Posts Tagged ‘wedding hairstyles’

Wedding Hairstyles for Toilet Paper Dresses

by Kateri Johnson on Saturday, July 30th, 2011

The Official Seventh Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, hosted by Cheap Chic Weddings, gave away a total of $1750 to a grand prize, second place and third place winners. Now, while the winners looked fabulous in their toilet paper, haute couture gowns, we all know that, as stylists, nothing is finished without the hair. Here’s the down low on what wedding hairstyles work best with toilet paper dresses and how to get them.

Grand Prize Winner

Grand Prize winner, Susan Brennan, of Orchard Lake, MI entered a classically styled dress. Inspired by nature. She used flowers and feathers and balanced the dress with pleats on the bodice. She used 4 rolls of toilet paper, hot glue, and packing tape.

Susan’s winning dress has the soft romantic flair perfect for a beach wedding. Letting your tresses flow softly, allowing them to wisp around the face and delicately fall to the side are the “it” look for beachside nuptials.

For a wedding hairstyle with soft mermaid like waves, mist the hair with a light leave-in-conditioner and loosely braid with a light-hold gel. Next, allow the hair to dry in place. Release the braids and gently pull apart the waves.

Using an open iron, wrap locks around the barrel of a medium sized iron and release for long soft loose curls. Cinch to the side with a decorative clip or jeweled bobby pins for a side swept mermaid like style.

Second Place Winner

This year’s second place winner is Laura Lee of Milpitas, CA. Laura Lee used 5 rolls of one-ply toilet paper, transparent duct tape, first aid tape and spray adhesive. Her friend, Michelle, helped her put the dress together.

For Laura, a vintage spin on styling would suit this dress with its layered ruffles and corset-like bodice. Vintage or period wedding styles can incorporate many different looks. Pin curls, sleek finger waves or long soft deep waves can take this dress to another time and place.

To create a vintage wedding hairstyle, pin individual locks into place after curling with a large barrel iron, allowing the curl to cool into place. For soft, full waves, use a 3” barrel curling iron. A firm-holding hairspray will give all day hold.

For deep sleek waves, mold the hair into an s-patterned wave using a firm holing gel and finish off with a light shine spray to define the waves with sleek shine.

Third Place Winner

Cynthia used 20 rolls of toilet paper, duct tape, hot glue, Mod Podge glue and fabric glue. Her 8-year-old daughter, Rainey, helped her with her dress.

Cynthia represents a theme wedding. This dress is country chic and screams VOLUME, VOLUME, VOLUME!

Full natural curls created by hot rollers, large rollers or a large barrel curling iron, along with teasing, will give you “skies the limit” beautiful hair. Long tresses pinned high into a tussled bump or left down with southern belle fullness makes this country chic look the complete package!

Root lifters, volumizing mousse and sprays will keep the soft fullness through any reception.

All of these dresses represent different takes on the “modern” wedding dress. Anything from tulle, duct tape and even toilet paper can create an amazing dress. And incorporating marvelous, easy to create and inexpensive wedding hairstyles adds the finishing touch to any dress—no matter what the fabric!

Trendy Curly Updos for Weddings & Proms

by Alicia Ward on Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Wedding and prom season are here! We’ve got the run down on the last curly hairstyle trends for formal events this year. Veteran stylist Anna Craig of Trashy Root Salon & Spa, show us how to achieve two trendy looks for this formal event season. Craig, Pravana Artistic Educator and DevaCurl Specialist, with over nine years of experience loves updos and shows us how to achieve these looks at home with ease.

Curly Updos
Curly Updos

Updos for Wavies (Type 2) and Curlies (Type 3)

Step 1: Start by diffusing and applying gel. Apply gel first then diffuse till dry completely dry.

Step 2: Start on the bottom half of the hair and pull curl by curl and pin to the side—right behind the ear (slightly to the side).

Step 3: Twist some pieces, while alternating side, keep the hair loose and kind of messy. It shouldn’t be perfect.

Step 4: Part to the side: Then start twisting the top—alternate side to side—keep it loose do not pull on the curl. Pin, alternating side to side.

Step 5: Leave a few pieces in front (only if the client has shorter bang pieces/framing).

Step 6: Complete the look with aerosol hair spray.

Curly Updos
Curly Updos

Updos for Kinkies (Type 4)

Step 1: Take small sections and French braid them around the head.

Step 2: Angle the pattern toward one side to give it more style.

Step 3: Pin the ends into the braids. It’s a very simple style.

Step 4: Can add flowers or a clip to accentuate the look.

8 Tips for Creating Perfect Wedding Hairstyles

by Alicia Ward on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

8 Tips for Perfect Wedding Hairstyles

Veteran stylist Anna Craig of Trashy Root Salon & Spa offers 8 tips to help your client get the perfect wedding hairstyle.

1. Ask for a photo

Always help your client select a picture to show you of someone with a similar hair type.

2. Think length

Talk to your client about length right away! Remind her if she want to rock longer locks on her wedding day make sure you are open to clip in or permanent extensions.

3. Suggest something new

Make sure to give your client a different look. It’s her BIG day—go fancy!

4. Keep her dry

Make sure to use a product that fights frizz and humidity. Look for products that contain anti-humectants.

5. Ask her to show up ready

Remind your client to wear her hair into the salon straight or curly, depending on the final style.

6. Apply more product than normal

7. Remind her to book a trial

Encourage your client to book a trial run. This will give her an idea of what her final look with be.

8. Hands off the hair!

Tell your client not to mess with her hair when it’s wet to keep frizz at a minimum.

How To Get Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding Hairstyle

by Trash Talk with Anna Craig on Friday, April 29th, 2011

Kate Middleton tiara

Kate with the famous “Halo” tiara.

Things went off without a hitch at Westminster Abbey today, with Prince William marrying Kate Middleton in typical grand royal fashion. The couple, now known as William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, made their way from the abbey to Buckingham Palace in a 109-year old carriage, where the couple finally shared the traditional balcony kiss (those royals are so shy when it comes to PDA). The former Ms. Middleton wore a dress designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

The Tiara

For those of us that planned our own royal wedding as little girls, here are the deets on that tiara! Kate wore the famous Cartier “Halo” tiara which was crafted in 1936. King George VI (you know, the monarch spotlighted in the movie The King’s Speech for his stutter) purchased the tiara for his wife, Elizabeth. Their daughter, Queen Elizabeth, received it as an 18th birthday present, when she was but a mere princess. The beautiful, delicate tiara was lent to Kate for her wedding by the Queen.

Kate Middleton’s Bridal Hairstyle

With her casual elegance and natural beauty, we wouldn’t be surprised to see brides everywhere wearing similar styles this wedding season. Stylist Anna Craig, of Trashy Roots Salon, gives us how-to, step by step instructions on getting Kate’s wedding hairstyle (she’ll always be Kate to us).

1. Do a big blow out with a a volumizing mousse and a large round brush.
2. Part your hair on the side—if you do it with more exaggeration, it will create more drama. Then, spray your entire head with an aerosol hair spray so your hair will hold its shape and curl.
3. Using an inch and a half curling iron, section your hair and start at the bottom and curl all of your hair. Be careful not to over-curl your hair or you will get a ringlet look—you want loose, flowing curls.
4. Pull back each side and lightly twist and secure with a bobby pin, but do not let the pin show.
5. When finished, spray hairspray all over with a fine mist to hold your regal style all night.

Not everyone gets, or wants, a bona fide prince, but you, too can have the hairstyle of a princess—er, Duchess. As for her makeup? You’ll have to ask her yourself—Kate did her own makeup for the wedding.

Prince William and Kate Middleton: Hairstyling Secrets from The Lifetime Original Movie

by CurlStylist on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Camilla Luddington as Kate Middletom

A hair color change was in order for blonde actress Camilla Luddington.

RaMona Fleetwood shares her hairstyling secrets from the Lifetime TV release of William and Kate which aired Monday, April 18th, 2011. With the Royal Wedding taking place on April 29, 2011, the love story of their romance was filmed in Los Angeles with Nico Evers-Swindell as Prince William and Camilla Luddington portraying Kate Middleton. To recreate their “royal” look, hairstylist RaMona Fleetwood used professional hair color from IT&LY HAIRFASHION and hair care from both IT&LY HAIRFASHION and White Sands Products for this highly anticipated release.

According to RaMona, “IT&LY HAIRFASHION’S Colorly 2020 hair color and styling products along with White Sands Products saved the day. Even during many of the rainy days filming outside, their hair held and the color could not have been more natural.”

Camilla Luddington as Kate Middleton

RaMona began her look by changing Camilla’s original blonde hair color to match that of Kate Middleton’s with IT&LY HAIRFASHION’S cruelty free Colorly 2020 hair color.

To style, RaMona applied a dime size amount of Orchids Oil by White Sands from roots to ends before each blow dry. Next, she sprayed White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Hold Styling Spray at the root area and set Camilla’s hair on jumbo hot rollers for volume. After makeup, RaMona removed the hot rollers and spiral wrapped small sections around a 1 ¼ inch curling iron alternating the direction of each curl. This technique helped create the natural waves and curls Kate Middleton wears. To finish, RaMona sprayed her hair with IT&LY Pure Hair Eco non-aerosol Hairspray for hold. To control fly-a-ways picked up by high definition with back lighting, RaMona carried a bottle of IT&LY Pure Water Drops to smooth any tiny, loose hairs with her fingertips. For the infamous runway look, RaMona began with dry hair, creating a side part. Next, she lightly sprayed the roots and hair shaft with White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Hold Styling Spray. To create the curl and texture, she then took small sections and slightly twisted them as she rolled them on 2 sets of hot rollers. The bang area was set off base and over directed to achieve a “Veronica Lake” bang. After 20 minutes, RaMona removed the hot rollers and shook the curls to loosen them. For hold, she sprayed them with IT&LY Hair Eco Non-aerosol Hairspray.

IT&LY Pure Water Drops were used to smooth down any fly-a-ways for the rest of the cast’s updos for the runway scenes; RaMona relied upon White Sands Infinity Hairspray.

Nico Evers-Swindell as Prince William

Nico’s light ash brown hair was also colored with IT&LY HAIRFASHION’S cruelty free Colorly 2020 hair color to match Prince William’s hair. As the department head, RaMona achieved the Prince’s look by creating a slight bend to the ends using White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Hold Styling Spray with a small flat iron and defining the style with IT&LY’s Pure Definition Paste.
IT&LY HAIRFASHION, N.A. President/CEO Richard Zucckero and Noel Salas, CFO of White Sands Products proudly supplied RaMona Fleetwood with their professional products.

The New Updo

by The Style King/Ron King on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

ron king

Ron King has worked as a hairstylist, transforming people’s appearances, for more than 20 years. With a growing celebrity clientele, King travels the world taking inspiration from different cultures and countries. Along the way, he has developed his own “easy wear” style philosophy which plays up a woman’s natural hair texture and pairs it with natural-looking makeup that’s easy to apply. This mantra led him to launch a signature line of cosmetics for women who want to look pulled together but who are are short on time. King has worked with some of the most respected names in the industry, including L’Oreal Professional, Ted Gibson, Eva Scrivo and Rick Wellman.

With prom, wedding, and graduation season currently in full force, your clients probably have been asking for modern updos. They key to creating a contemporary hairstyle for a special occasion is to keep it on the less structural side, maybe even a bit messy. Gone are the days when romantic hair meant having long, flowing waves. The new sensual styles of 2010 have a more urban spin on feminine hairstyles, with purposely roughed up texture on traditionally soft styles.

Alexandra Wang

Beautiful updos ruled the runways and two stood out to me as being both accessible and flattering for a range of ages and hair types. Messy side braids have made a return though the look is more glam than girly. This hair trend has been spotted on the runway at both Alexander Wang and Miu Miu and is absolutely doable for a special occasion. If your client’s hair is too short, you can even easily add extensions to create the braid as length is imperative for this style. Both fishtail and french braids are in style for the season but keep the style a little tousled for the romantic effect and make sure to start the braid at the neck rather than at the head. I could definitely see this look being ideal for a casual summer wedding if done right.

Miu Miu

Another styling option, which would be great for a girl attending her prom, is the messy ballerina bun as seen at Bottega Veneta’s Spring 2010 show (headband optional). Again, the idea is to rough up a traditional and stuffy hairstyle and infuse it with a certain subtle playfulness and movement, which keeps the style from being too child-like.

An offshoot of the ballerina bun is the top knot, which has been seen on hipsters the world over for a while now. This can be a casual look but also works great for more adventurous girls with a tougher personal style for prom or other festive occasions. Again, the perfection of these styles can be found in their imperfections, so the more texture the better. Also, where you position the updo is important as well. The top knot looks very current when it is directly on the top of the head. Dressier top knots and buns placed in a similar fashion were seen at a recent Lanvin show.

Antonio Gonzales: Wedding Hairstyles — Styling Curls

by Antonio Gonzales on Monday, May 17th, 2010

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I was born in Trinidad in the height of a hurricane. I spent my childhood surrounded by the sights and sounds and smells of Carnival and the other Indian, African and Spanish festivals of the Islands. Loving the amazing costumes, I got my start dressing my sisters and doing their hair and makeup. An opportunity came up to work with Trinidad’s leading costume designers, makeup artists and hair stylists. After I left the Island, my career evolved with work in Munich, Los Angeles and now New York City. Here in New York, I am a stylist at the Orlo Salon in the Meat Packing district. Vogue magazine recently named me as one of the rising hairstylist stars in N.Y., I was awarded the best haircut of 2008 by shecky’, Gotham Magazine called me a Shear Genius and Allure Magazine featured me as one of the best cuts 2009.

See Antonio’s blog here.

There are so many things about curly hair that I love, and styling curls is definitely one of my favorites. With this hair texture, I find it so easy to create height, shape and a romantic mood, which is the envy of every girl with straight hair. However, to some of us, curls can still be a challenge, especially when it comes to building a foundation for the style. Here are seven tips to help you prepare for your special bride-to-be.


With straight hair I generally recommend to the bride not shampooing her hair the day of. It’s easy to work off of one-day-old dry hair and create the desired look. But with curly hair it’s very different. It’s almost impossible for a head of curls to be slept in and come in to the salon ready for a style. From frizzing, fly-away hair and un-polished hairlines, these are just a few of the challenges we face (notice I say we as I have curly hair too!)) During the consultation, I tell the client to come in with damp, clean hair and maybe apply a little product at home. I then add more products if necessary.


During the consultation, listen closely to the bride. She may have a combination of products that she can’t live without and cling to like her first pair of heels. She knows the magic it can perform on her tresses, so my advice to the stylist is to go with the flow. It just may make our life a little easier. If during the discussion, you have faith that she is not misleading you, have her apply a fair amount prior to coming in. Go over tips with her in how she can apply the product better. She may have the miracle products but you have the magic wand, your knowledge. If not, and you want her to come in with towel-dried hair and you apply the products, then that’s your decision to make.


Depending on the desired curl, you should think of the heating tool you will be using. This, of course, will be decided on in advance. If it’s a Climazone, diffuser or hooded dryer, use the same machine on the day of the appointment. For the natural curly look, I sometimes start drying the hair with the Climazone to dry the top and combat that halo of frizz (depending on the texture) then I use to the diffuser for height and softness. After its fully dried I then use two different-size curling irons and select curls to enhance the shape and shine. The heat also seals the cuticle, allowing the style to last longer.


For very frizzy hair and depending on how thick the hair is, it maybe helpful to work off of freshly shampooed and towel dried hair, then follow with adding your products. Working with small sections, create barrel curls (as if setting the hair) and pin in place. Then place the client under a hooded dryer and allow the hair to fully dry. While setting the hair, a great tip is having your hands coated with a light amount of product so as you twist the hair there is always product on your hands to help mold the hair in place (reapply if needed). Remove the bread from the oven, oops I mean the client from the dryer. Before the hair cools start removing the pins and carefully stretch the curls loosening them from being too tight at the root. At this point, if needed, you can go in with a curling iron to help enhance the curl.


Be sure to work toward a desired shape of curl. You may work with two to three differently sized curls. Yes, yes I know our creator did not decide on a certain amount and size of curl per person, but this is different. Uniformity will help the shape and not have the hair look like too many textures (unless of course that’s the look you want). It also helps with the overall creation to look balanced. Also keep in mind that the photographs will actually capture anything that’s not polished and that’s a no-no.


Once I was styling a curly hair bride and was trying to remove bulk while building height. All of a sudden she whipped out a banana clip. Yes, you heard me right! For those of you that may be too young to know, a banana clip was a girl’s best friend in the eighties. I first separated her hair in the back in three vertical sections making the center section the largest. I then took the clip and clipped the middle section. This clip was strong enough to hold the base in place and free me of so much unnecessary hair. I then took the two outer sections and blended it into the middle with bobby pins to complete the look. Of course, I’m not asking for the banana clip to make a comeback. All I’m showing is that we have tools galore at our disposal, so get creative while being efficient.


When standing behind the client, it may look great to you but from a distance it may look like, well, a basket of grapes! The best advice I can give you is throughout your career, always use the mirror. It will always guide you in the right direction. Remember you can change the shape of the hair, not the shape of the face. Be sure you are working with a hair shape that is flattering to the profile as well as the front. Being symmetrical is very important. No bride wants to look like the leaning tower of Pisa. Stand back and look at your sculpture from all angles, working towards the perfect shape.

With these seven steps you are on the right track to creating a strong base for a romantic hairstyle that will last. My next article will complete my bridal tips and tricks of the trade to hopefully help my comrades to understand the CURL a bit more.

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