How To: Guarantee a Good Hair Day for ‘I Do’

As well as co-establishing chic Auckland salon Dry & Tea, hair stylist Louise Pilkington has worked on the Milan, New York and Paris Fashion Week runways – here, she shares her top tips for transforming your tresses into the best they've ever looked.


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    As well as co-establishing chic Auckland salon Dry & Tea, hair stylist Louise Pilkington has worked on the Milan, New York and Paris Fashion Week runways at shows including Prada, Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs. This year, she and her business partners sold to Amy Sznicer and are currently excited about the ongoing process of opening more stores as Louise continues her work with key clients at the salon. Now, the best beauty news we’ve heard all year – Louise is freelancing, specialising in bridal hair design. Here, she shares her top tips for transforming your tresses into the best they’ve ever looked.

    Be prepared

    ‘At least a few months ahead of the wedding, visit your hair stylist to talk about your big day hair look. Bring pictures of examples you love and a photo of your dress – this will help your stylist guide you towards a solution specifically suited to you. Establish how long your hair needs to be and the steps you’ll need to take to achieve that length – whether that be salon treatments, at-home tactics or clip-in extensions. About a month ahead of the big day, ask them to carry out a trial so know exactly how the style will look on you.’

    Help from the pros

    ‘Head to your hair salon again a week before the wedding. This will give your new cut and colour time to settle, ensuring you’re confident rocking the look. It’ll also provide a big enough window for extensions – if you’re wearing them – to be properly colour matched.’

    Final touches

    ‘I often get asked by brides how far in advance of their wedding they should wash their hair – to be honest, the cleaner your hair is for us to get started on the better. There are so many great products available these days that we can use to dirty it up!’

    Be creative

    ‘When it comes to hair accessories, I always love it when brides take a sentimental approach. Peruse your mum’s, aunt’s, friend’s or grandma’s jewellery box for pretty brooches, or use a part of their veil. As well as acting as your ‘something borrowed’ or ‘something old’, pieces like these can be mixed with new items for a fresh and unique look.’

    Have fun (and have faith!)

    ‘Your engagement and wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make the most of it! I still work closely with Dry & Tea – they provide a full hair and makeup salon service, and I always recommend girls head there for a hen party treat (or suggest the bridesmaids make a beeline for it on the morning of the wedding while I work on the bride!) Also remember that as a stylist, it’s always easiest to work with a bride when you know she trusts you. On the day, just sit back, relax and let the pro do their thing – remember that they won’t be happy unless you are, so there’s no way you’ll say ‘I do’ looking anything less than incredible!’

    Contact Louise via louise@dryandtea.com or on 021 872 077. Louise can also be found at Dry & Tea Newmarket on Tuesdays, Dry & Tea City Works Depot on Thursdays and will soon be styling at Dry & Tea Britomart on Fridays. 


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