Getting in shape… A workout… For your hair!!
Getting your hair in shape for your wedding can be super difficult! There are a few key things to consider, some starting well before the day itself.
The same as you look after your skin, you want to start thinking about the condition of your hair. Do you have any concerns? Dandruff, oily, dry/brittle or dull? All of these problems can be combated with the right product, however for the product to actually work it needs time, so start treating your hair ASAP!!
Some of my favourite products for getting your hair in tip top condition…
Flakey scalp?? Try Philip Kingsley, Exfoliating Scalp mask. This gorgeous mask soothes the scalp and gets rid of any build up and dryness. It can be introduced into your weekly routine,
Oily Scalp?? Try Bumble and Bumble Sunday shampoo. This shampoo is pretty powerful so just be mindful of overuse if you have chemically treated hair. However used once a week can be the key to ridding yourself of that sebum build up!!
Dry/Brittle hair?? Try Pureology Hydrate Superfood Mask. Packed with loads of gorgeous ingredients and no nasties!! This mask feels indulgent and leaves your hair feeling and smelling amazing!!
Dull coloured hair?? Try Aveda!! Aveda do some amazing shampoos and conditioners for your specific colour. Whether you want to brighten your blonde or add richness to your brunette locks then Aveda has the answer for you.
At every single trial with my brides I give personalised advice on how to get the hair in the very best condition by the wedding day and how to continue to keep it looking amazing.
The Natural way…
Some of my personal tried and tested methods I swear by!
Castor Oil… I absolutely love this as a pre-shampoo treatment! Not only does it make the hair look and feel amazing, it actually helps it grow!!
Wet the hair with warm water and take a small amount of the oil (it is quite thick!). Massage the oil into the scalp, be sure to take your time to ensure the scalp is covered and relax as you work it into the scalp. Don’t worry about the ends as you will have a hard time trying to shampoo out and the product works from the scalp trough to the length of the hair. Cover with a hair wrap or clip out the way for at least 15 minutes. Shampoo well, and condition as normal!
It can also be used as a treatment for eyelashes and eybrows too!! Although not too much, if you get any product in your eyes be sure to wash out with water…
Coconut Oil… A true wonder product! Really moisturising, and smells amazing too!!
In the same way as the castor oil I use this as a pre-shampoo treatment. Wet the hair with warm water then apply warmed coconut oil (warming it to a liquid state will be easier to distribute through the hair!) in sections through the lengths and ends. Comb with a wide tooth comb to ensure an even distribution, wrap and leave for at least 15 minutes (sometimes I sleep in it!). Shampoo well, and condition as normal.
Also can be used as a makeup remover, moisturiser for the skin, lip balm… try mixing with a little sugar for a great natural exfoliator!!
Apple Cider Vinegar… It may seem a little strange but this product has a number of amazing uses! Make sure it is the real deal though and contains ‘The Mother’, the super ingredient that makes this product work!
As a hair treatment use it as a final rinse for amazing shine, making sure you rinse fully!!
To chop or to grow…
Are you thinking, now I’ve got engaged, time to grow my hair??
Whatever you do please don’t compromise on condition… without trying to sound harsh some hair quite simply does not do well when it is long!!
If your hair is shoulder length but you dream of a long boho down style, fear not! The answer lies in extensions!! There are some really good quality extension brands out there now, so you can quite simply clip in your perfect style!! There is also so much you can do with shorter hair that looks incredible!
For you fine haired ladies wishing to have a volumous updo? There are many ways to achieve the desired style using padding or extensions. Meaning you can stop dodging your hairdresser!!
So… For the perfect mane of hair… Treat it to regular trims or tidy ups, invest in a good treatment for problem hair and down the natural way!!
If you have any questions about looking after or getting your hair in shape please get in touch, I would love to hear from you!
Getting ready for your wedding is one of the many special moments of your big day. The whole morning is centred around you getting ready for that beautiful moment walking down the aisle.
Having the right people around you for these last few hours is the key to a stress free, relaxed time. You have hand picked your bridesmaids and invited your closest family to get ready with you. Your hair and makeup artist will be with you all getting you spruced up potentially from the moment you wake up to the moment you leave! This is why it is so important to pick someone that will complement the day. Here are a few key things to bear in mind when choosing your artist…
- Do you have a particular style in mind? If you have decided you want your hair and makeup a certain way, have a look at a few artists work, see if they have anything similar to what you like in their portfolio. This way you already know their style matches your expectations.
- Don’t have any idea on a style? You can do the same thing, have a look at the galleries and portfolios of artists for inspiration. Try and concentrate on the ‘real brides’ as these photos will not have been edited.
- Do you know someone already? If you’ve already had you makeup and hair done by an artist for a special occasion or event and loved it, it could be the perfect opportunity to bag the artist for your wedding as well!
- Getting married abroad? If you are nervous about getting your hair and makeup done abroad why not see if a UK artist will travel for your wedding! Many artists now offer destination weddings in their packages. It may cost a little more as there will be expenses to consider however, you can conduct the trial in the UK and all communication is also in the UK. Any problems or second trials can then easily be sorted out.
- What are your expectations? There are a lot of tricks and tips now available which can make your desired hair style more achievable. Have you seen an elaborate up do but you only have a bob? Certain styles can be achieved with the use of padding and hair extensions. You just need to think about how you want to feel on the day, will it take you too out of your comfort zone? Talk to your artist about your hair and how you would love it to look, they will be able to suggest the right path to go down.
- Don’t go too off piste! Hair and makeup and the way you present yourself on your wedding day is so personal to you. It may not be the day to try something completely different! Have a think about your personal style on a day to day basis, or how you would look on a night out or special occasion. This style should reflect in your chosen bridal look, we should still see ‘you’ shining through the makeup. However, if you are used to changing it up a bit and wearing a lot of makeup then it could be a great opportunity to showcase a new look!
- Talk to your artist! Let them know exactly what you like and don’t like. For most artists it is the first time doing your hair and makeup unless you are a client of theirs, they are not mind readers! If you like your eyeliner a particular way then have a picture, everyone has different ways of doing things and no one way is the right way so talking concerns or particulars through can be the difference between going round in circles!
- If you are not happy after your trial it isn’t the end of the world. Again, speak to your artist about your concerns, are your expectations unrealistic, is their particular style not suited to you, do you not like the products. Some things can be ironed out with a repeat trial or just talking things through, so don’t panic! Most artists will adapt to what is concerning you and it may be something very simple. The key is communication.
- Have fun! Your artist has chosen to be a hair and makeup artist because they absolutely love what they do! All they want is for you to be happy, so enjoy the experience!
Hopefully these few ideas should give you an idea on what to think about when looking for a hair and makeup artist. Any feedback or anything I have missed please get in touch!
Happy hunting xx
What really goes on behind the scenes on a fashion shoot…
To get the results of the more often than not, amazing images for brands, magazines, advertising etc, there may well be blood sweat and tears… literally!!
Quite often there will be some element to contend with, even the most planned and organised shoots can have unpredictable twists and turns. I have chosen to talk to you about an editorial I did early last year. This one sticks in my mind particularly because it was one of those days which felt like everything was against us however the end result was amazing!
It was a freezing cold day so naturally we were on location (meaning, outside… battling the elements!). I always feel for the models on these type of shoots, we are freezing our asses of bundled up in layers and scarfs while they have to pretend it is the middle of summer while wearing next to nothing!! The team on this shoot consisted of my partner in crime Lauren Marsh – Fashion Photographer, Lucy Treivnor – Fashion Stylist and Alina Von Olnhausen from First Model Management.
The day started with me feeling like I couldn’t get out of bed!! I had the worst cold and had been up all night feeling sick!! Bundling up myself and my kit onto the train to Waterloo armed with all the lemsip in the world to meet the team… The day started well with me not being able to find the model (I was in the wrong place!) and the rest of the team running late as they were waiting on a final piece from a designer! As with all location shoots and editorials we have to find somewhere to set up base to do hair and makeup and get changed. We were lucky enough to find a warm quiet corner in the Southbank centre to set up… Lemsip kicking in I set out developing the first look…
I prepped Alinas’ skin, making sure properly clean and moisturised. The theme of the shoot was an urban chic feel, I wanted the makeup to complement but not overpower. I went for a simple pink smokey eye to offset the green in the first look. I kept the skin clear with a peachy blush and nude lip.
As there was quite a lot of colour going on with all the outfits I kept the hair simple, pulled back into a low chic ponytail, with a piece of hair wrapped around the band, my ‘signature look’ as Lauren calls it! Pictured above is the team at work, keeping warm in the process!
Being on location often means we are carting our kit around with us and getting changed behind whatever we can utilise. The glamour is real!!! Lucy here is helping Alina with her shoes.
This look was vamped up with a red lip and a little brown eyeliner, the hair was pulled out of the ponytail a little to give it a ‘lived in’ feel.
On a shoot it is not just the face that needs attention… here I am taking the redness off Alinas’ knees with a little concealer. I will always moisturise the arms and legs during a shoot as this helps to keep it looking smooth. I will often add concealer to hands, knees and elbows and any other areas that need attention.
So many elements go into getting the perfect image… The angle, the natural and artificial light, the reflector and the models position… it’s like a scientific puzzle and Lauren always gets it spot on. Here Lauren and her assistant Rachel in action with the reflector, the red light to the left actually ended up creating a really nice feel to the final image.
The final outcome of this editorial was really lovely and the whole team was happy with the results. The cold and lack of shelter was worth it to produce some really great images. The editorial was accepted and featured in Feroce Magazine in May last year.
For the full editorial please visit my portfolio at the link: https://neecolcorry.com/projects/6460332
Photographer: Lauren Marsh – www.laurenmarsh.co.uk
Stylist: Lucy Trievnor – www.lucytrievnor.com
Model: Alina @ www.firstmodelmanagement.co.uk
Hair and Makeup: Neecol Corry – www.neecolcorry.com
The beauty products to add to your routine today!
These products are the simplest way to getting your skin and hair in tip top condition!
Number 1… LEMONS!!
Lemons are an amazing source of vitamin C, not only does this do wonders for your skin and hair it also aids digestion and your immune system! The most effective way to utilise the lemon is to add to boiling water and drink first thing in the morning.
Not only does this kick start your metabolism but also helps to flush out toxins in the body. Great for weight loss and a general well being, however doing this daily you will start to notice the difference in your skin. It should feel more hydrated and break outs should be reduced. If you want your skin to be in tip top condition for your big day then this is the easiest (and cheapest) way to change up your skin prep routine!
Number 2… ROCK SALT!
Now as a rule we are taught to avoid salt as it can add to bloating and water retention! However… add a small pinch of rock salt to your hot water and lemon! This super boosts the hydration prospects of the water, the electrolytes in the salt are released into the system to replenish and re-hydrate.
Also a great way to re-hydrate after exercise or after a heavy night out…
Number 3… COCONUT OIL!
This is literally my new favourite product right now! Not only can you cook with it but it is also an amazing moisturiser, conditioner and all round super product!! I do usually cook with this, it adds lovely flavour to stir fry! When I am actually cooking I take the excess off the spoon and rub into my hands and face (if I am staying in!). The oil can be used as an all over body moisturiser also, take a small amount, warm in your hands and apply all over! You may want to do this in the evening to avoid feeling ‘oily’! Amazing as a makeup remover… again a small amount warmed in the hands and massaged into the face, wash off with your usual face wash and warm water, works really well with stubborn makeup…
Not only is this amazing for the skin, but also so nice for the hair! I pop a tablespoon amount in a cup in the microwave for a few seconds. Comb the warmed oil through towel dried hair and leave for a minimum of 20 minutes. For even better results put a plastic cap over the hair and wrap in a towel. This can be used as a pre shampoo treatment as a deep conditioning treatment. Just make sure to rinse properly!!
I hope you enjoy these couple of tricks… here is to healthy skin and hair from the inside out!!
A styled shoot with a twist…
A couple of months ago I had the great pleasure of helping out a friend with her styled shoot. She wanted to create something different, the idea that Bridal didn’t mean a typical white dress and styling…
The brief was simple; natural and feminine. Grace, the model is naturally beautiful so enchanting this was no problem. I wanted the makeup and hair to compliment the look without looking out of place so I went for a tousled wave and smoky rose gold eye.
Grace’s hair is naturally very straight and she told me it struggles to keep a curl. Setting her hair with a little magic product ‘Pli’ by L’oreal meant the hair stayed in place until I was ready to change the style! I literally would not do a wedding without this product… The hair was then tonged and tousled for that soft romantic wave.
For Graces’ makeup I wanted to stay in keeping with the natural, feminine style. Her skin was kept fresh and glowing with a hint of peachy blush. For the eyes I brought out her beautiful baby blues with a wash of rose gold and lots of mascara!
The look was then transformed into a sultry evening look as we ventured inside! A smokey eye and a pop of deep burgundy red on the lips, small changes to make a big difference! The hair was smoothed and pulled into a low classic bun.
The whole shoot was a success! Lianne at Blonde Army had a vision and it totally paid off as the shoot was featured on The Whimsical Wonderland Weddings Blog!! I met some amazing talented suppliers and had great fun along the way!
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