How to choose your wedding hairstyle


So it's a few months away from your Big Day, you have your venue, your photographer, your dress...what you need is your crowning glory, your perfect hairstyle!

The first thing to consider is your dress – has it got a beautiful neckline that would be hidden by having your hair down, or enhanced by having an up-style? Is it sleeveless and you'd prefer your hair down or half-down to feel less exposed? Perhaps it's a period style of dress and would be wonderfully complimented by a hairstyle that's also inspired by the same period, 1920's, 40's, 60.s?

Start a pinterest board : Here's a link to my pinterest wedding hair board or collect pictures in a sketchbook. Look in bridal magazines, wedding catalogues, celebrity pictures, photographers albums and other people's pinterest pages. This way you can collect your ideas in one place and it's handy to be able to show your hairstylist,  make-up artist and whoever else needs to see your ideas.

hair and make-up by www.fran-carter.com, photo by www.mikiphotography.co.uk
Now that you have a look in mind, consider your own hair length and texture. Is your hair long enough? Is it thick or wavy or straight enough for the look? There are many ways to enhance your hair, using clip-in or semi-permanent extensions, bun-rings and other padding. This hairstyle was created with the assistance of a piece of wadding:

hair by www.fran-carter.com, photo by www.monicadart.co.za
Is your hair texture able to hold your style in place all afternoon and evening? Even if it's windy or extremely hot and humid? Some hair textures will last better if the hair is all up (this is especially true if your hair is naturally straight and you'd like it curled).Other hair types may be better down all day.

It is possible to have your hair styled in such a way that it is up for the ceremony and meal, but you can take some pins out and it's half-down for the evening.

Have you considered hair accessories? Other than a veil, you have a wide range of choice, from fresh flowers, fascinators, cage veils  to tiaras, diamante pins, vintage combs and clips. If you choose to wear a veil, consider if it would be best further forward, or back, even below the main part of your hairstyle.

                                  hair by www.fran-carter.com, photo by www.saraholivierphotography.com/

Start early with planning your cut and colour. You may like to have a few deep conditioning treatments leading up to your wedding to enhance the shine and help it to grow healthily. Make sure that your colour is done at least a week before your wedding to avoid the 'just coloured' skin staining or streakiness. If you have highlights, consider whether you'd like to have some on your nape hairline so that it's not too dark if you wear it up. Any change to your colour should start a few months before the wedding as most colour changes take time to perfect. Also think about whether you would like a fringe and if so, how long it should be.

hair and make-up by www.fran-carter.com, photo by www.redsnapperphotos.com

 A hair (and Make-up) consultation about 3 months before your wedding can help you reach all of these decisions. Good luck and enjoy all of the planning!

Fran
 







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Vintage bridal photoshoot

I am so proud to show you the results of a beautiful bridal vintage photoshoot I worked on a short while ago. I hope that you enjoy the results!


 Photographer Sarah Olivier gathered a small crack team of us to help create some atmospheric photographs to showcase designer Sarina Poppy 's bridal designs. Ellen Bridger recreated the 1920's make-up look and I did the hair styling. It was a lovely morning and we have had the wonderful pleasure of having our work published in Vintage Life magazine !(The October 2013 Edition).
We were at a beautiful Sussex flintstone church in Barcombe,near Lewes, on a lovely sunny summer's day.



L to R: AvelynRuby Heels and Jessica Burchett .




If you would like to see more of the Photographs from this collection, see the album on my facebook page
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How to choose the perfect flowergirls hairstyles

 
Your bridesmaids styles depends on the age and hair length of your bridesmaids. And of course, your wedding theme too!
 
A child from age 6 upwards is more likely to sit still long enough to curl a while headful of hair, so you'll have a fair amount of flexibility with styles. Any child below the age of around 12 is very likely to have a run around or play energetically at some point, so the simpler the style the better! Plaiting is a great option for particularly lively children.
 
 Any half- up hair style is a good way to plan for short bobs to long hair, as their hair is off their face, but no as likely to fall out as quickly as a hairstyle that's all up. The hairband is then a great place for a flower, ribbon or pretty hair clasp.
 
Your easiest option for all ages below teens is the simple flower garland - it fits like an alice band. To get the best fit, it's a good idea to ask the child's parent for an alice band with a good fit, to give to your florist. Also , be sure to ask for flowers that aren't too heavy, especially on fine hair.
 
 
Any child below the age of 5 is quite likely to find the weight of hair accessories quite annoying, so you could explain to their parent that you need the accessory on for the ceremony and the pictures, but they are welcome to remove them after this. Then leave the bribery method up to them!

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First tweet!

I have finally joined the twitter mob and sent my first tweet!

Twitter is a great way for me to stay current with new make-up and hair products, stay in touch with other make-up artists and also local wedding suppliers.

@FranCarterHair

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Tips for the try-out...



A try-out, or trial, should be relaxed, informal and fun. This is your opportunity to try a few hairstyles and make-up colours to see what you’d like best for your wedding day. Here are a few pointers...

·      Bring along any pictures/photos/magazine articles that you love and even those you really dislike! (It's amazing how knowing what you DON'T like helps to understand what you DO like!)

·         Have your hair in its natural state if you can, otherwise have it as you usually stlye it.

·         Wear your ordinary day make-up so that I can see how you normally look.

·         Bring along any hair accessories you already have and your veil if you have one..

·         Bring a photo of your dress if you have one, I will need to know the basic shape of your dress, neckline and colour.

·         Most brides prefer to come alone, but you are welcome to bring your mum or a bridesmaid, for a second opinion or moral support!


Don't worry if you have none of the above, I have plenty of magazines and of course, the internet, to help us to discuss your ideal look. You can also click on the Pinterest link from my website for some ideas.

I will make notes of every successful look and photographs of the same. These will be used to achieve the same look on your wedding day, even if it's a year later!We will also discuss the timings for your day.

A try-out is best done 1 – 3 months before your wedding and during daylight hours.  This allows us to choose the foundation best suited to your skin type and tone. A try-out typically takes between one and three hours, allowing us to take our time to find the look that suits you best. Usually the try-out will take place at my home or yours, but we can arrange to meet at a place that suits you.

Most brides prefer to come alone, but you are welcome to bring your mum or a bridesmaid, for a second opinion or moral support!


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Vintage-inspired bridal photo shoot


These are some of the behind-the-scenes snaps from a collaborative photoshoot in Hove yesterday. Photography by Ant Bliss, Headwear by Lilly Lewis Millineryhttp://www.lillylewis.co.uk/ and a few clothing pieces by Bobby and Dandyhttp://www.bobbyanddandy.co.uk/in Hove.
We were so lucky to have 2 beautiful models who suited their era so well - Ellie has big eyes and lovely hair to fingerwave, sooo perfect for 1920's and Izzy has a perfect heart-shaped face for 1940's/50's hair and make-up.

Strings were pulled and we had the shoot at a gorgeous house near Hove seafront that had massive windows and deco-inspired furniture and loads of space for us to spread of of our gear out - lighting, make-up, hair equipment and 5 people apparently take up a LOT of space! (I think we had a bit of house envy too, as we were sneakily taking snaps of the chandelier in the hand-crafted kitchen)

Hopefully we'll have the resulting official pictures in the next few weeks - very exciting!

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Ditch The Label

A few months ago I was the hairstylist on this photoshoot for a local Brighton-based anti-bullying charity, Ditch The Label. Take a look at their website to see the great work that they do.http://www.ditchthelabel.org/







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