Friday April 12 2013.


I love sharing inspirational red carpet bridal hair looks and today I’m thrilled to have Anna Bloomer (Senior Stylist Artistic Team) and Jessica Speechly (Head of Colour) of Errol Douglas’s bridal team telling us how to transfer those styles to the aisle.  Selecting three break out looks from this year’s Awards season, Anna and Jessica’s DIY guides mean we can all try them out this weekend.  Glamourous friday night hair, here I come.

1. Veronica Lake Inspired Polished Waves

Anna Bloomer, has “loved that return to old school glamour mixed with a few bolder confident cuts – they create a great palette for every bride.”  The stand out style of the 2013 red carpet season, spied on everyone from Jessica Chastain to Reese Witherspoon. 

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Jessica Chastain at the Academy Awards

If you fancy trying the style out here is Anna’s expert guide:

“Prep hair with Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream to ensure a smooth foundation texture. Tong hair in inch width sections and pin curl to the scalp to keep strength to the curls as the hair cools. Then using a soft bristle/paddle brush loosen the hair out and brush through repeatedly until the hair begins to soften out into a continuous smooth wave. Finish with hairspray and Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine Spray that’ll give that high shine seen on the red carpet. It’s a beautiful classic look”

And when it comes to colour for your free flowing locks, Jessica suggests “Soft sunkissed highlights give enhancement without looking over done. It’s a great way to play or introduce colour without committing.”

2.  Short & Sweet Crops

You don’t need to feel pressured to grow your hair for your wedding day, the likes of Anne Hathaway and Charlize Theron have proved how versatile short styles can be.  Colour expert Jessica explains “It’s important with short hair to not try to add too many colours. A bold solid colour will enhance the cut and the natural movement in short cuts gives the look of highlights and dimension.”

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Anna Hathaway at the Golden Globes

3.  Retro Up Dos

The last red carpet bridal hair style has been putting the glamour back on the red carpet, messy locks are so last year!  Retro up do hair has to be healthy, shiny and impeccably groomed, think Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.  

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Adele at The Golden Globes

If you fancy rocking a retro style like Adele then follow Anna’s tips:

“Prep wet hair with volumising spray and Moroccan Oil Revitalising Treatment to stop frizz, then using a large round brush blow dry volume and curve into your hair. My top tip is to use a nozzle on your hairdryer as this will give smooth airflow as you’re drying, tightening and smoothing the cuticles to give gorgeous shine. Backcombing is essential for body and strength to your updo which will support veils or tiaras and last all day. Side partings are stunning if you have shorter lengths around the face. Centre and swept back will emphasise your eyes and cheekbones beautifully. The back of such styles can be set into a bun/chignon or twisted vertically into a pleat, then smooth over the backcombed top sections using a soft brush and grip into the back shape to connect the style. Finish with Moroccan Oil Luminous Hairspray for hold without texture change.”

Huge thanks to our guest experts Anna and Jessica, I’m off to try out the retro look for my friday night hair.  If you’d like to book a consultation with the amazing Bridal Team at Errol Douglas:

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