We have been chatting with Hair Stylist, Hannah ~ (if you missed the LIVE, you can catch up over on Design My Wedding IGTV).
We put together a few questions that we feel Brides would typically want answered, so if you’re a Bride-to-be, after inspiration, check out the talented & super friendly Hannah!
1. What inspired you to become a Bridal Hair Stylist?
I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a stylist. I started doing dance when I was 3 years old and we used to do annual shows at a local theatre. It involved a lot of hair and make-up styling and it always intrigued me as to how you can completely change someone’s look. I was forever practising different styles and braiding on my friends in the playground at school and, at 15, I did work experience at Toni & Guy in Covent Garden.
2. How long have you been working in this industry?
I started off training as a stylist full-time at the Toni & Guy Academy in London and then worked for them for 7 years. For the last 3 years I have worked freelance and in other salons. During this time I have specialised in bridal hair.
3. What’s been the most extravagant wedding Hair style you’ve worked on?
Most of my brides have opted for classic, romantic wedding hair styles and any extravagance has tended to be in the floral decorations and accessories that we have used. I did a number of seasons working backstage at London Fashion Week and was involved in some pretty wacky, extravagant styles so I’m always open to brides who want to consider something ‘out there’. However, it is important, in my view, that the bride choses something that reflects their personality.
4. Have you worked on weddings abroad?
I imagine this would be the dream! No weddings abroad yet but I am planning my own wedding in the Philippines! This is meant to be early next year but the travel restrictions imposed by Covid-19 are proving a challenge at the moment. I’d love to do some weddings abroad though.
5. Are you able to travel to certain locations across the U.K. for a wedding?
Or is there restrictions in terms of how far you’ll travel to do your job? I have mainly done weddings in the South but would certainly consider locations across the rest of the UK. So far my furthest weddings were Cornwall and Cambridge. I’m always very happy to discuss any such enquiries.
6. Are there general questions you get asked a lot from Brides?
I get asked a lot how to maintain healthy hair as most brides usually grows their hair for the wedding. The advice I give is to have regular trims, try and use less heat on your hair leading up to the day. Invest in a good shampoo/conditioner and use a treatment once a week. For the treatment I use organic raw coconut oil and sleep with it in.
7. In your experience, what has been the most popular hairstyle?
Half updo’s are very popular for brides who like to show their length and also a voluminous low bun with a pretty bride is very popular. I do see glamorous ponytail as the next trend.
8. What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love the involvement of working with a bride from the initial consultation right through to her big day. I love to be able to create something which they’ve always dreamed about. It will be the most memorable hair style of their life which they will look back on for many years afterward so it is important to get it right. I just love being part of that.
9. What’s the least favourite part of the job?
Nothing really, I get such a buzz from all the excitement that even getting up at 4am to start my journey is worth it.
10. What’s your ‘can’t live without’ hair product?
Design me puff me powder is incredible for dressing out braids and adding volume and Osis+ Tame wild is great from smoothing hair to give shine and defrizz.