For the best results it's essential that your hair is super clean and dry without any product in it. The exception to this rule is those with curly hair (see curly hair instruction below). If you're receiving a blow-dry style, you're welcome to arrive with wet hair.

Avoid using any hot-tools like straightening irons or curling tongs as this will reduce your hairs holding power. On the day I recommend wearing a button-up top, something loose fitting, or a gown to avoid damaging your hair when getting dressed later.


I recommend washing your hair either the night before or on the morning. For best results, do 3 really thorough shampoos, or use a clarifying shampoo followed by your regular shampoo. Ensure you scrub your entire scalp and underneath your hair using your fingertips.

Follow with conditioner, leaving for five minutes before rinsing. Avoid getting any conditioner near the roots of your hair. It’s important to rinse your conditioner out really thoroughly so your hair has good holding power.


If you normally use a hairdryer to dry your hair, I recommend drying the roots with your head flipped upside down. This helps with volume and prevents strong part lines. If you prefer to let it air-dry, rake your hands through the roots regularly and change your part line as it’s drying. This creates a similar effect.

Pre-wedding blow-dry services are available by request.

Curly hair

If you have curly/coily hair and would like it styled using your natural curls, you're welcome to prep it using whatever products and drying methods give you the best results. On the day I can help redefine any individual curls that need attention.

If you don’t want your hair styled with its natural curl, please blow-dry it straight in advance so that it’s ready to go on the day. If straightening it yourself isn’t possible, just let me know so that I can allow some extra time for you.


Cutting, colouring

It’s a good idea to book any cut or colour appointments for 1-2 weeks before your wedding or event. You want to allow enough time that you can wash your hair twice between your colour appointment and the wedding or event day. Avoid making any radical changes at this stage.

I also recommend booking in a professional treatment during the month before so that your hair is as healthy as it can be. This is also the time to make sure you’re using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.

If you colour your hair regularly, I highly recommend incorporating a clarifying shampoo into your routine to remove product build-up. Product build-up causes your hair to drop easily, go static and limp.

If you’re not sure what products you should be using, I’m available for hair-health consultations by request.


Photos courtesy of James Day & Matt Godkin


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