There is something simply magical about an enchanting winter wedding and here at Salons Direct we know how important it is to create the right hair style to capture the theme and mood of your client’s special day.
In light of winter wedding season, we caught up with a selection of leading stylists to uncover their top tips when it comes to planning and creating beautiful hair for a wedding during the colder months.
They secret to luscious winter wedding hair…
We have previously touched upon the importance of a pre wedding consultation and getting to know your client ahead of their big day as well as uncovering our stylists’ best advice on trend-led styles.
Creative director for Urban Retreat in Harrods Andrew Barton explains more about the importance of pre wedding organisation:
“Wedding hair planning takes some organising so work with your client to prepare all their hair needs well in advance. It’s important to think about timing – when to have a last hair cut, colour and conditioning hair treatments for the big day and of course that all important trial.”
Mark Leeson, Goldwell Global Creative Director, highlights the importance of encouraging your client to keep their hair in the best condition possible in the lead up to their big day.
‘‘The key to perfect wedding hair is all in the preparation. Glossy, shiny hair will be their best accessory on the day so it’s important to start a hair conditioning regime well in advance.”
Considering the weather…
“Getting married in the winter can be challenging for the hair as you have to think about weather conditions and hair not always behaving in the way that you want it to”, says Karen Thomson, director of KAM hair and body Spa.
“Hair can often become brittle in the winter due to the weather and central heating so it’s really important that your clients use great products and have prescriptive treatments in the months running up to the wedding. By using salon treatments which penetrate deep into the cortex, your client’s hair will be repaired and get in fantastic condition.”
“Don’t forget to encourage your client to have their colour topped up before the wedding and maybe use some warmer tones to suit their skin tone. It’s always good to add some warmth in the winter as we tend to be paler; a subtle bit of warmth will make their hair appear healthier and shinier.”
Style and practicality…
“Up-do’s are great for winter weddings as often the weather plays havoc with hair that is left down!”, says Karen Thomson
“Wind and overheating are a nightmare and can make those with finer hair types go flat and limp quickly. There is some stunning up do looks that can be very soft and flattering. If your client prefers to have their hair down but want to have some pieces up, you can use pins to keep these pieces pinned into place. Gorgeous hair accessories with diamantes and jewels are great for brides in the winter, bringing some sparkle and glamour to their hair.”
“Winter weddings, believe it or not, can sometimes offer the bride more styles to choose from, which do not have to be dominated by an up do! For the winter season of 2016, we are seeing a lot of simple waves and classic chingons.” says Scottish hairdresser of the year and Ishoka stylist Philip Bell.
“Simple, chic waves are sophisticated and can be easily maintained throughout the day in the winter using a strong hold hair spray to help keep the waves in place, as well as using great finishing products. The chignon is another classic and is seen at many weddings. It again requires minimum maintenance throughout the day/night and is a favourite amongst brides. When it comes to wedding hair, we always consult with the bride as to what their dress is like and their accessories. Everything should flow and not be too over the top.”
Accessorising the hair…
Lee McCrudden, Senior Stylist, Inanch London says: “For those trend-savvy brides, look for vintage embellishments. These can be great if you want to change your style for the evening and add some bling.”
“There are so many options available on the market from jewelled clips and feathers to show-stopping tiaras and fascinators, so whether your clients want a statement accessory or a simple addition to their hairstyle, there really is something for everyone. Make sure your client brings all accessories to their hair trials ahead of the big day to give a true reflection of how the hair will look.” says Mark Leeson.
With the likes of Sam Faiers, Frankie Bridge and Denise Van Outen on their books Inanch Emir, artistic director of Inanch London, shares her thoughts on brides wearing hair extensions:
“Nearly all of my bridal clients wear extensions for their big day as it makes such a difference to the appearance of your hair for photos. Hair extensions can help add length to short hair, thickness to fine hair and some colour contrasts for those clients wanting some highlights in their hair. The options are endless.
“I always advise brides-to-be to try out the extensions well before their wedding day just so that they can get used to how these look and feel. This also allows us time to make any adjustments before their big day. ”
Maintaining the hair throughout the day…
Celebrity stylist, Andrew Barton says:
“Keep styling product to a minimum so the hair shines with natural glamour, and always carry a few extra hair grips in your bridesmaid’s purse and a mini hairspray to catch any stray hairs as the day goes on.”
“Although you cannot predict the weather on your client’s big day, if it’s generally a windy, rainy part of the season my advice would be to definitely have their hair up… Speaking of rain, they may also want to think about accessorising their bridesmaids with umbrellas rather than a bouquet of flowers, or added into your flowers for that ‘just in-case feel”, says Gary Russell creative director of The Chapel.