Dollhouse 'Do
11 Hawtrey Terrace, Johnsonville, Wellington

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You are getting married. O.M.G. This is exciting. 
I hear people say they have trouble picking styles, and of course you do! There are so many platforms now to find your style! It is 
confusing and overwhelming and exciting all in one. I have a few tricks and tips below to help you try and pick your style for the day that will make you the most beautiful, polished, version of you. Rather than attempting to look like that pinterest model. 

First bit of advice for brides:

Your wedding day can feel like a circus, just remember that you are in complete control of everything and you are the one who gets the make the final decisions, so don’t be afraid to speak up. You are the Ring Master and we are there to help you make sure you put on an excellent show!

OK, so you are scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram... Keep scrolling!!
There are two photos that 80% of brides send me, no lie. My biggest advice is to keep scrolling on Pinterest and Instagram. When looking on the internet for inspo, look for photos of models that have similar condition/quality hair to you. If you want big Hollywood glamour curls, and you have short/thin hair, you will be disappointed. But there are so many other great styles for that hair type! Look at models who are wearing similar dresses to yours, how do they have their hair?

The 5 key aspects to think about when picking a style for the day:
-Venue (indoor/outdoor/is your hair looking good dependant on the weather?)
-Dress (high neck/strapless/heavily detailed/simple?)
-Theme (so many to choose from, what is yours?)
-Hair type (thick/thin/long/short/coloured)
-Face shape (Do you want strands framing your face/ears covered/fringe?) 

Ohhhh, I didn't think about that:

I sometimes have brides who want the soft "wispy" bits at the front around their face, but they haven't had them cut prior to the wedding day, so then the long strands at the front come across very 90's. I have often been handed blunt kitchen scissors on the day to cut those bits in. Just be prepared so we don't have to do anything crazy!

Why are trials a must?

I need to make sure that that picture that you sent to me for inspo of Reece Weatherspoon on the red carpet is going to be able to happen. We don't want heartbreak on the day when we find out your hair won't hold in that style. I need to make sure you are feeling confident and beautiful with out worrying about your hair on the day.

It's also for timing. During your trial we determine how much time you need on the day, we will then have accurate timelines for the day and everything will run to schedule. If you have your hair down, it's good to get a gauge to see how long the curls lasted/when they dropped. We can always use different methods and products to achieve different holds, so if they fell out quickly we can change our technique to make sure that doesn't happen on the day. It's also to make sure I am comfortable with your chosen style. I imagine it would be very stressful if I had never seen your hair before and had to make it pretty on the biggest day of your life. Trials are a must, trust me!

Hair care tips for leading up to the wedding day: 

Make sure you have "day old hair'“ (that it hasn't been washed freshly on the day). If your hair is too clean it will not hold as well, and we need your hair to survive for 12 hours and through a lot of dancing.

If you wan't "wispy bits" to complete your soft style, make sure you get them cut before the day.

Wear a robe or a button up on the day, would hate for you to accidentally mess your hair up when taking off your t-shirt.

One last tip, it’s a good idea to have your hair dry and brushed before I arrive, you don't want timelines thrown off because we have to dry hair or brush out a birds-nest. 

Tips to making your hair POP on your special day:
Your hairstyle will automatically POP with an accessory in it. It doesn't have to be a veil, or a flower crown or tiara. Just a simple blingy clip or a few pearls. It just adds that "I'M A BRIDE" factor. Makes your photos look super glam too. It's also nice for people wearing a veil to be able to take it out to dance, and just add in a little clip in its place. Keeps you looking polish and glam. 

When do I wash my hair?
Your hair will hold better with a bit of grit! So don't wash it on the day. I say 24 hours is good! I would also not recommend getting a special treatment the week of your wedding, especially if your hair is down. We want it to have max hold for the day and having silky soft hair won't help that. 

Picking hairstyles for your Bridesmaids:
Gone are the days where bridesmaids have to be uniformed. Yes, your bridesmaids have different hair types and face shapes so why not show make them the prettiest version of themselves too? I always say to my brides - pick a theme. If you say "I want their hair up and with braids" - that is all I need.  I will make sure that everyone of them ties in together with similar styles with out sacrificing their best qualities. Bridesmaids also want to look STU-NING!