One of my biggest challenges in the beach wedding hair industry is convincing the bride that the “beach wave” or wearing their hair down is not for the beach. I know, I know, it doesn’t make sense, but there are so many things working against keeping that beachy wave from looking like a stringy, wilted mess in just a few minutes. The most obvious obstacle and most unrealized is the law of gravity. If the hair is not contained in some way, it will come down. Unless of course your hair has a natural wave or curl of any sort. Then it will grow (think Monica from Friends during the One at the Beach episode). The wind, salt in the air, humidity, perspiration, even just hugging your guests wreak havoc on hair that is left hanging.
I tell my brides when they come for their practice appointment to please have pictures of two choices. One should be an updo of some sort. It doesn’t have to be pulled back tightly or look unnatural. It just needs to be contained in some way. Braids of all sorts have made a huge entrance in wedding hair in the past few years. They add a special interest in the style, especially if the hair has highlights in it. The dimensions are even more obvious. Loose, controlled, messy buns of all sorts are so pretty for the casual beach wedding. They can be as structured or as messy as desired but still contained so they stay put. Pinterest has numerous pictures of beach updos that are still loose and relaxed but are pinned in place. I can guarantee what is pinned will stay where it was pinned. What is loose is left to all of the above obstacles making it a guessing game to see how long it will take to fall, frizz, grow, collapse and look not near as pretty as it was before walking down the aisle. There is only so much product that can be used before it becomes a sticky mess. Many brides say just spray the heck out of it. Besides being a fire hazard the spray will react with the moisture in the air and get sticky and weigh it down more than hold it in place.
I will do the beachy wave style after we come up with an alternative updo style as plan B. I let them leave my salon with the down style and tell them to go for a walk outside on the beach. Ninety-percent of the time plan B wins. The brides realize beachy waves aren’t for their beach wedding. I’m sorry.
As for makeup . . . for some reason brides seem to think airbrush is the best. It depends on the person. I sometimes disagree. It is thicker and more resilient to the elements therefore better for staying power and covering uneven skin tones or blemishes. However it is thicker. The face looks definitely made up. Most brides prefer to wear little to no makeup and don’t want that made up look. If you hire a makeup artist they know how to hand apply the makeup to even out the skin tones and still give a pretty, polished, finished look without looking like you’re made up. The makeup artist knows the correct products to use to seal and prime the skin so it will not run off or streak when crying. FYI nobody cries pretty. Just another hint about capturing beautiful pictures. Try to choke back those tears. I know easier said than done but still a helpful hint.
These are just a few reasons to hire a hair and makeup artist that knows what they’re doing.
Research is important to find the perfect wedding hair stylist that can work efficiently and creatively. Many stylists say they can do wedding hair and makeup. Does that mean they can work well under pressure? The day can be a notch or two more stressful than the bride anticipated. The hair stylist needs to know how to help the bride relax and diffuse the stress. There are other aspects to only performing the services. Timelines need to be adhered to. Check the wedding websites like WeddingWire for reviews. Look at the salon’s website or Instagram and Facebook for pictures of their brides. Definitely have a meet and greet and/or more importantly have a practice appointment so you are sure you are on the same page. Bring pictures of the styles you like even if it’s portions of different styles. Pictures of things you don’t want are important as well. Visual examples take away the charades and guessing games. Take pictures at the practice appointment so you can make sure this is how you want to look on your wedding day.
All of this is of utmost importance. It should be high in the priority and budget to hire a professional wedding hair stylist. Even if you are not “picky” I guarantee you will be so happy you did!!!
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