Bridal HAIr styling Kit Essentials

Get the low down on your bridal hairstyling kit essentials

start a new bridal hairstyling career without breaking the bank.

Ekta, one of my fabulous online bridal hairstyle students, she sent me this quick message on our student forum, regarding her bridal hair styling kit list.

And her message inspired me to write this article on essential items you need in your bridal hairstyle kit.

When you’re just starting out and learning how to be a bridal hairstylist, there are a few minimum, must have items that you’ll need to get for your wedding hair styling business.

There is a lot of information on this page! So get ready for some serious reading :)

You’ll find out what hairstyle kit essentials you’ll need to buy, the best way to store you grips, clips and whatnots and where you can get good quality hair extensions

You could take a quick look in the bridal hair styling online shop when you’re ready to stock up.

Although, to be honest, you can also get all the products from your local high street or from Amazon. But because we’ve already spent time doing the leg work, it means you don’t have to!

Plus you’ll get 10% off & FREE postage.

If you already have a few bridal hairstyle bits &

pieces just pick & mix & get what you need.

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CURLS FOR FABULOUS BRIDAL STYLES

Tongs & Wands

As a bridal hairstylist you’ll be called upon to create every type of curl, including soft & natural curls, corkscrew curls, beachy waves and Hollywood Waves.

As a result, curling tongs are an essential part of your bridal hairstyling kit. Whether you’re working with either poker straight hair or natural curls, fine, thin hair or long, thick, heavy hair.

So curling tongs will be the first thing to add to your hairstyling kit list.

I find the tongs I use most when I’m creating my beautiful bridal hairstyles are my Babyliss 25mm curling tongs. By the way – you will need tongs with a clamp :)

Tongs 19mm & 25mm

Wand 25-13mm

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BRIDAL HAIR STYLIST ESSENTIALS

Straighteners / Straightening Irons

Create beautiful, loose curls quickly and easily with straighteners. Ideal for finishing a half up half down bridal hair-do or a quick fix for last minute hairstyle for the flower girls!

Personally I love using my Babyliss hair straighteners, as they are both good quality and they leave hair with a lovely, smooth finish without snagging. And what’s more, they won’t break the bank!

We have a great ‘quick straightener curl’ tutorial on our online bridal hair style course, which takes you step by step though how to prep the hair before going on to create beautiful curls.

Whether you’re working with long or short hair, fine or thick straight or naturally curly, a pair of straighteners are a must have for your bridal hairstyling kit.

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BRIDAL & HAIR-UP STYLING

Bridal hairstyling practice head

Practice Makes Perfect. . . To get the best out of your bridal hairstyle training course It is worth spending money on a good quality practice head and you need 100% human hair.

We recommend a medium or high density practice head, with hair no shorter than 12-14 inches.

We want to help you get the right bridal hairstyling kit, so we’ve searched around for great quality practice heads for your bridal hairstyle/hair-up practice.

If I had to choose my favourite bridal hair practice head from our selection of manikin heads in our bridal hairstyle shop, it would be this one

I love it because the hair has different tones in it, and as a result, your hairstyles look fab in photos. It also has plenty of hair – and it has shoulders – so it looks a bit more realistic!

Having said that, the practice heads on this site will blow your mind!!!

The have some truly beautiful practice heads,`so you’re going to be spoilt for choice!

Bridal Hair Styling Prep

Heated rollers

Heated rollers come into their own when you create classic bridal hairstyles, because they smooth out the cuticle on the hair so you get a gorgeous glossy result.

They are also great for gorgeous volume and natural looking, bouncy curls

Heated rollers will make bridal hairstyling easy, especially when you’re just starting out! If you’re not quite sure how to put them in, don’t worry! We have a full length roller setting tutorial showing you just that.

Use them on their own, or alongside your tongs and straighteners, for a perfect result every time.

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Blow Drying Perfection

Hair dryer

Blow drys are super popular at the moment, but you won’t necessarily need a hairdryer on day one, especially if you are just working on your practice head.

However, once you start working with clients you will definitely need one for your kit.

We love our Parlux hairdryers, our favourite brand of blow dry brushes are Head Hugger – they are just right for the job at hand.

Don’t for get you can learn how to create the perfect curly blow dry with our fabulous tutorials, which are available on our online bridal hair course.

What’s more, you’ll learn how to blow dry short, long & medium length hair, curly to straight. . .and straight to curly.

Bridal Hair Organisation

Fishing tackle box for grip storage

This may seem like an odd one, but staying well organised will make your life as a pro bridal hairstylist so much easier!

Try the Fox Range Stack N Store 16 Compartment Box

The best one I’ve found is the large / shallow size available at numerous fishing tackle suppliers online – you can find them here: www.harrissportsmail.com

Selection of Hair grips/Bobby Pins & Hair Pins

Hair grips/Bobby pin Sizes

  • 3 cm, 4.5 cm and 6 cm

Hair pins:

  • Strong – approx. 4-4.5 cm and 6-6.5 cm
  • Fine – approx. 4-4.5 cm

Suppliers of hair pins & grips

You can get them in our SHOP and also from Inca uk & Banbury Postiche (always buy hair pins with tips on the end so they don’t scrape along your clients scalp!)

Wedding Hair Styling Products

The essentials

Prep, Prime & Setting Lotions – Schwarzkopf Silhouette style & care lotion and Schwarzkopf Silhouette setting lotion/Pump Spray

Salt Sprays

L’Oreal Texture spray and Fudge Urban Sea Salt Spray

Curl creams 

We love  L’Oreal Liss Control and Boots Essentials Curl Cream – great for smoothing out slightly more stubborn curls!

Goldwell Style Superego Cream you need this in your kit – fabulous for beautiful textured styles

Texturising Powder – Great for adding texture, volume and body to the hair. Dust It by Schwarzkopf and Big Sexy Hair Powder Play are a couple of the best one I’ve found. 

Hair spray – You’ll need a hair spray that brushes out easily – it should be flexible on the hair so you can try different looks easily. We recommend Elnett Professional Hair Spray – regular hold – available at most beauty wholesalers. Also try Osis Session 3 – a great dry hair spray that is super strong but not heavy. It is good as a finishing spray.

Avoid regular Elnett available at most chemists and supermarkets as it can be quite wet and has a tendency to make the hair crispy.

Mousse – a medium or firm hold mouse will do the trick.

Bridal Hair Kit Extras

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Snag free elastic bands eg HQ Hair & Claire’s

Extension lead at least 3m long

Sectioning clips and curl clips

Donuts / Padding

Available from numerous suppliers.

I’ve found them nice and cheap at Inca UK – BTW – they call donuts ‘Bun Formers’.

Fabulous Bridal Hairstyles

Hair extensions

As an additional benefit of training with Create Beautiful Hair Pam Wrigley has joined forces with American Dream by negotiating an exclusive deal for her students!

Buy hair extensions and accessories at wholesale prices, for re-sale to your clients. Get in touch to find out more.

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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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Hairstyle Tutorials for Naturally Curly hair

WORKING WITH NATURALLY CURLY HAIR

Natural curls can be unpredictable, it’s a fact.

As a bridal hairstylist it is important that you learn how to work with naturally curly hair.

Join our online bridal hair course and learn for award winning bridal hairstylist Pam Wrigley. Watch our in-depth tutorials and learn how to work with natural curls.

We will teach you how to work with all hair types, including natural curls.

Build your confidence and find out how to creating beautiful wedding & party hairstyles for all your clients.

Including those who want to show off their beautiful natural curls at their best.

We have a wide range of bridal hair tutorials teaching you how to work with naturally curly hair, from start to finish.

HAIR STYLE CHOICES FOR NATURALLY CURLY HAIR

When it comes to working with naturally curly hair a bridal hair trial is particularly important.

Join the online bridal hair course and learn what to do on the trial run and how to work with naturally curly hair.

Not all your brides will want to use their natural curl for their wedding day hairstyles.

They may feel their own curls are too unpredictable or they may not like the size or shape of their natural curl.

Help is at hand.

Whether you clients want to use their own curl on the wedding day or they want to fake it.

We have hairstyle tutorials that will teach you exactly how to work with even the most stubborn natural curls.

Not to mention, you’ll also find out which curly girl products work best!

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RESHAPING NATURAL CURLS

If your client isn’t happy with the size or shape of her natural curl, we have the answers.

You can also straighten or even re-curl the hair using straighteners, a wand or a curling tong.

Re-curling naturally curly hair is a great option if your bride is unsure of how reliable her natural curl will be.

Naturally curly hair tends to hold a curl really well, so curling the hair with tongs or straighteners is a great option.

With the help from our in-depth tutorials you will learn how to achieve a glossy, even sized curl. which you will then be able to style in to a beautiful wedding day hairstyle.

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CURLY TO STRAIGHT BLOW-DRY

Find out how to take the curl out of natural curly hair with a blow-dry.

Watch our wide range of in depth blow-dry tutorials.

Learn how to blow dry natural curls with our curly to straight blow dry tutorial.

Our blow-dry tutorials take you step by step through the process of blow drying different hair types, including naturally curly hair.

Find out what kit to buy, the best products to choose and how to blow dry naturally curly hair.

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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.

Both membership options include access to all video content: hair prep, hair up, braids, blow-dry, curly girl and Afro hairstyle tutorials.

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6 Easy Ways to Make Your Instagram Blow Up

As a make-up artist and bridal hairstylist, winning at Instagram is one of the best ways to get your work seen.

Free, global and simple! You can reach an audience that you would never usually have access to. But how do you stand out? How do you get YOUR grid noticed? We’re going to share with you 6 easy ways you can make your Instagram blow up.

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NETWORK

The easiest way to get your Instagram noticed is by reaching out to like-minded accounts. Follow, like and comment. By engaging with accounts similar to yours, by responding to comments left on their post, you’ll likely find that your follower count will steadily rise.

Don’t waste your time chasing followers that aren’t into what your account is about – although it’s great to have lots of followers, engagement is much more important. Make sure you target people that will want to see what you’re offering and who will like your posts.

Contact bloggers and well-known Instagrammers from your local area and offer them a free hairstyle or makeover in return for photos being shared on their feed. If you can get an endorsement from someone with a ton of followers, you’re sure to see you account explode!

Reach out to local wedding planners/venues – remember, to be successful concentrate on networking with people who are relevant! The more you participate in the Instagram world, the more human your account will feel.

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BE AN ATTENTION SEEKER

It’s all well and good networking, but to make people want to follow you, you have to stand out! Go bold with the styles you post, throw in some out of the box ideas and only ever showcase your best work.

Always consider the way you’re presenting your posts as a whole. Don’t just think about the posts as individual images, think about your grid more as an overall album. Choose a theme, stick to similar filters and create flow with a colour palette. You want an image you post to be instantly recognisable as yours with a signature look.

Keeping a signature look going throughout your feed will give your account fluidity and integrity. You are showcasing your creativity with your hair and make up styles, so let your Instagram reflect this.

Try and trigger and emotional response with your post if you really want to connect by sharing news and asking for feedback. It’s all about engagement.

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HASHTAGS

Whether or not the world of hashtags is new to you, it is important to know that there is a clever way to use them!

Pick carefully. Don’t use hashtags that are too common otherwise you’ll find your posts are getting lost amongst hundreds of other posts. Use relevant tags and use them sparingly, for example, if you’ve been at an event like a wedding fair use a hashtag to connect with others who also attended. Tag in the organisers or the venue. You’ll find that people who saw you at the event will be reminded of your work.

You can also use hashtags to mention great products you’re using as another great way to bring like-minded traffic to your page.

Regularly search hashtags to stay up to date and on trend. You may discover a thread you weren’t aware of which will open up a whole new group of followers!

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BE CONSISTENT

Make sure you post regularly, but don’t go crazy and spam the feed. If you don’t post often enough, your followers will lose touch but if you post too often, they’ll get fed up and may unfollow. It’s all about balance.

Posting once or twice a day is great but always quality over quantity! It’s also a good idea to be consistent with the types of posts you put out. If you only ever post photos of your work but then throw in a photo of your avocado on toast, you risk confusing your brand. Think about the image you want to create, and stick to it.

Keep your aesthetic at the core. You want it to be obvious what your account is ‘promoting’ without selling – you want your audience to quickly connect with your content and know right away that they love what you’re doing enough to follow!

Think about the time you post. Posts uploaded in the early hours are likely to be missed, so consider when your target audience is most likely to be scrolling through their feed and then go for it!

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SHOUT OUTS

Collaborate with similar accounts and give them a shoutout for one in return. If you have a similar audience, you’ll find that their followers will soon become your followers too!

Be sure to ‘promote’ accounts you genuinely like and feel your audience will too. Don’t risk alienating your followers with random shout outs or shout outs to users who don’t have the same ethics are you.

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PROMOTE YOURSELF

If you already have a following on Facebook or Twitter remember to promote your Instagram there too. You’ll likely gain a small following of friends and family to get you started.

Don’t be shy in asking them to share your account with their friends and family. They’ll be happy to help and its free publicity! Speak to brides you’ve worked with and ask for a mention in one of their posted wedding photos – this is another great way to get your work seen, particularly by prospective clients.

Your username is more important than you might think. This must represent who you are and what you do, so people get the idea at a glance, but at the same time it must be interesting enough to make them take notice among all the others.

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If you want to invest a little money into promoting yourself, you can use Instagram to help you get extra followers or engagement. Simple to set up and with the option to set a budget, you don’t have to worry about expensive advertising costs. By following those 6 easy tips you’ll be sure to become a successful instagrammer!

Read our blog How to Take Instagram Worthy Photos for more amazing tips!

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Once you’ve built up a following, you want to do everything in your power to keep them! Other than all the tips above, the work you choose to feature is just as important. Try to keep your feed full of photographs that really show off your skills. Every single image counts – think of it like a shop window, or a portfolio. One dud image can put potential clients right off.

Other than being great at what you do by training with us here at Create Beautiful Hair, the best way to grab attention and keep it is to display beautiful looks that are hot right now and trending.

To inspire you, we’ve put together a list of Instagram worthy hair and make-up ideas you can play around with to really take your feed to the next level!

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PIERCED HAIR

Yes, kind of weird, but ‘Hair Hoops’ are huge this summer. Metallic everything is back in a big way again this season, so this is unusual way to add accessories to a look is a unique take on bringing some extra stand-out shine to your bride.

Be creative and experiment with different sized rings and different colours to find a look to suit your bride. This is a very bold look so you need to choose the right sort of bride, but paired with a beautiful braid, it would a be mind-blowing bridal look!

PASTEL HAIR

It can be tempting to play it safe with hair colour for a wedding day, but beautifully soft pastel hair can look incredible with the simplicity of a white dress. Pastel pink, pale purple, mint and cool grey could be just what your bride needs to make her feel like the star of the show. For the alternative bride, why not suggest some hair chalks at the trial?

Nervous about trial runs? Find out how to ace them here.

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GRAFFITI LIPS

Now, this may work best for a wedding themed shoot rather than for an actual wedding day, but to really get people talking about your work go super edgy with a graffiti lip. You can keep it fairly subtle and opt for a rainbow design or go full wedding day extreme and have ‘I do’ written on the lips.

 

FACE GLITTER

Another Instagram favourite is face glitter – you can keep it subtle or go completely over the top. If your bride has opted for a festival-style wedding then you could definitely make it work. Or think about a second look for the evening – a super fun way to go from ceremony to reception! Be true to your brand and keep your loyal followers interested. A strong Instagram following can be life changing for a small business. Be brave. Be bold. Be different!

Discover more expert tips on how to crate an amazing Instagram feed for your business

Going Pro? Here’s How to Price Your Bridal Hair & Makeup Services…

If you’ve completed one of our courses, you’re now a fully accredited bridal hair and makeup artist – congratulations! The next step, is getting out there and going pro with your services.

You’ve got the talent, you’ve learned the techniques from multi-award winning bridal hair and makeup artist Pam Wrigley so now all you need is to get those clients booked and start working.

The first step is to read our blog ‘Mastered Bridal Hair? Time to Get Paid! Our Top Tips on Going Pro’ where we take you through everything you need to know to get your bridal hair and makeup business up and running. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to go. But hang on – time to get paid? That’s all very well and good, but how on earth do you even begin to figure out how much to charge?!

Valuing your bridal hair and makeup services (or any self-employed service for that matter) is a tricky one: too high and you’ll never get booked, too low and you’ll put clients off as well! And aside from that, there’s the old problem of your own self-worth at play. Are you really good enough to charge that much for your work?

If you’re ready to work but pricing your bridal hair and makeup services is leaving you stumped, read on…

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Once you’ve trained with Create Beautiful Hair & Makeup Training and continued learning at home with our online bridal hair course, you can rest assured that your skills are up to scratch enough to go pro, if you’re willing to take the plunge.

 

It’s a scary prospect going ‘full time’ if you’re new to the industry but through hard work and perseverance you will get there!

 

Knowing how much to charge for your services is a tough call. Looking at comparables only works if you really know who to compare yourself to and more often than not, it’s hard to see your own talent from an outside perspective.

 

So where do you start?

Cost-based Pricing

At the very least, your pricing needs to cover your expenses and then have enough on top so that you’re making a profit too. Putting together a comprehensive makeup kit and buying all the hair products and styling tools you need is expensive, there’s no way around that and it also needs to be maintained. Aside from the kit itself, you also need to take into account the time you might spend working on a look outside of the wedding and trial, your travel costs, your own appearance (which needs to remain professional and well-kept at all time for a good impression) and of course any other business costs such as extra training, setting up a website, paying for your blogs to be written and advertising.

This may be overwhelming to see written out like this, but it’s better to do it now rather than later so that when you do start working, you don’t find yourself at a loss! Take some time to really think through what all of your business costs are and add them up to figure out your monthly needs. When you’ve done that, calculate how much you need to earn on top of that to make good and then divide the total between a realistic number of monthly clients to see how much you should be charging.

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Value-based Pricing 

But of course, pricing yourself doesn’t (and shouldn’t, past a certain point) be only about making ends meet. Your pricing should also reflect the value of your services. The value of you and your time. This is where people start to struggle, as how can you objectively put a price on your own skills?

It’s difficult, but something that you’ll have to get used to as a self-employed bridal hair and makeup artist. Don’t sell yourself short and make clients think that your services aren’t worth much, but at the same time, don’t price yourself out of the market! It’s important to get this as right as you can from the get-go.

It’s in this instance that looking at comparables can be useful, so do your research. Start looking at other, established bridal hair and makeup artists working in your area and if you’re just starting out, price a little lower. It is really important to look at others near your location as where you are in the world will affect the price people are willing to pay. Don’t price your services at London heights if you live in a rural town and likewise, don’t sell yourself short if you live in a big city.

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Don’t Price Too Low

A big mistake that new bridal hair and makeup artists make is pricing themselves too low.

Although it’s great to offer a competitive fee, a price tag that is way lower than the average will put people off. Believe it or not, if you value your services low, then so will your clients. When it comes to hair and makeup for their big day, brides don’t want a bargain – they want affordable and within their budget, but not cheap, as even if you’re incredibly talented it is likely that people who don’t know you will equate low pricing to low skills.

Also, even if you were able to pick up clients with low pricing, would this be feasible for you to work with and live off? As mentioned above, the cost of a hair and makeup kit is quite high so the fee you charge must cover this and your time. If you want to make it as a full-time hair and makeup artist, you’ve got to price your services realistically and it needs to be this way from the word go. You can increase your prices at a later date, but when you’re just starting to make a name for yourself, hopefully a lot of your work will come through word of mouth from happy clients referring their friends to you and the likelihood is that they will be interested in your services because they can afford the price their friend paid.

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Know Your Fees & Be Upfront

Once you’ve figured out how much you want to charge, stick with it and make sure that you know your fees off the top of your head – no client wants to ask you how much something costs only to have you need to think about it. This is very unprofessional, unless it is a special request in which case you would be within your rights to say you will work it out and get back to them.

There’s no need to be secretive about your pricing, so go ahead and have a ‘prices’ page on your website where you lay out exactly how much your services cost, or at the very least a range or ‘prices from’. Most brides have a budget that they need to stick to, so leaving the money conversation to the end is pointless and can be a waste of time for both parties. Find out what the client wants and tell them how much it costs – simples!

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Know What Your Price Includes

Hair and makeup – check. But what else? Does your fee include false lashes? Presumably so. How about hair extensions that you won’t get back? How much is the trial run? That needs to be separate too, but will the cost come off the final price if they book with you?

As a bridal hair and makeup artist, your job extends beyond making a bride look pretty on her big day and so do the costs. The time you spend with the bride is only the beginning – there is also travel time, setting up time and you may even be required to hang around for the reception (for an extra cost). When you take on a wedding, that’s you booked for the full day, even if the hair and makeup itself only takes a couple of hours, so keep that in mind and also remember to consider all the extras.

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It’s OK to Work for Free

Sometimes…

Obviously you’re not going to give your time away for nothing once you’re actually taking bookings, but working for free on projects or events that will further your skills or better your portfolio is worthwhile doing.

Before you take on paying clients, you want to be as confident as possible so offer to do hair and makeup for friends and family as practice. It’s also worth getting in touch with magazines, brands and other hair and makeup artists who inspire you to offer yourself up as an assistant – you never know what might come out of that and if you do well, this can often lead to paid work in the future.

It’s always good to keep your portfolio fresh too, so participate in photo-shoots with great photographers and models purely for the gorgeous images. Beautiful photos on your website and social media is one of the best ways to grab the attention of prospective clients, so every opportunity that comes up to do this, go for it!