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

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

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

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

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Get Online

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

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

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

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

 

TOP TIP:

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

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

Invest in Yourself

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

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

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Always Be Learning

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Go to Events

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

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

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Be Pro-active

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Know Your Goals

 

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

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

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

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Use Business Insights

 

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

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

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

 

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

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Optimise Your Profile

 

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

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

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

 

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

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Always Use Hashtags

 

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

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

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

 

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Bridal Hairstylist Tips: How to Overcome Your Hairstyling Fears

Putting yourself out there and choosing to take on the world in your dream career as a Bridal Hairstylist is no mean feat – it takes courage to try something new for the beginners and strength and perseverance to take the opportunity to better yourself and expand your skill-set as a trained stylist.

Confidence is key when it comes to making it as a successful Bridal Hairstylist, but it’s not unusual for us to meet students who have real fears about embarking on a new career or giving it their all in their chosen profession as a Bridal Hairstylist.

Sign up to our Online Bridal Hair Course for ‘Quick Tips’ on the go!

“Thanks for all the help! I’ve been hairdressing for 25 years plus but I’ve always been terrified of Bridal Hair.

I started your online bridal hair course and just a few weeks in I’ve managed to do the hair for my daughters wedding! I’d never have been brave enough without this course. Thanks Again.” – Michelle Jones, CBH Online Student

All of our Bridal Hair Courses are tailored to suit everyone’s individual needs and by taking you through everything step-by-step, you can rest assured than upon completion of your chosen course you’ll be feeling ready to take on any style in any situation!

Even though all of our students come to us at different levels, we often hear the same fears over and over again, from taking on styling hair with a fringe to being equipped with the right products in your kit to meet your client’s needs and fix common problems.

The number one this to remember is: DONT PANIC!! Stay calm and refer to the ‘Quick Tips’ section of Create Beautiful Hair Online to get the answers you need, as you need them.

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Fringes & Bangs

Don’t get caught up on what the models fringe looks on Instagram – just get it right for your client and take your time finding out what her hair wants to do.

Don’t fight the direction of the hair, work with it and allow the hair to ‘show you’ where it naturally wants to sit.

 

Hair Extensions & Instagram

Don’t feel intimidated by the impressive styles you see on Instagram!

90% of the styles you see on Instagram and Pinterest have been created using hair extensions and you can create them too with just a little bit of practice.

Tricks of the trade

It’s easy to create extra volume and oomph, so don’t worry if your client has thin or fine hair.

  • Use Donuts for extra volume when creating soft messy buns for short hair. When positioned correctly you won’t be able to see the padding at all.
  • American Dream and Hair Rehab supply excellent quality hair extensions and we always use them on our Bridal Hair Courses. Join one of our Bridal Hair Courses and get great discounts on any American Dream product!

 

Styling Tools & Product Advice

Finding all the best products and styling tools takes years and years of working in the industry…but luckily for you, Pam is happy to share all of her favourites that she has discovered during her 25 years as a Bridal Hair & Makeup Artist. Find out what Pam uses to create beautiful hair styles – have a quick look in our shop

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“I used to struggle with the thought process to create a requested hairstyle from clients but with your help and easy to follow step-by-step guidance, I feel that I am becoming more confident in myself and my own skills to get from A to Z. I have seen a marked improvement in my hair styles and the overall end results and have even surprised myself!

 

I DONT feel too overwhelmed anymore when presented with masses of hair with clients that can have over the top expectations! I feel more confident creating the styles and also feel better equipped to be advising clients about what actually suits them better and what is achievable considering their own hair type. THANKYOU.” – Julie Butcher, CBH Online Student

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Endorsed by Habia

Watch Pam as she uses American Dream Hair Extensions to create this fabulous high bun.

This bridal hair style was requested by Alev, one of our lovely online students and was created by Pam live on our latest live webinar.

Become an online Bridal Hair Student and send your style requests to Pam.

Catch-up

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