I’m Frances, a professionally trained bridal & editorial hair and makeup artist working across the South of England. Having been in the industry for 7 years my previous clientele have included brides, models, actors, presenters, singers and members of the aristocracy primarily throughout Hampshire (New Forest), Dorset, Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire and London. A regular contributor to national and international wedding magazines and blogs, including high fashion shoots for Sunseeker lifestyle magazine & milliner Vivien Sheriff – my work has been seen across the world and celebrated for its emphasis on luxury beauty. I have been lucky enough to work and train at the highest level of expertise and have been a recent student of The Kristina Gasperas Academy, Jo Irving of Jo Loves Hair fame and The Bridal Stylists, of which I am a gold stylist for the Hampshire area.
I have had the enormous pleasure of working with some of the top wedding hairstylists in Hampshire & Dorset for a few years now, and I’m always excited to see their work and how they interpret a brides brief. While I trained many years ago on how to dress hair whilst in my makeup artistry course, I never felt it came as naturally to me as makeup design – much preferring makeup brushes to hair brushes! So like many a bride I turn to the professionals, people that dress hair everyday much like I design makeup everyday.
I love how different hairstylists work in so many different ways, and how you can spot a ‘signature’ look from each stylists (I’ve stared at a lot of hairstyles in my time!) I’ve listed a few of my favourite stylists, in case you need a pro on your big day…x
When I was training to be a Makeup Artist I was taught how to style hair and apply theatrical bald caps and wigs. I did enjoy it but often felt that I lacked the natural talent of hairstylists and much preferred having a makeup brush in my hand rather than curling tongs! I often watch hairstylists at work and admire their focus and knowledge of being able to twist a single strand into an intricate design like a rose (I mean, where do you even begin!) So while I can style hair I choose to leave it to the experts, and just concentrate on being as good a Makeup Artist as I possibly can.
Having a separate Makeup Artist and Hairstylist is actually very common in TV and Film, with producers just wanting the best of each discipline for their production. This combination may seem excessive for your wedding day, but believe me, it’s a god send with keeping to a time schedule! Your also safe in the knowledge that both suppliers are at the top of their game, and you don’t get someone who is ok at makeup but fantastic at hair. You also find that the bridal party is being nicely rotated between hair and makeup, so they are not sat for too long getting bored – and it makes the morning flow really well, keeping a nice atmosphere rather than a rush to the finish!
Bridal Hairstylists I recommend
Jodi at JMS Hair Design
I love working with Jodi. She is so lovely and really keeps the atmosphere calm and happy. She is simply a great hairstylist, and excellent at achieving a very ‘natural’ looking hairstyle that really does last for the whole day.
Anne at Simply You Bridal Hair
I actually met Anne when we did two consecutive weddings in a week, and just keep bumping into each other ever since! Anne is incredible at keeping to a time schedule, and often keeps me in check! Love it! She is VERY good at hairstyling, and has been in the industry for 25 years.
Kayleigh at Pin Curls Styling
Kayleigh is relatively new to the industry, but she specialises in vintage hairstylists – mainly from 1920’s/50’s era. She’s one of those rare gems that once you’ve had her style your hair you’ll want her to do it every morning for work!
Susan at Susan Humble Wedding Hair Specialist
I love Susan. She’s like a mother hen, she is really lovely and only wants the very best for her brides. She is an excellent hairstylist. Susan is amazing at keeping everyone going in the morning, and keeping emotions happy.