A good Hair day

By Gail Seward

The Last of the look back at articles written a year ago for our Wedding Feature. This time our very own Gail Seward (who was a hair stylist in a previous life and before joining us in the Advertising department) gives us some great tips on getting perfect wedding hair. For more inspiration there is still time to grab the August issue of the Four Shires magazine which has an extensive wedding feature within its pages.

Hair is supposed to be your crowning glory and for a wedding, images of flowing tresses spring to mind, writes Gail Seward, who practiced hairdressing before joining the Four Shires ranks. In reality however, life is no fairy-tale and this is not often a practical option for your big day.

Choosing a good hairdresser is worth the research time and the money. You need to make sure you choose a stylist who will always listen to your vision. Even if you are not completely sure of what you want, your hairdresser should be able to read between the lines to help you create a look that is perfect for you and your big day. You should never feel rushed into making a decision and if you don’t feel you are being listened to then asking friends or colleagues for recommendations of a good hairdresser is often helpful.

The more you talk to your hairdresser, the better picture they can get of your ideas for the day.

It is always advisable to go for a trial appointment – If you can’t afford this however, then an initial chat is unlikely to cost you and will give you a feel for the hairdresser and you can gauge how comfortable you feel both at the salon and with your potential stylist. Once you have chosen your salon you can then book your trial.

When it comes to the day itself, some salons now offer an “at home” service. This can sometimes work well especially if there are a number of you in the bridal party. It can also help with calming your nerves as you will be in familiar surroundings. It’s worth getting a price if this is something you would wish for your day.  Alternately there are salons locally that can offer you the space for your wedding party to relax in and sip bubbly whilst you each take your turn in the chair.

Top tips:


  • A concern surrounding the less ‘girly’ bride is that they find themselves feeling intimidated in the salon environment, surrounded by immaculately dressed beauties. Once you settle in and get a feel for the environment however, you will find that hairdressers are often a friendly species once you get to know them! Hairdressers are also often artistically different which shows in their hairstyle and dress so you may feel more comfortable with someone who fits your type of style.
  • To get the best out of your wedding day hair, work on the condition of it in plenty of time. The simpler options are sometimes as good as any; wash hair, towel dry, apply conditioner to hair, before you rinse, wrap your hair up in a towel and leave for 20 mins. This will help to open the cuticles of the hair, penetrating far deeper than a quick conditioning routine. If you have dry ends but greasy roots, just apply to tips.This can make a big difference to the finished result on the big day!
  • Many brides will decide to grow their hair in readiness for their wedding day. This does require the help of a good hairdresser to achieve. Periodic trimming and re-balancing of your style will keep you on track for achieving a long hair style that will work for you.
  • Try not to have a firm idea – some styles need a certain type of hair to work, so be a little flexible and let the hairdresser make suggestions that would work with your hair type
  • Take pictures to your hairdresser, not just one but a few! Hairdressers are happy to see ideas and often can make an individual creation from a couple of different styles
  • Look like YOU. You will feel more comfortable on the day if you go with a style that works with your personality. If flowers and tiaras aren’t you, don’t do it!

A visit to or from your hairdresser on the day of your wedding is often a magical kick start to the day. They have worked hard to achieve your desired hairstyle and love to join in the festivities. I for one cherish the many lovely memories of my clients’ wedding days; fizz flowing and nervous, happy faces – I always found this was a great start to the proceedings!