American Salon April 2012 : Page-58

Wedding Belles Following the trends, providing a thorough consultation and keeping skills up-to-date will boost your bridal business. For most salons, the arrival of spring signals that wedding season has offi cially begun, bringing big business to beauty pros who possess the skills and know-how to ensure that brides look their best on their big day. Keeping on top of bridal beauty trends like those seen on the runway is key. “Brides spend a lot of money on their weddings, and we should be able to show them an updated version of a hairstyle or explain some of the options they have for how to wear their hair on their special day,” says Giovanni Giuntoli, a Redken artist who frequently works backstage at Bridal Fashion Week in New York City at such shows as Amsale, Christos and Monique Lhuillier. “Checking out what’s on the runways keeps us fresh and in style for our clients.” According to Giuntoli, artistic director at Tearsheet, which trains stylists for editorial work, the fabric and style of the dresses seen on this season’s bridal runways strongly infl uenced the direction of the hairstyles. Giuntoli says the fringe and lace seen at shows like Hayley Paige and Angel Sanchez, for example, resulted in soft texture in the hair, while the high slits spotted in dresses at Reem Acra and Monique Lhuillier inspired defi ned partings and sections in the hair. “In general, this season I saw a lot of natural-looking texture achieved by curling the hair, rough blow-dries and even letting hair dry naturally,” he says. Following celebrity hair trends can also provide inspiration for bridal looks. Stacey Lyn Weinstein, owner of Loft 26 salon in New York City and wedding hair and makeup company Once Upon a Bride, says she’s incorporating such red carpet elements as braids, headbands like the one Charlize Theron wore to the Golden Globes and bohemian waves into her clients’ wedding looks. “Soft updos were more in style, but now we’re updating them by putting in a braid,” Weinstein says. “It could be a loose braid just to provide texture, or it could be a thick braid or a fi shtail braid.” Weinstein also notes that side ponytails continue to be popular for brides who like to wear their hair long but still want to look clean and polished, as well as long looks accented by headbands or large fabric fl owers. “Every bride wants a signature look, but they usually don’t want to stray too far from their everyday style, so adding a headband or fl ower gives it a little something special,” she says. A thorough consultation and trial is also key to making sure that bridal clients look and feel beautiful on their wedding day. “I always recommend that the bride bring in photos of her ABOVE: Soft-textured updos at the Angel Sanchez bridal show complemented the dress details. BELOW: The high slits in gowns seen at Monique Lhuillier inspired deeply parted hair. MONIQUE LHUILLIER ELEGANT EMBELLISHMENTS Dress up a wedding updo or long hairstyle with an ornate headband or a gauzy fabric fl ower for a simple, chic fi nishing touch. FROM LEFT: Jennifer Behr Flora head wrap, jenniferbehr .com ; Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Wishes Headband, emily elizabethjewelry.com ; Ban.do Bridal Rose Halo, shopbando .com ANGEL SANCHEZ

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