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.

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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.

Need a confidence boost and refresh for working with your clients? Come on our 2 Day Bridal Hair Course!

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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.

Practice securing veils, tiaras and flowers. Learn with Pam Wrigley on our Bridal Hair Courses

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Fulfilling your dreams is often way farther down the list of priorities in life than it should be. Whether you feel as though you just don’t have the skills or the time to learn them; other commitments such as family or an existing job making it seem impossible or simply that the right course for you isn’t available in your area – these are all reasons that we hear for people making do, rather than reaching for the stars and achieving their goals.

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“After a successful career in film & fashion, working on campaigns for London Fashion Week, Tia Maria, Martini and Renault I discovered my true vocation – Bridal Hair and Makeup!” – Pam Wrigley


If you’ve got your heart set on being a successful Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist, don’t let anything get in your way!

With our Online Bridal Hair Course, you can train with some of the top names in the wedding beauty industry.

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With all of our courses now both Habia endorsed and AQA accredited, upon completion of our Online Bridal Hair Course you will be a fully qualified Bridal Hair Stylist ready to start working with clients and embarking on an exciting career.

The time you spend enjoying our courses is all put towards valuable CPD Hours (Continuing Professional Development) and the AQA Unit Award Scheme, making your achievements with us formally recognised, worldwide and your new found skills highly desirable for potential employers and clients.

Read more about our NEW Habia endorsement and CPD hours on our recent blog ‘Create Beautiful Hair Course – CPD Approved!’ and find out more about the AQA Unit Award Scheme here.

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Our Online Bridal Hair Course provides you with everything you need to become an amazing Bridal Hair Stylist and is suitable for beginners, experienced stylists and everyone in-between!

Here are 5 reasons you’ll love online bridal training:

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Any Time, Any Place


Where you are in the world shouldn’t limit your options and opportunities.

Our Online Bridal Hair Course is available internationally and with our accreditations recognised worldwide, choosing Create Beautiful Hair training is a great way to get ahead in your chosen career across the globe.


Train with Bridal Hair, Braiding and Blow Drying experts from London, in the comfort of your own home!

With over 1500 minutes of in-depth tutorials, you can practice your styles with step-by-step guidance from Pam Wrigley in private with a training head or have fun using your family and friends as models.

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1-2-1 Guidance


The training assistance you’ll get on our course doesn’t stop at our easy-to-follow HD videos…

As an online student, you’ll have access to the ‘Ask Pam’ tab so that you can send Pam Wrigley all of your hair related questions at the click on a button and she’ll get right back to you with a personalised response.


Pam is always happy to help with her student’s queries

From tips for perfecting the techniques that you’re not quite getting to helping you create styles you’ve seen and would love to know how to do, Pam welcomes images of your styles that you want some feedback on and she also gladly receives images of styles you’d like some help putting together.

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Live Webinars


Training online doesn’t have to be a solitary experience!

Join in with Pam’s Live Webinars for a fun, classroom environment online.

Watch Pam LIVE as she creates beautiful styles and demonstrates pro techniques. Ask your questions as she goes along for answers there and then.

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Create Beautiful Hair Online Training offers a learning experience free from high stakes pressure.

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I have more recently, seen a marked improvement in my hair styles and the overall end results and have even surprised myself! I DONT feel too overwhelmed anymore when presented with masses of hair with clients that can have over the top expectations…

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Wedding Hairstylist Tips: How to Work with Thin, Fine Hair

As a wedding hairstylist, you’re going to come across all sorts of hair types and each and every one has certain ways in which in needs to be worked with, for best results.

Many wedding hairstylists learn one way of doing things and then attempt to apply this to all hair types, but this is a straight path to making hairstyling mistakes that are easy to avoid. If you want to be at the top of your game for all clients, it’s important to learn how to work with all hair from thin and fine to big bouncy curls. Equip yourself with fantastic hairstyling knowledge and you’ll never be caught out!

On our wedding hairstylist courses, we always make sure to cover all aspects of styling and give you all the best tips for creating gorgeous styles for a wide variety of hair types so that you go away feeling confident that you can handle whatever your client presents you with.

Remember: if you’re feeling nervous about venturing out into the world of bridal hairstyling and feel as though you could do with some extra help on the go, you can sign up to our online wedding hairstylist course for access to hundreds of quick tips and a direct line of communication with Pam for 1-2-1 help and advice, whenever you need it.

This month on our blog, we’re going to cover some top tips on how to work with different hair types for the very best finish. Today is how to work with thin, fine hair – keep checking back for more!

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Don’t Fear Backcombing


Backcombing looks scarier than it actually is – honest! If you do it right, you’re not going to ruin your client’s hair and it can make all the difference to a finished style.

One of the main things that you want to think about with fine hair is how to add in that extra volume without going crazy on the products and backcombing is a great way to do this. Just a little bit of teasing at the roots can go a long way in really plumping up a style and it will help your grips to stay put too!

Go Easy on the Product


It’s way too easy to overdo it with product on fine hair, leaving it looking limp and greasy, which is the last thing your client is going to want on her wedding day! You’re going to want to use some products such as hairspray and perhaps a dry shampoo or texturizer but steer clear of anything too heavy and instruct your client to not use any product on their hair before coming to you.

Do Use Hairspray


Just because you need to use products with caution doesn’t mean that fine hair doesn’t need it. If you’re curling very thin, fine hair using a great hairspray is essential, or those curls will be dropping out in five minutes!

Regular hairspray can be a bit too heavy to use in the amounts you’ll need for a good curl, even on thicker hair, but we love Elnett Professional hairspray which has a much finer mist. You can’t buy this from high-street shops so make sure that you stock up from hairstylist wholesalers.

Embrace Rollers


We’re big fans of heated rollers and on our wedding hairstylist course, we’ll teach you how to set them perfectly to create an ideal base for every style. Using heated rollers to prep the hair is a must, particularly for fine hair, as this will add much-needed volume that looks really lovely and natural before you even begin creating your style.

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Switch the Parting


If you’re really struggling to get the lift you want in your client’s thin hair, one thing you can try is switching their parting up for one they wouldn’t normally wear. This is a sneaky trick can can instantly give roots a boost away from the scalp for a thicker appearance.


Use Extensions


As a wedding hairstylist, you’ve got to be able to give your client exactly what they want for their big day, so if they’ve got their heart set on a style that is better suited to longer, thicker hair don’t be afraid to use those hair extensions.

Not sure how to work with hair extensions? Check out our recent blog telling you how!

Do you dream of starting a new career as a bridal hairstylist, but just don’t feel you have the time or money to travel to and attend a course? Or are you a wedding hairstylist already who would love to stay on top of all the latest trends and the best techniques from the comfort of your own home, as well as having 1-2-1 advice from an award-winning hairstylist? If this sounds like you, then you’re going to love our AQA  UAS accredited online bridal hair course


We know that signing up for an online bridal hair course can be intimidating and that many other course providers aren’t quite clear enough about what they offer to give you a good idea of what you’re paying for or whether or not the course is really right for you. Create Beautiful Hair really stands out from the crowd in this respect – we want you to be 100% happy in the knowledge that our online bridal hair course is going to meet your needs, and from the feedback we’ve had from our students so far, it looks like we’re doing a pretty great job!

Our Online Bridal Hair Course


Want to know more about our online bridal hair course to figure out if it’s right for you? Here are a few frequently asked questions, with clear and thorough answers to help you decide:

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Who is the course taught by?


Pam Wrigley is an award-winning bridal hairstylist with over 25 year’s experience; a pro-hair live speaker in London and Manchester; a regular featured hairstylist and makeup artist in magazines and blogs such as Vogue, Pro Hairdresser, Brides, Confetti and Wedding Planner and the founder and head trainer of Create Beautiful Hair.


Our in-depth, step-by-step tutorials are brought to you by Pam, who has designed the videos to be able to share her ground breaking bridal hairstyling techniques in a clear and concise way. We also have other expert team members in some videos, to bring you the very best of braids and blow-drying.


You will learn primarily from these video tutorials, but we also have an ‘Ask Pam’ feature, which enables you to send your questions and progress pics to Pam at any time throughout the course. Pam will then get back to you for 1-2-1 coaching – at no extra cost! You can also continue to learn casually and use this feature once you have completed the course, meaning that when you start working you’ll have Pam on hand to guide you.

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What experience level is the course suitable for?


Our online bridal hair course is suitable for all experience levels – even those of you who feel totally clueless about proper hairstyling techniques. All we ask is that you love working with hair! You don’t need any existing qualifications to take part.


Whilst this is the case, don’t let this put you off if you are an experienced hairstylist looking at taking the course. The reason that our online bridal hair course is suitable for everyone is because we have hundreds of video tutorials available at varying levels of complexity.


We offer tutorials right from the beginning, showing how to correctly set rollers and how to prep the hair, right the way up to quite challenging hairstyles and advanced hairstyling techniques. If you are a pro hairstylist though, we do recommend that you watch our simpler tutorials too as the techniques that Pam uses are her own, developed over 25+ years of experience, and even advanced hairstylists often learn something new that completely changes their bridal hair game for the better!


Will I be qualified upon completion of the course?


Yes, you will! Our online bridal hair course is AQA accredited, meaning that upon successful completion you will have an internationally recognised achievement award and will be ready to start working with clients anywhere in the world!


If you’re worried about paying for the course but not managing to successfully complete it, don’t be. Pam is always there to help, so before you submit your final work, you can send it to Pam first so that she can advise you on any changes you might need to make. There’s no rush, we offer 6 and 12 month’s memberships which is loads of time to complete the course at a leisurely pace. If you do find that you need a bit more time when you reach the end of your membership, you can always extend with our great student discounts.


26th & 27th July 2 Day Bridal Hair Course


Want to kick-start your career as a bridal hairstylist or build upon your existing hairstyling knowledge to become the best bridal hairstylist you can be? Our 2 Day Bridal Hairstyling Course, taught by multi-award winning trainer and bridal hair & makeup artist Pam Wrigley, is suitable for ALL experience levels!

Upon completion of our 2 Day Bridal Hair Styling Course you will be a fully qualified bridal hairstylist, with an internationally recognised AQA achievement award, and you’ll be ready to work with clients right away, creating beautiful hairstyles.

Our 2 Day Bridal Hairstyling Course is almost always SOLD OUT well in advance, but if you’re ready to train with us in London ASAP, you’re in luck – we have had a couple of unexpected cancellations on our upcoming course on the 26th & 27th July, due to unforeseen circumstances, so we have some LAST MINUTE spaces available.


BOOK NOW before it’s too late – these places will sell, and they’ll sell fast!


Want to know a bit more about our 2 Day Bridal Hairstyling Course before you go ahead and secure your place? Here’s how we do things on our 5* rated, critically acclaimed short course:


Learn to create beautiful bridal hairstyles in just 2 intensive days, with live model demos by Pam Wrigley and loads of hands on practice time for you with top quality training heads and a chance to practice your new braiding skills on our models.

The idea behind our course is not that you come away knowing how to create a few set styles, but that you will learn the techniques to be able to create ANY bridal hairstyle!


What is the 2 Day Bridal Hairstyling Course Timetable?

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Day 1


  • Styles for short & medium length hair
  • Hair Prep
  • Tumbling up-do’s (Grecian)
  • French Pleat & Audrey Hepburn for short hair
  • Red Carpet styles for short hair
  • Low buns for short hair / Finger waves
  • Tumbling over the shoulder styles
  • Working with extensions
  • Mother of the bride styles


The day starts at 9:30am in our fabulous, bright and airy studio in West London. There is huge amounts of space for you to work in (and only ever a maximum of 10 students on the course) with tons of natural light pouring in through the wall to wall windows. All the equipment for the 2 Day Bridal Hairstyling Course is provided, so everything you need will be ready and waiting for you to get started when you arrive.

After a quick introduction with Pam and her assistant, both who will be there to help you whenever you need assistance during the course, you will begin your training! Pam will demonstrate how she likes to set rollers for the best kind of curls, and then you will get to work.

Once all the basics are covered (which even pro hairstylists find very helpful!) you will be ready to start styling. You will create your first bridal hairstyle before lunch and continue working on a variety of different techniques and styles for short hair all day!

Day 2


  • Working with long, thick, heavy hair
  • Different Curling techniques
  • Vintage waves
  • High Buns & Low Buns
  • French Pleat & Audrey Hepburn for Long hair
  • ½ up styles
  • Plaits: all types covered including rope twists, fishtail & waterfall
  • Using donuts and padding
  • Securing hair accessories
  • Advice on de-coding Google, ad campaigns, pricing
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You’ll be starting at 9:30am again on the second day, but this time (now you’ve got all the intro and basics down) you’ll be ready to start styling right away! Pam will recap anything you feel the need to go over again from the day before and teach you some new techniques too, including how to create different types of curls with an alternative twist of the roller, vintage hairstyling techniques and even some gorgeous braids that you can incorporate in your work.

Today, you’ll be working on long hair with live model demos by Pam again and loads of hands on practice.

When the day is coming to an end, Pam will go over all of her best advice and tips on how to advertise and boost your business.

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