Month: June 2014

volume hair

How can I make sure my hair keeps its volume?

Question: I have just been for my hair trial and had my hair curled, but it dropped out within a few hours. I can’t afford another trial so I’m worried that the same thing will happen on the wedding day. How can I make sure they stay in?

It is imperative that you use the best hair products and use the correct styling technique to achieve curls. Here are some top tips for curls that will look great and will retain their beautiful shape on your special day:

It is always best to curl freshly washed hair. Use a volumising shampoo and conditioner to ensure optimum styling condition at the start. Try Aveda’s Pure Abundance Shampoo and Volumizing Clay Conditioner as this will give your hair extra bounce at the roots.

Ask your stylist to dry your hair upside down as this will add plenty of volume at the roots then apply a protective heat spray. Try Reken’s 15 Spray Starch Heat Memory Styler on each section of hair before your hair is tonged. This product will really help hold the curl.

Ask your stylist to separate your hair into small sections and use a smaller barrelled tong for a longer lasting curl. The curls will be tighter at first but will drop after approximately one hour, so therefore you should have your desired curls when your special day commences. Your stylist should then pin each curl. The hair will still be warm once the curl is styled and pinning the hair after each section is tonged will set the curl in place as your hair cools.

To finish your stylist should be careful not to use firm-hold hairsprays as these may be too heavy on your hair and weigh it down. I recommend a lightweight and flexible hairspray such as Loreal Elnett.

You may not need another full hair trial but you should definitely ask your hairdresser if they could test sections of your hair curled using the different products and techniques mentioned above. If you are still worried after testing your hair you may decide to style your curls into a half up half down hairstyle, updo or a side-style so that if your curls do fall a bit flat your hairstyle will still look great throughout your special day.

On the wedding day remember to avoid touching your hairstyle as excessive fiddling causes curls to drop faster. Also ask your bridesmaid to carry a travel size bottle of hairspray in her handbag so that you can touch up your curls if need be.

Remember I recommend Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo and Aveda Pure Abundance Conditioner to be used regularly before your wedding day and also Aerate 08 bodifying cream mousse to give maximum volume.

Make sure you wash your hair the morning of your wedding day using a good volumizing shampoo and conditioner such as Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo and Aveda Pure Abundance Conditioner.

Always give your hair two good shampoos and rinse well then apply a small amount of conditioner to mid lengths and ends only.

Make sure your hairdresser chooses a good volumising product in your hair prior to blow drying.

The trick is make sure your hair is squeaky clean and not overloaded with products. This way you should find that your hair will keep its bounce all day.

How do I achieve Amy Adams’ vintage hairstyle?

I love Amy Adams’ up-do that she wore at the Golden Globes in 2013…. combining an elegant side bun with a vintage Marcel wave.

There are many ways of achieving the Marcel wave, also called Finger wave i.e. wet/dry sets, clamps, tongs, two prong tongs, GHD’s to name a few. And there are all sorts of different interpretations of ths look! I’ve tried them all, and I would always opt for the original set method with clamping clips, although this does take time and patience, in my professional opinion it certainly gives the best results.

BUT the simplest  way to re create this look would be to get your hair stylist to use a waving tong recommend as this will achieve a nice wave quickly and without all the mess of gel and complications…

Equipment needed: soft brittle hair brush,  1 strong hair band, hair pins, Kirby grips, hair spray, sectioning clips, heat protector spray, tail comb, waving tongs

Recommended brands: Denman soft bristle brush , Elnett hairspray, Babyliss Wave Envy Styler, Aveda Brilliant Damage.

1) Make a nice clean straight parting in your hair to the side of your choice using your tail comb.
2) Section off both sides of your hair from the top of your crown area to the top of each ear.
3) With your remaining hair at the back just tie into a ponytail for the moment to keep it out of the way, whilst you work on the front of your hair.
5) Spray heat protector on the front of your hair to protect your hair from the heat of the tongs
4) Now using your waving tongs work on the front sections taking 2cm sliced horizontal sections of your hair clamping your tongs down from root to tips of your hair creating a stunning  wave.
5) Using your sectioning clips place a sectioning clip in each deepest point of the wave through the front section of hair (this will keep the Marcel wave in place whilst you work on the back of your hair, plus also helps create a deeper wave) spray with hairspray once secured in place.
6) Now you are going to work on your side bun, remove the hair and from the back of your hair.
7) Bring all of your hair over to the side making sure you leave some the front section of hair out (the side where your bun will sit).
8) Secure hair into a ponytail behind your ear with hairband.
9) Back brush the ponytail slightly to create texture (to back brush hair just use your soft brush and gently push your hair up from tip to root direction)
10) Now wrap the ponytail around and around the base in a clockwise direction and secure with hair pins as you go and then spray with hairspray to secure bun.
11) Now take out your sectioning clips and voila you have an Amy Adams Golden Globe hairstyle!

 Vicki Lord

summer brides

It’s Summer & Bridal Fever!

It is that time of year again – WEDDING SEASON. Depending on the bride, the desired date for the wedding will vary – But many brides do love a Summer wedding, especially if they want to hold some of their special day outside, even though the British weather is well, unpredictable to say the least.

So what is the right season for you?

Spring: Spring symbolizes new beginnings and it is a time of hope. It is also Easter, so those people that have a religious connection to the Christian/Church of England/Catholic faith, well this is a lovely time to tie the knot in a church or as part of a religious ceremony. Why not add a touch of theme with Spring flowers, because all white is alright, but a splash of multi-colour to your wedding hairstyle and rainbow or seasonal flowers in your hair add extra unique flair on your big day. Check out my Multi-Colour post. Maybe this is the season you both fell in love?

Summer: Summer is a vibrant, fresh time of year and a popular time for weddings, so this may be the reason why, or the reason why not to book during this time. It is a great choose if you are thinking of having a UK honeymoon too, as you are likely to have the weather. If you are certain you want an outdoor wedding then maybe this is the right season for you. Maybe you love the summer months, and you know your friends and family will all be able to have time off work or school to attend your big day, and have a significant date to your and your husbands-to-be. So strapless dresses, pale shades, bronzed skin and sandals are all possible for a Summer wedding.

Autumn: Autumn is a beautiful time of year, when the colours are amazing and perfect to help you choose wedding shades. This is a lovely time of year for photos too – and you may be lucky with the weather. It is a nice season to look forward, as Winter offers Christmas, and Spring give us new beginnings and Summer – well everyone loves Summer… so by having Autumn as your wedding season, you can add excitement to your year.

Winter: Winter is wonderful… maybe you want a winter wonderland wedding. Maybe you have always dreamt of a horse and carriage riding you to your reception, with a crispness in the air, through the streets lined with bare trees? Some people find Winter depressing and boring, so it is a great way to brighten up this season with a wedding and a great festive party. If you want ultra glam at your wedding then this is the season for you – with sparkles, elaborate hair dos, and deep, passionate colours. Everyone loves celebrations near Christmas.

Also check out my blog from earlier this week on tips on choosing your perfect wedding date.

choosing wedding date

Erm, What Date?

So he has got down on one knee, or maybe you proposed to your beloved?  –  You have shared the news with all of your friends and family, on Facebook, and even got a megaphone and written it on a sandwich board to share your happy news through the streets of your local town… Okay, so that may be a little over-the-top, but don’t say you’re not excited! Because I totally know you are! And before you choose the dress, the cake and sort the guest list – you have to choose the best date. Here are some tips on choosing the perfect wedding date for your wedding day:

  1. Decide what season you want your wedding… if you want to wear a thick lace long sleeve dress, is a summer or warm wedding going to be comfortable? If you are planning a marquee or outdoor wedding you may want to consider a Spring or Summer date.
  2. Decide what year you want your wedding – think carefully about the pressures, time and efforts it takes to plan a wedding, especially if it is a big family affair – so bear this in mind – perhaps you want to leave a year or two, or if you are super organised then six months may be fine, or if it is a small wedding three months even. The more time you have to plan, the more relaxed you will feel on the lead up to your wedding day.
  3. Where are you thinking of getting wed? Is it a popular venue? Do they have availability? Is it on home-ground, or abroad? It is worth checking the price of travel or flights around the time of year you are planning your wedding, not to mention whether or not your guests are around to take holiday time from work, or studying to attend your ceremony. Is there a specific religious building you want to exchange vows in? Because you will defo have to call and book in advance.
  4. It may not be something you wish to think about… but DON’T book a date near your expected ‘lady’ cycle. The PMS is no fun at the best of time, neither is the greasy hair, increased appetite, pimples, bloating, stashing Tampax in your wedding clutch or having to make excuses to your new husband on your wedding night. So this is actually very important, because as a woman, I know that at that time of the month I don’t feel my best, and feeling your best is the single most important thing on your special day. So best to try and avoid it by checking your dates. It is another reason to try and remain calm on the lead up to your day to avoid irregular periods due to stress.
  5. Check in with your most important members of your guest list – because if your best friend or one of your bride’s maids is unable to make your date, then you may want to reconsider.
  6. Choose a date that is significant to you and to your husband-to-be, but that is still unique. So avoid birthdays for example, because in future when you want to celebrate your anniversaries you don’t want an event clash. So maybe the first day you met, or the day of your first kiss.
  7. Avoid any very busy holiday times too, as it is likely that the date will clash with booked vacations of guest-list members.
  8. Do you have a theme in mind? Well, think about what date may suit this theme nicely. obviously a subtle Christmas touch would not suit a July date in the UK.

If you have experience as a bride how has chosen the ‘wrong’ or the ‘right’ date and want to share some advice please email me and i’ll share your tips too!

beautiful bride

Multi-Colour Wedding Hair

Long gone are the days when weddings are all-white! If you have always dreamed of an ivory or white dress then go for it – but why not try adding more than just one theme colour to your big day? Do this with your hair accessories, just like my bride photographed here.

TIPS: Go for seasonal, vibrant hues that suit your character. You really do not have to go overboard with colour to enjoy a rainbow wedding – so be brave with the shades. The bride photographed opted for a simple, but spectacular ivory dress, a neutral bouquet and natural make-up, but look how those fluttery lashes match the vibrancy of the flowers and butterflies in her hair – Stunning and unique! If you want to opt for multi-colours, speak with your dress designer, hair stylist or make-up artist, as these are professionals who know exactly how colours work, which shades suit your complexion and do not clash with each other. Go on go for a splash of colour and add extra vibrancy to your big day!