This month I wanted to show you the results from the latest minishoot in my studio at Cockington Court, Torquay. Having collaborated with the amazing April Natalie Hair, I thought this would be a great opportunity to ask her advice on getting your hair Wedding Day ready and choosing a bridal hair style to die for!
April specialises in bridal hair and colour on a 1:1 basis and covers the Devon and Cornwall areas. All her brides receive an exclusive discount on all hairdressing services running up to the big day.
April thank you so much for joining me! Please can you tell us your tips for getting your hair showstopper ready for the big day?
Of course! I would usually suggest thinking about your hair a year in advance if you are wanting to make a big change and\or you would like to get the condition at its best for your wedding day. Finding yourself a hairdresser who is on the same wave length will really help you get to your goal colour. Make sure you chat about what it is you would like out of each appointment and how you would like it to look in the future. Sometimes getting certain colours can take a while and a few appointments so its important to think what you want in advance.
Weekly deep moisture treatments are a great way to nourish those locks, make your colour last longer and to keep frizz at bay. My favourite products to help get the health back in your hair are the Moroccanoil and Olaplex products.
If you are looking to grow your hair, get your hair cut every other appointment to give your locks time to grow. Try not go the whole year without a cut as maintaining the ends will ensure it grows healthy and prevents those spit ends from going higher up your cuticle.
I offer my brides a hair journey plan, providing guidance on how to get your hair to your goal colour/condition. It also includes a pamper pack with products that will help you achieve healthy hair. We can do this via a online consultation if you cannot make it to the studio.
Amazing thank you! And how would you advise choosing your wedding hair style?
It can be quite overwhelming when it comes to choosing a hairstyle with all the amazing options you can find on Pinterest and the gram. I would suggest creating a folder of the styles you like and thinking about whether you would prefer to wear your hair up or down as this will help narrow it down for you. Sometimes you may find you like the image itself but if you don’t have the same hair colour or texture it could look very different in your hair.
Your hairstylist should be able to advise you on what would and wouldn’t work in your hair. You may find you like different elements out of a few different styles, your stylist could then create something that is unique to you. This is why trials are important and it's also lots of fun trying out different styles. I like to also take pictures of what we create as it’s a lovely way to look back and see what it looks like before making the all important decision.
Ceramic flowers, handmade and fired in my studio with clusters of white beads and white opal diamantes. Available as a hair vine or hair comb
Sparkly leaves and flowers with Swarovski gems
Clusters of pearls to resemble gypsophila on a silver hair vine
And what about bridesmaids?
Over the last couple of years I have found that brides are happy for their bridesmaids to choose something themselves but giving them some guidance on how you would like it will massively help. For example if your wedding is more glam/boho/beachy it’s great to keep it within that theme. If the bride is going to wear her hair up sometimes the bridesmaids may go for something half up/down or down but have the freedom to choose something that suits their hair type/texture.
Roses and cherry blossoms made from Mulberry paper on a hair comb
Gold filigree leaves on small hair combs
Handmade ceramic hydrangea and cherry blossoms with a gold filigree leaf and clusters of white beads on a gold hair pin
As a hair stylist what are your favourite headpieces to work with?
I love working with accessories that have a variety of ways to wear them and Claire’s are perfect for this. I love working with her accessories. They are all so unique and versatile for all the hair styles I create on my brides. Hair pins are great as you can place them throughout the hair up in areas you want them or you can make them look like a hair vine and place them together, Claire’s accessories go in with so much ease and you can adjust them to suit all individual styles as they are flexible. I get so excited when I see my brides have chosen a bespoke piece from Claire as they look so beautiful in the hair.
Handmade ceramic leaves with gold beads on a hair vine
Handmade ceramic hydrangeas and leaves with white and gold centres on a gold hair pin
Handmade ceramic flowers with pearl centres on a silver hair vine
Thank you so much lovely! April's hair studio is situated in Babbacombe and she welcomes you to email her to arrange popping in for a chat or speak online.
I handmake all of my headpieces to order from my studio at Cockington Court, Torquay. If you are interested in a complimentary design consultation either in the studio or online, please send me a message on social media or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOTOGRAPHY Mimosa Photography
FLOWER WALL Pearl Events UK
MODEL Sophie Daniels