Question (Jan – Freire Wedding Photo): Rebecca, you are one of the best bridal hair stylists in South Florida. As a professional wedding photographer, I want to ask yourself one question that lies in my head for a while.
Lately, I see very often brides with loose hair on their wedding day. I kind of do understand why, because I like it like a man more. But from my professional experiences, it’s undoubtedly the worst option. For me, it is very stressful to see a bride during her wedding day, but I can’t see her face because of her loose hair. Then I make pictures selection, I know already that I won’t see her face in 50% of all pics. What could be worst for any photographer and even worst for the bride?
I get it, they see it in many many bridal shots. Those are usually done by fashion photographers, not the wedding ones. And they like to create fantasy. But they don’t know anything about real weddings. They create it, and girls love it, obviously. Then those girls become brides, and they want what they have seen thousands of times.
Tell me something. Do you think that even hairstylist doesn’t know about this or they just don’t care? I believe that all professionals must be able to convince their clients (brides in this case) to do things that actually work instead of only beautiful things.
I always say everything to my brides openly, even not very popular thoughts. But they usually get it, because they see that it’s coming from real-life experience. But advising hairstyle is often something that I’m not asked for.
Here are two pictures of the worst and amazing hairstyle according to my opinion.
Response (Rebecca – Phairis Luxury): Hi Jan! That’s a great topic to bring up! It is definitely our job as beauty artists to inform our clients of what will work with their hair and what looks best depending on their gown, facial shape, wedding location, etc.
During my consultations with my brides, one of the first things I ask is, “Are you going to be outside at all?”
If they are, this lets me know they can’t have a lot of loose pieces of hair around their faces because of the wind, humidity, etc. There’s nothing worse than you as a photographer trying to take gorgeous photos, and the bride has to keep pushing the hair out of her face. It slows up the entire photography session while making her hair look messy and undone, which she then, of course, needs touch-ups.
Trends change each year, and we have seen a lot of loose, wavey boho styles the past couple of seasons. While these are gorgeous and look pretty, they aren’t always the best option, especially if a bride is going to be outside taking photos.
I personally love a full, romantic updo on my brides. It’s something special that they don’t often do and it looks gorgeous on almost everyone! I prefer hair that is a little more polished and secured, so it’s not blowing everywhere in an outdoor ceremony or during outdoor photos.
Also, with all that hair down and so much movement, curls fall out fast, and frizz takes over so if you opt for a style that is down, you will need your stylist by your side throughout the entire wedding day.
So yes, to answer your question, trends come and go, and they aren’t always the best option. A bride should wear her hair how she feels looks the best, and it’s my job to coach her and explain the benefits of having it out of her face.
A great stylist will be able to give a bride that loose, undone look without hair looking messy and blowing everywhere. She’s happy, the photographers happy and she looks gorgeous throughout the night!
Jan: great answer Rebecca. I wish all hairstylists would be so professional as you are. Obviously, I can’t post bad pictures from my real weddings here, but I had many brides with very loose hair and I can guarantee that I wasn’t able to take a nice picture of her face in 50% of cases.
Now imagine you have loose hair just on one side of your face and it’s exactly that side facing people during your ceremony… I do believe these articles will help brides-to-be to choose a better hairstyle as well as a better hairstylist. And that’s why we are here a part of the Wedding Meets Fashion team!
More bridal hair inspirations: (we will update our Pinterest too)