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Pam Wrigley’s Tips on How to Stay Busy During the Off-Season

It’s part and parcel with being a bridal hair and makeup artist that there will be, more often than not, an off-season at some point during the year. For most of us, and many other businesses out there, this is during that lull after Christmas and New Year when suddenly all of the excitement of Party Season calms down and there’s not an awful lot going on.

For newbies in the business, this can be catastrophic. Having just got off the ground as a bridal hair and makeup artist only to be plunged back into the land of no-work is not something that anyone wants and understandably, this is one of the biggest fears we hear about when our lovely students are thinking of taking the leap and going pro.

Over time, as you become more established within the industry, you’ll find that off season isn’t so terrible (there are weddings and many other events on all year round, after all!) but for those of you a little afraid of what off-season might bring (or rather, might not bring) we’re got some expert tips for you from the Create Beautiful Hair founder, award-winning bridal hair and makeup artist Pam Wrigley…

How to stay busy during Off-Season:


Manage Your Diary

It might be a little late for this one now, but for 2018 make it a New Years Resolution to plan ahead and manage your diary with the Off-Season in mind.

Although you might not have many brides getting married in the early months of the year, springtime is very popular for weddings so book in loads of trial days for the time you know things are going to be quiet.

By doing this, you’ll not only keep a semi-steady flow of income and stay limber with those hair and makeup skills, but you’ll also be less likely to have a trial day clash with a day that you could be earning bigger bucks for on an actual wedding day or other job which are more likely to come about in summer.

Don’t be shy about suggested dates for the trial to your clients – they need to have it at some time, so why not when it benefits you?


Shop the Sales

Now here’s something we can ALL enjoy! Make the most of the amazing deals you see popping up post-Christmas and stock up on all the supplies you know you’re going to need for the rest of the year.

Yes, this can be expensive but it’s worth it in the long run if you can make a saving – and usually you can make a BIG saving!

Start coming up with a list now of all the bits and pieces you could do with so you’re ready to pounce as soon as the sales start.

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Take a Course

As a bridal hair and makeup artist, you’re only ever as good as the amount of time and effort you put into honing your skill, so use the quiet time of year to get your techniques up to scratch and learn all of the hottest new looks for the year ahead.

With all of the CBH courses now Habia endorsed, joining us on any of our 1 day, 2 day, 4 day or online courses will gain you invaluable CPD points, making you all the more qualified and desirable to higher end clients and amazing jobs.

Find out more about how earning Continuing Professional Development points can benefit you here.


Stay in Touch

Don’t allow a lull in work to equal a lull in communication with other suppliers and professionals in the industry. Having great contacts really can make an enormous difference to a burgeoning career, so make an effort to keep in touch with any photographers, wedding venues, other hair and makeup artists, event planners and whoever else you meet on your travels.

If you’re worried about pestering, get in touch with something they’ll want to hear about! A blog can be a great tool, not only for boosting your online presence and reaching your relevant target audience, but also for talking about and linking to other suppliers in the industry and having them do the same in return.

Want a blog but don’t have time to write it? Get help from an SEO blogger who’s an expert in the wedding industry!

Oscars Red Carpet Bridal Hair & Makeup Inspiration for 2017

Oscars Red Carpet Bridal Hair & Makeup Inspiration for 2017

The Oscars has got to be one of the best places for bridal hair and makeup artists to stay on top of all the latest red carpet hair and makeup looks that are set to be hot to trot for special events and wedding alike for the year ahead.

We’ve picked out our top four looks from The Oscars this year for you to take a look at and have a go on your training heads or clients! Don’t forget, if you’re an online bridal hair student and you’d love some help getting these styles just right, you can always send Pam a message using the Ask Pam tab and she’ll take you right through it, with her expert advice.

Beautiful Blow Dry – Emma Roberts

Who doesn’t want to look like Jessica Rabbit in real life? Emma Roberts introduced us to a whole new world of glam at this year’s Oscars, with her classic, deep side-parted Hollywood do, lush lashes and killer red pout all set off by that amazing rose gold hair colour, which we’re set to see a lot more of in 2017.

If there’s one look that you should get down as a bridal hair and makeup artist, this is it – Hollywood glamour never goes out of fashion!

We’ll show you how to create gorgeous, soft curls and waves on our 2 day4 day and online bridal hair courses so that you can perfect this look on your clients, or find out how to blow-dry hair into this bouncy style on our 1 day blowdrying course, with Create Beautiful Hair expert Jacquie Gee.

Join us our one of our bridal makeup courses to discover how to apply flawless makeup, like these light smokey eyes with a gilded edge, that is the must-have eye makeup for 2017.

Natural Curls – Halle Berry

From way back when, Halle Berry has always shown us how to work with natural beauty and her look at The Oscars this year was no different.

Demonstrating that BIG curls are pretty awesome, we’re hoping that we’ll now be seeing more clients wanting to embrace their natural curls rather than reaching for the straighteners.

We’re all guilty of wanting what we don’t have, but if you have a bride on her trial day with fabulous curls, don’t be afraid to nudge her in the direction of having a go at bringing them out. As a bridal hairstylist, it can be daunting to attempt to work with what is often seen as unruly hair, but if you can get the technique down on one of our bridal hair courses, you’ll have nothing to fear and your curly haired clients will love you for it!

Remember, the most expensive products aren’t always the best: Pam loves Boots Essentials Curl Creme (priced at a bargain £1.99 for 250ml!) for creating smooth, crunch free curls.

Fabulous Short Hair – Scarlett Johansson

More and more brides are starting to realise that they don’t have to have really long hair to look amazing on their wedding day. With the right skills, short crops can be very versatile.

Scarlett Johansson ditched her long blonde locks a while back for a short, androgynous style but as you can see from her winning look at The Oscars, with just a few tweaks her do has been totally transformed.

With a gentle curl and some great root lift, showing off those uber-trendy grown out roots, Scarlett’s short tresses look cool, contemporary and undeniably feminine.

Paired with shimmering gold eyes with well defined lashes and a rose pink pout, this makes the ideal look for a funky summer bride.

Sleek Low Bun – Sofia Carson

Move over Dita Von Teese, there’s a new raven haired beauty in town! Whilst the natural Boho look is still very much a big deal, it’s not for everyone and you will find that you encounter lots of clients who very definitely want a very sleek and structured look.

When you’re attempting a classic bridal look like this, it is absolutely essential that just like Sofia Carson, there isn’t a hair out of place! Mirror-shine and a flyaway-free finish is something that a look like this can’t be without. Sofia’s strong, striking brows also play a big part in this style, framing the face beautifully with a neat edge.

We love Sofia’s choice of hair accessory which wouldn’t look out of place at all on a bride saying her ‘I dos’, so if you’re thinking of trying out a style like this on one of your brides why not use this as inspiration as have fun adding in some gorgeous combs. Gillian Million is one of out favourite Ateliers and has a wide range of bridal hair accessories that you’ll love!

Grammys Red Carpet Hair & Makeup Inspiration for 2017

Awards season is a pretty great time for all of us hair and makeup artists – the inspiration just keeps on coming!

If you’re keen to stay on top on all the latest hair and makeup trends set to light up red carpets and church aisles alike for 2017, celeb events is where it’s at. Here are some of our favourite hair and makeup styles from this year’s Grammys.

Don’t forget: If you’re an online Create Beautiful Hair student or you’re booked to join us for a face to face course, you can always get in touch with Pam or brings images along of any styles you’ve seen that you would love to learn how to create.

If it’s not already covered on the course, Pam will be more than happy to show you how it’s done!



Looking for some retro inspired hair and makeup inspiration to work with on your clients this year? We always love looking towards Adele to see what she’s up to with her styling these days, as there’s no denying that she’s really come into her own over the years.


From her enormous gold earring days and questionable hair, makeup and fashion choices, Adele has come a long way and has really honed her style into something quite enviable. Still with a nod towards her original, 60s inspired looks, championing gorgeous winged eyeliner and a slight hint of beehive at the crown of all of her dos, Adele now rarely fails to impress and her appearance at this year’s Grammys was no different.


With her trademark eye liner, strong brows and beautiful done up hair with the all-important crown volume, this is a great look for both red carpet events and weddings.

Camila Cabello


Moving on from 60s style but still staying retro, Camila Cabello was one of many celebs on the red carpet at the Grammys who showed us that 70s inspired hair and makeup is still very much ‘in’ for 2017.

Demonstrating exactly how to wear beautiful, beachy waves teamed with a ballgown style dress, Camila Cabello’s Grammys hair and makeup choices are definitely something to think about replicating on your clients.

Mixing and matching formal attire with looser, more relaxed hair and makeup styling is a big win for summer brides!

Take a look at our online bridal hairstyling webinars for great tips on how to create styles like this.

Rita Ora


Rita Ora isn’t one for staying tame with her hair and makeup choices but she does tend to be on top of all the latest trends. At this year’s Grammys, Rita was spotted wearing one of this seasons hottest new looks – red toned eyeshadow!

Not one for your more traditional brides, but perhaps something to try with your braver clients, red/orange-toned eyeshadow can actually be really flattering on warm skin tones. We’re also going to see a lot of this about on cool skintones too, but this leans towards a more eye-catching, gothic style.

Rita had her hair styled poker straight – something that we haven’t seen for a while, but along with various other 90s/00s trends, super straight hair is hot to trot! Worn tied back into a simple, low ponytail this is the perfect accompaniment to such daring makeup.

Kristin Cavallari


There’s that beach bum gone red carpet look again! 2017 styling is all about bringing laid back, sun-kissed hair and makeup to formal events.

Whilst we’ve got straight sleek locks making a comeback on one side, messy waves with a flyaway finish is also coming up strong! This lazy-days look is ideal for a summer bride and looks great with both traditional and untraditional dress choices.

This style is a particularly laid back one, so if you are styling something similar for a wedding or red carpet event, it’s a good idea to go with classic, well defined makeup as Kristin is seen wearing here, to avoid the whole thing looking a bit too thrown together.