If there’s one thing I hate, it’s hairsprayed to the max ‘wedding hair’. Like ‘prom hair’, ‘pageant hair’ and ‘bridesmaid hair’, ‘wedding hair’ as a genre could not appeal to me less.
It was hard to figure out what I was going to do with my hair for the wedding. I don’t colour my hair and it’s already long, so I didn’t have to go through any particularly mad prep in the run up to the wedding. I just had to decide a style.
Listing what I didn’t want was easier, though it was a list that seemed endless. I didn’t want a bun with pearls poked in, I didn’t want a sweeping side fringe with a diamanté studded hair band, I didn’t want that lacquered finish which looks like it will snap in two if someone has the misfortune of making contact with your head. But, most importantly, I didn’t want a hair look which I’d worry about during the course of the day. It needed to be something that was guaranteed to stay put throughout wind, rain, never-ending hugs and kisses and hours of dancing. And it also needed to work with that massive veil of mine.
As regular readers will know, I’ve had the pleasure of working with TONI&GUY’s International Art Team for the past year. I’ve seen more than my fair share of fabulous hair looks created backstage at London Fashion Week and been lucky enough to wear a lot of these myself too. (There’s a LOT of video evidence of that here or you can just watch me on screen next time you’re in a TONI&GUY salon – I still haven’t gotten used to seeing me on their screens whenever I get a quick blow dry). I have a pretty good idea of what hair styles suit me and what my hair will actually allow to be done to it, but I was stumped by wedding hair.
Then X Factor came to the rescue!
I loved this look on Chezza, enough to pause the telly and take crappy pics on my iPhone that I then looked at relentlessly for weeks. I showed them to near enough everyone on the TONI&GUY Art Team during LFW (mainly because I needed to know that the professionals agreed that this was nice hair) and it was these pics which I took along to my hair test when it came to practising for the big day.
It may sound obvious, but definitely take pics along to your hair test. It helps hugely. Also take your earrings and veil/accessories if you have them. I purposely waited until I had my veil to do the hair test as the veil was such a big part of the look. If you can time your make-up test for the same day so you can get an idea of the whole look then that’s great….but my diary/impatience was never going to allow for such luxuries.
TONI&GUY very kindly allowed me to steal International Artistic Director Maria Galati to do my wedding hair. I am very aware of how extravagant this sounds and I am very lucky that my hair was in the hands of such talent! It was pretty much the definition of ‘perks of the job’.
I headed to the TONI&GUY Academy for the hair test literally a couple of days before the wedding (don’t do this if you don’t know your hairdresser! I knew Maria so didn’t mind leaving it so close to the big day) and she basically nailed the look I’d been dreaming of straight away…
My bun was neater and smaller than Cheryl’s (that’s BUN not bum, my bum is at least ten times the size of Cheryl’s) to allow for my veil and to make it more ‘wedding’, but the height in the front and the wave that Maria put through it looked – I thought – fanflippintastic.
When it came to the big day itself, these were the label.m products used. Never say a simple hair look is simple eh?!
I loved how natural the hair looked. It felt really elegant and effortless, even though I knew how much effort had gone into it. (Always the way!). And smelling of label.m all day made me feel ‘at home’, like a lovely Volume Mousse cuddle. (Maybe I’m weird – obviously yes – but having things you’re used to around you on the big day does help you if you’re nervous…be it perfume, jewellery or even something simple like body lotion. Especially if you’re not getting ready at home.)
With hardly any grips (genuinely amazed by how few grips Maria needed!) the hair look lasted all day, as proven by one of my fave pics from the end of the night below where I am dancing with my Father-in-Law. Awwwwww.
You can read the rest of my wedding posts here. I’m trying to cover every aspect, slowly but surely!
Pro Pics (i.e not the ones at the beginning of the post!!!!): Mark Seymour
Venue: The Aviator, Hampshire
Dress & Veil: Pronovias
Jewellery: Tiffany & Co.
Make-Up: Emma White Turle
Flowers: The Flower Boutique