Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wedding Hair Checklist - 9 Tips For Successful Bridal Styling

Weddings are big business, and those that are successful rely on a solid checklist of organized procedures, techniques and resources to deliver brides a stress free experience and beautiful hair. Geneva Cowen, Artist Director for Sam Villa, shares her checklist.
“Since weddings are such personal events, the best advertising is word of mouth.  Once you have a couple brides say they loved their hair and had a great experience with you, word travels fast…and to reach that point, you need a checklist,” says Cowen. 

Aside from the obvious factors that go into to meeting a bride’s expectations, like seeing a picture of the dress, learning about the esthetic of the wedding, how the bride wants her hair, veil/no veil, etc., there is a strategic side that is imperative for stylists to master in order to excel in bridal services. 

Bridal Check List
  • Does the bride require you to be on location or is she having services at your salon? Discuss all travel fees and expenses to clarify expectations.
  • How many bridesmaids are going to require looks? Do you need an assistant to be able to accomplish the task?
  • What time is the wedding and are pictures being taken before or after the wedding? Give yourself a 30-minute buffer to ensure there is no rush.
  • Will there be other talent, makeup artists or stylists who will be a part of the process?  Ask for all contact information so you can coordinate the time needed to complete the looks.
  • Does the bride want a style change after the ceremony? If so, include this look in your trial run and charge accordingly.
  • Are your services required for the entire event? Make sure you have a clear understanding of your time requirements.
  • Time yourself when doing a trial run to be able to schedule properly on the big day.
  • Take pictures of your trial to have a record and make notes on anything you would do differently on the day of the wedding.
  • Create a contract that outlines expectations and fees to be signed at the time of the consultation. 
  • Choose product and tools wisely to build a strong foundation for the look and to hold it in place.  The Sam Villa Textur professional texturizing iron is great for expanding the cuticle to hold updos, curls and braids, and Redken control addict 28 is a great anti-humidly hairspray to finish with to keep styles in place.
Wedding hairstyle beach waves and flower crown
Photo Credits:
Photography: Shalem Mathew
Makeup: Keegan Richards
Wardrobe: David’s Bridal

Flowers: Bloomsbury Blooms

Sam Villa

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Your Hair Dreams Can Come True, Courtesy of Olaplex

Since crossing over into the dark side of puberty, one of the first moves I have consistently made each time I experienced a breakup or similar life-altering event was to change the appearance of my hair, oftentimes drastically. It was almost as though the act of changing it was a rite of passage into my new phase of life. I find, as women, the appearance of our hair is an emotional part of our lives.

Hair Is A Big Deal
My hair has always been one of my most beloved and expressive creative outlets, though the motivation to experiment with it is not exclusively driven by vanity and superficial indulgences alone. As women, the appearance of our hair is often a direct reflection of our emotional state. You can gain a great deal of insight about a female and what is going on in her life by observing the state and appearance of her hair. Recently I complimented a girl on her purple and lavender ombre hair, telling her it reminded me of "grape jelly with a swirl of cream". She told me she dyed her hair to match her aura. It made me smile, for I understood entirely.


When a woman finds an attentive stylist who is capable of bringing her most ambitious hair visions to life, it is almost as big of a deal as finding her soul mate. Most women are capable of being transformed from looking as though they haven't showered in days to a top model, from a soccer mom to a trophy wife or 'basic' to bombshell after two hours in the right stylist's chair.

Once Upon A Hair Dream
As big of a deal as hair is, I'm rarely committed to a certain "look" for long. I often find myself gravitating back to the dark side after every change, however I always grow restless and bored yet again. As important of a role as hair color removers have in terms of allowing one to change their hair color often, they are only able to take you so far. I am always hunting for anything to further nurture and promote my lack of hair color commitment. Therefore, when I encountered the wonder of Olaplex, my heart nearly stopped for a moment.

When my stylist posted a "before and after" picture showcasing the transformative results from his first attempt at using the product, I immediately stood at attention and was nearly saluting. Within 24 hours, I had an appointment booked, along with a world of knowledge. I scoured the internet for an entire day in an attempt to absorb as much information about the service as I possibly could.

The Hair 'Mission Impossible' Made Possible?
As many of my faithful readers on The Daily Doll are already aware, I carefully research product and methods prior to recommending them. I am not interested in simply discussing another person's experience with a product, discussing reviews I've read about a product or solely documenting my experiences alone. I enjoy being the investigator, the guinea pig and the reporter synergistically.
While conducting research online, I read the following claims:
"Olaplex multiplies and perfects the bonds of the hair..."
"Stylists, tell your clients that gone are the days of worrying about hair breakage!"
"Olaplex is a game-changer..."
"Add Olaplex to your bleaching mixture, and never break hair again!"
What if there are no longer limitations to what can be done to hair in one day, I thought. What if this product becomes the most magnificent enabler of my hair exploration addiction to date?
I was so excited, I was nearly sweating.
Upon arriving to an appointment with my stylist, I wasn't anticipating a miracle. I embarked on the venture with the understanding that Rome was not built in a day. I had no desire to go to the extremes of being blonde again, but knew I desired to be lighter. My hair was black at the time and although I love dark hair, I was bored yet again. The problem was, though, underneath those layers of black dye were also layers of bleach. Like I said, I'm not exactly the most loyal 'girlfriend' to my hair experiments. In terms of hair color, I've begun to wonder if I'm capable of monogamy at all.
Chase Taylor, my exceptional stylist, bleached 60 to 70 percent of my hair, with Olaplex incorporated into the bleach mixture. The end result was a soft, shiny mane of hair, approximately three levels lighter, with absolutely zero trace of any further breakage. I was elated. My feet were still planted firmly on the ground, yet my head was in hair Heaven.


So, With Olaplex, What Can You Expect?

It May Blow Your Mind, But First Manage Your 'Olaplexations'
In my unprofessional yet thoroughly informed, always skeptical and slightly neurotic opinion, below are six tips I suggest you keep in mind if you find yourself interested in an Olaplex service:
  1. Select a stylist who knows what he/she is doing. This is a phenomenal product, but must be in the right hands for optimal results.
  2. If your hair is already damaged/overprocessed and you wish to bleach, ask your stylist about treating your hair with Olaplex first. From what I have read on several stylist forums, adding Olaplex to a bleach mixture alone may not be sufficient.
  3. Don't be unrealistic. You can certainly push the limit and go lighter in a shorter time period than ever before, however your hair still has the potential to break.
  4. If you are bleaching, expect to be at the salon for a longer period of time than you have prior. Adding Olaplex to a bleach mixture will slow the processing time, however the peace of mind and results are worth it. Be patient.
  5. Understand that this product is still new, and stylists are continuing to experiment with it as well as find new methods for using it. This is presently the most "buzzed about" product among stylists, yet many stylists have not had the opportunity to try it!
  6. Your stylist will give you a product to take home with you and apply to your hair once per week. Use it. If your hair is damaged, apply two layers as directed. It works, and is a key component in the process of achieving optimal results.

Here is to Olaplex assisting you in making your wildest, most ambitious hair dreams come true, too.


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