How to Help Your Client Choose Her Perfect Bridal Hairstyle
Bridal hair clients often come in two factions – they’ll either have no idea what look they’re after, or they’ll have their heart set on something very particular. Whilst the first option may be daunting to a newbie hairstylist or an experienced bridal hairstylist feeling a little unsure, it’s actually the latter which has the potential to be the most problematic of the two.
With so much inspiration available out there, from Pinterest to Instagram, most brides-to-be will do extensive research to find a look they love. Getting ideas to work with is great, but selecting a bridal hair style on the basis of how it looks on someone else can be a huge mistake as in actual fact, there are many factors that will determine whether a bridal hairstyle is right for someone or not.
Bridal Hair Stylist Top Tip!
Don’t be shy about offering your expertise.
If your bride has her heart set on a particular hair style always give it a go – even if you think it won’t be right for her.
Gently nudge her in the right direction – using your skill and expertise to adapt the style to suit her than to just re-creating a style from a photo.
You’ve been hired because she thinks you’re great at what you do – work with your clients ideas by all means, but don’t hold back on offering alternatives if you think something isn’t quite right.
Balance Your Bride’s Face Shape
On our Bridal Hair Courses, you’ll learn how to adapt any bridal hairstyle to suit all face shapes, but to do that, it’s helpful to know what it is you’re trying to achieve when altering the ‘do.
It all comes down to creating balance and using different techniques to give your client’s face a more oval appearance. You can often see what needs to be accentuated or minimised simply by taking a look and figuring out their face shape – although reading your client’s body language and listening to their preferences is important too, as you can never really guess which bits they love about themselves and which they don’t.
There are only a handful of standard face shapes that your client is likely to fall under and once you’re familiar with what to look for, knowing what you’re working with will come naturally to you.
On our face to face and online bridal hair courses, you’ll learn all about how to make the most of every face shape and how to subtly tweak hairstyles to make them perfect for everyone.
Consider Outside Influences
It’s not just the bride herself who will have an impact on whether a style works or not, there are plenty of outside contributing factors that you need to consider when figuring out that perfect bridal hairstyle:
The Bride Groom
You might be surprised to hear it, but the Groom can actually play a large role when it comes to helping your client find the bridal hairstyle that is right for her big day.
She may not have considered this, so it’s worth posing questions about her fiance’s height, as this is mainly what it’s going to come down to. If the bride has a husband-to-be who isn’t particularly tall, she probably won’t want to be towering over him in heels, a huge dress and a tall ballerina bun! On the other end of the scale, maybe her partner is very tall and she wants something to make her look taller – it’s amazing what a huge impact the right (or wrong!) bridal hairstyle can have.
The Wedding Venue
Just as it’s so important to get a dress to match the venue, the same goes for choosing that bridal hairstyle.
The look you create for your bride has to fall in line with the look for the whole day ahead. Perhaps she’s having an informal barn wedding where a relaxed, boho style would look best, or maybe it’s a full on Cathedral wedding where only a classic style will do! Finding out all the details is essential for creating the right look during your bride’s trial and therefore key to making her happy and securing that client.
The Wedding Dress
Even more important than the venue, is the dress. The wedding dress your bride will be wearing not only gives you an insight into her style and the theme of her wedding day, it will also dictate where to balance out and what needs to be shown off.
A dress with a daring low back cries out for an up-do, not long hair that hides away that gorgeous detail. An A-symmetrical or single strapped dress needs balancing, perhaps with a bun to the opposite side. A big ballgown needs a hairstyle to match, not one that gets lost in the extravagance.
Ask your bride to describe her dress or better yet, get her to have a photo ready at her trial so you can see it for yourself.
Bridal Hair Accessories
Pam recommends finding a hairstyle that suits the client and then working out where to put the hair accessory – rather than creating a style around the hair accessory.
Don’t worry too much about the position of the veil when you do the trial – it can be easier to work out the perfect place for the veil on the wedding day – when she has her dress on and everything comes together nicely.