07 Jun 2011
Jamie Stevens, Somerset’s very own celebrity hairdresser, advises how to achieve a fabulous hairstyle for your special day
There will be a lot of ‘up dos’ on brides in 2011, especiallybuns high up on the head. Now is the time to be adventurous with your hair. If you are going to have your hair up on the big day, make sure you have a practice run first because it can take a long time to do, and if you’re not happy with the style it will take a long time to correct. Having a hair trial ensures that you and your hairdresser know exactly what you want.
If you want to do your hair yourself, the chignon is the style to try. They’re classic, beautiful and, with a little practice, are easy to do; they are also great for attaching veils. To create this look, apply a blow-dry cream to wet hair and smooth out using a large, round bristly brush, and once dried, section off the top area to the crown with a clip. Pull the rest of the hair back into a ponytail, spraying the sides closely with hairspray and brushing over to create a sleek, polished finish. Lean your head back when using a hairband as this will pull up the nape sleek and tight when you rest your head normally – so no more baggy ponytails! Once you have your hair secure, roll the ponytail round and round until the hair starts to twist back on itself. Loop it round into a bun shape and pin all around the edges to make secure. Unclip the upper section, backcombing firmly through the roots, spraying as you go. Smooth the hair over with a brush and tuck the ends under to form a horizontal roll. Sit this on top of the chignon and pin into place around the sides and spray well.
Keeping your hair in place all day is all in the preparation; you need a great blow-dry before you start. For up dos, day-old hair is best, and on clean hair you can use dry shampoo to give more texture and grip. Hairdressers use tricks like spraying each section of hair with hairspray before styling and then spraying again afterwards, giving fantastic hold that will last the whole day. If you are having curls, try spraying a section of hair with hairspray, curling with tongs or a wand and then removing the tong and pinning the curl up. When you have finished, let the curls cool completely and then remove all the pins and shake your curls out with your fingers.
Another great option with up dos is to add accessories. Fascinators are going to be really big, along with headbands, and there are so many options – you can even make one yourself. We used a pearl necklace pinned in place, to create the look in our bridal collection image.
Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year 2010, Jamie Stevens, is resident hairdresser on This Morning, How to Look Good Naked and Gok’s Fashion Fix. Jamie’s Somerset salon: 012678 683413,