Here are some instructions to get your locks looking runway-ready.

Prep

For the best results it's essential that your hair is clean and dry without any product in it. I recommend washing it the night before to save time washing and drying it in the morning (unless you’re having a blow-dry service in which case you may 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.

Cleansing

I recommend doing 3 really thorough shampoos, making sure you scrub your entire scalp with your fingertips. Follow with a small amount of 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.

Drying

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.

Curly hair

If you have very curly/coily hair and would like it styled using your natural curls, you're welcome to prep it with whatever curl cream or leave-in conditioner usually gives you the best results.

If you don’t want your hair styled with its natural curl, please blow-dry it straight  in advance without using any product 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.

More advanced prep

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 always happy to help.