Bridal Hairstyling: Learn@home & keep on top of your game

We have lots of time on our hands at the moment, with the fall out from the corona virus epidemic.

I hope you are all staying safe. . .and staying indoors . . although it is so hard, and even harder when it’s a beautiful spring day. Here in London the sun is shining outside and the sky is blue. . . . but the streets are deserted.

This blog is for all wedding hair stylists out there, those of us who’ve been working as bridal hair stylists with brides for years, and for those who are just starting out in a career working with brides and creating beautiful bridal, wedding and party hairstyles.

Let’s keep each other going, be there to support each other. The wedding season will pick up again, I’m not sure when, but if we all work together we’ll get through this really difficult time.

Online Bridal Hair Training SAVE 50%

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Free bridal hair tutorials LIVE!

Here at Create Beautiful Hair we’re planning regular live bridal hair tutorials, which students can join either via the zoom platform on our online membership, or free of charge, live on Facebook.

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Follow us for regular updates and watch our free quick bridal hairstyling videos on Facebook– giving help and advice on everything bridal hair styling, braiding and blowdrying, as well as getting info on the time & dates of the live wedding hair tutorials.

Send me your wedding hair questions and bridal hair style requests – and I’ll get straight back to you.

Bridal Hair, Tears & Time on our hands

I won’t lie, I shed a tear with bride Elise yesterday . . . my final wedding hair and makeup for I’m not sure how long.

Elise and Andy got married in church in Dorking, with a much reduced guest list, down from 300 to just 5.

But, it was an amazing day, everything was stripped right back, the original wedding had been planned for next weekend, 28 March, but with things moving so quickly with the corona virus, Elise re-planned her wedding in 2 days!

The reception was held at her mums house, for just 5 people and facebook live for the other wedding guests.

It didn’t matter that everything, including their wedding rings had the wrong date engraved on them!

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Keep on top on your game

However, even with out all the pomp and ceremony of a big wedding, Elise made sure I was free before she confirmed the new date.

Even if your brides cut back on lots of things bridal – they will still want to look gorgeous on their big day, with amazing wedding hair and makeup.

So keeping on top of your game and perfecting your bridal hair styling skills are more important than ever.

Learn Bridal Hair@home

Get everything you need for your bridal hair kit delivered to you.

Get 10% OFF everything in our bridal hair SHOP

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50% Saving on Bridal Hair Training

As we all have so much more time on our hands and to help you keep on top of your game we’re offering 50% off our life time Bridal Hair Online Training Course, a saving of £197.50

So, whether you want to brush up on your existing bridal hair styling skills or if you’ve been thinking of starting a new career now’s the time, and we’re here to help.

With over 150 in-depth bridal hair tutorials, covering everything from hair prepbridal hair stylingblowdryingbraiding, and setting up a bridal hair business you’ll be able to make sure you’re at the top of your game and ready to hit the ground running when we get through all this

Online Bridal Hair Course SAVE 50%

Complete the in-depth online bridal hair course work, sit your exams and get your certificate.

Graduate with our online hair up & blow dry course, get discounted insurance and start your bridal hair career.

Life-time access**, 2000+ minutes teaching material, 1-2-1 advice.

150+ blow dry & bridal hair style tutorials, in-depth coursework and Habia certification.

Bridal Hair Prep

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

Learn how to work with heated rollers and how to do a hot roller set to achieve natural looking curls.

Find out how to curl hair with tongs and straighteners and how to achieve fabulous Hollywood waves and soft corkscrew curls.

Learn how to prep the hair so you can achieve beautiful textured bridal hair styles quickly and easily.

As well as get answers to all those niggling concerns:

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

Bridal Hair Styles

Learning how to work long, short and medium length hair, watch Pam work with fine and thick hair, straight and wavy, and learn how to style natural curls and create beautiful curly girl hair styles for weddings and special occasions.

Find out how to work with extensions will allow you to create a wide range of amazing bridal hair styles!

Learn vintage & classic hairstyles, textured up-do’s, bridal half up hairstyles and hair down styles.

Follow our tutorials specifically designed for working with extensions for instagram worthy wedding hairstyles.

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

Learn Bridal Hair@home

Get everything you need for your bridal hair kit delivered to you.

Get 10% OFF everything in our bridal hair SHOP

discount code SAVE10

Blow drying

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.

Braiding

Learn braiding & plaiting hairstyles

Find out how to create beautiful plaits & braids including French, Dutch, Zipper and Lace & lots more.

Build your confidence and find out how to create braided hairstyles.

Get lots of braiding practice, help and advice on plaiting & braiding techniques.

Stay safe, stay busy and keep in touch!

We are all facing some tough times ahead due to the coronavirus covid-19 pandemic. Globally people are being asked to isolate themselves from friends and family and we are all considering how the upcoming periods of quarantine will affect our lives. We think it’s important for our mental health and continuity that we try to keep busy, stay connected and keep in touch with our loved ones and wider community over this period of chaos.

Our pledges.

Over the coming months we are promising to do our bit to keep life ticking over. We are planning to offer more of our usually paid-for bridal/wedding hairstyle content free to access via our social media pages such as FaceBook and YouTube and are offering our Online Bridal Hair Training programme at 50% off for those of you that want to utilise the time at home to learn new wedding, party & bridal hair styling skills.

Learn at home – 50% discount over coronavirus period

We are now offering 50% off our lifetime access online Bridal Hair Training with code HOMESTUDY. For those of you that want to continue their bridal hair training or continued professional development while social distancing – our Online Bridal/Wedding Hair Course offers the chance to learn how to create bridal hairstyles, braiding and blowdrying from home with video tutorials – submit work for feedback and assessment directly from award-winning bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley. Complete the hairstyling modules and receive a Habia approved certificate at the end.

Save 50% off the lifetime access with code HOMESTUDY at checkout. Click here for more information on Onlne Bridal Hair Training.

Connect on YouTube.

We have a bunch of our classic hair tutorials free to access on our YouTube channel! We’re going to try to continue our live streams and regular upload schedule. Stay learning and keep creating beautiful hair with fab videos like this one:

Join us on Facebook.

We are planning to release more bridal/party hairstyle, braiding & blow-dry content free to access on our Facebook page – and we’ve already started! Why not check out our latest bridal hairstyle video on securing hair accessories, like the page for more updates from CBH quarantine!

Keep in touch!!!

We’d love to hear from you and maintain virtual connections while we are distanced from each other in the real world! Let us know in comments sections where you are watching from in the world, let us know how you’re doing, leave some feedback on our hairstyle videos, share your hairstyling creations or tag us in posts. Whatever you do – we’d love to hear from you! Wishing you all the best of health and happiness, we will get through this together!

All the best,

Pam and team x

How CBH Hairstyle Course Can Accelerate Your Career.

There are lots of people these days for whom life is busy, and we understand that finding part-time work, or work you can do from home, proves tricky. Instead of searching high and low to find a job that fits around the school run, why not start your own business and make your own schedule?

Tapping into the beauty industry is a great career to follow because as a whole, society is becoming far more focused on appearance. With the arrival of a mass increase in celebrity culture, more and more people want to be on trend; have matching hairstyles and super make-up without having to spend hours online watching YouTube tutorials on how to achieve the best winged eyeliner. It’s pretty much over to the experts for that one.

So, when there’s a special occasion – wedding, birthday party, bar mitzvah – people want high end, expert attention to create their perfect, eye-catching style. This is an industry which will never die, so investing in learning your trade is a direct investment for your future. And when it comes to training, Create Beautiful Hair courses are a cut above the rest. If you are thinking of starting your own beauty business, or you just want some handy skills, we can help.

Why Choose a Create Beautiful Hair Course.

Firstly, we’re a multi-award winning company: we hold the trophy for Make-Up Specialist of the Year in 2017 and the Winner UK of Best Wedding Hairstylist. But while industry awards are great at demonstrating the calibre of our work and teaching, Create Beautiful Hair is about so much more than that. With a keen focus on the client experience, we offer a wide range of courses designed to help you perfect a number of key skills.

Bridal Hair-Up Styling and Make-Up.

This is a two day, on-site course with bespoke 1-2-1 training Make-Up and Hair-Up Training. We have models you can practice your art upon, including Bride, Fashion, Glam and Mother Of The Bride models. By the end of this course you will know the fundamentals of Hair-Up and Make-Up and you will feel confident creating beautiful styles for your clients.

Blow Drying.

We show you how to create different styles simply through blow-drying. These can be done on long, short or medium length hair – anything goes! Styles we teach include a simple straight blow-dry, a volume blow-dry and a curly blow-dry. So, whatever you or your client have in mind, you’ll have the ability to do a great blow-dry to achieve it. Plus, we can advise you on the perfect tools and products to use that will actually work.

Bridal Hair-Up Styling and Make-Up As An Online Course.

Our expert, online tutorials make learning your craft over the internet easy. And it gives you the flexibility you need to be able to work from anywhere and at any time from just £9.99 per month.

Braiding and Plaiting.

Braiding and plaiting can be complex styles to learn, not least because there are so many different options. Create Beautiful Hair can teach you how to do everything from French and Dutch to Zipper and Lace plaits. So if you’re always finding your fingers getting in a twist as you try to juggle several sections of hair at a time, then this course can revolutionise your hair styling life. Ultimately, whichever hairstyle you’d like to perfect, we have the experience necessary to teach you.

Where Are Create Beautiful Hair Courses Held?

We are based in London – but you don’t have to be. We have options for you. Our online tutorials are a great way to learn if you’re juggling several balls at once and you have to fit it in and around existing commitments.

However, we also have provision for you to gain your experience hands-on if that’s how to prefer to learn. As well as London we also have training venues nationwide, in Manchester and Birmingham. We also offer our courses in salons and colleges. We regularly showcase our skills at all of our training venues so that you can be sure that you are learning at the very highest level.

With Brexit looming and the cost of living climbing ever higher, we understand that prospective students may need a little flexibility with payment. If you’d rather not pay the whole amount in one go, you can pay by installments via Create Beautiful Hair or Paypal credit so you’re spreading the cost in a manageable way. Full details of our various payment schemes can be found on the website.

The beauty industry in all its glory will never die. There will always be a market for hair and make-up and here at Create Beautiful Hair we are proud to be able to offer the very highest level of training, giving confidence as you go forward into the art of making people beautiful.

Top 10 Hair Products For Stylists This Winter

The start of a new season brings a new hair care routine for you and your clients. Winter is a beautiful season but it can play absolute havoc with hair. Spells of heavy rain, cold frosty winds and having the central heating on can all have an impact on clients lovely locks.

The sun’s UV rays, pool, seawater, sand, sun tan cream and chlorine may have taken its toll on people’s hair this summer. Now as the weather changes you’ll notice that hair also changes. Beautifully styled hair needs a little more love, care and attention as well as expert advice we give on our hair styling courses to avoid it looking dull and dry in the chilly weather.  

Whether your clients need a moisture boost for brittle ends or a little pick-me-up for dry scalps, whatever the winter weather throws at them, we’ve got you and your clients covered. Check out our favourite top 10 products to make the transition to winter less harsh on hair…

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Dyson Airwrap

This beauty tool is the hottest thing on the market and it’s perfect for blowdrying! The Dyson Airwrap has introduced a completely new way to style hair and will make the perfect addition to any stylist’s kit.  

It mimics a professional stylist’s technique to style and dry hair simultaneously. It comes with several different styling attachments so you can choose your perfect look. The styler also protects hair from heat damage with its thermistor which measures airflow temperature over 40 times a second to moderate temperature

This aerodynamic hair dryer will help you give your clients effortless curls, beautiful waves or a smooth sleek style.

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L’Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod 2.0

Give your clients that ultimate super-sleek look with the L’Oréal Professionnel New Generation Steampod 2.0. With five temperature settings and a detangling comb attachment, this styling tool will make creating beautiful hair styles effortless!

With its anodized ceramic plates it uses a continuous flow of high-pressure steam to hydrate each hair strand from the inside out and it doesn’t cause any heat damage. Win-win!

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Cloud Nine The O Ultimate Set

This incredible set comes with 12 O Rollers in three different sizes to create big volume with a stunning shine.

The O Pod’s unique induction technology heats the O Rollers in less than four seconds, allowing you to create volume, bounce and perfectly curled tresses in minutes. The O will give your clients that much loved blow dry effect in half the time.

The O Pod Comes complete with 12 O Rollers and Clips, Amplify Spray and a luxury black carry case perfect for stylists on the go.

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Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment

This treatment will leave hair feeling healthy, smooth, strong and ready to tackle the winter air.

The intensive weekly treatment deeply penetrates to help repair, seal and smooth even the most damaged hair. Filled with pure plant oils and quinoa protein, it restores health, silkiness and shine to tresses.

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Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

Shampooing and conditioning hair is an industry standard but how many of you have every used a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment? Well this one is definitely worth a try; it boosts elasticity, manageability, bounce and shine all while delivering rich moisture to the cuticle without weighing your hair down. Impressive huh?

All you need to do is leave it on the hair for a minimum of 10-20 minutes or alternatively for some extra TLC you can advise clients to leave it on overnight for a deeper treatment.

The formula contains hydrolysed elastin, castor oil, olive oil and glycerine to boost hydration and lock in moisture, to leave your hair looking intensely nourished, healthy and shiny.

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Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique Resurfacing Reinforcing Milk

Your client’s hair will have been some serious heat this summer? And we’re not just talking about the heat from the sun.

All that blow-drying, straightening and curling hair can have a huge impact on the condition of tresses. This product helps to repair and protect hair with its heat-activated properties helping keep hair protected when you’re creating those beautiful up-dos we teach you on our bespoke courses! It also adds visible long-lasting shine and smoothness while strengthening individual strands of hair.

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Kiehl’s Strengthening and Hydrating Hair Oil-in-Cream

This intense treatment has a unique oil-in-cream formula, which contains three times the concentration of traditional conditioners. It’s formulated with a blend of Olive Fruit Oil that smoothens the surface of hair and Avocado Oil that penetrates the hair fibres.

Recommend for after care for clients whose hair needs extra love and they will be left with locks that feel stronger, more hydrated and softer.

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MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream

This leave-in styling cream will condition, hydrate and help fight that autumn frizz. Oh yeah. We all get it. You start your day with smooth, sleek, locks and by the time you get to the office it’s gone frizzy. Well add this cream to your hair care list and that frizz will be gone!

The cream includes pure Argan Oil, which is rich in vitamins and thanks to its antioxidant properties it strengthens hair and increases its elasticity.

It’s perfect for when you’re blow-drying, or rubbing onto the ends or for taming those pesky little flyaways.

Redken All Soft Mega Hydra-Melt Cream

This cream will leave hair feeling super moisturised without weighing it down. It’s infused with a host of beneficial ingredients, including Cactus Extract, Aloe Vera and Sacha Inchi Oil.

The leave-in treatment delivers intense nourishment and hydration to leave hair sleek and supple from the roots to the very ends.

The lightweight formula provides increased softness, manageability, control and lots of shine.

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The Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner

If your client ‘s favourite fruit is a banana then this high street favourite shampoo and conditioner are definitely the ones for them to try (although remember to tell them it’s not edible.)

Enriched with real banana puree from Ecuador, hair becomes nourished, fragrant and oh so soft. Basically, this powerful duo is just what you need for the ultimate winter hair pick-me-up.

So to recap:

Invest in hair styling products that have heat protection qualities, try to pick products with moisturising ingredients, get a good shampoo and conditioner and use a good hair treatment/mask.

10 Start-Up Business Tips for a Freelance Hairstylist

So, you’re thinking about becoming a freelance hairstylist? There are a number of reasons to freelance – flexible hours, freedom to choose the work you do and the chance to be your own boss. But there are also ‘cons’ – no guaranteed wage, no sick pay or holiday pay and all the behind administrative work you may not have considered.

Going it alone is a huge commitment and whilst the rewards may be great, so is the risk!

There are many factors to consider before you make the leap but with a little expert advice, you can be sure you’re not leaping blind!

Here are 10 ‘tips’ for starting a freelance hairstylist business.

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Is it for you?

Before you commit to life as a freelance hairstylist or makeup artist, you need to be sure that you have what it takes. You need to be motivated and passionate about what you do. Without a ‘boss’ encouraging you to work hard, you may find you’re taking it a little easy. You need be able to manage your time effectively and have the confidence to get up and go!

Spend some time with a freelance hairstylist or freelance makeup artist, do your research sp that you can go into the unknown with the confidence to know that that you’re up for the challenge and can put in the effort needed. As your own boss, it won’t happen unless you make it happen.

Any hairstylist or makeup artist needs to be sociable, but as a freelancer having the gift of the gab is even more important! You’ll need to be able to converse with all manner of people – clients, businesses, suppliers and the tax man, to name a few so make sure you feel able to hold your own and come across as a successful and trustworthy stylist! It’s OK if you’re nervous to start with, you’ll soon get used to it and the more confident you are with your skill-set, the more confident you’ll be, speaking to your clients.

You’ll also need to be pretty thick-skinned, flexible and reliable! Clients will expect you to respond quickly and professionally and sometimes, you’ll have to deal with dry spells. This doesn’t mean you’re no good or that all hope is lost! It takes time to build up a business, so be patient and try not to take the slow months personally.

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Qualifications/Training

Before you even consider going it alone, it is essential to make sure you have all the relevant qualifications. In order to really stand out, you’ll want to be able to offer more than just the basics, so train. Train. Train!

You can ever know too much and you can never be too qualified. With the ever-changing trends, you need to keep learning and keep practicing throughout your entire career. Our online course is ideal for keeping your know-how topped up, as we’re constantly updating our tutorials.

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We offer many courses that will give you that little bit more and give you the edge over a competitor and they are all Habia endorsed! Without colleagues to inspire you, it can be easy to lose touch with what’s in fashion, but by attending courses, or keeping in the loop with our online course, we can keep you on top of your game and help you stay on top of current trends to make sure you’re able to offer exactly what your clients want.

As a freelance hairstylist, you might find that you miss working with other people and this is another reason training can be a wonderful help. Our online course includes Live Webinars, so even when you’re training at home, you can still enjoy a fun, classroom environment when you feel like it.

If you have a speciality – braidsblow-drying, gorgeous updos, or bridal hair – work it! Perfect it and make it yours!

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Behind the Scenes

As a freelance hairstylist or makeup artist, much, much more comes into play than being a hairstylist in a salon…

Don’t underestimate the administrative work you’ll need to put in (and if you need help in busy years, invest in an accountant!).

You’ll need to make sure you have the necessary insurance, you’ll need to keep your taxes in order, you’ll want a website, you’ll need to invest in advertising and you’ll have to manage your own time/bookings/cancellations.

To have any chance of succeeding, the ‘behind the scenes’ work is crucial. And to avoid any hefty tax bills, you’ll want to make sure you are fully prepared and keeping your records accurately!

You’ll need to make time for correspondence with clients. This will probably mean that you don’t get to work regular hours and instead with have to allow time in the evenings to deal with all the often boring, but essential stuff.

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Getting Started

The most important thing, initially, (once you’ve made sure you’re fully insured and have all the necessary equipment/training) is actually getting business. So how do you do that?

Figure out your ‘brand’. Even as an individual it’s important that you present yourself as a business with a consistent style. Get your business cards out there and be sure you’re targeting the correct audience on social media and beyond.

Attend wedding fairs and chat to wedding vendors, contact local bloggers and be seen at events. Volunteering to help out on magazine shoots and at events when your first starting out can really help you get your foot in the door.

You’ll need to have a strong portfolio of work for clients to even consider hiring you, so come on our 4 day course for a professional portfolio shoot, or arrange your own.

Use social media to your advantage! In today’s technological age, you need to have a real online presence in order to build a client base. Think about offering incentives to begin with, discounts or even freebies and collaborations when building your portfolio.

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Financial

When starting up as a freelance hairstylist, there will of course be a financial impact. You’ll need to invest in equipment, without a salon as a base, you’ll need everything. This is always going to be a big expense, so minimise it as much as you can by shopping the sales and using professional discount codes.

You’ll also need to be insured – Create Beautiful Hair students get a great deal with Balens! Read more about that here…

Advertising can be a big help too, when done right, but one of the best forms of advertising is having your own website with a regular blog which you can then share on social media. Google ads can also be great, but think about your competition. If you’re in London or another big city, you may find that your ads get swept away by big names. In a smaller town, you’ll have better luck.

It’s always a good idea to try and take into account your finances during down time. Put money aside, when you can, so that you are financially secure enough to weather the quieter months and at the beginning, whilst your building your client base.

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Making it Work

Do your research! Find out what similar stylists are charging – don’t go in too high but don’t under-price yourself either.

You may need to be conservative to begin with in order to attract customer but you need to make sure you’re covering your own costs. You’ll have no chance at success if you’re losing money month after month.

Think carefully about promotions you’re running. Discounts and incentives are a great way of bringing in clients but make sure the numbers work before you commit!

Making a Name for Yourself

Personal connections are everything! Social media needs to be one of your main focuses as does face to face interaction at events.

You need to have a clear and impressive online presence, so try to get clued up on how it all works. You will need be posting online regularly and with a consistent ‘theme’.

Network with other stylists. Ask clients for reviews and ‘shout outs’ online. Word of mouth is great (and free!) but can be a little slow so don’t rely on this as a means to get yourself known.

Advertise. Network. Be visible! Offer your services at events to gain access to a large target audience. Think carefully about the type of client you want to attract and focus on them. Place fliers and business cards in places you know your target market will see them.

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Building a Team

Being freelance doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go it alone completely. If you can afford it, hire someone who can help build your brand or work with others when the opportunity arises. As your work takes off, you may want to find someone help with your taxes and hire an assistant to make your day to day life easier.

It probably won’t be necessary to have a team of people at the very beginning but think about how best you can utilise the expertise of others and offer your help so you can call in those favours later!

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Finding Jobs

Don’t expect the work to come to you! Not to begin with at least. You need to get out there and hunt it down! You could consider registering with an agency who will help find you work but be careful about the associated cost. Be sure that the money the agency could bring in, covers the cost to you.

Be Brave!

It may feel like a huge risk and a scary prospect BUT think of the benefits. As long as you are savvy and do your research, you’ll likely be a success! You’ll get such job satisfaction knowing that YOU are in control. Your success will be solely down to you.

Mistakes Not To Make On Your Bride’s Big Day

So, the big day has dawned for your bride, and now it’s time to do your job and flex your Create Beautiful Hair muscles to make sure that she looks as stunning as the bride of her dreams.

Lots of brides will feel anxious as they prepare for their day, so it’s important for you to reassure her that everything is under control and she’s going to emerge looking gorgeous. Her appearance is in your capable hands.

Obviously, you want to maximise your time with the bride and avoid any unnecessary mistakes or delays. With this in mind, we have collated the ten biggest mistakes that you should avoid as a bridal hair/make up stylist so your day runs smoothly as possible!

1. Not allowing enough time/not keeping to the schedule.

This is a rookie error that can really affect the quality of your work. The trial run should have given you a good idea of the basic timings, and then you can augment this rough idea depending on what the bride wants. It’s good practice to build extra time into your schedule so you can check and double check your work. Creating beautiful hair-up styles takes time. Hurrying to perfect beautiful hairstyles means you’re more at risk of making mistakes. Don’t take the chance!

2. Doing too many jobs in one day

When the wedding season is in full flow, it’s tempting to try and squeeze in as many jobs as you can to maximise your earnings. But if you’re attempting to do two weddings and a trial run in one day, you’re going to be short of time, unnecessarily stressed and secretly panicking that you aren’t going to have the time to showcase the amazing skills you have learnt over the years and on our hair-styling courses. Plan your diary carefully and as well in advance as you can.

3. Not taking enough notes after the trial run

The point of a trial run is to test out the look that the bride wants; you could well be expected to recreate the look exactly on her wedding day. So, it’s important to make as many detailed notes as you can to guide you through the hair and make-up process on the day with confidence. Don’t cut corners, even the little things should be noted down.

Get one or our wedding planner books from the shop – with 50 planner sheets – enough to take details notes for a years’ worth of weddings!

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4. Coming back from holiday and going straight into doing a job

We all need a little R&R from time to time and having a great holiday is a perfect time to de-stress. However, after this great holiday, you’ll need some time to come back down to earth and get into your professional mindset. With this in mind, we recommend you allow at least a 48 hour ‘buffer zone’ before you put on your game face and prepare to create a stunning bridal look.

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5. Not taking a deposit

Being a hair and make-up stylist often means having an ongoing professional relationship with your bride. Money talk can be difficult, especially if the bride isn’t sure what she wants. However, I always tell my students that it’s important to always take a deposit; so that you can have more security about the job going ahead. Flaky brides mean flaky schedules and as much as we all love creating beautiful hairstyles and makeup for our bride’s, these are our businesses not our hobbies; join us today and get  free business advice!

6. Not taking a mirror

Sounds obvious, right? But it’s easy to overlook the small essentials as you make sure you pack your best brushes, curling tongs and all the make-up that you need. Arriving without a mirror means that the bride can’t see the process as it unfolds and increases the chances of you making an error that she doesn’t see until the end, which then gives you limited time to change it. Always check that your professional tools include a mirror. It’s the small things that are often missed.

7. Not taking an extension lead

Going without an extension lead means that your bride is at the mercy of power sockets. Wherever they are – she will need to be. Even if this is in the hallway on cream carpets, just waiting for a blob of foundation to take a wrong turning. Make sure you remember at least one extension lead so you can sit your bride somewhere appropriate where she can have a mirror and where you won’t be panicking about the cream carpets.

8. Going on a big night out the night before.

This is a no-no for so many reasons! Big nights out often include copious amounts of alcohol and a late night kebab. Being hungover, smelling of nightclubs and beer with shaky hands as you grip your make-up brushes is not the impression that you want to give your bride. Nor do you want to be behind on schedule or battling overwhelming nausea as you Create Beautiful Hair. This is definitely not a mistake to be making, especially because your reputation could be affected as a result if you end up with an angry bride.

9. Not having enough photos from previous work.

Each wedding is going to be slightly different, and not having enough photos from the past means that you can’t showcase your skills and end results as effectively as you can if you’re careful to build a varied portfolio that shows a potential new client your make-up/hair stylist skills. Just having a few extra photos from each project can give brides the confidence to choose you. Follow us on instagram, to get inspiration for what pictures to post to impress potential brides.

10. Spending too much time on difficult bridesmaids.

Now, strictly speaking, this isn’t your fault. Usually your client is the bride, and your remit is to style as many members of the wedding party as she wants. You want to do your best work in every case without offending anyone, but if you come across a demanding bridesmaid who threatens your time with the bride, it’s important to recognise this and deal with it swiftly, carefully and pleasantly. If there’s a particularly difficult bridesmaid, keep an eye on your timings and just let her know when it is time for you to start with the bride, re-assure her that you’ll come back to her once the bride is ready – and get her out of the hair/makeup chair. Only once the bride is all ready will you be able to get back to her. 

So, there we have it!

A comprehensive list of the top ten wedding day mistakes to avoid. If you follow this advice, you’re all set to Create Beautiful Hair and make-up, which means a beautiful, blushing bride as the end result – and another tick on your satisfied customer list.    

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10 Start-Up Business Tips for a Freelance Hairstylist

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1535286060438{margin-top: 32px !important;margin-bottom: 32px !important;}”]So, you’re thinking about becoming a freelance hairstylist? There are a number of reasons to freelance – flexible hours, freedom to choose the work you do and the chance to be your own boss. But there are also ‘cons’ – no guaranteed wage, no sick pay or holiday pay and all the behind administrative work you may not have considered.

Going it alone is a huge commitment and whilst the rewards may be great, so is the risk!

There are many factors to consider before you make the leap but with a little expert advice, you can be sure you’re not leaping blind!

 

Here are 10 ‘tips’ for starting a freelance hairstylist business.

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Is it for you?

Before you commit to life as a freelance hairstylist or makeup artist, you need to be sure that you have what it takes. You need to be motivated and passionate about what you do. Without a ‘boss’ encouraging you to work hard, you may find you’re taking it a little easy. You need be able to manage your time effectively and have the confidence to get up and go!

Spend some time with a freelance hairstylist or freelance makeup artist, do your research sp that you can go into the unknown with the confidence to know that that you’re up for the challenge and can put in the effort needed. As your own boss, it won’t happen unless you make it happen.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Any hairstylist or makeup artist needs to be sociable, but as a freelancer having the gift of the gab is even more important! You’ll need to be able to converse with all manner of people – clients, businesses, suppliers and the tax man, to name a few so make sure you feel able to hold your own and come across as a successful and trustworthy stylist! It’s OK if you’re nervous to start with, you’ll soon get used to it and the more confident you are with your skill-set, the more confident you’ll be, speaking to your clients.

You’ll also need to be pretty thick-skinned, flexible and reliable! Clients will expect you to respond quickly and professionally and sometimes, you’ll have to deal with dry spells. This doesn’t mean you’re no good or that all hope is lost! It takes time to build up a business, so be patient and try not to take the slow months personally.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”24133″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Qualifications/Training

Before you even consider going it alone, it is essential to make sure you have all the relevant qualifications. In order to really stand out, you’ll want to be able to offer more than just the basics, so train. Train. Train!

You can ever know too much and you can never be too qualified. With the ever-changing trends, you need to keep learning and keep practicing throughout your entire career. Our online course is ideal for keeping your know-how topped up, as we’re constantly updating our tutorials.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=”Train From Home” txt_align=”center” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”View Online Course” btn_size=”lg” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.createbeautifulhair.co.uk%2Fonline-bridal-hair-course%2F|||”][/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We offer many courses that will give you that little bit more and give you the edge over a competitor and they are all Habia endorsed! Without colleagues to inspire you, it can be easy to lose touch with what’s in fashion, but by attending courses, or keeping in the loop with our online course, we can keep you on top of your game and help you stay on top of current trends to make sure you’re able to offer exactly what your clients want.

As a freelance hairstylist, you might find that you miss working with other people and this is another reason training can be a wonderful help. Our online course includes Live Webinars, so even when you’re training at home, you can still enjoy a fun, classroom environment when you feel like it.

If you have a speciality – braids, blow-drying, gorgeous updos, or bridal hair – work it! Perfect it and make it yours![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”24111″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=”Keep Learning!” txt_align=”center” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”View Courses” btn_size=”lg” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.createbeautifulhair.co.uk%2F|||”][/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Behind the Scenes

As a freelance hairstylist or makeup artist, much, much more comes into play than being a hairstylist in a salon…

Don’t underestimate the administrative work you’ll need to put in (and if you need help in busy years, invest in an accountant!).

You’ll need to make sure you have the necessary insurance, you’ll need to keep your taxes in order, you’ll want a website, you’ll need to invest in advertising and you’ll have to manage your own time/bookings/cancellations.

To have any chance of succeeding, the ‘behind the scenes’ work is crucial. And to avoid any hefty tax bills, you’ll want to make sure you are fully prepared and keeping your records accurately!

You’ll need to make time for correspondence with clients. This will probably mean that you don’t get to work regular hours and instead with have to allow time in the evenings to deal with all the often boring, but essential stuff.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”24121″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Getting Started

The most important thing, initially, (once you’ve made sure you’re fully insured and have all the necessary equipment/training) is actually getting business. So how do you do that?

Figure out your ‘brand’. Even as an individual it’s important that you present yourself as a business with a consistent style. Get your business cards out there and be sure you’re targeting the correct audience on social media and beyond.

Attend wedding fairs and chat to wedding vendors, contact local bloggers and be seen at events. Volunteering to help out on magazine shoots and at events when your first starting out can really help you get your foot in the door.

You’ll need to have a strong portfolio of work for clients to even consider hiring you, so come on our 4 day course for a professional portfolio shoot, or arrange your own.

Use social media to your advantage! In today’s technological age, you need to have a real online presence in order to build a client base. Think about offering incentives to begin with, discounts or even freebies and collaborations when building your portfolio.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=”Amazing Photoshoot Advice!” txt_align=”center” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Read Blog” btn_size=”lg” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.createbeautifulhair.co.uk%2Fblog%2F2017%2F09%2Fbridal-hair-photoshoot%2F|||”][/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Financial

When starting up as a freelance hairstylist, there will of course be a financial impact. You’ll need to invest in equipment, without a salon as a base, you’ll need everything. This is always going to be a big expense, so minimise it as much as you can by shopping the sales and using professional discount codes.

 

You’ll also need to be insured – Create Beautiful Hair students get a great deal with Balens! Read more about that here…

 

Advertising can be a big help too, when done right, but one of the best forms of advertising is having your own website with a regular blog which you can then share on social media. Google ads can also be great, but think about your competition. If you’re in London or another big city, you may find that your ads get swept away by big names. In a smaller town, you’ll have better luck.

It’s always a good idea to try and take into account your finances during down time. Put money aside, when you can, so that you are financially secure enough to weather the quieter months and at the beginning, whilst your building your client base.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”24120″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Making it Work

Do your research! Find out what similar stylists are charging – don’t go in too high but don’t under-price yourself either.

You may need to be conservative to begin with in order to attract customer but you need to make sure you’re covering your own costs. You’ll have no chance at success if you’re losing money month after month.

Think carefully about promotions you’re running. Discounts and incentives are a great way of bringing in clients but make sure the numbers work before you commit![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Making a Name for Yourself

Personal connections are everything! Social media needs to be one of your main focuses as does face to face interaction at events.

You need to have a clear and impressive online presence, so try to get clued up on how it all works. You will need be posting online regularly and with a consistent ‘theme’.

Network with other stylists. Ask clients for reviews and ‘shout outs’ online. Word of mouth is great (and free!) but can be a little slow so don’t rely on this as a means to get yourself known.

Advertise. Network. Be visible! Offer your services at events to gain access to a large target audience. Think carefully about the type of client you want to attract and focus on them. Place fliers and business cards in places you know your target market will see them.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”24146″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Building a Team

Being freelance doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go it alone completely. If you can afford it, hire someone who can help build your brand or work with others when the opportunity arises. As your work takes off, you may want to find someone help with your taxes and hire an assistant to make your day to day life easier.

It probably won’t be necessary to have a team of people at the very beginning but think about how best you can utilise the expertise of others and offer your help so you can call in those favours later![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”24130″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Finding Jobs

Don’t expect the work to come to you! Not to begin with at least. You need to get out there and hunt it down! You could consider registering with an agency who will help find you work but be careful about the associated cost. Be sure that the money the agency could bring in, covers the cost to you.

 

Be Brave!

It may feel like a huge risk and a scary prospect BUT think of the benefits. As long as you are savvy and do your research, you’ll likely be a success! You’ll get such job satisfaction knowing that YOU are in control. Your success will be solely down to you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][et_bloom_inline optin_id=optin_3][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Summer Brides Wedding Hair and Make Up Inspiration 2018

We’re in the midst of wedding season which means an influx of summer brides wanting the perfect hair and make up for their Big Day and it’s our job, as the experts, to help them make the right choice.

Your bride will want to feel confident, comfortable and beautiful and her hair and makeup will go a long way in achieving that. There are many things to consider when helping her choose the final look and while the style of hair and make up needs to fit the feel of the wedding it also needs to be true to the bride’s natural style. She will want to look like the best version of herself and look great in all the wedding photos too, so you’ve got to create the best of both worlds! Even if she wants a natural style, it has to be defined enough to work on camera.

Experimentation at the trial run is key to finding a look they love and they may even end up opting for a style they would never have considered before! So listen to what they want, try it out, but don’t be afraid to offer your opinion too. It’s important that you find out where they’re getting married, the style of dress, details they want to show off, what they consider their best feature and parts they may want to hide to help you figure out a look they’ll love. Don’t push it though. At the end of the day, remember that they are the star of the show, so don’t overrun their ideas if it’s something they really want. It’s your job to make them feel a million dollars!

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HIGH BUNS & TOP KNOTS

 

The last thing summer brides want to worry about on their wedding day is overheating! So a high bun can work as a fab suggestion for a summer bride that will keep her feeling fresh all day long.

Whether your bride wants an elegant style or a more relaxed vibe – you can style it to suit either. Top knots high on the head are great if your bride has a backless dress or detail she wants exposed. If your bride is on the shorter side, they add height and lengthen the neck – super flattering.

 

RELAXED UP-DO

 

If your bride is having a hazy summer wedding and wants to look beautifully relaxed, this is a lovely style of up-do to suggest, but be aware that these relaxed and ‘effortless’ styles actually take a fair bit of work to get spot on and make stay in place, so be sure you’re well practised.

Allowing a few delicate strands to fall loose, gently framing the face, adds to this soft, romantic look.

Incorporate real flowers as your bride’s accessory (affordable and beautiful! Have them ask their florist to wire the blooms for ease of use) or keep it all-natural.

This look is so versatile and can be kept neat or truly messy whilst still looking stunningly summery. Cleverly placed pins using Pam’s ‘up and over technique’ make this look achievable for all hair types.

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HALF UP/HALF DOWN

 

If your bride wants to keep her hair off her face but still have the hair down look, this is the look to suggest. It can be chilled and relaxed like the up-do or super intricate. If your bride is undecided, give her an up-do that can be un-pinned for a fresh night time look! She can dance the night away with a whole new style.

 

CURLS & WAVES

 

Get to know your bride, if she spends her life with her hair down, she won’t thank you for pulling her hair into an up-do. Curls and waves are the perfect style, she can have beautiful wedding hair whilst feeling like herself. Defined Hollywood waves or loose, natural curls – you can make this style suit any bride.

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BOHO BRAIDS

 

I’m sure you’ve been asked a million times for Boho braids, they really are a true wedding classic. They’re effortlessly chic and on a hot day, they’ll keep the bride looking and feeling cool! The best thing about braids is that they suit all hair types – long, short, straight and curly. You’re unlikely to have to tell a bride that this won’t work for them!

Keep them loose, romantic and soft or give them edge by keeping them structured. Deconstructed plaits are the BIG thing this summer – perfect for adding flowers or other adornments. You can really give your bride an extra something with a expertly placed accessory. Another selling point is the gorgeous waves your bride will be left with once they’re removed so she can go off on her honeymoon looking great with zero effort.

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FLOWER CROWNS

 

Another wedding classic and ideal for a summer wedding. Liaise with your bride and her florist to choose flowers that match her bouquet, to help tie the whole wedding theme together, or pick a few wild flowers for a personal touch. The great thing about flower crowns is that they can completely transform any style and create many different looks. Understated or big and bold, this is the perfect summer brides wedding accessory.

 

CROWN BRAID

 

One of the best styles for keeping hair off the brides face and neck and one that will last all day and night, when done right! As with other styles, your bride’s crown braid can be as neat as you want or completely deconstructed. You can in as many accessories as your bride wants or can be kept beautifully simple. Leave curls cascading and combine it with a crown braid on top for a twist on the half up/half down style. So many options mean you’ll keep any type of bride happy!

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NATURAL RADIANCE

 

Summer brides need a lovely, natural glow but they are often worried that they will need a  heavy face of make up on a hot day to achieve that, if their skin is anything less than perfect.

Fortunately, a buildable, tinted moisturiser offers a light alternative with coverage. If your bride wants to look organic, let those freckles show, a la Meghan Markle! Natural and flawless. With a little skill, it is possible to achieve the same look with a full foundation. Your bride can be reassured that she can look light and effortless while feeling comfortable with a heavier coverage.

 

SUN-KISSED

 

With cleverly and carefully applied bronzer in all the right places, you can make your bride look sun-kissed. Add contour and highlight, but in moderation and blend, blend, blend! Less is more with this look. If your bride has chosen a high bun or top knot, this makeup look will keep her looking elegant and radiant.

 

DEWY

 

Make your summer brides glow for her wedding day. Dewy makeup keeps your bride fresh-faced and looking like the best version of herself. If your bride doesn’t usually wear lots of make up, a dewy face can help her feel comfortable while still looking like a goddess. Select make up that’ll keep her glowing all day so she won’t loose her shine.

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BARELY THERE

 

Another great look for a bride who doesn’t wear much make up or is worried about heaviness. Great for a casual wedding or if your bride is opting for a bold, detailed hairstyle. Make her skin your focus, you want a beautiful base and natural eye colours to compliment her eye colour. Don’t feel you need to avoid fake lashes, individual lashes can look very real whilst still adding that something extra. Make your bride looks like she’s radiating love and happiness.

 

BRIGHT LIP

 

This look really needs your expertise – be sure you help your bride select a shade that flatters her skin. A bright lip can add a pop of colour without having to go overboard with the makeup. With the right choice, it can suit any bride, age doesn’t need to be an issue. A bold lip can be a great look for a mature bride.

 

BOLD EYES

 

The classic smoky eye is a wedding staple but for a summer wedding, add a little twist! If you have a brave bride – go ALL out. If she’s a little more hesitant but still wants to introduce come colour, suggest a coloured eye-liner.

 

ETHEREAL

 

Light pinks, barely-there nudes and rosy cheeks create a beautifully, uncomplicated ethereal look. It is the ultimate summer wedding look. Boho-braids are a perfect match. A dash of highlighter in the inner eye add a real pop while keeping the whole look effortless.

Get The Look: The EXACT products used to create Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Makeup

With all that build up it’s hard to believe that the Royal Wedding has now been and gone! After much anticipation, Meghan Markle made her way down the aisle looking every inch as fabulous as expected and, much to our great delight, wearing pretty much exactly what Pam Wrigley said she would create for her wedding hair and makeup. Nailed it!

Whatever look she showed up sporting, it was always going to be the number one hot trend for brides to be all over the world for the foreseeable future, so just as well that it’s one we love. Her makeup was fresh and dewy, allowing those beautiful freckles to shine through and her hair (despite the complaints about a few stray fly-aways breaking the internet) was a glammed up version of her signature messy low bun.

We know you’ll all be dying to learn how to create Meghan’s Royal Wedding style and it’s just as well, because you’re going to have to be a dab hand at it with all the requests you’re going to receive to copy the look! You can go through it all step-by-step on our online bridal hair course, with loads of invaluable expert tips thrown in (you won’t see any fly-aways on OUR brides!), or come along to one of our 2 day or 4 day courses to really get to grips with it all through intensive hands-on learning.

Until you sign up to our online bridal hair course or book onto one of our 2 or 4 day bridal hair and bridal makeup courses though, we’ve got you covered with the exact makeup products Daniel Martin used and a few top tips on how to recreate the look.

In today’s blog we’re covering Meghan’s makeup. Keep checking back for how to create that gorgeous hairstyle!

he Royal Wedding: Meghan Markle’s Bridal Hair & Makeup

OK, hands up who cried watching Meghan Markle walk herself down the aisle? Or was it that incredible Gospel rendition of Stand By Me that had you tearing up? Whatever got you, there’s no denying that Harry and Meghan’s wedding has almost certainly just broken some kind of record for being the most romantic royal wedding EVER. But as we’re all bridal hair stylists and makeup artists here, lets not pretend that Meghan’s look wasn’t the most important part of the day!

Pam totally nailed it in her predictions for Meghan’s royal wedding hair and makeup (as you can read in our blog here), saying that she would love to style her in a messy low bun and fresh, dewy makeup. Let’s look at a run-down of the royal wedding hair and makeup, as it appeared on the day…

The Royal Wedding: Meghan Markle’s Hair

The gorgeous Meghan is breaking tradition left right and centre! From the now forever famous first kiss on the steps outside the chapel to ensuring a star-studded guestlist and as it turns out, even her hairstyle went against the grain.

Many royal brides before Meghan, including Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth, have worn soft, flowing waves beneath a diamond tiara but Meghan went for a more polished version of a look we’ve seen her wearing a lot recently: a loose, low bun.

Famed hairstylist Serge Normant had exactly that same idea as Pam for Meghan’s hair (great minds think alike!) and the result was a fabulous yet surprisingly natural ‘girl-next-door’ style. There’s been an awful lot of fuss about those stray fly-aways at the front though – a little more hairspray next time, Serge!

But fly-aways or not, this laissez-faire bun looked stunning to us (in fact, the loose, face-framing front kind of added to the charm of the day) and we’re sure to see a lot of brides in 2018 and for many years to come wanting something similar – so get practicing.

Learn how to create Meghan’s royal wedding hairstyle on our online bridal hair course…

Makeup

Staying right on trend, Meghan’s royal wedding makeup including the super-hot grey smoky eye – the perfect way to add a little bit of sex appeal to a bride without being too obvious. Her makeup artist and friend Daniel Martin did this perfectly, keeping the eye-shadow relatively light to be able to get away with some seriously fluttery lashes and ‘face-anchoring’ brows.

Meghan’s skin was kept just as she likes it: fresh and natural enough to see her amazingly cute freckles showing through. Just like Pam said, that pop of pink on the cheeks was present and a peachy, pale pink lip finished the look.

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Nails

We had to give a mention to the nails, purely because of the story behind them. Did you know that royals are only allowed to wear certain shades of polish chosen by the queen? And guess what, it’s a steal at £7.99!

Meghan wore the same pink Essie Ballet Slipper nail varnish that has been worn by royal brides for decades and that the queen has worn every day for 30 years.