• Marie Richards

Let down your hair... or not!

Updated: Jul 25, 2018

Ahhh bridal hair... do you have visions of a perfectly styled up-do, or perhaps long wavy flowing locks on your wedding day? Either way, you may be considering doing your own hair for your wedding, or perhaps your bestie is great with the curling irons and you think that will do just fine.

But I'm here to be really honest with you. Even if you can style your own hair fabulously, it doesn’t matter how fantastic you are at it, there are areas that you just can’t get to and there are some pretty important factors to think about first. In my opinion, it is essential to get professional help in where your locks are concerned. Here's why:

Fine, thick, frizzy, curly, straight?

A professional hair stylist knows how to cope with every type of hair – fine, thick, frizzy, wavy, curly or straight. They know what it’s going to take to hold your style in place given your hair type. They have the tools and products to ensure your hair will stay in your chosen style all day long. A great stylist will also take into consideration the weather on the day – giving your hair more hold if it’s windy or applying certain products if it’s humid or raining.

Looking good on all sides

Your hair stylist will also know how to make your hairstyle look balanced, full and flattering, ensuring your hair looks great at every angle, giving freedom for your photographer to capture you at every turn.

The unveiling

They’re also experienced at attaching a veil or head piece without the risk of it falling out or disturbing your hair. Remember, attaching veils and head pieces can be tricky and removing them can really mess up your fabulous work.

Investing in a professional hair stylist is important. I have photographed many brides who opted to have a non professional style their hair, only to find they didn’t take into consideration hair type, or applied enough heat or cooling, product or spray to hold their style. An hour or two later their hair was wispy, falling down or limp and straggly, sometimes before they even got to the alter. If you need help in selecting a professional hair stylist or makeup artist, click here for some of the professionals I know and recommend.

Before choosing a professional makeup artist or hair stylist consider the following:

  1. View previous work or portfolio - this is a must.

  2. Book a trial, ideally three months before your wedding.

  3. Keep your trial makeup application and hair styled on all day, that way you’ll find out how well it lasts and how it makes you feel.

  4. Find out what brands/products your makeup artist uses, particularly if you have skin sensitivities.

  5. Did you like your make-up artist? Did she/he make you feel relaxed and comfortable and did they listen to what you wanted?

  6. Were they punctual and reliable and did they keep to time?

  7. Consider having professional makeup for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom also. Your photos will thank you for it, and so will they.

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