FOR 28 BREAKING THE QUEENS NEWS COURIER VISIT www.• BRIDAL queenscourier.• JUNE 16,com 2011 january FOR 22,BREAKING 2015 • BRIDAL NEWS • The 15 VISIT www.Queens queenscourier.Courier com ▲ bridal here comes the bride! Lois Christie’s 10 Top Tips for a Successful Bridal Hairstyle Photos Courtesy Intercoiffure Your wedding hairstyle could be the most photographed style you ever wear, the only time in your life that a professional photographer documents your every move. When we see a celebrity walk down the red carpet, or we reflect on iconic brides, like the amazing images of Kate Middleton as she walked down the isle with Prince William, it is easy to overlook all the work and preparation that went into creating that perfect look. Here are my top 10 points to help you capture the perfect moment. 1. Gather ideas for inspiration - Research and create your own look book to show your hairstylist, makeup artist and bridal boutique. What type of bride do you want to be? Classic, romantic, trendy, minimalist (clean and simple) fairytale, glamorous, ethnic/bohemian, couture? Start gathering images. The goal is to capture your inner and outer beauty and to be true to yourself. 2. Set a timeline – In the days and weeks leading up to the wedding, Christie suggests the following timeline: • All waxing should be done one week prior to the wedding • Facial should be done a week prior • Manicure and pedicure should be done a day before the wedding • A massage will help relieve stress in the days leading up to the wedding • Hair color should be done two weeks prior. Hair should be trimmed two weeks prior. Make your appointments two to three months in advance • Come in for your free consultation on how you can remove unwanted hair permanently – legs, bikini • Bring any photos of looks you like or have seen 3. Document each step – After you have found your perfect gown, be sure to take photos of yourself in your dress from different angles: head to toe, front, side and back. Then take a second group of images from the waist up to see the detail. If you are going to be wearing a veil, take additional photos wearing the veil. If you are wearing a headdress or hair jewels, take these items with all your photographs and your ‘look book’ to the salon to show your hairdresser and makeup artist during the consultation. Other important considerations: Is your hairstyle going to be the ‘headdress’ embellished with hair jewels, or are you going to cover 50 percent or more of your hair with a veil? If so, will the veil come off after the ceremony, and what will your hair look like then? 4. Christie & Co. specializes in bridal hair – Research salons that specialize in bridal hair. Salons that belong to Intercoiffure America/Canada are an excellent choice, as these salons have met stringent criteria to become members of this elite association (visit Intercoiffure.com to find an Intercoiffure salon in your area). Look for those that also do editorial work. Hairstyling for magazines ensures that the staff has skills in the art of dressing and styling hair. Just because your hairdresser is great with cut, color and blow-drying doesn’t mean she’s skilled in the art of dressing hair. Do your homework, ask to see a portfolio of the stylist’s work and review the salon’s “look book” on bridal and red carpet hair. 5. Do a trial run with your hairdresser – A trial run ensures that you are all on the same page. Bring a trusted friend or family member with you to the trial run, someone who has a great sense of style and fashion. Ask them to take photos of your hair (front, side and back). Stay open-minded, as this is the time to experiment with the theme of your wedding style. You and your hairstylist should both keep a photo journal. On your wedding day, this journal will be a very important reference for your hairstylist and makeup artist. It’s easy for you and your stylist to forget what you decided! Don’t be a “Bridezilla!” Hairstylists have plenty of horror stories about working with brides and overprotective mothers of the bride. Be constructive, not overly critical, with your hairstylist. It’s all about empowerment and working together as a team to get the best result. 6. It’s all about the silhouette – Make sure the style suits your face shape, with the goal to make your face look oval. The scale and balance must work for the “total look.” Don’t cut yourself off at the neck. 7. Do a trial run with your makeup artist -– Often soft and more natural makeup looks are the best for a bride, but make sure that if you are doing a natural look you do not look washed out for the photos. Again during your trial run, try a few different options, such as eyelash extensions. The general rule with makeup is if you do a strong eye, keep the lip soft; if you do a strong lip, keep the eye clean and soft. Two facial features that are so important yet easy to shape are the perfect arched eyebrow and a well-proportioned lip shape. Derma Radiance is a great 25-minute treatment for glowing skin. It should be done a week before the wedding. If you’re having skin issues see the salon esthetician for advice. Proper products can alleviate problems in most cases. From Intercoiffure’s “Imperial Bride” Collection. 8. When the clock strikes 12, will you still look great? Will your hair and makeup have longevity and look great from the ceremony to the party? Discuss whether you should use hair extensions to add fullness. And your manicure and pedicure need attention too. The new gel manicures can carry you through your honeymoon. Do it a day or two before the wedding. 9. Budget wisely – And of course don’t overlook the biggest challenge: Do your plans fit your budget? Most top salons offer a price package which should include the consultation, rehearsal, treatments and styling on the wedding day. Don’t forget to discuss hair for your honeymoon, such as a simple hairpiece to slip over a ponytail – great for the pool! Think about what you’re paying for your shoes and your bouquet. Isn’t your hair much more important than these items? A great hairstyle can make or break your confidence on the big day. Invest well in your hair and makeup services – and enjoy being pampered, this is your journey, this is your day. 10. The day of the wedding – Schedule your time wisely. Be on time for your stylist. Stay calm and allow your stylist to recreate your approved and rehearsed style. Remember the stylist is under pressure to recreate the look. Please don’t let your stress impact the confidence of your stylist, who is trying her best to please you. Christie & Co. Salon Spa is located at 23-64 Bell Boulevard (in The Bay Terrace shopping center) in Bayside. A personal bridal consultant will be happy to assist you with all your needs. Visit them online at www.christiesalon.com or call 718-225-7766 for more info.
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