Q&A with Hannah Hair UK

Today we hear from advertiser, Hampshire-based Hannah Hair UK. She tells us about her experience (which includes hair for the catwalk models at London Fashion Week!), she talks us through current and upcoming trends (we love the sound of voluminous ponytails with big glamorous waves) and she offers advice/her top tips for brides-to-be…

Q. Were you interested in hair from a young age?

A. Yes, I started doing dance when I was three-years-old and we did annual shows at a local theatre. It involved a lot of hair and make-up styling and it always intrigued me as to how you can completely change a look. I was forever practising different braiding and styles on my friends in the playground at school and at 15 I did work experience at Toni & Guy in Covent Garden. That’s when I knew I wanted to do this as a career.

Q. How did you get into wedding hair?

A. I spent seven years with Toni & Guy and in that time I became the salon specialist for hair-ups and did several weddings. I instantly loved the involvement of working with a bride from the initial consultation right through to her big day.

Q. What do you love about bridal hair for weddings?

A. I love to be able to create something they’ve always dreamed about. It will be the most memorable hairstyle of their life, which they will look back on forever, so its important to get it right. I just love being part of that.

Q. Can you give us an insight into 2020 trends?!

A. Voluminous ponytails with big glamorous waves for long hair, long mermaid braids, soft textured chignon and loose romantic bohemian will be the big trends. All of these can be done in so many different ways.

Above photos: Salt & Sea Photography

Q. Where do you get your inspiration?

A. Magazines, Instagram, Pinterest… plus I follow leading specialists and attend as many masterclass workshops as I can. You’ll always find me in my spare time practising on my dolly head!

Q. What’s your favourite kind of bridal style?

A. Something that looks effortlessly romantic and soft but, secretly, is very intricate!

Q. What advice would you give brides who don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing a hair style for their big day?

A. I would say it is always best to choose your dress first and then, when it comes to deciding on a particular hair style, we can see what would work best taking into account the neck line and other features of the dress. I would also advise bringing a hair tie or clip when choosing a dress in the bridal shop to see how comfortable you feel having your hair up or down, half-up, or to one side.

Q. What are the benefits of having a trial in advance?

A. A trial is the opportunity to try out different styles for the bride and bridal party and to visualise what you will look like on the day. Sometimes when you see a photo of a style it can look a little different on your own hair. Its also an opportunity to get to know the stylist before the big day and to build up a rapport as they will be sharing that special morning with you on your wedding day.

Q. We know you’ve worked on London Fashion Week. That sounds super exciting! Can you tell us a bit about it?

A. I did this for several seasons. It was very hard work as you are part of a team working on the models’ hair but, at the same time, there are make-up artists and others busily working around you all trying to do their job and all having to conform exactly to the designer’s brief and show timings. It is extremely hectic back stage and then, on occasions, as soon as you have sent the models out on to the catwalk, you are off to start another show. The time pressures are immense. Great fun though especially when I was able to watch my models strutting down the catwalk with some famous faces in the audience watching on.

Q. Do you have any top tips when it comes to hair accessories?

A. Create a Pinterest board to save your favourite accessories and capture some Instagram images to help get a feeling for what you like and your style. Hair accessories need to compliment your style of dress, jewellery and veil if you’re having one. For trials I always have a selection of hair accessories which can help the bride visualise the design if they are not sure. If going for a glamorous look it might be best to consider sparkly hair accessories or, if going for a more relaxed boho look, then fresh flowers may be more preferable.


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