How many people can you do on a wedding morning?
This is totally down to timings and when you need to be ready. If for example you get married at 1pm, then I would aim to have everyone completed by 12 o’clock. This gives you all time to get dressed, for photographers to do their thing and make sure you aren't all rushing around last minute. I allocate 1 hour for the bride and 45 minutes per person and my earliest start time is 6am so for the example above that would mean, I could do 7 people.
Where do you travel to?
I’m happy to travel throughout the UK but this is subject to availabilty and the logistics due to other comittments I may have. I am based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire so travel expenses do apply and UK travel expenses are charged at an hourly rate. So, if it's a 6 hour round trip then I will need to charge for 6 hours of travel in addition to styling services. If a one-way journey is longer than 2 hours, accommodation will need to be provided the night before the wedding.
For weddings overseas, flights, accommodation, airport transfers etc will need to be covered.
Do I need a hair trial before the day?
My recommendation is yes, yes and triple yes! Every person’s hair is totally different and this is the time we get together and work out our plans. You might love a million pictures, but it’s unlikely you will know whether they will suit your hair type. Or if you will need to buy clip-in extensions for volume, or what hair accessory will work best with your hairstyle. These are the things we need to discuss before the day, so when it comes to the wedding morning everything goes seamlessly, with no stress.
Do my bridesmaids need a trial?
Not necessarily. Most of my brides like their bridesmaids to all look similar, or to have some kind of theme so it's much easier to adapt a style to work for everyone. However, if you have a bridesmaid who is very particular, nervous or just wants to see the finished look in advance, by all means they can book an appointment.
I'm unsure what look to go for?
When you come for your trial, we'll take lots of factors into account. Your dress, your wedding theme, your hair colour, hair texture, accessories, veil etc. We'll also look at how you wear your hair normally every day. I'm a big believer that you should feel absolutely comfortable with what you're going to have on the wedding day. You should never look in the mirror and think that's just not me! I've no doubt that you have lots of inspiration pictures so we'll take a look at them and see the kind of things that you like, and from there we can create something to suit you and your style.
Pintrest & Instagram Vs reality
Pinterest is a truly wonderful thing, but how many times do you start looking at a recipe and before you know it, you've redesigned your whole house! I love it as much as the next person but in all seriousness, it can cause problems when using it for bridal style inspiration.
Ladies come armed with a Pinterest board of wonderful styles, but this can often create unrealistic expectations. A lot of these styles are created by world renowned artists who have perfect models, with perfect hair that have maybe spent 3 hours creating something incredible!
Showing me that very same picture and saying "I want this" is unrealistic for both of us. Firstly, I can't recreate someone else’s work as we all work so differently - it would be impossible. Secondly, I would never promise something that I can't deliver perfectly.
It’s very likely that you booked me, or you're thinking about booking me by looking at my work on Instagram and liking what you see, so my very best advice is to choose styles from my page! I know what went into every style, I’ll probably even remember what the person in the pictures hair was like. If you're a blonde, look at blonde styles and the same with a brunette… look at styles with dark hair. A blonde style on a brunette will never look the same and if you fall in love with all the dimension and the texture of the blonde, you may not consider what it would potentially look like on your jet black hair.
Is it ok if I have hair extensions?
I'm a massive fan of clip-in extensions. They can totally make a style by adding length and volume where needed, they can be put in the right places so the clips can be hidden. You may only need a few to make your bun a little bigger, or maybe a full set to get that long flowing curly hair you've always dreamed of so clip ins are perfect for that.
As for bonded extensions/ nano rings etc… I'll be honest I’m not a fan and here's why:
First of all, they are heavy! Sometimes we don't need all that hair to get the perfect up style yet I've had ladies with hundreds of bonds that literally weigh a ton!!
I can't get any volume at the roots. All those little bonds/ beads mean I can't backcomb or get any kind of height, but my main concern is always how do I cover those bonds?
People have them way too close to the hairline and this means there is no way to cover the bonds. Not only should you not be able to see them, but from my point of view I don't want my styling to look like it's untidy but sometimes I really have little choice.
My advice girls is to steer clear and just buy yourself a lovely set of 100% real hair clip-in extensions, they will do the job perfectly and you can re-use them for other occasions.
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When should I book my hair trial?
I recommend having your hair trial around 4-6 weeks before the wedding. Your hair will be pretty much as it will be on the day in terms of length, and probably colour so it will be as close as we can get it. I do get very busy in wedding season so please give me plenty of notice to book your trial, at least a month or so before. I don't offer trials on a weekend I’m afraid as I’m out at weddings so please see my opening hours for when I will be available.
How does the hair trial work? What should I bring?
On the day of your trial bring any accessories you may have purchased, including your veil if you have one. If you haven't yet bought anything don't worry, I can always advise you on what would be the best fit after creating your hairstyle. Your appointment is 2 hours and that gives us plenty of time to try a few things if needed. If you still feel you need more time to try out other options then you will need to book another trial which will be the same price. Feel free to bring along a friend or family member but please be aware my studio is only small so I need to ask that no more than 3 people attend the trial. Bring pictures of your dress and styles that you like for inspiration so I can get a feel for what you like. If you are stuck for inspiration please check out my INSTAGRAM page.
Please wash & blow-dry your hair the night before so that it's clean and dry for your trial. It is imperative for me to have a blank canvas to work with. Please, no 4 day old dirty hair, that really is a myth!
Please wear something white/cream, preferably something you can pull off your shoulders. This is not only great for photographs, but you need to feel what it will look like on the day. If your wedding dress is strapless then wearing a polo neck won't give you the best effect.
Once you're happy with the finished result then I'll take lots of photographs, not only for me to remember what we did but also for my social media. I'm happy to share these pictures after the wedding if you prefer.
Who puts my veil in at the end?
If you're happy to have your veil fitted after your hair is styled, then I'll happily secure that in place. If you want to wait until you are dressed and almost ready to go, then I will allocate the job to a member of your bridal party. I will also explain then how to remove the veil with as little disruption as possible should you want to take it out after the ceremony. If you are wanting to wear your veil underneath your chosen style, then I ask that the comb be removed and replaced with small loops. This means the veil will be secured with grips and be much easier to remove later.
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What products do you use?
I love to try new products so if there's someone out there shouting about something I’ll generally give it a try. My favourites are Schwarzkopf Professional, Sexy Hair & Kenra Professional but I also use Design Me, Amika, Wella and other things such as SGX NYC which are 100% vegan. As for styling tools, I’m a big fan of Babyliss Pro and love their flat irons and curling tongs.
How much is the deposit?
I require a £60 (£65 for 2022) non refundable, non transferrable deposit to secure your booking alongside a completed booking form. Until i receive both of these the date will remain open. If I have sent you a booking form and you haven't completed it yet in the meantime someone else comes along a pays a deposit the date will be given away. Under no circumstances do I hold a date. First come first served.
If you cancel the date you WILL NOT be given a refund of that deposit. If you change the date a new deposit will be required as I may have turned other brides away.
My bridesmaids/flower girls only want a few curls/have short hair, is it the same price?
I don't offer discounts for anyone, sorry!
Bridesmaids are the same price regardless of the style they have. This is because I book out a slot per person. It would be impossible for me to give prices for each person dependent on what style they wanted, or what their hair was like. Sometimes curling a full head of hair can take me longer than doing an upstyle. It's down to you guys to decide wether you would like it doing on the day, I won't be offended if you deem it not worth it.
Flower girls prices are for 8 years and under. Anyone older than that will be charged full adult price. Please appreciate that some girls have more hair than 2 adults put together and can take me much longer.
I don't do flower girls under 3 for health and safety reasons, using hot tongs etc when they don't feel comfortable having their hair done. Also I fully understand you can't expect small children to be still after they've had their hair done, and from past experience this just means that it drops out before they even get to the ceremony. I would suggest someone in the bridal party just doing something quick to make it look pretty.
Do you do editorial work/ photo shoots?
The answer to that is YES!!
I absolutely love to collaborate with other like minded people and be involved in shoots. I will however always check out a style/theme, photographer and concept first to make sure that it's something that matches my style.
This is going to be something where the images we produce are magazine worthy so I feel it's really important that I stay true to my brand.
What's your style?
Oooh now there's the million dollar question.
There are certain types of hairstyle that I get asked for all the time so that then becomes your signature look because everyone loves that look!
I would definitely say for one 'beach waves' Ladies seem to love them. They love the texture, the imperfect curl and the gorgeous relaxed feel that it achieves. I personally don't like anything too set looking so i'm for a relaxed lived in vibe.
I'm doing more and more down hairstyles at the moment which I absolutely LOVE! They look ultra glamourous and natural. How many of you wear your hair down every day? why would you then suddenly wear it up on your wedding day? Just try and be yourself rather than not feeling like you on the day.
One of my other most asked for looks is the boho updo. This look is very textured and natural, lots of movement. It actually looks like it's just been loosley put up rather than too set and structured. It looks like such a romantic hairstyle with lots of soft pieces to frame the face, that real etheral vibe.
Weddings have a real rustic/ festival theme to them now, and boho is the most commonly asked for style in general. My personal favourites are also the rusty colours, burnt orange and teracotta, pampas grass, lots of candles and fairy lights for the atmosphere. There's literally so much inspiration out there you can go mad!! Check out my pintrest board for lots of inspo.
Do you do make-up? Can you recommend anyone?
That's a really easy question. No I don't do make-up unfortunately but I am lucky to work alongside the best in the business and can happily recommend you a number of incredible make-up artists that can create your dream look.
They range from barely there natural make-up, airbrushing to full on glam if that's what you're after.
Head over to my RECOMMENDED SUPPLIERS page for a list.