Welcome to Bride Boggles, our weekly wedding blog from heat's editor-in-chief Lucie Cave. Lucie, who's getting married in September to Ben Lunt (a heat Torso of the Week, no less), is taking us through her wedding prep process, from getting a bridal body to nailing wedding guest etiquette. This week, the dress hunt is on...
About four years ago Keith Lemon appeared as a guest on This Morning. When quizzed by Philip Schofield about how he styled his hair he told the host, “I base my hairdo on a mixture of Owen Wilson and heat magazine’s Lucie Cave. They’re my hairspiration.”
And now, no matter what clever tweaks my hairdresser Vince Berlingeri, Advanced creative director at Aveda, does to my ‘do – I am forever in the shadow of Keith. Whenever he sees me, he always asks what I’ve done and jokes he’s going to copy me (although fortunately he’s moved on a bit now and says he is channelling Michael Hutchence and his scrunchy moussed look instead).
So when it came to working out wedding hair for my forthcoming nuptials to Ben – my main request was to look ‘slightly more Lucie than Lemon’.
Amidst my Googling I’ve learnt some serious lessons of what not to ask for from the hairdresser.
Don’t ask for ‘the whole kitchen sink’ on your head…
or the whole garden …
or indeed an entire funeral wreath…
Luckily I have enlisted the services of The Aveda Institute’s finest Occasion hair stylist Joon Barratt – who has worked her magic on everyone from models, to TV stars to excited brides-to-be. And as she points out, finding someone who can make your hair into a masterpiece isn’t something that should just be decided a few weeks before the big day.
“Make looking for a stylist one of the first things on your list,” Joon advises, “When you’re planning your wedding hair there will be a long list of considerations such as improving the condition, growing it or a whole colour change - and these aren’t things that can happen overnight.”
“Once you find the right stylist and book them for your wedding date, its their job to advise you on what you need to prepare. You don't want to have your heart set on something only to hear “I can't do a thing with this – I haven't enough time!”
“Book in for consultations at a few salons. It doesn’t cost you anything as there’s no obligation. Any good salon should offer this service for free - If they don't, drop them like a hot potato! During this 15min consultation there should be a bonding between you and the stylist. You should both feel like you’re on the same page and share the same ideas about how your hair should look. It’s important your hairdresser understands the sort of person you are so he/she can create the right ‘do for you.”
Once you’ve found your dream hair weaver then it’s time to book in for a wedding trial. Joon recommends at least 90 minutes, which will allow you to test out as many looks as needed. She says, “Try on veils, hair accessories and clips – anything you’re considering as part of your look. And wear a similar colour and neck-line to the wedding dress you will be wearing as it helps with visualisation. Bring photos with you to help get your look into the stylists head, you should include, type of curl, up/down, finish and texture required. And remember wedding hair is a team effort between you and your stylist.”
Here are the results of my wedding trial with Joon last weekend:
1. This is the beast she began with…
2. A simple vintage do, curling the hair round the sides and pinning lightly. We both decided this one was better suited for one of my bridesmaids or for the night before the wedding.
3. A low knot with sleek side parting
4. A side-twisted bun with back combed crown.
5. Et Voila!
...with this picture as my ‘inspiration’
Joon coiffed me a Bardot style messy chignon with just the right amount of bouffant at the back (Joon’s trick was to use Aveda pure abundance hair potion, Aveda air control hair spray and some invisible crimping in the root area. Finally using pins and grips and the combination of yonks of experience plus a twist here and there). It's just the right side of ‘not done’ and secure enough that I can head bang on the dance floor safe in the knowledge it won’t end up like Worsel Gummidge. Although quite what ben will get staring at him on the pillow on the morning after the wedding is another matter…