Month: December 2015

vicki lord award winning hairstylist

Grateful for 2015 and excited about 2016

I have had an amazing year of ups and downs… and everything has led to much learning, teaching and of course lots of hair.

My highlights have been winning best bridal hairdresser for The Kent Wedding Awards for the third year running and after being a finalist for The Nationals in 2014, I knew it was a tough one to achieve, but I am thrilled that in 2015 I won best bridal hairstylist for Kent and the South East.

As far as 2016 goes, I have a few VIP weddings lined up, plus lots of lovely brides booked in, some shoots and some exciting collaborations… so hair’s here’s to a fabulous New Year to everyone out there.

Vicki x


vicki lord hair

Winter Wonderland Wedding

There are many fantastic perks to being a winter bride, obviously brides are still going to be praying for either snow or sunshine, whichever  you are hoping for.

  • For a start brides can create a wonderful winter ambience for their special day with twinkly winter lights, rich vibrant colours, glowing candles and roaring open fires.
  • They also avoid make-up meltdown, expensive flowers wilting in the summer heat.
  • If they are very lucky they have soft sparkling snow which looks absolutely amazing in photographs.
  • Some of the other main advantages include a wider choice of dates as not everyone is rushing to get married at this time of year – as it is not conventional wedding season, so suppliers have more availability in their winter schedule and guests always welcome a winter party during festive period.
  • Brides will also benefit from lower prices across the board as suppliers will be cheaper during the quieter winter months. It is of no surprise then that brides are increasingly choosing to get married during the colder season, creating their own winter wonderland of love and romance.

It is a given that every single bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day and whilst some may argue that winter hairstyles do not differ that much from those in other seasons there are some things you really ought to consider for winter wedding hairstyles. Here are my top tips:

  1. Looking radiant in the winter will take some extra work and care, however armed with the right products, preparation and mind-set the bride can look perfect even in the windiest weather.
  2. Winter weather plays havoc with hair and causes it to dry out and become frizzy especially in cold, less humid climates. Moisture is sucked away from your locks causing hair to become static so it is best to use a natural bristle brush or a wide tooth wooden comb. I recommend Bristle Brush.
  3. In the leading months to the wedding I recommend choosing a deep conditioning treatment to keep the hair and scalp moisturised. This needs to be religiously applied to the locks frequently to feed and nourish the lengths and ends. It might seem painstaking to do this but it really doesn’t take much to implement this into a beauty regime and will make all the difference on the day.
  4. For strong and glowing locks on the wedding day instead of a frizzy and flakey finish I recommend using Aveda’s Damage Remed Intensive Restructuring treatment, which deeply penetrates to help repair, seal and smooth even the most damaged hair. Using the power of pure plant oils and quinoa protein, it restores health, silkiness and shine.
  5. Kerastase, Serum Nutri-Sculpt is also an amazing lightweight serum that makes hair soft and shiny without looking oily and helps with split ends.
  6. For fine hair use treatments, but stay away from the hair roots.
  7. Winter brides also need to think about their natural hair texture and type more than summer brides. I strongly recommend that brides let their hair be itself and try and work with the hair’s nature instead of fighting against it. Hair can to a degree be forced into unnatural shapes, but with cold winds and air, along with the steam and heat of building curls will creep up and fine, straight hair will be more prone to drop the curl.
  8. Updos are great for attempting to tame unruly hair and are more likely to withstand climate changes, because the hair will be neatly tucked into a beautiful style that won’t budge throughout the day.
  9.  Use premium products on the hair to avoid hair disasters on the brides’ special day.
  10. Hair products will vary depending on the style but for curls I recommend a good volumiser such as Aveda volumising tonic or Bumble & Bumble – Defrizz as an anti-frizz. I also recommend the hairstyle is set with a good helping of a good quality hairspray such as Loreal Elnett to ensure it doesn’t loose shape.
  11. Most brides at this time of the year will probably wear a lovely faux fur stole or shrug to keep the chill off them whilst walking down the aisle and having their pictures taken outside. Brides considering a shawl consider that if wearing a low bun at the side or back this may mess up the hairstyle. If the bun is too low, the bottom of the bun may rub against the stole making the hair looking windswept and wiry, weakening the hairstyle and causing it to fall out. So hairdressers please ask your bride what they plan to wear and include it in your decision making.
  12. Many brides go for heavy luxurious fabrics when choosing their winter wedding dress and these may have many buttons at the back which you would hate for the hair to get tangled in. I would recommend having your hair up if you are going for this option, so the intricate detailing on the wedding dress can be shown.
  13. Brides choosing a high necked dress should try and wear their hair up as high as possible to create height, this will elongate the neckline and make them feel tall and slender. Or opt for hair to be swept to the side with all the hair up and have a few loose strands to frame the face.
  14. Winter brides can indulge not only in rich colours and fabrics but plenty of sparkle too. As the winter light fades and crisp cold night falls a winter bride will look stunning with a glitzy hair accessory.
  15. Flowers may be a little more limited at this time of the year but brides can experiment with feathers, diamantes and beautifully coloured jewels. These days brides have a wide range of hair accessories from headbands, combs, tiaras, fascinators, skull caps or hair pins… there is something for everyone regardless of whether you want an extravagant statement piece or a more simple accessory.




Your Kent Wedding

The Gorgeous cover for Your Kent Wedding is from a  shoot I did recently with the following fab team:

Model: Megan Hayward
Photographer: Darren Brade
Hair: Vicki Lord using Balmain and
Makeup: Nicola Peen
Accessory: Gillian Million

Happy Christmas ALL…

vicki lord bridal hair

Winterwonderland Part 1…

The Internet and magazines are full of inspirational images for Summer festival brides, and Spring brides and Autumn time brides, but what about Winter wonderland brides? December is a beautiful time to wed, and January is ideal, because it is quiet and whilst February is still very chilly, Valentine’s is sure to add a loving glow to your wedding day.

In the UK we are always worried about the sun not shining for our big day and the outdoor photos not being a wash out, but opting for a Christmas wedding means you have the best of whatever weather comes… If it snows, it is a bonus; if it is bright blue skies with sunshine, then the contrast looks beautiful with bare trees and seasonal flowers.

So with the weather not an issue, you can focus a lot of your attention on what hairstyle to choose.

Most brides this time of the year will probably wear a lovely furry snug or soft shawl, and this is a good idea to keep the chill off them whilst walking down the isle and having their pictures taken.

If you are planning on wearing a shawl you must take into consideration your hairstyle first. For example, if you decide to wear a low side bun or back bun, then the chosen cover-up garment may cause stress on your hairstyle. If the bun is too low, the bottom of the bun may rub against your shawl then your hairstyle may become weak and fall out. So always make sure your hairdresser is aware of everything you plan to wear, as it may be worth opting for an alternative hairstyle, or catering for the extra clothing… So you could still wear a bun to the side or back, but instead of it being a low do, it can be a bun set more central.

For those of brides opting for beautiful lace sleeved dresses. I would recommend having your hair up. Most of the time these types of dresses may have many buttons at the back, which you would hate for your hair to get tangled on! Also you don’t want to hide any intricate detailing of the dress! You could opt for hair to be swept to the side if you feel uncomfortable with all of your hair up!

Brides choosing a high necked dress can try wearing the hair up as high as possible to create height this will elongate the neckline and make you feel tall and slender!

There are some beautiful crystal skull caps, mini top hats and bride cage veils available, so try adding a more elaborate head dress to your hairstyle keeping the jewellery simple, as you may find flowers are more limited this time of the year.

I am getting so festive it is crazy… just on the train to a corporate job, doing the hair of ten clients for their Christmas do at Kingsley Napley. Vicki x 

bridal hairstyles

Bridal Hair Inspiration

Poppy was a beautiful bride, and it was a pleasure to do her hair… as you can see there is a massive amount of volume… and this my friends was achieved with about two wonderful cans of the fabulous Batiste dry shampoo, and Foxy Locks extensions.

Vicki lord

Zen Hair extensions

A few days prior to going to The Kent Wedding awards with a friend of mine and a finalist in the beauty category, Kelli Waldock, I applied extensions to her hair.

I used Zen Hair extensions… which are very lovely quality and the hair is silky smooth… As you can see from the image Kelli looks fab – her hair is longer, thicker and has more volume.

zen luxury hair extensionsThe bonds are easily applied and easily disguised too – ensuring a comfortable fit and authentic finish… which clearly shows in this pic, as Kelli has natural hair to her chin in a graduated bob, and this looks long.

Vicki x