With over 10 year experience of making hair look glorious, we trust that Paige knows what she’s talking about when it comes to all things wedding ‘dos. Today we’ve been chatting to the woman herself to get all the deets on her East Yorkshire based business.
If you want top tips on wedding hair styling, how to find a hairdresser for your own big day and insider inspo on the trends to keep an eye out for, you really want to speak to a pro. Luckily for you, we’ve done that for you and tracked down UNVEILED Network Member Paige Lauren Bridal Hair for a bit of a chat about her area of expertise.
We know you want to look as glam as possible when you tie the knot so we’ve been finding out Paige’s top three big no-nos when it comes to wedding hair, what her various booking packages look like, how she got into hair styling in the first place and which products she finds herself reaching for in her kit the most, to make sure you’re armed with all the knowledge you could possibly need to look your best self. You’re welcome, brides-to-be!
Introduce yourself and your business?
Hi, I’m Paige. I’m a bridal hairstylist with over 10 years experience in the hair industry. My aim is to provide brides and their parties with the most beautiful hair for the big day. I am very versatile in my work and love to create different looks, from boho, glamorous, polished and even effortless, relaxed hairstyles.
Where did your passion for hairstyling come from – and how did it turn into a career?
I have been surrounded by the hair industry all my life. With my mum, aunt and elder sister being hairdressers themselves. From a young age I knew I wanted to be a hairstylist. My passion for weddings came from experience and education. I first attended a workshop with a very well-known hairstylist and instantly became awed by her workings. I was so inspired, and this was where my true determination to work in the wedding industry started. I have worked in our family run salon for over ten years and took the plunge to start my own business, Paige Lauren Bridal, to focus on weddings, alongside our family business. It has been the best decision I’ve ever made.
Why do you like working with bridal clients in particular?
I find working with brides very special. I tend to build up a relationship with the bride before I attend her wedding morning. In fact, I have built proper friendships from being a hairstylist for brides. It really is meaningful to be part of someone’s wedding morning.
Describe the service that you offer?
I offer an affordable package for brides and their wedding party. I prefer this rather than individual pricing as I find the whole party receives the same service, so a package works best for my business. Although I am based within East Yorkshire, I travel all over the UK and beyond.
Do you have a signature style?
My signature styling is romantic, elegant, and effortless. I find romantic bun styles, mermaid braiding and waves are the most popular requested styles.
What about for the guys?
I don’t provide my services for men but I have given a groom a little wax and style before he heads off to the altar!
Where do you find inspiration or keep up with the latest trends and techniques?
I am always educating myself. No matter how much experience someone has, I believe education is key as a hairstylist. There are always new trends to keep up with and new techniques to learn. Personally, I like to find techniques that work best for me but education always gives me inspiration and new tips to do this.
How can a bride or groom make sure that their hair is in the best possible condition before their big day?
Hair preparation is key. I always ask my brides to ensure they have a trim before the big day and ensure hair is thoroughly washed and dried using no heating tools or styling products the day before the wedding. Even better, go for a professional blow dry and ensure the stylist uses no heating tools or styling products. My biggest tip is to always thoroughly rinse your hair. I have turned up to weddings on odd occasions where a bride has not rinsed the conditioner out properly and it really is such a barrier!
Why would you recommend a trial?
A trial is very important. It is a time for me and the bride to work together in ensuring the hairstyle is perfect. Also, this is an opportunity for me to get to know my brides and build a good relationship.
Tell us a bit about the products that you have in your kit?
Well…. This could be endless! Although my kit is filled with magic, the main brands I use are Schwarzkopf, Moroccan Oil and Redken. My main heating tools are by Cloud Nine.
How does it all work on the wedding day?
It really does depend on the style the bride requests and the amount of hair. I usually allocate around an hour for the bride and 45 minutes for the bridesmaids.
Can you do hair for the wider bridal party too?
Of course! I have an assistant who I have personally trained and she comes along with me for bigger parties. My biggest party is twelve people including the bride. If a bride has a big party, I suggest a later ceremony time so no one has to wake up at 5am for a hairstylist to arrive!
What are your top three tips for clients when planning their wedding day look?
Always take into account these things: dress style, wedding theme, your own hair type, whether extensions will be needed, and hair accessories.
And your three no-nos?
- Do not look at inspiration images which do not resemble your hair type/colour.
- Remember we are not magicians! We cannot create a voluminous hairstyle with finer hair types without the use of extensions.
- Do not be afraid. Talk to your hairstylist about your ideas prior to meeting. I actually love sprucing up a conversation with my bride prior to meeting and coming up with ideas together to suit. This saves a lot of time at trials and means we can go straight into creating and have more time to create a second style in one trial if so!
What trends do you see emerging in wedding hair in the coming year and beyond?
I think ponytail styles will be a massive trend. Also, I think more sleek styles will take over in the future, rather than the boho trend which is occurring now.
How can couples get in touch with you and see more of your work?