Heated rollers – if there’s one thing a bridal hairstylist needs in her arsenal, it’s these babies!

 

If you’ve ever attended one of our bridal hair courses, you’ll know that the first thing we cover is correct roller positioning for beautiful, bouncy curls. Even our students who have been styling hair for years find this incredibly useful as Pam’s special techniques, learned from over 20 years of creating beautiful hairstyles, allows for ease of use and gorgeous results every time.

 

Because we love heated rollers so much and we’re always recommending our favourites to our students, we’ve now started selling these in our shop, so you don’t need to go on the hunt for the very best – you can buy them straight from us!

 

Unless you’re used to using heated rollers, you might not be familiar with the effect or know why you need these in your bridal hairstyling kit for almost every style you will ever create. Regardless of whether you’re going for a curly style or a smooth and sleek look, heated rollers are the best way to give your client’s hair fabulous root lift and bounce, creating the perfect base for any style.

 

If you are using your heated rollers for the purpose of creating curls, it’s really important to get the positioning right so that they fall beautifully (get in touch for a Create Beautiful Hair roller setting plan). You can create different types of curls and waves too depending on how you lay the hair onto the roller – you can do a classic wind for a corkscrew curl, or a wind with a twist for more of a beachy wave.

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Want to learn more about these techniques? Join us on one of our 2 day bridal hair courses or 4 day bridal hair courses. Can’t make those? Sign up online and start creating beautiful styles today!

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Bridal Hairstyles Created With Heated Rollers

Want to see what styles we’ve created using heated rollers? Here’s a selection by Pam Wrigley.

Having the right hair products and kit for creating beautiful bridal hairstyles is absolutely essential if you want to get the most out of the hair you’re working with, whatever it’s type, but with so much on the market these days it can be tough to choose those must have items without risking a lot of expensive trial and error first.

 

We know how important it is to get your kit right and how tough it can be without years of experience behind you to know what it is you want and need, and what makes certain products and kit something really worth having.

 

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of some of Pam Wrigley’s (our founder, head trainer and award-winning bridal hairstylist with over 20 years experience in the industry!) must have hair products and kit for creating beautiful bridal hairstyles:

Hair Products and Kit for Creating Beautiful Bridal Hairstyles

Heated Rollers

 

No bridal hairstylist’s kit bag is complete without a set or two of fantastic heated rollers! Perfect for creating big, bouncy curls and gorgeous volume for the base when creating any style. On our 2 and 4 day hairstyling courses, the very first thing we cover is correct roller settings and we go on to use them for almost every style! Pam always recommends these as must have hair products and kit for creating beautiful bridal hairstyles.

 

With endless new, fancy options coming out on a seemingly daily basis, it’s easy to veer towards splashing out and getting whatever mega expensive ones are available, but Pam’s absolute favourites are actually the very affordable Babyliss Pro Rollers in plastic, NOT ceramic, as she finds that these create curls that hold much better.

 

Boots Curl Crème

 

Again, the most expensive option is not always necessary! Boots own brand curl crème is Pam’s number 1 product for working with curly hair to keep curls smooth, well defined and frizz free.

 

As you can probably imagine, Pam has tried and tested a lot of hair products, but this bargain tub at just £2 works perfectly every time. For that price you can’t go wrong, so stock up while you can!

Hair Products and Kit for Creating Beautiful Bridal Hairstyles

Curling Tongs

 

If you’re keen to create some gorgeous vintage styles then a set of tongs (19mm & 25mm) or a wand (25-13mm) is what you need to go in with your hair products and kit for creating beautiful bridal hairstyles.

 

Pam loves Diva Wands, which work brilliantly and also come with a very effective heat-proof glove which rivals any others she has tried and is definitely something you want to have – get one now before you find out why the hard way!

 

Hair Spray

 

Getting the right hairspray to finish and hold your lovely hairstyles is integral for getting the right look. Something even a little bit too heavy will weigh down the hair and ruin your hard work, and too light will of course just not work at all the way you need it to.

 

Fortunately, Pam has got you covered as she knows exactly what you need for that ‘Goldilocks’ hairspray – Elnett Professional Hair Spray. This is not the same as the stuff you can buy in regular shops, which Pam finds is a bit too wet and can make hair crispy; this professional variation is available from hairstylist wholesalers and is a much finer spray that is unnoticeable and easy to brush our whilst still having strong hold.

 

Fishing Tackle Box

 

It may sound like an odd thing for a bridal hairstylist to add to her shopping list, but a fishing tackle box really is high up on the list of must have hair products and kit for creating beautiful bridal hairstyles!

 

Pam’s 20+ years of hairstyling experience has taught her that staying well organised is imperative. It not only makes your job much easier, but is also will save you money in the long run when you lose less and it will also look much better to your clients.

 

A large, shallow fishing tackle box is perfect for keeping all of your clips, grips, pins and elastics organised and secure. Try the Fox Range Stack N Store 16 Compartment Box – it will change your life!

Hair Products and Kit for Creating Beautiful Bridal Hairstyles

Our 4 day bridal hair course is one of our best selling courses and once you know a bit about it, it’s easy to see why!

Whether you’re a professional hairdresser wanting to up your bridal hairstyling game and stay on top of all the latest techniques and trends, or an absolute beginner looking for an insight into the world of bridal hair and and lots of hands on practice, our 4 day bridal hair course ticks all the boxes.

 

This week we have held our second 4 day bridal hair course of the year (with another coming up in London this November), so what better way to fill you in on what we get up to during those 4 intensive training days than by telling you a bit about it, alongside some of the amazing work our students have created?

 

We’re ceaselessly impressed by the consistently excellent quality of the work produced by students (not just on our 4 day bridal hair course, but on our 2 day and online AQA accredited courses too!), and no matter what their background or previous experience, every student manages to surprise themselves with how much they have learned and how far they have come in such a short amount of time. With only 6 students on our 4 day bridal hair course, you’ll get plenty of 1-2-1 guidance and loads of practice time.

How does it work?

You might be wondering exactly how we do things on our 4 day bridal hair course and what makes it so great. Here’s a brief run down of what you will cover during your 4 days training with award winning bridal hair stylist, Pam Wrigley:

Day 1

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  • Using Heated Rollers
  • Working with Short Hair
  • Tumbling up-do’s for bride and MOB
  • Red carpet up-do’s
  • Quick Finger Waves
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To start you off, the first day will be spent learning some of the basics, but if you’re a pro don’t let this put you off – just because you’ve been shown how to set rollers, secure styles, backcomb and finish before doesn’t mean you know our way (the best way!) of doing things!

 

Pam Wrigley has been a bridal hair stylist for over 25 years, and as you can probably imagine she’s picked up a nifty trick or two which she is now thrilled to be able to share with her students. Even the most experienced stylists attending our courses are always shocked at how much knowing incredible hairstyling techniques can change the way you create bridal hairstyles, and it’s always for the better!

 

If you’re new to bridal hairstyling, this is the best introduction you could hope for – you’ll be learning the correct way, at your own pace, how to put together bridal hairstyles so you’ll never have to undo bad styling habits.

 

On the first day, Pam will give you some really in-depth demonstrations and you’ll start having a go at creating your own styles before lunch! For today, you’ll be getting to grips with these new techniques on training heads so that you’re ready to work with your live models on day 2…

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Day 2

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  • Live model practice
  • French pleat & Audrey Hepburn
  • Tumbling over the shoulder styles
  • Mother of the Bride styles
  • Buns for short hair
  • Working with extensions
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On the second day you’ll be raring to go, having learned everything you need to get you started in creating beautiful bridal hairstyles.

 

First thing, you’ll be introduced to your model (who loves having her hair done, do don’t be nervous!) and then after a quick recap and demonstration you’ll get right into styling.

 

Today, you’ll be expanding your knowledge of working with short hair both as it is and also including extensions. Pam will show you how to create some of the most popular bridal hairstyles for brides, bridesmaids and mother of the bride, including a fabulous vintage inspired Audrey Hepburn look which works fantastically well with both long and short hair.

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Day 3

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  • Live model practice
  • Creating different curls & waves
  • High buns for long hair
  • ½ up styles & 2-in-1 styles
  • Working with donuts and padding
  • Time trial
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On day 3 you’ll be working with live models again, but this time with long hair.

 

You’ll discover how to create different curls and waves using both tongs and rollers – ever wondered about the difference between creating a corkscrew curl or a more beachy wave? You don’t need loads of different hairstyling tools, you just need a set of rollers and great technique!

 

You’ll work with some more high fashion bridal hairstyles, such as a high ballerina bun, using donuts and padding to develop that perfect shape, and also some really classic looks.

 

You’ll be shown slow, focused demonstrations on how to create each style, but you’re also free to experiment! We encourage our 4 day bridal hair course students to make each style their own and play around with everything they’re learning. The idea behind the course is not that you’ll go away having learned a set few styles, but that you feel confident in putting together any hairstyle.

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Day 4

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  • Working with long, thick, heavy Hair
  • Low Buns
  • Plaits: all types covered including rope twists, fishtail & waterfall
  • Photo Shoot with live model
  • Securing Accessories: Veil, tiara, fresh flowers
  • Business Advice Session
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Day 4 – the grand finale of our 4 day bridal hair course! Today you’ll have so much fun putting your new skills to the test at your very own professional portfolio photoshoot!

 

Recap with Pam in the morning and add some lovely plaits and braids into your new hairstyle repertoire before moving on to work with your stunning model and getting some really fabulous photos for your portfolio.

 

We’ll have a full studio set up and a pro photographer and makeup artist provided to make sure your work looks it’s absolute best. What you do with your photoshoot is up to you! Want to focus on 1 or 2 amazing hairstyles? Or maybe you want to do a collection of quick looks? Whatever you want to achieve, Pam and her team will help you get there.

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It never ceases to amaze us how many gorgeous styles our hair course students come out with! No matter what your experience, total beginner or trained professional, you can rest assured that by the end of your 2 or 4 day bridal hair course, you too will have created some really amazing styles and come away with the skills to create many more!

Here’s some phone snaps from our latest 2 day London course showcasing some of the student’s great work. Well done CBH Students! We’re so proud :)

We just could not believe how amazing Kate Middleton looked merely hours after giving birth. The Duchess of Cambridge, 33, looked positively radiant as she stood on the steps of St Mary’s Hospital on Saturday afternoon where she showed her little girl off to the world, and her appearance was flawless.

 

Having given birth at 8.34am Kate emerged only 10 hours later wearing a buttercup yellow and white Jenny Packham dress (she also wore a dress by the same designer after the birth of Prince George) which she paired with nude heels.

As usual Kate went for a natural look when it came to her makeup with a flattering shade of brown for her eye shadow, a hint of blusher and nude lipstick.

To get the same look:

Apply foundation or tinted moisturiser to even out your skin tone. Highlight your cheekbones with a light, rose pink blusher before focusing on your eyes. If necessary fill in your eyebrows with a matching shade of eye shadow but remember that you are trying to create a natural look. For your eye makeup select a mid brown eye shadow and blend this from your lash line up to your brow bone, it should appear lighter as you blend upwards. Line your eyes with dark brown eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line and a coat of mascara completes your eye makeup. Slick on some nude lipstick for a dewy finish.

It is said that Kate always does her own makeup for any public appearance but when it comes to her hair clearly only a professional will do as hairstylist Mrs Cook Tucker was seen entering the hospital. Kate’s locks were blow dried to perfection giving her a bouncy blowout that framed her face nicely. If you would like to recreate Kate’s flowing waves then there is no need to worry if you don’t have your own stylist to hand. We have previously provided you with a step by step guide on how you can get the same effect in the comfort of your own home. You can take a look here.

By Gemma

Like makeup, hair has been given an overhaul and moves towards a more grown up, luxurious look. After months of loose waves and a relaxed style we will now be rocking fresh takes on the up do for a sophisticated, expensive style.

Here are our top five hair trends to watch

Baby Hairs

 

This may seem a little strange but it is in fact a trend. Those little flyaway hairs that we try so hard to slick down and conceal are now being embraced by designers and celebs alike. On the runway at Stella McCartney the models appeared to have damp strands stuck to their faces in a sporty style. This look is easy to recreate using a touch or gel or serum.

The New Up ‘Do

 

AW15 is all about wearing your hair up in a proper up do. We love the elegant French twists seen at Chanel. Accessories will also be big next season so try wrapping ribbons around your hair or adorning with jewelled clips.

Luxurious Hair

 

The luxurious theme continues with glamorous and expensive looking blow drys heading down the runway at Balmain. There is no need to book repeat appointments at your salon; you can create a professional looking blowdry in the comfort of your own home.

Top Knots

 

We are pleased to see that top knots are popular next season as you can get away with them on nights out, at the office, or when there is simply not enough time to wash your hair. A messy bun is ideal for day wear while a gravity defying top knot, as seen at Marc Jacobs, is ideal for that festival or party look.

Natural Beauty

 

If you are after a more relaxed style then this outdoorsy look is for you. Go for windswept hair texturised with salt spray paired with flushed cheeks for that post hike glow.

By Gemma

Why is it that you can never get your hair looking as good as it does when you first leave the salon? A good blow dry can last you several days and it is possible to achieve that professional finish yourself; here, we tell you how:

 

1. Wash your hair as normal, making sure that you rinse thoroughly. Towel dry by blotting rather than rubbing hair to get rid of any excess moisture.

2. Apply volumising spray or mousse, making sure that hair is evenly covered.

3. Now you can pre-dry your hair. You can either do this by leaving your hair to dry naturally so that it is 70-80% dry or you can use your hairdryer to remove moisture before you begin your proper blow dry. If you have a fringe now is the time to dry it properly rather than let it air dry as it will sit much better.

4. Separate hair into sections and secure with clips, leaving one section out. When you start the blow dry pull your fingers through the hair beginning at the roots. Pull hair taut to reduce frizz, focusing air on the roots.

5. Now that your roots are dry you can move on to using a round mixed bristle brush. Pull the brush through your hair making sure that you point the hairdryer down the hair. Start with the ends of your hair as these dry the quickest. Make sure that you still keep the hair taut as you dry.

6. Seal the style with the cool setting on your dryer while hair is still taut. If your hair is long enough you can also roll each dry section up in a Velcro roller.

7. Work your way through each section until all your hair is dry.

8. Finish off by applying serum to tame any flyaways.

By Gemma

Gigi Hadid arrived at the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue celebration in New York City earlier this month rocking a super slick style. Her hairstylist took inspiration from Gigi’s outfit which was sporty yet feminine, so they chose hair which looks tight on the sides giving a clean look, yet it still had volume on the top.

 

 

Get the look

Step one:

Take freshly washed hair and divide hair into sections. Start at the nape of the neck and apply mousse, making sure that you focus on the roots so they have extra grip to hold the style. Now you can blow dry your hair trying to keep it flat to your head shape.

Step two:

Next, you can repeat step one but with another section until you reach the front of the head. With the front sections apply twice as much mousse, mainly on the sides, and blow dry using a flat brush.

Step three:

When your reach the top of your head blow dry your hair with a round brush as you want to create volume here. Now apply a small amount of heat protection product from the mid shaft of your air to the ends and then use hair straighteners on this area so that hair lays smooth.

Step four:

Now that the ends are smooth spray strong hairspray to the sides of your hair, doing one side at a time. Use the flat brush to smooth hair backwards and follow the shape of your head. Do the same with the other side.

Step five:

Next, spray the top of your head lightly but do not brush it as you want to keep as much volume in as possible.

Step six:

If you are preparing this look for a night out then you can use large clips with little pieces of paper towel underneath them to hold the sides of your hair in place until you are ready to go out. Just remember to remove them when you leave!

By Gemma

Allison Williams has been popping up more and more this season, providing us with some of the hottest red carpet looks. One of our favourites has to be when she arrives at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards on 11th January sporting a stylish, retro look. Allison exuded old Hollywood glamour and definitely stood out from the crowd with her nostalgic look which consisted of a faux bob and smokey eye shadow. While her makeup and skin looked absolutely beautiful, it is her faux bob that we are particularly keen on emulating, so read on for our step by step guide to creating this retro look.

 

Get the look

Step one:

Shampoo and condition your hair as normal before applying a small amount of volumiser. Make sure that when you apply it that you evenly distribute it throughout your hair.

Step two:

Now you can take some curl enhancing mousse and work this through your hair from the roots to the tips. Create a deep side parting, making the line as straight and clean as possible before blow drying your hair using a fine tooth comb.

Step three:

Start with the top of your head and take medium sections of hair, curling them towards your face.

Step four:

With bobbypins you can fix each individual curl flat on your head and then mist over with a touch of finishing spray.

Step five:

When your hair has cooled you can remove all of the pins and gently brush out the lengths.

Step six:

Next, you can shape the waves using some finishing spray and a little shine pomade which will stop any flyaways.

Step seven:

Now with your bobbypins curl the bottom of your hair up and under to create the bob shape. This can then be fixed in place.

Step eight:

Finish off by spritzing over hair with some light hold hairspray and some shine spray so that you look red carpet ready.

By Gemma

Freida Pinto is another celeb to give the bob a try and we have to say that she is absolutely rocking it. She had her hair cut at the end of last year and showed off her new look at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where she looked stunning. Her cute bob was styled to give a modern twist to a retro favourite.

 

Here is how to get the look

Step 1:

Wash and condition your hair with moisturising shampoo and conditioner before towel drying a lot of the wetness off. Next, apply some smoothing cream throughout the hair.

Step 2:

Now you can blow dry your hair using a small round brush. After you have completely dried a section you can then pin curl it before moving on to the next section. If parts of your bob are too short you can curl these under rather than pin them up.

Step 3:

Leave your hair to cool before touching it as you don’t want the curls to drop out. Then spray over your head lightly with some extra strong hold hairspray.

Step 4:

Next, unpin all of the curls and gently brush your hair using a paddle brush.

Step 5:

Take a one inch curling tong and wrap a section of hair towards your face so that you will create a retro Hollywood wave. Freida has a slight side parting so the front of her hair was curled away from her face and then pinned so that it would create an ‘s’ shape once released.

Step 6:

Allow the curls to cool and gently brush through again. Mist over with extra strong hold hairspray.

Step 7:

If you would like to create extra shine then you can spray all over with some serum spray.

By Gemma