I was asked by Hitched Magazine to get involved with an article on bridesmaid’s hair – and I was very keen, as it is so important that a complementary hairstyle is chosen for the bridesmaids, and that they do not outshine the bride, but that they are all still happy and looking lovely… If you want to read the article – click HERE
The answer to this question is ‘yes!’ They are still trending in fashion, with pale mints, teals, pastel peaches and pinks, purples… and dusky versions of these colours too – many designers are going for bolder colours and prints, but you can still sport your pastels defo – and they create a stark contrast with black and white block colours. So pastel clothes look great with really blonde or platinum hair or really dark hair to set off the lightness of the clothes.
If you don’t want to head out and buy a new wardrobe you can add a touch of pastels with hair accessories… or if you dare to dye – then you can go silver, blue, purple, peach – whatever you fancy – there are hair shades out there like a sweetshop ;o) BUT I would say please avoid doing the whole full-on home kit bleaching route… unless you have heaps of experience or someone with you who has… I say this because there are loads of young girls uploading and sharing youtube videos of how to bleach at home… I would advice doing it properly and safely and heading to your hairdresser for advice… because you don’t always have to bleach, hair can be stripped of colour then dyed, so think carefully before you commit. You could always get a hair app, and upload your image to see what colour would suit you!
Oh and check out this fun website – can you tell which celebs has photoshopped and which ones have really got the bottle to dye?
Running your own business is great, but you need to be fully aware of the busy times and the not to so busy times, and then make sure you are still proactive always. Some of my friends and fellow creatives find that January is a funny time of year for business… because there are those clients that are regulars but that have over spent at Christmas and are not booking appointments for hair and beauty during January, and there are some clients that decide that January is all about skipping the country and getting away from the cold… and so business can seem cold too, for some… but here are some of the things you can do to ensure the first week of January is a good start in your hair or beauty business whether you are fully booked or not!
- Ease yourself into the work and don’t have massive expectations of getting lots of bookings and then it will be bonus when you do.
- Contact all of your regulars and offer them last minute discounted appointments to say “thanks’ for being a loyal client.
- Christmas is busy for this industry so think about scheduling next year as a full on working time, followed by a holiday in January. This means that your increased intake can cover any lost income from the quite start of the year.
- Do a month of promotions.
- Use the time to assess what you need to improve in your business for the year ahead. Instead of worrying that January is a quiet month, see it as a time to reflect on the business and plan.
- My January has been steady, with small breathing spaces, which I am grateful of, as I know it will kick start all over again very soon and I won’t get another breather until, probably this time next year, so I’m embracing it. Good luck.
This January I am the official backstage hairdresser, with the V-Team of course for London Excel – And brides that book will get a lovely gift bag – so please come and see us.