When deciding on your ‘bridal style’ it can be really difficult to determine what you do and don’t like. Instagram and Pinterest are filled with ideas that can make choosing all the more tiresome. Below is my simple guide to help you cut through all the chaff, and really decide on want you want. I use these questions myself to pin-point what my client does want, without them even realising it x
1. Do you prefer your hair up or down? It’s a really simply question but you would be surprised how often this gets over looked. If you are comfortable with having your hair down most days, then having an up-do can feel exposing and not natural. Likewise, if you often have your hair up – leaving it down can make you feel hot and bothered. So consider how you naturally behave with your hair day-to-day.
2. What’s your wedding gown like? Does your gown have a high neck with detailing at the back – do you want this exposed or covered by your hair? Alternatively, does it have a long back – therefore do you want your hair to fall onto your bare back?
3. What is your hair colour like? Clients often bring me images of looks they love of hair up – and what do all of them have in common? The model almost always has blonde or blonde highlighted hair, when in fact the client stood in front of me has deep brown hair. They love the style because with blonde hair you can clearly make out the detail in the design – that gorgeous braid or pulled out twist. It’s sad but true that in darker coloured hair this detail gets lost, so either consider a different style with similar colouring to your own, or take the plunge and book in for highlights.
4. What’s the weather likely to be? If you’re getting married in peak heat wave season then you’ll want to minimise the risk of curls falling out, or frizzy hair sticking to your back so an up-do is your perfect style ticket. Likewise, if you’re having your wedding during cooler climates, then gorgeous cascading curls is the perfect choice to keep a tad warmer.
5. Are you having a veil, hair accessorie, flower grown or alice band placed in your hair? Generally speaking veils work better on hair that is down, due to the fact that the sheer weight of the veil can knock the air out of a wispy up-do. A sturdy low bun is often better if wanting both.
Modern hair accessories are usually made in mind of how they are going to be placed in the hair for a either an up-do or down-do. I can highly recommend the following retailers that have been carefully designed to with-stand the pressure of both. Kelly Spence / Victoria Fergusson / Donna Crain
6. And lastly… is your hair long enough, thick enough, has enough texture for the style you want? 9 times out of 10 the styles on Pinterest have been achieved using hair extensions. It’s a well known trade secret. This makes it incredibly hard for brides to realise their expectation is not completely realistic. Luckily, hair extensions exist for everyone to buy- so if you really want that ka-bow style we can achieve it! x