start a new career as a Bridal Hair stylst

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working as a bridal Hairstylist

If you’re thinking about starting a new career as a bridal hairstylist – I can strongly recommend it.

Working as a bridal hairstylist is a fabulous job to do.

I’ve been doing this job for over 25 years and I can quite honestly say it is a real pleasure to go to work every day!

Everybody is happy, you get to work in beautiful venues, with people drinking champagne and putting on gorgeous dresses – what is there not to like?!!

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Working as a bridal hairstylist also allowed me to work around my children whilst they were small. Because I was able to work just a couple of hours at the weekend and be at home during the week.

And yet I could still earn a good income.

My bridal hair styling business has changed over the years, and as my children have grown and become more independent, my bridal hair styling business has gone from strength to strength.

BE CREATIVE WITH BRIDAL HAIR STYLiNG

Working as a bridal hairstylist is also a great option If you are thinking of developing it as an aside to your regular 9-5 job.

Not only will you get the chance to be creative and to work with people, but because it is flexible, it has the potential to build and grow as you become more confident.

You don’t actually need a big cash outlay to work as a bridal hairstylist either.

HOw much does it cost to set up as a bridal hairstylist?

You can buy your bridal hair kit essentials for under £200, btw you can get more info on your bridal hairstyle kit essentials here.

And, if you decide to train here with us at Create Beautiful Hair, you’ll be able to get your online bridal hair training for just £197.50 just by using the discount code HOMESTUDY

That’s a saving of almost £200!

So starting a new career as a bridal hairstylist definitely won’t break the bank.

bridal hair stylist course research

As with all things it is worth doing your research.

As you need to make sure you find right bridal hairstyle training course, so you can get your bridal hairstyling career off to a flying start..

Please find below a break down of the online bridal hair course that we have on offer, with information on your course work and exams.

You’ll also get information on the professional insurance you’ll be able to purchase on graduation.

So you really will be ready to start your new career as a bridal hair stylist!

Just get in touch if you have any questions about the online bridal hair course, or about working as a bridal hair stylist, I’m here to help!

Pam Wrigley

Award Winning Bridal Hairstylist & Head Trainer, here at Create Beautiful Hair Ltd

Bridal Hair style online Course Work

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Learn how to create Bridal and Hair-up Styles with Pam Wrigley.

On this course you will be able to work through our in-depth bridal hair course work, step by step, getting hairstyling help and advice from Pam along the way.

Learning bridal hairstyling, blow drying and braiding as you work your way towards starting your new career as a bridal hair stylist.

With over 150 Bridal hair-style tutorials and plus lots of wedding hairstyle facts to learn, we recommend you dedicate a minimum of 50hrs to your online course work.

This will include both practical and written assessments, over 6 modules,

On graduation, you’ll receive a Habia CPD approved certificate in the post.

This will enable you to get discounted professional insurance so you can start your career as a bridal hairstylist.

What’s more, you’ll continue to get ongoing support from Pam for the remainder of your membership.

So you will feel supported as you whilst you find you feet in your new career working as a bridal hairstylist.

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Health & Safety for Bridal Hair Professionals

Module 1

Health & Safety is even more important now than it has ever been, and it must be uppermost on your mind when you start working with your brides.

We have in-depth tutorials covering health and safety, kit advice, supplier lists and product advice for a happy client, a happy bridal hair stylist and a safe working environment.

We also recommend all hairstylists, whether you are a CBH student or not, take a look at this very helpful and informative course with Barbicide.

Because it will bring you bang up to date with all the latest health and safety requirements required in the midst of the pandemic.

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Bridal Hair Prep & Correction Foundations

Module 2

Find out how to set the right foundations & secure the hair properly to create any bridal hair style.

Learn how to prep the hair, creating different curls and waves, using tongs, straighteners or a blow-dry. We’ll also show you how to achieve fabulous Hollywood waves and soft corkscrew curls

You’ll learn how to create beautiful textured hairstyles we see on Instagram every day, they really are easy. . .when you know how to do the hair prep.

What’s more, you’ll also get answers to all those niggling concerns, such as:

When should you wash the hair? Which curling technique works best on fine hair? Discover the answer to these questions and lots more.

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Working with Extensions & Padding in Bridal Hairstyles

Module 3

Bridal Hair Styles

You may be surprised just how many of the bridal hairstyles we see on Instagram and Pinterest have been created with the aid of hair extensions.

So, it is important that you learn how to incorporate them into your wedding day hairstyles, before you start your new career as a bridal hairstylist.

On this course, you will find out how to work with extensions and padding, so enabling you to create a wide range of amazing bridal hair styles.

In short, we have bridal/wedding hair style tutorials that specifically cover working with extensions for instagram worthy wedding hairstyles.

Knowing how to use padding will also help you push your creativity, enabling you create great wedding hair styles for different hair lengths.

working with hair extensions, braids and braiding hair tutorials for bridal and wedding hairstyles by Pam Wrigley

Plaits & Braids for Bridal Hairstyles

Module 4

Every great bridal hair stylist must know his/her plaits & braids – they never go out of fashion!

So whether you are braiding the hair for a flower girl hairstyle, or you are incorporating braids into a hairstyle you are creating for a bride, this topic needs to be covered.

With a great choice of braiding tutorials to choose from learn how to create Fishtail, Dutch, French, Waterfall braids (and many more), you’ll be equipped for any braided style.

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Bridal Hairstyles, Relaxed Wedding up-do’s & Vintage Bridal Styles

Module 5

Bridal Hair Styles

Everyone loves the ’I woke up this gorgeous’ look of a relaxed bridal style, but all stylists know that a lot more work goes into that then it might appear! 

Fashions are always changing – find out how to adapt the styles and make them your own.

In this section you will be tested on your creativity, and will be asked to create hairstyles for long, short and medium length hair.

When it comes to your exam work the choice is up to you.

You can create smooth sleek styles, textured up-do’s or classic bridal hairstyles, and submit the to Pam for feedback and marking.

We have hairstyle tutorials that you can watch on each subject.

And, what’s more, if there is a specific bridal style you would like to learn, simply send your photos into Pam and she’ll be able to create a style tutorial for you.

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Working as a Bridal Hairstylist

Module 6

Watch Pam as she works with a bride on a wedding trial and find out how she effortlessly creates different bridal hairstyles.

By now you will have seen Pam working with different hair types, fine/ thick hair, straight or wavy, Afro hair and natural curls.

However, being a great bridal hair stylist isn’t just about creating beautiful wedding hair styles. You also have to know the ins and outs of working with your clients and how to keep them happy.

Find out how to execute the perfect trial run and keep your cool on the big day.

On the wedding day it will be your job to secure the veil and the hair accessories. Luckily, we have tutorials showing you how to secure the veil, working with fresh flowers and also how to secure all things sparkly!

You’ll find tutorials covering all this and more besides, on our online bridal hair course.

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Beautiful Hair-up & Bridal Hairstyles

You’re not alone on this course!

Pam is available throughout your membership to give you tips and advice on anything from creating the right curl to the finishing touches – In fact, she loves getting your questions and progress pictures!

Join the Student Forum, send your questions, images and get feed back on your hairstyling progress at any time.

You an make the first step to starting your new career as a professional bridal hairstylist today. Follow our in-depth, step-by-step tutorials and be amazed at how much you learn!

You can also keep Pam in your pocket when you’re working with clients. Because you’ll have her professional advice available at the click of a button, whenever you need it!

Learn how to blow dry

Blow-drying techniques

Get ready for some serious blowdrying

Join us online and master perfect blow-drying techniques for a flawless finish.

Build your confidence and master a variety of blow drying techniques as you learn how to work with long, short and medium length hair.

Learn how to achieve a big, bouncy blow dry, a curly blow dry and then master the smooth, sleek blow dry.

Your clients will love a good blow dry. . . so make the most of the growing demand for hairstylists who can do a beautiful blow dry..

Professional Bridal Hairstyle INsurance

Discounted Professional insurance

Before you start your new career as a bridal hair stylist and start creating beautiful bridal hairstyles on your clients, it is a good idea to start looking at professional insurance.

Here at Create Beautiful Hair we are extremely pleased to be working with Balens, so we are able offer our graduates discounted professional insurance.

What’s more, we are the only online bridal hair course offering this service to our student graduates*.

All you need to do is complete the online bridal hair course and successfully submit your exam papers and you will be eligible to get professional insurance with Balens.

Balens were founded in 1950 and are an ethical 4th Generation Family Brokerage with 50 staff and 80,000 plus clients. They have been looking after Health and Wellbeing Professionals for over 21 years.

*refers to collaboration with Balens, correct at the time of publishing 7/3/21.

1. ONLINE BRIDAL HAIR COURSE

1-2-1 help & advice

WAS £395

NOW £295

2. BRIDAL HAIRSTYLE TUTORIALS

Monthly Payment

NO CONTRACT

ONLY £9.99

ONLINE HAIR-UP, BLOW-DRY, BRAID & BRIDAL HAIRSTYLING

Join us and learn how to create beautiful hair styles by following our wide selection of hair style tutorials.

There are over 150 in-depth hairstyle tutorials on the online bridal hair course.

So you’ll be able to learn hairstyles for long and short hair, curly girl styles, blow dry tutorials, braids and Afro hair style tutorials.

So there’s lots to choose from!

We have 2 membership options available so you can choose a learning method that is best for you.

Including hair up, braids, blow-dry, curly girl and Afro hair style tutorials.

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5 New Years Resolution to Boost Your Career as a Bridal Hair Stylist

Just because we’re in February now doesn’t mean that we’re going to let you off no sticking to your new year’s resolutions! We’re good like that.

Here at Create Beautiful Hair, we’re not so keen on the old half-hearted diets and expensive gym memberships that never get used, for us, it’s all about what we can do to grow our business and continue to thrive as a Bridal Hair Stylist.

Knowing what to do to help your career progress can be a tricky one. You might be just starting out or perhaps you feel as though you’re ready to expand into bigger and better things. Whatever stage you’re at, it’s always good to be thinking ahead, from knowing all the hottest trends to picking up more and more work, so we’re going to let you in on all of our best industry secrets to keep your business booming – even during the quiet, winter months…

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Get Online

First thing’s first: if you’re not online, get online.

By that, we mean a website, a Facebook business page, a business Instagram account…the lot! If you’re not accessible on the world wide web, not only are you going to be impossible to discover but clients already considering you will lose faith that you’re their best choice.

Having a really sharp, professional looking website with all the necessary info on helps to build trust and reliability before a bride even makes first contact. If you don’t have a website, or at the very least a business page on Facebook with lots of great reviews, then a bride is going to start wondering if you’re experience enough or even ‘legit’.

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Get gorgeous photos up in an easy-to-navigate online portfolio, list your prices, make sure that your contact details are clear and simple to find and provide some information about yourself too – your brides-to-be want to get a feel of their bridal hair stylist and know that they are qualified, friendly and confident.

 

TOP TIP:

Online reviews are crucially important these days, so if you haven’t got any of those yet it’s time to get to work getting some out there! Create some stunning styles for family and friends and ask them to leave reviews on your Facebook page and on Google+ reviews too.

Don’t be shy about getting in touch with old clients either to ask them to put one up as well. Send an email with the links they need to take them right to the review page to make the process easy as pie.

Invest in Yourself

Anyone who works hard and sticks at their passion WILL get a ‘big break’ at some point, but it can take a little while to get there. The most important thing you can do as you make your journey as a Bridal Hair Stylist is to invest in yourself and be learning, continually.

Always be practicing, always be discovering new styles and techniques. Our Online Bridal Hair Course is a fantastic way to keep your head in the game even when things are a bit quiet. You can spend your free time brushing up on everything from correct kit care to the perfect blow-dry. Never rest on your laurels – if you want this, you’ve got to put the time in.

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Always Be Learning

Online Bridal Hair Course

Go to Events

Hiding yourself away and hoping that the work will just come to you is not great business practice. If you want to be a successful Bridal Hair Stylist you’ve got to put yourself out there, get known and if you get the opportunity, show off your skills!

Wedding fairs can be an excellent place to source new clients, so start researching upcoming events and aim to get booked into at least one. Attending the big hair events such as Pro Hair Live and the Bridal Exhibition is invaluable too – pop along, take in some seminars and catwalks and mingle. Make those contacts!

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Be Pro-active

Even if you’re struggling to get paid work, don’t be down about it, just use that time to assist wherever possible (this often will lead to paid work!) and stay focused when you do. There’s no point going along to work but not paying enough attention to learn anything: watch how to lead stylist does things, stay on top of what products and tools he or she might need next and be brave enough to jump in if they ask you to.

As a Bridal Hair Stylist in such a competitive industry, it’s up to you to think outside the box to get more work. Get in touch with PR companies, magazines, other hair stylists or makeup artists and event teams and ask if they are looking for a hair stylist. You never know – you might make a career-changing call at exactly the right time!

Wedding Hairstylist Must-Haves: Tools & Products You NEED in Your Kit!

wedding hairstylist can only do so much without an amazing kit to help create those gorgeous styles, but with so many choices of products and tools out there it can be hard to know where to begin. Messing up on buying those all-important essentials can be a costly and time-consuming error, so aside from your pins, grips, tail comb and padding, we thought that we’d share a few of Pam’s absolute must-have items to set you on the right track.

Wedding Hairstylist Products

TIGI Catwalk Curlesque Curls Rock Amplifier

For curls that rock, look no further than this incredible product – a firm favourite of Pam’s for smooth, frizz-free curls with perfect definition that lasts.

 

Boots Essentials Curl Cream

Price isn’t always everything: This product has been around for ages and for a bargainous £1.99, you really can’t go wrong – so stock up! This curl crème is ideal for smoothing out curls that are a bit more stubborn than your average.

Dust It by Schwarzkopf

Dry shampoo isn’t just for bad hair days, it’s also brilliant for creating beautiful volume at the roots and great texture throughout. If you’re struggling to get a grip to stay put on extra silky hair, a quick dusting of this should sort you out. Although this is an awesome product, it’s not so brilliant on dark hair as it can show up in an ashy tone. Label.M Brunette Resurrection Style Dust is Pam’s go-to alternative for brunettes and raven haired beauties.

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Elnett Professional Hair Spray

Note the ‘professional’ here – you are a wedding hairstylist after all! This is not your standard Elnett hairspray that you can pick up from chemists and supermarkets. Unlike the highstreet product, which has a tendency to be a bit too wet and crispy for flawless styling, this pro version is available at most beauty wholesalers. Go for regular for a natural looking hold.

Wedding Hairstylist Tools

Babyliss Pro Heated Rollers (x2!)

Pam always uses Babyliss Pro heated rollers on the Create Beautiful Hair Bridal Hair Courses to create the dream foundation for any style. They’re easy to use, quick to heat up and cool down and they will give every style the perfect volume and root lift from the get-go.

Buy two kits and always bring both with you – this way you’ll never not have enough rollers and you can be heating more up as you work. If you need extra, individual rollers, you can buy those too.

Diva Wands

Creating all sorts of different curls and waves is a cinch with your trusty tongs and wands, but which size should you get? Pam always recommends that her students invest in 19mm & 25mm tongs and 25mm-13mm wand. Diva wands are an excellent brand and as an added bonus, they all come with heat proof gloves which is an invaluable bit of kit for a wedding hairstylist.

GHDs or Coroliss Straightening Iron

Quick and easy ringlets for flower girls or the tool of choice for smooth and sleek styles, there’s a reason that GHDs are so popular – they really are fantastic! Coroliss is another, lesser known brand that makes superb straighteners and these are actually Pam’s number one choice and what she uses on her own brides.

 

Boar Bristle & Nylon Hair Brush

A regular, plastic brush won’t cut it if you want to keep your styles perfect and free from flyaways. Whether you go for a classic Mason Pearson or a budget (but almost as good!) version by Sonia Kashuk or Denman, make sure that it’s aa boar bristle and nylon mix, for the smoothing and detangling action in one.

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Fishing Tackle Box

Not strictly a tool but definitely something worth a mention – where are you supposed to keep all of your black, brown and blonde pins and grips? In a fishing tackle box of course!

This is one of Pam’s top tips of the trade and how she keeps all of her bits and bobs really organised – a must when you’re keeping to a strict wedding timetable.

A/W 2017 Hair Trends: Our Favourite Wedding Looks for Autumn Brides

As we head out of the summer months where beachy waves and boho bridal styles still reign supreme for contemporary brides, it’s time to turn our attention to what’s hot on the catwalks right now and what we’re set to be seeing a lot more of in the coming months.

 

As a bridal hair stylist, it’s part of your job to know all of the latest looks that are on trend so that when your client looks to you for advice on the best look for them, you’ve got all the latest tricks up your sleeve. For autumn brides this year, there are a range of gorgeous looks that have taken on the autumn/winter fashion week catwalks that translate beautifully for brides-to-be getting ready to walk down the aisle.

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Here are three of our favourite catwalk looks for Autumn brides:

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Romantic

 

It’s not often that a high-fashion catwalk look translates so perfectly to bridal styles without some tweaking, but this year, we’ve lucked out!

 

Romanticism was a huge deal for most of the labels who had models strutting their stuff at London Fashion Week and so we’re feeling massively inspired by lots of designer hairdos.

There were many different ‘romantic’ styles to choose from, but it was the texture that remained consistent through them all. Super-soft, airy and almost wispy texture is what you should be aiming for when creating a romantic style for your autumn brides that is really on trend. Keep styles loose and wavy with candy-floss lightness and a natural finish. Having strands framing the face works here too to add some extra softness.

 

Pam loves OSIS Dust It for adding gentle lift at the roots and a soft, matte texture throughout the hair for delicate styles. This product will also provide much-needed grip without being at all noticeable, which is invaluable for keeping these very loose styles in place.

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Fantasy

 

Whether you’re feeling inspired by Game of Thrones or just general mythical tales with princesses, mermaids and fairies, now is your time to have some fun with fantasy on your Autumn brides.

 

Taking the ‘ethereal’ look to the next level, we’re seeing a lot of middle partings with hair tucked behind the ears for an elven feel, soft waves and lots of braids!

 

Team these styles with magical tiaras and glittering hair accessories to complete the fantasy feel.

 

The Ice Queen is a look that is starting to come to the forefront too, which is more of a high-gloss sleek look rather than bouncy and wispy. Get this ready for winter and pair with extra pale complexions and rosy pink cheeks for that ‘just-in-from-the-snow’ flush.

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Try a rope braid in one of your styles for a simple, ethereal look!

Get to Grips with Braids!

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Bed Head

 

The natural look is usually reserved for summer, but this year autumn brides are getting to have a go at the ‘I-woke-up-this-gorgeous’ styles too!

 

Less Boho and more rebellious though, the Bed Head styles we’re seeing are brimming with attitude – perfect for less conventional brides wanting something a little more ‘rough around the edges’.

 

This is the epitome of the cool-girl look and is without a doubt a youthful style that would suit a fashionista bride down to the ground. There are lots of brides-to-be out there who want to look amazing on their wedding day but at the same time, they very definitely want to look and feel like themselves and often, the classic bridal styles are not something they want. If this is the case, definitely give bed head a go!

The trick with creating a successful bed head look is to not be fooled into thinking that just because this is a style that looks ‘un-done’ it involves less work. Just as creating a flawless but seemingly effortless makeup look can sometimes actually present more of a challenge that heavy makeup, the bed head look is the same.

 

Always set the hair in rollers first for that essential root lift and movement throughout the hair and use multiple, great products for different areas – mousse or texturizing dust for the slightly fluffy roots, a lightweight styling paste like Move Ability 05 Styling Paste or a light hold hairspray for some roughness and hold on the lengths and a smoothing lotion/serum for the ends.

How to Nail Your Bridal Hair & Makeup Trial Run Every Time

Before you actually hit the ground running as a bridal hair & makeup artist, it would be easy to think that being successful and having a diary full of booked clients comes down entirely to your practical skill, but as with any career involving working with people, it’s the way that you treat your clients, communicate and go the extra mile that will make the difference between you and the next stylist.

Of course, skill is paramount and you need to be ready to create that dream style for your bride (which is why, on all of our Bridal Hair Courses, we’ll teach you the techniques to be able to produce ANY style!) but you’re never going to get to that point if you don’t take the steps to ensure that your trial run is a huge hit.

As a bridal hair & makeup artist, you only get one shot at proving that you are the one for the job above all others, so before you have your next trial run, make sure that you’re clued up on how to nail it, every time.

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Prep the Bride

 

Communication is key when it comes to being an amazing bridal hair & makeup artist and this should start before you even meet your client…

 

From the first point of contact, it’s on you to not only make sure that your bride-to-be feels special and well taken care of, but that she also feels prepared for the upcoming trial run. It’s not just you who feels the pressure of getting this right – she’s eager to find that dream look too!

To effectively prep your bride, you need to fill her in on all the things she can do in advance to help her feel ready when you finally meet.

 

Laying some ground rules on how she should arrive with dry, product-free, un-styled hair preferably washed the night before will make your life a lot easier!

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Ask your bride to have a think about what’s important to her – what she loves and wants to show off and what she’s not so keen on and wants to disguise or work around. Let her know that you don’t expect her to arrive knowing exactly what she wants (this is something you’ll figure out together) and not to stress if she’s totally clueless. She wants to know that she’s in good hands as well as being part of the process.

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Talk & Listen

 

When the day of the trial finally arrives, you might be brimming with ideas that you would love to bring to life on your bride and that’s great! But don’t be pushy.

 

It’s a fine line between making expert suggestions and recommendations for looks that you think will look beautiful (which is usually welcomed!) and making a bride feel as though she doesn’t really have a say in the finished result.

 

Listen to her responses as you talk and as you work with both your ears and your eyes – often body language speaks much louder than words.

 

To be a great bridal hair & makeup artist, you need to be a great listener. Talk to your client about everything, not just her hair and makeup, as her overall plans for her big day should impact the style you discover together for her as much as anything else.

Be Prepared (With Pam in your Pocket!)

 

No bride wants a bridal hair & makeup artist who is unsure of themselves, so be confident by being well prepared.

 

Practice makes perfect, so work on your skills non-stop on the run up to your trials or attend one of our 2 Day Bridal Hair Courses to perfect your skills.

Our Online Bridal Hair Course is an invaluable tool for all bridal hair & makeup artists during a trial run, as you can watch our 100s of quick tip videos at any time and solve any number of issues in a instant. Keep your phone on you and if you find that you’re struggling to get a style to stay put, getting a curl to hold or any other problem you can nip to the loo and watch Pam take you through how to sort it, step by step, in just a minute or two!

Use Your Planner

 

You can now buy the bridal hair and makeup planners that Pam uses with her clients in our online shop!

 

As you’re working your way through the trial run, you absolutely must make notes so that when the wedding day comes around you can recreate the exact look that your client loved so much before, without having to try and remember which techniques or products you used off the top of your head. This will also help you to work out a timetable for the day so that you bride and the bridal party are all ready on time!

 

Buy your bridal hair planner here and your bridal makeup planner here.

Expert Tips on How to Have an Amazing Bridal Hair Photoshoot

Now that you’re a trained and qualified Bridal Hair Stylist, it’s time to show your talent off to the world and what better way to do that then by taking part in some fantastic photoshoots?

If you’ve attended our 4-day Bridal Hair Course you’ll already be off to a head-start with fab images from our professional portfolio photoshoot on the final day, but whether or not you already have these starter images, you’re always going to need more as an up-to-date portfolio showcasing all of the latest looks is a huge selling point when it comes to getting work with new clients.

Not trained yet or need a refresh?

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Every skilled Bridal Hair Stylist can get a photoshoot together without any expense if you arrange a shoot where the final images benefit everyone involved.

 

If you’ve never set up your own Bridal Hair photoshoot or been part of a professional set up then you might be feeling a little bit nervous and wondering what you need to do to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

Here are a number of things to take into consideration before, during and after a shoot to better your chances of getting the results that you’re after and keeping everyone involved happy:

Find a GREAT Photographer

 

You won’t get far on a photoshoot without an awesome photographer, so the first thing you need to do is start pitching your idea to photographers you love who you think might want to be involved.

It’s unlikely that a high-end photographer who is already getting lots of work is going to want to take part in a job where they don’t get paid (although keep an eye on casting calls on websites like Model Mayhem, as you never know, you might come across a pro needing a hair stylist for a test!), but there are plenty of very talented photographers out there who, like you, are building their portfolio too.

Don’t settle for just anyone – if you don’t like their work, it’s unlikely you’re going to be happy with the end result of your photoshoot. Talk to photographers you work with on jobs and put your own casting calls up on talent scouting sites suggestive a TFP (time for print) collaboration.

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Contact Suppliers

 

You’re not the only one looking for gorgeous photos of their work! From wedding dress designers to Milliners, if you have a talented photographer on board and a great idea for a shoot or an amazing location you can easily collaborate with all sorts of wonderful people who can take your portfolio shots to the next level.

Having your model(s) dressed for the part can make all the difference, so if you can get hold of some beautiful gowns and hair accessories to work into your looks in exchange for the suppliers getting to use the finished photographs too, all the better. Just be sure to take extra good care of anything you borrow and return it in a timely fashion so you stay in their good books!

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Scout Locations

 

Studio shots are great, if you have access to a studio and your photographer has lights and backdrops that they can use. If you don’t have these extras, you might be better off having the photoshoot on location using natural light instead, in which case you need to find somewhere that will look fantastic as a backdrop for a bridal photoshoot.

 

If you know of a venue that you would love to use, you could always try your luck and ask if you can use it for free (they can only say no!), but failing that, consider themed gardens, abandoned buildings and depending on where you are, maybe even a castle! There are lots of ruins open to the public that would look wonderful in bridal photoshoots, but be prepared the reschedule or have somewhere else to go if the weather turns.

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Know Your Styles

 

Even the most experienced Bridal Hair Stylists should plan ahead for photoshoots by looking at their model’s hair and figuring out which styles they’re going to create, in advance.

Start off with simple styles and build up to styles that need backcombing and structure, that way you’ll be able to create a variety of different looks for your model. CBH online students can watch Pam’s trial run tutorial to find out how to create 10 different looks in under 2 hours.

Find out more info here

Winging it on a photoshoot is a bad idea if you want to ensure that you get the chance to showcase your best work, so do your homework, practice and arrive prepared.

Don’t forget to adapt the styles to suit your models face shape – watch Pam’s quick video for help and advice.

Need some inspiration? Here are some of Pam Wrigley’s most recent bridal hair styles!

Don’t forget: If you’re a CBH online student and you’d like to learn more about how to create these looks or any others you love, get in touch with Pam for 1-2-1 advice.

How to Win at Instagram for a Serious Bridal Hair Business Boost!

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Most of you will probably have an Instagram account for personal use, but if you’re not signed up and making the most of this fantastic social media platform for your Bridal Hair Business, then you’re missing a great opportunity.

 

Instagram has recently made it so that you can set your account up as a business account and receive access to insights about your posts, making tailoring your uploads to get the best audience response possible even easier!

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As a career that has the potential to offer you some really gorgeous images, Instagram is one of the best marketing options for Bridal Hair & Makeup Artists all over the world and with an estimated 500 million users, this is a free advertising opportunity you can’t afford to miss out on! But as with all social media, it’s not as simple as setting up your account, uploading gorgeous photos and waiting for those likes and followers to roll in: if you want to grow your business, you’ve got to learn how to work your Instagram feed for the win.

 

Find out how to take the photos you need for a successful Instagram account on on blog ‘How to Take Amazing Photos for your Social Media’

 

Ready to transform your Instagram feed into a new avenue for success? Here’s how to win at Instagram for a serious Bridal Hair business boost…

Know Your Goals

 

When launching an Instagram feed for your business, you need to treat it as the marketing tool it is and work out some kind of plan to stick to that will help to reach your goals, but before that, you need to know what your goals are!

Do you plan on using Instagram to showcase your work to your customers and potentially generate new leads? Do you want your feed to be a ‘behind the scenes’ access point or more of a portfolio? Or is your main goal just to get the followers in and decide what to do next once you’ve got a small audience set up?

Once you’ve figured out what you would like to achieve from setting up a business Instagram, you can then start making plans for more specific goals, such as how many followers or likes you aim to get in a month or how many photos or videos you would like to try and upload. Having structured goals will help you achieve what you’re setting out to do, in the long run.

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Use Business Insights

 

As of 2016, Instagram introduced their new business platform with built-in insights for users to work with to really get the most out of their posts. Business accounts are not so much about what you want to post, but more about what your audience wants to see and these insights can help you figure out what that is.

Start off by trialling different types of posts to see what sort of response they get: videos, motivational posts, behind the scenes, portfolio shots, pics of your clients and maybe even a competition! This is a great way to quickly figure out what your audience enjoys, particularly when teamed up with trending hashtags.

You can take insights one step further and download a separate tool, such as Iconosquare, to monitor all of your posts closely, including success of hashtags and overall growth.

 

Top Tip: If you want to make sure that all of your posts are as good as they can be, write yourself up a ‘content calendar’ so that nothing is left to spur of the moment, rush entries.

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Optimise Your Profile

 

As a business feed, your Instagram needs to essentially be used as a shop window. No mess is allowed and everything needs to be clear, user-friendly and on brand.

Make sure that your username is recognisable and obviously representing what you have to offer, as this is going to be how people find you! Ensure that your profile is PUBLIC, not private; add your full business name into the ‘name’ section in settings and include a link to your website in your bio. It’s great to change this link up sometimes too, in line with a call to action in your posts. For example, if you’re asking people to read your latest blog, put the direct link to this in your bio.

When you post, you can optimise these too by adding your location, posting relatable content, using trending and relevant hashtags, only uploading beautiful images and asking your audience to do something ie. Comment or read your blog.

 

Need a website to link to or help with a blog to help promote your business? Visit www.seotrotblogs.com and contact Ruby quoting ‘Create Beautiful Hair’ for special student discounts on her services!

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Always Use Hashtags

 

Hashtags are a must for getting your pics out there, but they have to be relevant to your post or you may end up losing followers rather than gaining them!

Take a look at some of the top Bridal Hair & Makeup Artist feeds and see which hashtags they are using. Do this regularly, as these are constantly changing.

You could even start up your own brand hashtag and try gaining some popularity by encouraging others to use it too. If you do this, it has to be unique to you and your brand so that you don’t end up overlapping with the competition!

 

Love these tips? Don’t forget to share with your friends!

How to Get Your Facebook Business Page Working for You

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Getting your Bridal Hair business online is great, but simply setting up your social media pages and hoping for the best isn’t going to get you very far. If you want to expand your reach and get your services out to the right audience, there’s a lot more to it…but where do you start?

Read this blog for expert advice on how to get your Facebook business page working for you and check back for more on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter too!

On the final day of our Bridal Hair Courses Pam Wrigley lets her students in on all of the business secrets that have helped her to become one of the UKs top Bridal Hair & Makeup Artists.

If you’re an online student, this great advice is also readily available to access at your leisure in the form of tutorials and live webinars with our favourite business consultant, Richard Johnson! But for those of you who have yet to become a Create Beautiful Hair student, the business side of things might be leaving you feeling a little perplexed – especially when it comes to social media.

Facebook can be a fantastic tool for both up and coming and established businesses and freelancers hoping to promote their work and services, but if you’ve set up your page and you’ve yet to see the benefit, there’s probably a good reason for this.

We collaborated with Richard Johnson of Spinach Consultancy to pick his brains on how to really make the most of your Facebook business page…

Get Your Facebook Business Page Working for You

Strictly Business

 

Many people fall at the first hurdle when it comes to setting up their Facebook business page, leaving them feeling at a loss when the likes don’t start rolling in. First thing’s first with your Facebook page: it HAS to be strictly business.

Setting up a personal page for your services or simply using your existing personal account to promote your work just isn’t going to cut it – if you want Facebook to work for you as a marketing tool, you’ll need to set yourself up with a business page in the first instance.

Lots of you Bridal Hair & Makeup Artists out there are just a tad tech-phobic, but there’s really no need! Setting up a Facebook business page is really easy:

 

  1. Log in to your personal Facebook account and open your profile page

  2. Click the ‘Pages’ header in the left navigation

  3. Click the ‘Create a Page’ button

  4. Select ‘Local Business’

  5. Follow the step-by-step instructions, filling in all of the info fields along the way

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Focus on Branding

If you take a look at some of your favourite businesses Facebook pages that are successful, you’ll very quickly notice how sharp they all look! There’s no mistaking whos page you’ve landed on or what kind of service or product they offer and this is largely down to branding.

When you’re setting yourself up as a Bridal Hair Stylist, potential clients will see you as vastly more experienced and professional if your social media accounts, website, business cards and all images, flyers, posters etc have strong branding. This comes from having a great logo, a particular font that you use, a colour scheme and even filters or editing styles that you use for your photos.

Utilise the space you have on your Facebook business page to upload an amazing banner as your cover image; a fabulous photo of you, alone or with a client, or a striking logo as your profile picture; and images of your styles or you at work that represent the high-standard that you want to showcase.

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5* Reviews

 

5* reviews are really, really important when it comes to setting up a successful Facebook business page. These reviews not only demonstrate to newcomers that you’re exactly the Bridal Hair & Makeup Artist that they need for their Big Day, they also help to bump your page up the search listings, just as SEO does for your website.

If you’re just starting out, offer to do hair for your friends and family in exchange for lots of 5* reviews and once you’re working, always ask your clients to review you if they’re happy! Brides have a lot on their plate, so often it’s best to send them over an email with a link to your page a week or two after their wedding day, giving them a nudge and making it really easy for them.

 

Amazing Photos

 

Keeping your Facebook business pages up to date with stunning photos of your work is a must. Read more about how to get amazing images on our blog ‘How to Take Amazing Photos for Your Social Media’

Use Facebook Ads

 

Advertising on Facebook by pushing your business page’s best posts, whether that’s beautiful images or a special offer, can be an excellent thing to do, but only when done right.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the more people that see your page the better! If you select to promote your page in areas hundreds of miles from you, it’s unlikely that those seeing it are going to be interested or ever turn into paying clients. You’ll end up spending a lot more money for very little return. Instead, keep your target audience and area specific to your locale.

Often Facebook Ads works much better for small businesses or individuals if based in more rural areas or in towns with a smaller population. If you’re in a big city, like London or Manchester, you’re less likely to succeed with Facebook Ads as you’re a small fish in a big pond and you’ll be going up against well established competitors.

Love our tips on how to get your Facebook business page working for you? Revisit our blog next week for more on how to win at social media!

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Wedding Hair Styles Made Easy!

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As a bridal hair stylist, you will know that wedding season will be starting again soon, and if you’re new to it all this prospect can be a little daunting…but don’t panic!!

With top tips from award-winning bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley, with over 25 years experience to share with you, your job is about to get a whole lot easier…

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The Trial Run

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You will probably find that bookings with brides tend to be a bit quieter in the winter months (Jan – March and into April), so keep yourself busy during your down-time and not overloaded during summer by filling your winter weekends with these all important trial runs.

Working with ‘day old’ and unconditioned hair will be easiest for you, but the last thing you want is the hair to be greasy, so discuss this with your bride in advance.

Ideally, your client will have clean, dry hair, washed the night before, but if your client tells you that she likes to wash her hair every day then let her – just ask her to forgo any deep conditioning treatments or 2-in-1 shampoos, as this will leave the hair too sleek and therefore un-manageable.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”16142″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1457479700065{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457478931858{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 32px !important;}”]

Be Confident

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Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know!

You might feel a bit ‘on the spot’ if she asks you what your going to do with her hair, but just be confident and let her know that you need to get your hands in her hair first and have a play around before you decide together what is right for her.

Pam explains “From my experience as a bridal hair stylist, I have found that you can force most hair types into practically any style, but you’ll find chances are if you have to force it, it won’t suit her and it won’t want to stay in! Take your time and get to know your client a little bit for best results”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”15112″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1457478684292{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457482229782{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 32px !important;}”]

Face Shapes

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Pam’s advice is “don’t worry about it!”

Most people are actually a combination of face shapes and even if they aren’t, there are so many other things you need to take into consideration when it comes to choosing the right hair style: the dress, the venue, even the height of the groom!

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Get Your Bride’s Input

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457479903197{margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”]The best way to find out what a client wants is to ask!

Advise your bride to start looking for styles that she loves in preparation for her trial run and ask her to let you in on her wedding inspiration too.

Pinterest mood boards are fun to make and very useful for a bridal hair stylist to get an idea of the whole wedding theme. Get your bride to send you pictures, or invite you to share her Pinterest albums.

Once you have an idea of the sort of styles she likes, and doesn’t like, have a go on your practice head or a friend in preparation for the trial run.

You can watch our online tutorials for in-depth guidance and hairstyle inspiration, so you’ll be really confident when you have to do it for real.

Always ask lots of questions about her dress, the venue, the bridesmaids dresses, her flowers – not just about hair! Be sure to find out if there’s anything she doesn’t like too – does she have big forehead she wants to hide? Is she self conscious about her ears?

Be sure to keep an eye of your bride’s body language, as this will tell you how she’s really feeling! Ask lots of open ended questions and assume there is something she doesn’t like, to end up with a happy client.

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Natural Curls & Waves

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1481561671437{margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”]Pam says “Unless your client has really curly hair – like mine, or curlier – it is probably best to ask her not to straighten her hair before you arrive, as you will have to see the hair in its natural state so you know just what you need to do.”

If you want to add some height and oomph into the hair with heated rollers, you should start the styling process working with the natural shape and texture of the hair rather than going from poker straight and flat.

If you do find the hair needs straightening to get it glossy and shiny, you can always straighten it when you arrive and then re-curl with your tongs or straighteners before creating your fabulous hair style.

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Work With A Mirror

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457480841991{margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”]Don’t try to second guess! Work with a mirror in front of your client and always involve her in the styling process.

To make sure you give your client the best hair she’s ever had, it is the job of a bridal hair stylist to listen to her input. Try asking these questions, and add some of your own:

Where does she like to part her hair? Would she be happy trying the parting in different positions? Would she like width at the sides of the hair or would she prefer it sleek and tight back? Does the hair above her ears look better going back and down or up and back? How does she like her fringe – forward and sweeping over, to one side, or back with height?

If you ask for her input she will feel more relaxed, and between you, you’ll get the perfect style![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”15108″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1457481408834{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457480900634{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 32px !important;}”]

Sleek or Tousled?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1481561795404{margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”]Your client might have a very particular idea of what style she wants in her head, but it’s still worth trying a few different looks on the trial run. She may be surprised at what she falls in love with!

If your bride can’t decide what style she would like to have on the big day, it is possible for her to have both. She can have her cake and eat it! After all – she’s the bride…

If your client asks for a smooth sleek backcombed style, you’ll still need to curl the hair, so try a quick soft relaxed style first so she can see what it looks like. A very popular this year is the “I woke up this gorgeous” effortless beauty look, but a lot goes into getting these styles just right and once you’ve created a smooth and sleek backcombed style, it’s practically impossible to get the soft curl back again if she decides she doesn’t like it.

Come along to one of our bridal hair courses or sign up to our online tutorials to get confident with all the different types of waves and curls: soft beachy wave, soft, relaxed corkscrew looking curls etc…

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Keep Detailed Notes

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  1. Taking photos is great so you can see how the finished style looks, but you need to remember exactly how you achieved that look…
  2. You’ll need to remember all the little things that you did to tailor make this style to make it perfect, so take notes! Pam says “I find it invaluable to write the detail down – how did I curl the hair, did I use a reverse wind or reverse wind with a twist? Tongs, straighteners or heated rollers? What products did I use? Does she like her ears covered to not? How does she like her fringe, her parting the height on the crown? There are so may thing to remember!

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