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.

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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….

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Blow Drying Course

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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