head on photo of bride standing by flowers with her hair up

Image by Lisa Payne photography

head on photo of bride standing by flowers with her hair up

Image by Lisa Payne photography

Bridal hair - What should I look for in a stylist

portrait of bride with hair up in a bridal plait

So you’ve booked the venue, you have chosen your menu and your drinks package, selected the most fabulous dress and now you are down to the finer details of the day. 

Bridal hair is often something that gets overlooked or possibly deemed as not that important but your hair is one of the first things that will be noticed when all eyes are on you! 

Award winning Gabi Staniszewska from https://www.hairbygabrielle.co.uk has worked at some of the most prestigious venues in the country, including Westminster abbey, Hedsor house, The palace of Westminster, The Grove, Gosfield hall, The Museum of london…..the list goes on and on!  She not only does hair but make-up also and as you will see from her work, she is pretty epic and a real force to be reckoned with.  I highly recommend her to any bride wanting to look and feel a million dollars on her special day! 

A good bridal hair stylist also makes my job as a photographer a lot easier.  When you look and feel fantastic it really comes across in your images

I sat Gabi down and over a cuppa I picked her brains on all things bridal hair – what should i look for in a stylist…….

behind shot of bridal hair in french plait with bridal hair piece
back shot of bridal with hair down and curly

Why should I use a bridal hair stylist

Wedding hair styling is much more than just applying a few products, curling your hair or sticking a veil or hair accessory in.  A wedding hairstylist usually spends years training, learning their craft and developing their skills.  A professional hair stylist can make sure you look your best from every angle and that is a priceless investment as you will look back on your photos for years to come

 

Why is bridal hair styling so important

Yes your wedding dress is a crucial part of your day and all of your guests will be admiring it, there’s no disputing that. There’s one thing they will have their eyes on more though and that is your hair and make-up. When all eyes are on you, I say call in the professionals.  A hair stylist can make sure that you are picture perfection, that your hair frames your face beautifully and that it compliments your make-up and your outfit perfectly, most importantly though, that it suits your personal style and your personality and makes you feel like a million dollars

what factors are important when choosing your hairstylist

I would say that the most important thing when choosing your stylist is to do your research.  Find a stylist with a strong bridal portfolio that you like the look of.  Bridal hairstyling is very creative and very individual so it is important to find somebody who has the right abilities and the passion to style your hair in the way that you, not they, want 

Read their reviews and see what other people have said about their work, the chances are if other brides have had a good experience then you will too.  You should be able to have an open and honest relationship with your stylist and you should not be shy about your opinions.  Your bridal hair stylist will be one of the wedding suppliers that you will work very closely with so it is important to feel comfortable with them.  Book a trial and make sure you are happy with every aspect of your hair stylist and your hair before the big day.  If you have any questions then ask them and if you have any concerns raise them

back shot of bride with hair in a plait with hair accessories

When should i book my bridal hair stylist

I recommend contacting your chosen bridal hair stylist and securing your wedding date as soon as you know your date and venue.  A trial run can then be done around three to four months before the wedding day when your dress is chosen.  Good hair stylists are in high demand and they get booked up well in advance so please secure your date early to avoid disappointment

what preparation should i do before the big day

Your regular hairstylist will be able to advise you on hydrating or repair treatments that your hair would benefit from in the run up to your wedding day.  Browse the internet for styles that you like the look of and send them to your bridal hair stylist, they will be able to advise you if your hair length and  texture is suitable for your preferred style and offer advise on alternatives if not.  They can also then suggest hair accessories to best compliment the hairstyle and your type of hair 

bridal hair portrait of bride with top bun and bow

is a hair trial a good idea

100% yes!
On one of the biggest days of your life it is important to minimise the stress and ensure that everything goes smoothly.
You wouldn’t get married without trying your dress on beforehand would you, it should be the same for your hair. A trial run gives you the opportunity to get to know your stylists personality and their skill level, and to determine if they are the right fit for you.

You will get to test, not only the final look, but also the products they use to ensure you don’t have and allergic reaction to them. Every bride wants to look and feel beautiful and confident on her wedding day and by knowing exactly how you will look, both you and your stylist will feel confident that you will look and feel your best

can i bring along pictures of styles i like

I personally love it when brides show me pictures of styles they like the look of, this helps me to understand what type of finish they are looking for. Whether its sleek, elegant, romantic, boho, vintage, messy, relaxed, simple, twisted, glamourous……there’s so many styles to choose from!  Pictures usually make it very clear to me what kind of hairstyle my bride requires.  Understanding my brides requirements helps me to ensure that my work not only meets her expectations but also makes her look just as she dreamed of on her special day

I don't know much about bridal hair styling - will you help me

Absolutely !!! When you book an expert hairstylist for your big day you should get invaluable advice and help throughout the process.  From initial contact, to the trial run, through to the big day itself they should be on the other side of the phone or email any time that you need guidance, a second opinion or simply advice.  I am always there for my brides whenever they need me

how long will you stay on the day

Every wedding and every bride is different so this differs all the time.  I am very flexible and I will stay as long as I am required, no two weddings and situations are ever the same.  Rest assured I will not leave until you are 100% happy with your hair and you feel a million dollars! If you want me to stay until you leave so that I can attach the veil I will, if you would like some time alone with your bridal party then I will disappear, nothing is too much trouble

To see more of Gabi’s amazing work and to book a hair and make-up consultation with her please check out her site https://www.hairbygabrielle.co.uk/

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