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The life of a session stylist

I am a mum and wife as well as a session stylist – and balancing all my loves is challenging – but a challenge I welcome… Why? Well, because I love my family naturally – AND I just love hair baby! So after a short family break – in which for the record it rained for two of the days! I came back to a zillion emails, and a full-on schedule. And already this week I have beautified brides aplenty – wedding season! And I have worked with the gorgeous and super talented band Copperhead Lucy. I reckon this young band are going to be super successful… and I love working with clients that are on the brink of achieving their dream… You’ve gotta love what you do right? And with a few other fun things in my super busy schedule this week – I am working on a gorgeous TV actress’ hair for the Soap Awards this weekend – It is easy making her look red carpet stunning…. more on that next week. Until then…  enjoy my posts, enjoy the sunshine… and play with your hair ;o)

Vicki Lord

Get Hetti Bywater’s Award Hair: Vintage Side Bun

Hetti’s hair was based on a cross between a very sleek look worn by Keira Knightley and a loose curl up-do worn by Taylor Swift.  This look works best on medium to long hair, and a curly bun hairpiece can be used to add more volume.  Bobby Glam reported this as one of their favourite hairstyles from the British Soap Awards 2012, so here’s how you can rock Hetti’s Vinatge bun too…

You will need:

Heat defence spray, a decent hair spray, a soft bristle brush, a strong snag-free hair band, curling tongs or wand, hairgrips and fine hairpins.

1) Make sure hair is pre-washed the night before leaving your hair more pliable and less slippery.

2) Apply a good heat defence spray all over your hair protecting your luscious locks from the heat appliances.

3) Create a side parting, giving it a vintage feel.

4) Curl hair section-by-section, starting from the nape of your neck upwards. You need a full head of curly locks for this look.

5) Section off front of the hair from the crown to the top of each ear in a horseshoe shape section, keep this hair separate from the back.

6) With the remaining hair at the back, dress hair loosely into a ponytail placing behind one ear, creating a side pony.

7) Now take 1-2 inch wide sections of the ponytail and literally tie the hair into a loose knot and pin onto the base of the ponytail, continue to do this until you have pinned all the ponytail hair into a messy bun.

8) Next carefully brush the remaining curled hair at the front of your head to create a soft ‘S’ shaped wave, spray with hairspray to set the wave.

9) Gently dress the set curled hair back into the bun loosely, securing with hairgrips and pins. Be careful not to pull the hair too tight, as you will loose that sexy vintage wave… Viola, now you have a sexy vintage side bun.

See similar looks I’ve created on vickilord.co.uk

Shona Mcgarty and Vicki Lord

Shona McGarty’s Award Bun

Here is the hair I created for Shona McGarty, who plays Whitney Dean in BBC1’s Eastenders, for the British Soap Awards 2012.  This hairstyle works best with long hair, but if you do not have long hair you can still achieve this look by using a ponytail hairpiece to create the bun. To give Shona’s long hair that extra wow-factor I used a hairpiece as well.  Denman website liked the up-do, I did for Shona, and briefly explain how you can simply create the same look… here is how I did it:

How to rock the look!

You will need:

Heat defence spray, a decent hair spray, a soft bristle brush, a strong snag-free hair band, straightners, hairgrips and fine hairpins.

1)   Make sure hair is pre-washed the night before leaving your hair more pliable and less slippery.

2)   Apply a good heat defence spray all over your hair protecting your luscious locks from the heat appliances.

3)   Straighten hair section-by-section, starting from the nape of your neck upwards, giving the hair a nice polished look.

… backcomb the ponytail

4)   Create a ponytail at the crown of your head. For best results tip your head upside-down and then brush into a tight sleek ponytail tying with a strong snag-free hair band.

5)   If using a hairpiece, secure at the base of the ponytail.

6)   Wrap the ponytail around and around in a clockwise direction gripping the hair to secure in place as you go along.

7)   Use the fine pins in more visual areas like at the front of bun to give more security.

8)   Spray with a good hairspray to secure the look, and voila one sexy show-stopping bun.

Hot Tip: To add a rock chick edge to the bun-style, backcomb the ponytail before you wrap it around.

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