Thursday, 31 October 2013

Want to wear a veil? How to choose the right one.


Christina Ricci marries in Givenchy couture
with a stunning veil. 
Photo: @ChristinaRicci
  Veils come in various guises but,  if you have decided  to wear one there are some points to consider.  The main thing is that the veil, hairstyle and, of course the dress, need to work well together.

I would advise that, unless your veil is an heirloom,  you have a hair trial to explore the possibilities for your wedding hair before you actually buy your veil, this will ensure you are not too restricted on your hairstyle.  The length, fullness and placement of the veil  will all have a bearing on the suitability of certain styles.

 If  you wish to wear the veil over your face for the ceremony, it  will need to be placed high on your head,  for example above a higher  bun or chignon  or just behind a tiara. This placement works well with hair up or down  and gives added width to the overall look.

If you want to wear your hair down, it is important to  consider the weight of the veil as, with a longer, heavy veil, a half-up do might be better because there will be  a foundation to anchor it to which will prevent it from slipping. A glimpse of long luscious waves and big curls  can look stunning  under a veil but  remember that the hair should never hang lower than the veil itself.
Veils are traditional but many girls are choosing to wear them in a less traditional way, for example placed at the back of the head either under a high bun or on top of a low nape design. Single tier veils work well with these looks as the hair and any detail on the dress can still be seen without the final look being too cluttered.  So remember, if you are going to wear your veil lower down the back of your hair, your veil should stop either above or below any detail on the back of your dress (such as lacing or embellishments),  but  never cut through the middle of it.

 Vintage looks are so popular at the moment,   short bobbed hair looks fabulous with a short shoulder length or birdcage veil to emphasise the vintage theme with the hair finger waved or set in pin curls. Longer hair is best worn up with these types of veil, either a pleat, a low nape roll, twist or even a big side bun.

If you need any more advice contact Tina Crossley at


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Help Tina, my hair is too short!

I am often contacted by brides who wish their own hair was longer or thicker,  they imagine they don’t have as much choice as girls with long thick hair. Having amazing hair for your wedding is a must, so fortunately these days you don’t have to be hindered by what Mother Nature has provided, Hair Extensions can be used give you the hair of your dreams for your big day. 

Human hair extensions are available in a huge range of colours and are now incredibly popular. Many celebrities are rarely seen without them.  They can be used to enhance thickness and add length and even colour to the hair and there are a variety of different products and techniques available. However, if you’re thinking about having them for your wedding, it is important that you discuss it you’re your wedding stylist and carefully consider what  type will best for your individual requirements.

My preferred method for bridal hairstyling is to use clip in weft extensions.  A weft is a strip of hair, which has been sewn together, and is then clipped discreetly at the roots.   If you are looking for a ‘Down’ or ‘Half Down’ look for your wedding hair, this method can add extra length, fullness and support, great if your hair is limp because the added piece acts like scaffolding holding the curls or waves in place. Clip in extensions can also be used to create extra body and a better shape in an ‘Up Do’ as there is more hair to work with. The hair can be colour matched so when it has been incorporated into a style, it blends in and is completely undetectable.
  Here I added two of my clip in weft extensions to enhance Ezster’s shoulder length hair, the final result appears as though it is all her own giving extra fullness to the look.


Essex Wedding Awards 2013 Finalist

I am really proud to announce that I have got through to final of the Essex Wedding Awards 2013,  the competition in which I  won for best wedding hair stylist last year.  Thank you to all of my beautiful brides (and the groom) who have voted for me this year. I am really looking forward to a great night seeing all my friends from the industry and making some new ones too.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Modelling the latest looks for brides at Great Hallingbury Manor Wedding Fair

I had a successful day talking to brides-to-be at Legacy Great Hallingbury Manor wedding fair with Emma Brooks Make-up 

Our three beautiful models  are pictured here showing off both vintage and classic looks for brides.

Looking forward to this Sunday where Emma and I will exhibiting at Layer Marney Tower where we will be available to answer any of your bridal hair or make-up enquiries.