I was asked a couple of questions by the London Hairdressing Academy about Bridal Hair… Check out their article… HERE
Listen… Good, I have your attention. Fab hair is needed all the time – not just after a break-up… But here are three reasons why having a restyle can make you feel better when you are nursing a broken heart or fractured ego:
- If you look good, you feel good – it may seem shallow – but true! And sometimes you need to re-find yourself after a break-up. re-connect with yourself and your own identity, not that of one half of a pair.
- Going to the hairdresser can make you feel relaxed and the hairdresser chat, we are so commonly known for, can make you feel as though you have a friend… and that you are not alone. The hair washing and styling is so relaxing, and this can be stress relieving.
- Beware not to do anything drastic with your hair – as going for the chop maybe something you regret – so watch me on the Chrissy B show to see what alternatives there are, so you don’t regret your impulsive hair choices.
Okay, so you sussed me out – I pretty much love every hairstyle in some way or another…
Here are my favs for the month of love February:
- The sleek bob – which I regularly have – it is sophisticated, effortlessly gorgeous. Uma Thurman does the bob perfectly.
- The natural looking wave – particularly in long hair, because long hair can drag your face down, but a subtle wave adds texture, a little volume and can frame facial features. Kim Kardashian does this well, as does Jennifer Aniston.
- The Marcel wave – is so glam, and gorgeous. I have styled this look on many brides and celebrities, and it has featured in my academy, teaching other hairdressers the style, plus I’ve done tutorials on this style in a number of magazines. I loved styling the Marcel wave on my client and friend Shona McGarty.
Okay so not all of my work is glam… there is a lot of juggling and project management and planning involved and training others, plus staying in touch with what’s going on in the hair and beauty industry myself… and a part of this is working with great professionals including wedding suppliers, and photographers. I am always ding photo shoots too – many I am booked for, others involve collaborative creation between my team and others. Here are some behind the scenes images from a shoot I did a couple of days ago at my home based studio with two lovely models, a great makeup artist, Nicola, and a fab photographer, Darren Brade.
The models are wearing Gillian Million hair accessories, which are absolutely stunning… can’t wait to show you all the final photos.
So when it comes to hair, it isn’t just about a model or client rocking up and having a snip here or a clip there… there is a lot of planning that goes into working with brides so that they get their perfect style on their wedding day, working with briefs for photo shoots so that the whole creative team are happy and working with my regular clients… because a lot of people come to me wanting a change… there are chats and consultations involved… and for me planning everything down on paper too… And this is the case today – as I have a fab creative editorial shoot on the 7th September and it’s all about pastels and wigs and layering… and I am prepping some hair that I got from Balmain and some wigs I bought online…. but I am also going to actually be cutting some of these on the models at the day of the shoot… and this has its challenges, as I have opted for synthetic wigs not real hair wigs, and also If I cut away to close the scalp the wig can just fall apart… so I need to really concentrate and I’m hopeful the model sits nice and still too ;o)
I’m really looking forward to working with photographer Dawn at Bow Bunker studios again – she is amazing, and the lovely Anne Marie Simak is on makeup, and the fab Dawnn Lee Mitchell… What a team… watch this space for images!
Trends vary from one season to the next, from sleek dos, to intricate, to sharp, to messy to edgy… I could go on… the BIG hair trend also goes in waves (excuse the pun)… but to me big hair is always in… that is coming from somebody who has a sleek bob… but I love styling hair into massive hair… in fact sometimes only BIG will do… the bigger the better. It is super retro and can look ultra glam… and big hair is actually surprisingly versatile. You can getaway with wearing your hair full of volume during the day and then carrying it on to the evening, perhaps scooping it up on one side to create a more elegant look. Big hair can be very funky, but it can also look sexy… Angelina Jolie has done big hair in the past and I love it on her, as has Jennifer Lopez, Charlie’s Angels and even Beyonce… And I love Batiste dry shampoo to create added volume to hair.
Check out these photos from a shoot I did with Chris Yates.
I love the summer – yes I know we don’t always get the best weather – and well unexpected rain is a big NO NO for keeping your hair lovely and in its style, and the sunlight can cause damage – but rain or shine you can still have lovely hair this summer with these tips:
- Carry a cute hat just in case it rains. Or a think on-trend Alice band so that you can sleek you hair back neatly.
- Use a heat protector product on your hair so that it does not get sun damaged or look dry.
- Try a braided look, as this is tidy perfect for the pool on holiday and lasts well.
- Go a shade lighter if you are into colouring your hair – but get it done professionally or use a decent product – bleach and sunlight are not friends.
- If you find that your hair is very damaged this summer from the sea, wind, sun, swimming pool etc, and you don’t want to dry dreadlocks then ensure you brush gently and gradually, whilst holding the hair above the brush, and brushing from tips to scalp, not yanking from roots. Use a conditioning product – but also wash any sea or sand or chlorine out of your hair with a gentle shampoo. If you do end up staying in the shade or inside for a day or two then don’t wash, allow your hair some breathing space.
- To keep the hair looking as great as possible and in good condition get it trimmed regularly through the summer weeks.
- As it will be getting lots of sunlight avoid too much heat equipment unless you are heading off to a party or special occasion. Instead towel dry and comb through gently.
- Top knots and buns, as well as braids (as mentioned above – check out this Post on how to create an on-trend braid,) are great for keeping cool during the sunny days, and looking neat during the summer rain… make sure you tuck those tips in to avoid exposure to the sun – the tips of the hair get dry and damaged so easily.
- If your long hair is getting annoying and hot, then consider having a re-style – maybe shorter, or thinned out so the hair is lighter. I love how Katy Perry is always changing her hair and is not afraid to go short or dye it a colour colour… but don’t wear a wig unless you have to as these can be very hot and uncomfortable. Wig-wearers may instead opt for a very nice, floral or on-trend head scarf.
- Check out my Festival Hair Tips from last year!
One of the biggest dilemmas that ladies attending Ascot face is thinking what hat they should wear and how they will wear their hair on the day. Hat hair is not a sought-after look, it fills us all with dread. Choosing a hat to suit your features is quite an art but choosing a hairstyle to work perfectly with your hat is just as tricky… Whether you are looking for a big hat that really makes a statement or a funky fascinator that makes you stand out from the crowd remember that your hairstyle is just as important. So to help you choose, here are some style tips on how to wear your hair to perfectly compliment your hat choice so that you can be left enjoying the races and not worrying about bad hat hair.
Wide brimmed hats can compliment longer length hairstyles beautifully. Try wearing your hair down with loose waves or alternatively straight but with lots of volume and the ends tucked under. Use Aveda Purescription Volumising Tonic to give your hair that extra bounce and then finish off with L’oreals Elnett hairspray to secure in place.
The ‘Cloche Hat’ is a fashionable throwback of the 1920’s style and is very much in vogue with Great Gatsby having returned to our cinema screens not so long ago. This stunning hat suits shorter bobbed hairstyles. Dress your hair forward, with a finger wave for that real vintage look. Alternatively blow-dry your bob nice and sleek with high shine to really compliment this style of hat.
You can choose a hat that gives you more freedom in showing off the hairstyle you want. Percher hats are brilliant as they show off more of your hair and can be worn at a dramatic angle above the eyebrow. Concentrate on volume and body – try a low side bun to really compliment this hat. Alternatively fascinators look amazing and give that wow factor without hiding your hairstyle. Pearls and Swine make beautifully distinctive fascinators that will really make heads turn.
Racing ahead… to some general tips for perfect Ascot hairstyles
Remember to add some extra care and attention to your hair on the day so your look is immaculate and polished otherwise your hat will look as it has been placed with little thought.
Prepare your hair before the day and use a high quality shampoo and conditioner to ensure optimum styling condition at the start. Depending on which hairstyle you are going for try Aveda’s Pure Abundance Shampoo and Volumizing Clay Conditioner as these will give your hair extra bounce at the roots or if you hair is quite thin try Bumble and Bumble’s thickening Shampoo and Conditioner.
Hats will flatten hair so give your style plenty of volume to begin with and finish it off with a hairspray that will keep it in place. I recommend Aveda Pure-Abundance-Volumizing-Hair-Spray or L’Oreal Elnett hairspray to finish off the look.
Calling all qualified hairstylist wanting to achieve 21 hours of CPD… after much planning, I have set up Bridal and Editorial Hair Academy and the course has been approved by Habia, which is the industry body for beauticians, hair, spas and nails… so I feel really proud that I have put a course together that I know will give students a great experience, whilst learning more about hair… if you would like to get the early bird price and book for June or October please head to the relevant page on my websites for more information and then just give me a call or email me to secure your place… super excited to be doing this and looking forward to hearing from you soon. Vicki x
The Kent Wedding Magazine celebrated its 60th Anniversary Issue and I feel honoured to have had one of my hair-dos on the cover… in fact one of my very favourite hairstyles to create and a very popular style with brides and celebrities… it is the Marcel wave…. modelled by Laura Elliot and shot by Benjamin Toms Photography. The cover image was included as a fellow creative of mine and makeup artist on the shoot Lucy Jayne wrote a featured beauty piece called Timeless Beauty, she talks readers through how they can perfect retro makeup for different eras!
I will be sure to include some how-tos/tutorials of the same styles on future posts – but to get the makeup tutorials you can grab yourself a copy of The Kent Wedding Magazine or head to Lucy’s website.