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17 Sep 14

Autumn wedding hairstyles for guests

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean that wedding season is. As autumn weddings become increasingly popular, more and more clients are coming into my salon asking about the trendy hairstyles for wedding guests this season. Ballerina buns Whether you’re going for an elegant, polished look or something more along the lines of ‘carefully dishevelled’, a ballerina inspired high bun can be styled a number of different ways to suit the tastes of any wedding attendee.  For a more formal affair, sleek all of your hair back.  While guests attending rustic, autumn themed weddings can go for a messy bun with some pieces of hair left down and placed carefully around the face. Tie in another hot fall trend by parting your hair directly down the centre.   Braids and twists This trend was seen at weddings all throughout the summer and it looks like it’s going to continue […]

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10 Sep 14

Say yes to hair extensions

Hair extensions are a popular trend these days amongst brides searching for a picture perfect wedding hairstyle. However, many brides don’t consider the extra prep and research that’s called for when committing to hair extensions.   Creating your dream hair After flipping through hairstyle magazines for months, you’ve finally chosen your wedding hair. You want to follow this season’s trend of leaving your hair down and wavy, like celebrity bride Kate Moss, but your hair barely touches your shoulders. For brides looking to add extra length, hair extensions can be just the answer. Most brides opt for permanent hair extensions, which are glued, woven or braided in by a professional and can last for months. They are also a great option for brides with naturally thin hair who want to add some extra volume; as well as those who have their eyes set on an up-do that requires longer, thicker […]

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08 Sep 14

Hairstyles for long haired brides

Truth be told, long hair really is much more versatile than short hair when it comes to wedding hairstyles.  But sometimes there are just too many to choose from. My first question to clients is: up-do, down, or half-up style?   Up-do’s for long locks Despite the glamour factor, long hair can get in your way during your big day. Keep it off your face by choosing an up-do. With so much hair to work with, the options are almost endless. If you’ve got ultra-long locks consider the classic bun with a braid wrapped around it. A romantic chignon resting at the nape of your neck is always an elegant choice among brides.  If you want to keep your hair out of your face, but still show off its length, consider going for a fishtail braid.   Let your hair down Brides going for a more glamorous or princess look […]

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03 Sep 14

Vintage hair inspiration for your wedding day

I’ve always been a huge fan of the book The Great Gatsby which is why I was so excited when it made it to the big screen and brides started coming into my salon requesting hairstyles they’d seen in the movie. In my mind, nothing makes a bride look more glamorous than a 1920s inspired hairstyle. Who says you can’t repeat the past? Hollywood starlets have been seen gracing the red carpet the past year sporting a number of different hairstyles reminiscent of the 1920s. To look like you’ve stepped out of a black and white film, brides with short hair can opt for finger and marcel waves, which offer a look of refined elegance. If you have a short bob haircut, consider foregoing waves and curls and leaving it structured and straight like actress Carey Mulligan did as Daisy in The Great Gatsby film. Brides with longer hair can […]

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27 Aug 14

Wedding hairstyle help for short hair

Many of my bridal clients with short hair come into my salon feeling obligated to wear hair extensions on their wedding day. They’re always delighted to hear that you can still have a stellar wedding hairstyle without flowing locks.   Classic vintage Retro-inspired hairstyles are all the rage this season and a great option for brides wanting to up the glamour factor. Create a classic Hollywood look with pin curls, or keep your fringe out of your face with a victory curl. Check out Mad Men star January Jones’ sculpted curls at the 2012 Oscar after-party to see an example of how to create a retro look with short hair.   The versatile bob To create a sleek, chic look, brides with chin-length hair can skip the fuss and go for a blowout and flat iron. In order to make their wedding day hair more special many brides add a fringe. […]

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20 Aug 14

Hairstyles for your backless wedding dress

Backless dresses have been all the rage on the red carpet the past couple of years and many of my clients have been inspired to showcase this fashion trend at their own weddings. I’ve got the following words of wisdom for them on how to choose the best hairstyle to show off their wedding dress.     Don’t compete with your dress Avoid the risk of competing with your dress by choosing a hairstyle that complements it. For a backless dress, keep in mind that the purpose of this style is to show off your back so you don’t want your hair to be completely covering it. In order to keep an overall classy look while showing off a lot of skin, I suggest an elegant up-do such as a bun or chignon; or consider a bun-braid hybrid like the one Carrie Underwood wore with her backless dress at the […]

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13 Aug 14

Getting the most out of your wedding hair trial

Many brides choose to save money on their wedding by foregoing the hair trial. This is a huge mistake! I’ve had plenty of brides come into my salon after a failed trial with a stylist that came highly recommended to them. Read on for some tips for what to expect from your hair trial and how to get the most for your money.   Get to know your stylist The hair trial offers you the chance to see how well you get along with the stylist. Do you enjoy being around him/her? Can you easily communicate with them?  How do they respond to your critiques and comments? Do you both share the same vision for your bridal hairstyle? Be sure to be explicit and assertive when it comes to what you’ve envisioned for your hair.   Keep your budget in mind No bride should ever skip the hair trial, but […]

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11 Aug 14

Bridal headpieces: the finishing touch

I love seeing the variety of bridal headpieces my clients bring in to get their hair done for their wedding day. There are many different types of headpieces out there for brides-to-be so here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the one that’s just right for you. Headbands, tiaras and crowns These headpieces are best for brides who are looking for a way to complement the flowing hairstyle they’ve chosen for their wedding day.  A tiara can be the perfect touch for brides who want to feel like a princess, whereas a headband offers the chance to match the beading or crystals on your dress with the added perk of keeping your hair out of your face. Brides who are going for a more bohemian look can find inspiration in the floral crown worn by bride Natalie Portman.   Combs, pins and clips These headpieces are […]

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06 Aug 14

Summer wedding hairstyles for the guests

It’s not only brides that come into my salon looking for advice on how to have the best wedding day hair. Many of my clients are wedding guests wanting to stand out amongst the other attendees. If you are going to a summer wedding, here is my expert advice on the best hairstyles this season.   A formal affair? The first question I ask my clients is how formal the wedding is going to be. A garden or beach wedding calls for an entirely different ‘do than one that will start in a sophisticated cathedral and end in a five-star hotel. If it’s a black-tie event, I’d stick with an elegant look reminiscent of the 30’s or 40’s or a sleek bun. But don’t choose a style that’s so glamorous it upstages the bride!   Letting your hair down A lot of my clients assume that they have to go with […]

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01 Aug 14

Bohemian waves: DIY for your wedding

Bohemian waves are beautiful. They’re chic and are a great option for your wedding. Luckily for you, this simple style can be achieved at home. All you need is texturisingcream, hairspray, hairgrips and maybe a hairdryer. Grab your materials, and let’s get started!   Methods Keep in mind that there are different ways of sporting bohemian waves. Whether you wear them teased and flowing like Kate Hudson or half-up and braided like Ashley Olsen, I always recommend starting with the basics, and then creating your own ‘bohemian’ look.   Get started Apply a small amount of texturiser cream to damp hair. Separate your hair into one inch sections and twist in a clockwise direction. Secure it to your head using hairgrips. If you want big waves, make big sections. If you want small waves, make small sections. Continue twisting your hair until complete. If you don’t want to put your […]

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