more to come.

 

You may have heard it through the grape vine already, but it is true that our online webinars, available exclusively to our online students, are absolutely FREE!

 

Join Pam on our live sessions and watch her create amazing bridal hairstyles, ask her your hairstyling questions there and then and even send in your requests for future webinars, if there are any styles you’d love to learn or techniques you feel you need help with.

Bridal Hair Webinars

Bridal Hair Webinars

We know that many of you choose to train with us online because you’re unable to attend one of our face to face courses, and we know that sometimes the idea of training in anything at home can bit a bit daunting if you feel like you’re going it alone. Because of this, we aim to make our online course as interactive as possible and have lots of ways in which you can get to know your teacher, Pam Wrigley.

 

Our live bridal hair webinars are informal, friendly and available to all of our online students – all you have to do is book. Taking part in these webinars is a fantastic way to further your bridal hairstyling education and even gives you the opportunity to see styles you want to learn (if they’re not already available online!) and ask any questions that you’ve been stuck on. It’s also really helpful to listen and learn from other student’s questions, just as you would in any group class.

Bridal Hair Webinars

What to Expect

Our live bridal hair webinars are an hour long and lots of fun, not to mention free for all of our online students!

Once you’ve booked onto your webinar (do it quick because spaces are limited), you’ll need to register your details so you’re ready to go when the time comes. All you need is decent internet to take part.

You won’t be expected to do anything during the webinar, so don’t worry if you’re a complete beginner. However, you will get the opportunity to ask questions at any time as Pam takes you through whatever it is you’re learning about that day.

We’ve got loads of bridal hair webinars coming up over the next few months! Here’s what’s on offer:

 

Soft, relaxed bridesmaid up-do 

 

What You’ll Learn

Learn expert tips for quick hair prep & tips for soft relaxed up-do’s

When

1pm, 23rd September 2016 (GMT)

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Get to grips with hair prep

 

What You’ll Learn

Find out how to work with different hair types and discover which methods work best.

When

1pm, 14th October 2016 (GMT)

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What You’ll Learn

Watch Pam create a soft & relaxed style with fresh flowers – perfect for brides and bridemaids!

When

1pm, 28th October 2016 (GMT)

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What You’ll Learn

Learn how to use the correct brushes and smoothing techniques for fabulous long lasting styles

When

1pm, 17th November 2016 (GMT)

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What You’ll Learn

Discover how to work with extensions for extra length and gorgeousness

When

1pm, 6th December 2016 (GMT)
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Hairstylist Tips & Hairstyle Inspiration

. . .for  the Aternative Bride

 

An ‘Alternative Bride’ or ‘Rock & Roll Bride’ as they are often known, can be some of the most fun clients to work with, but getting the hairstyle right for their big day can sometimes present a challenge if you’re more adept at quite classic bridal hairstyles.

 

When working with Alternative Brides, you need to remember that the key to getting their look right is to allow their colourful character to shine through, whilst still honouring that wonderful femininity that being a bride is all about! They still want to look like themselves, so trying to coax them into a more classic or conservative style is usually not the right way to go.

 

As with working on any bride, the most important thing is communication. Don’t assume anything as a bridal hairstylist, ever! You really never know what people want until you ask, try things out and then ask again and the same applies for Alternative Brides. The best way to get it right is to talk, get to know them, ask questions and of course look at their inspiration photos if they have any. Once you start trying out styles, don’t forget to keep a close eye on their body language too, because brides-to-be at trials aren’t always 100% truthful about how their feeling.

 

If you’re unfamiliar with the Alternative Bride scene, it’s easy to understand why you might feel a little unsure about what sort of styles to suggest. Nothing too outlandish, just something that hints towards a slightly rebel vibe.

Here are some of Pam Wrigley’s recent styles that an Alternative Bride might love:

alternative bride

Tumbling Curls

 

This is a great hairstyle to try out on a bride who wants to show their colourful spirit, whilst still looking very glamorous and bridal.

 

‘Grecian’ over-the-shoulder curls are one of Pam’s bride’s favourite looks, and one of the first styles you’ll learn how to create on our 2 & 4 day bridal hair styling courses, but the way she has styled it here gives it a bit of a unique twist.

 

Just by adding a small quiff at the front with some gentle back-combing, you can transform what is often seen as a more classic bridal hairstyle into a look that really lends itself to the alternative bride scene.

alternative bride

Hollywood/Mermaid Waves

 

Don’t make the mistake that an Alternative Bride won’t want a sleek and smooth hairstyle, as you could very well be wrong! The Rockabilly, metal and alternative scenes are very heavily influenced by vintage fashion, so a silky Hollywood wave might be just what you’re after.

 

This timeless hairstyle looks fabulous with all sorts of wedding dress styles and can easily be given a personal touch with your choice of hair accessory.

 

The hair comb used by Pam for this style could work very well for an alternative bride, as it’s so big it’s almost a fascinator, which is quite fun. You could of course also just keep this look really simple with no accessories at all, or turn it mermaid with a starfish clip or Hawaiian with a large flower behind the ear!

alternative bride

90s Up Do

 

90s/00s fashion has been back in a big way all over the high-streets and runways, and it’s been just as popular on the alternative circuit too.

 

This is actually quite a traditional style, but with a few tweaks such as loose strands around the face or just pairing it with 90s style accessories, it takes on a whole new high-fashion feel.

 

Take your Alternative Bride back for a nostalgia trip and transform her into a totally on fleek fashion icon whilst you’re at it. Preppy proms styles are where it’s at!