How To: 3 HOT Summer Wedding Styles

What bridal hairstyles will we be seeing in 2014?  There were a lot of great hairstyles that graced the runways at Bridal Fashion Week 2014 and I picked three genres I thought would be wearable for this coming summer season.  I drew inspiration from Alberta FerrettiRomona Keveza, and Jenny Packham.  Braids (of all types!), ornate ponytails, and voluminous hair.  So let's begin!

  Before starting any upstyle, it is essential the hair has enough product in it to accomplish and maintain a long lasting hair style.  If we were to put hair on a scale from 0, being the softest, most pliable hair to a level 10, being unruly with no pliability, we want the hair to be a level 7.  Our model Elizabeth had clean, dry, level 5 hair before we began.  To bring her to a level 7, I would use  Aquage   Sea Extend Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner  to wash,  Uplifting Foam  to blow her hair out from wet to dry, and  Beyond Body  to iron her hair out straight or add curls.  Now her hair is ready for an undo.  I cannot stress enough how important these "prepping steps" are.   Throughout every step of styling, I constantly spray the hair with  Biomega Firm & Fabulous Hairspray  from 8-10 inches away to add hold and control flyways. 

Before starting any upstyle, it is essential the hair has enough product in it to accomplish and maintain a long lasting hair style.  If we were to put hair on a scale from 0, being the softest, most pliable hair to a level 10, being unruly with no pliability, we want the hair to be a level 7.  Our model Elizabeth had clean, dry, level 5 hair before we began.  To bring her to a level 7, I would use Aquage Sea Extend Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner to wash, Uplifting Foam to blow her hair out from wet to dry, and Beyond Body to iron her hair out straight or add curls.  Now her hair is ready for an undo.  I cannot stress enough how important these "prepping steps" are.   Throughout every step of styling, I constantly spray the hair with Biomega Firm & Fabulous Hairspray from 8-10 inches away to add hold and control flyways. 


STYLE | 1 | Side Fishtail Braid

  Create a horseshoe section at the top of the head and pin out of the way.  Starting on the right side of the head, grab a small section at the top front part the section to create a fishtail braid.   As you braid, add small sections wrapping around the head from the back side of the braid only.  Be sure to be directing your braid to the front of the shoulder as you are going.

Create a horseshoe section at the top of the head and pin out of the way.  Starting on the right side of the head, grab a small section at the top front part the section to create a fishtail braid.   As you braid, add small sections wrapping around the head from the back side of the braid only.  Be sure to be directing your braid to the front of the shoulder as you are going.

  Leave a section out at the bottom to create another fishtail braid.  When you create this braid, you will start on the left side of the head, only add from the bottom side of the braid.  Be sure to direct it towards the front to join the other braid.  Clip those two braids temporarily at the bottom.    

Leave a section out at the bottom to create another fishtail braid.  When you create this braid, you will start on the left side of the head, only add from the bottom side of the braid.  Be sure to direct it towards the front to join the other braid.  Clip those two braids temporarily at the bottom.

 

  Let the top section down that was pinned out of the way.  Create a french braid fishtail braid.  For volume, be sure to elevate the braid as you're going.  Continue braiding until you meet up with the other two braids on the right side of the head.  

Let the top section down that was pinned out of the way.  Create a french braid fishtail braid.  For volume, be sure to elevate the braid as you're going.  Continue braiding until you meet up with the other two braids on the right side of the head.  

  Take the three braids and allow the ends to unbraid a little so you can create one big fishtail braid draping over the right shoulder.  Use a small clear elastic to tie the ends or take a small section of the hair, wrap around the ends, spray with Aquage Transforming Spray and flatiron to create an "elastic" with your hair.    And here is your finished style.

Take the three braids and allow the ends to unbraid a little so you can create one big fishtail braid draping over the right shoulder.  Use a small clear elastic to tie the ends or take a small section of the hair, wrap around the ends, spray with Aquage Transforming Spray and flatiron to create an "elastic" with your hair.   And here is your finished style.


STYLE | 2 | Double French Twist Ponytail

  Create three sections.  Backcomb one of the back sections from the front to the center back using an Aquage Detailing Brush and Biomega Firm & Fabulous hairspray.

Create three sections.  Backcomb one of the back sections from the front to the center back using an Aquage Detailing Brush and Biomega Firm & Fabulous hairspray.

  After backcombing, brush surface smooth with Aquage Smoothing Brush towards the center back, roll hair into french twist and pin in.  Repeat on other side.

After backcombing, brush surface smooth with Aquage Smoothing Brush towards the center back, roll hair into french twist and pin in.  Repeat on other side.

  Backcomb the top section using the same technique.  To create volume, be sure to elevate the hair straight up while backcombing.  

Backcomb the top section using the same technique.  To create volume, be sure to elevate the hair straight up while backcombing.  

  After smoothing & controlling, drape the section over the center where the two french twists join.  You can either leave it as is or add a few bobby pins to secure the pony in.  And here is your finished style.

After smoothing & controlling, drape the section over the center where the two french twists join.  You can either leave it as is or add a few bobby pins to secure the pony in.  And here is your finished style.


STYLE | 3 | Voluminous Faux Bob

  Backcomb and brush the top of the hair into place.  Part a small section starting on the side of the head with the least amount of hair.  Subdivide that section into two and twist the two sections together loosely to the ends.

Backcomb and brush the top of the hair into place.  Part a small section starting on the side of the head with the least amount of hair.  Subdivide that section into two and twist the two sections together loosely to the ends.

  Take a tiny section from the bottom, hold onto it with one hand, and push up the other section with the other hand.

Take a tiny section from the bottom, hold onto it with one hand, and push up the other section with the other hand.

  Wrap the ends around your finger and pin into base of head using two bobby pins to create an X to lock the section in.

Wrap the ends around your finger and pin into base of head using two bobby pins to create an X to lock the section in.

  Repeat around the circumference of the head, making sure not to part the hair too far up to create part lines in the hairstyle.  Add bobby pins and hair pins to secure sections together as needed.  And here is your finished style.

Repeat around the circumference of the head, making sure not to part the hair too far up to create part lines in the hairstyle.  Add bobby pins and hair pins to secure sections together as needed.  And here is your finished style.


Behind The Scenes with Knitscene Magazine

Last week, I did hair for Interweave's Knitscene Magazine.  It's always an incredible team to work with.  Here are some behind the scene shots taken during the shoot.     

The team that makes it all happen: 

Editor: Lisa Shroyer

Asst Editor: Amy Palmer

Graphic Design/Art Director: Kit Kinseth

Photography: Harper Point Photography

Makeup: Kira Friedman

Hair: Janie Rocek

Wardrobe: Katie Himmelberg

Models: Brianna Russell, Fannie Abbot, Sarah Weeks, Brynn Schwartz, Jade Mao, and Emma Reins of Donna Baldwin Talent & Wilhelmina Models

  Favorite looks from Day 1

Favorite looks from Day 1

  Favorite looks from Day 1

Favorite looks from Day 1

 Day 1: I get a lot of pictures of Caleb from  Harper Point  "creepin" but really it's just because he does  whatever  is needed to get a kick butt shot.

Day 1: I get a lot of pictures of Caleb from Harper Point "creepin" but really it's just because he does whatever is needed to get a kick butt shot.

  Favorite looks from Day 1

Favorite looks from Day 1


 Bohemian/Gypsy look for Day 2

Bohemian/Gypsy look for Day 2

  Bohemian/Gypsy look for Day 2

Bohemian/Gypsy look for Day 2

 Setting up a wardrobe tent on a VERY windy day can be quite entertaining and challenging.

Setting up a wardrobe tent on a VERY windy day can be quite entertaining and challenging.

 Takes an army to get the perfect shots... especially when it's windy.  Thanks to Josh & Nate for helping out!

Takes an army to get the perfect shots... especially when it's windy.  Thanks to Josh & Nate for helping out!

 Soooo super cool.  While shooting, a herd of horses started running directly towards us...

Soooo super cool.  While shooting, a herd of horses started running directly towards us...

 They ran right by us...

They ran right by us...

 And stopped right where we were shooting....

And stopped right where we were shooting....

 So now the props are an awesome convertible {planned, thanks to Nate!} and a herd of incredible horses {no way they could have been planned!}.

So now the props are an awesome convertible {planned, thanks to Nate!} and a herd of incredible horses {no way they could have been planned!}.


 Day 3: Gettin' a little "urban" now.  Love the Harper Point crew.  Here we have Caleb holding the heavy battery pack and light, Aly fanning our model Emma while Nate is taking a shot.  I decided there is no need to exercise if you work at Harper Point.

Day 3: Gettin' a little "urban" now.  Love the Harper Point crew.  Here we have Caleb holding the heavy battery pack and light, Aly fanning our model Emma while Nate is taking a shot.  I decided there is no need to exercise if you work at Harper Point.

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 A few of the folks on the "other side of the camera".  Photographer Nate.

A few of the folks on the "other side of the camera".  Photographer Nate.

 Knitscene Magazine Editor Lisa.

Knitscene Magazine Editor Lisa.

 Wardobe Stylist Katie.

Wardobe Stylist Katie.

 Loving the concepts.

Loving the concepts.

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  Day 3 Looks

Day 3 Looks

 Day 3 Looks

Day 3 Looks

  Day 3 Looks

Day 3 Looks

  Day 3 Looks

Day 3 Looks

 Day 3 Looks

Day 3 Looks

This edition of Knitscene Magazine will be coming out Jun 2013.   That's a wrap!

Bridal Stories: Jennifer, Venus & Susan

"Spring and Summer wedding season 2013 is just around the corner.  I am sitting here flipping through many pictures of bridal hair and makeup I have done over the past few years.  I have been blessed to work with so many fabulous brides, and vendors, I cannot possibly put all these great images in my portfolio.  So I have decided to start 'Bridal Stories'.  It is my goal to feature a few brides every week, both past and present, to showcase these beautiful wedding stories, as well as the hair and makeup.  Cheers." {Janie}

Eric Fisher Academy: Day 2 of Updos

Day 2 of teaching makeup and Aquage hair classes at Eric Fisher Academy in Wichita, Kansas followed by a wonderful dinner.  We had a blast!    

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 Learning Leader Christina and Eric Fisher at Mike's Wine Dive in Wichita.

Learning Leader Christina and Eric Fisher at Mike's Wine Dive in Wichita.

 Here I am with the Learning Leaders at   Eric Fisher Academy .   What an incredible team full  of passion, dedication, drive, and professionalism to name a few.  They love our industry, their school and Eric's vision.  Inspiration.

Here I am with the Learning Leaders at Eric Fisher Academy.  What an incredible team full  of passion, dedication, drive, and professionalism to name a few.  They love our industry, their school and Eric's vision.  Inspiration.

 The Learning Leaders of Eric Fisher Academy with Eric Fisher.

The Learning Leaders of Eric Fisher Academy with Eric Fisher.

Eric Fisher Academy: A Dose of Updos & Makeup

Teaching makeup and Aquage hair classes at Eric Fisher Academy in Wichita, Kansas today and tomorrow.  I always enjoy teaching here at EFA with the amazing staff/students and sharing the love & passion of makeup, hair and Aquage.  Here are some of the updos and makeup applications I taught.  

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 EFA Learning Leader, Jen and I rocking out the neons.  You would think we plan our clothing to coordinate!

EFA Learning Leader, Jen and I rocking out the neons.  You would think we plan our clothing to coordinate!

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 The students wanted to see smokey eyes, winged eyeliner, shadows in greens/blues and ombre lips... not necessarily on one face but i figured, Go big or go home!  We had fun with it.

The students wanted to see smokey eyes, winged eyeliner, shadows in greens/blues and ombre lips... not necessarily on one face but i figured, Go big or go home!  We had fun with it.

 Flawless, glowing skin with a neutral eye and bold lip.

Flawless, glowing skin with a neutral eye and bold lip.

Formal Hair & Makeup Ideas

Tis the season for wedding planning for the Spring & Summer brides.  This post is meant to give you some ideas for a wedding or other special occasion.  

Most of these "Style Cards" were created from 2007-2010.  Be sure to look through the rest of the BlogBridal Portfolio, and Facebook to see new formal hair & makeup images.  Hope you find inspiration!  

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Eric Fisher Academy: Hair, Makeup & Fashion

Eric Fisher Academy is an award winning, state of the art cosmetology school in Wichita, Kansas.  I have the privilege and honor to be a guest educator there about every ten weeks to teach Aquage classes and makeup classes.

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When I go to EFA, one of the highlights for me is walking in the front doors and into the incredible boutique.  Every time I am there, the floor is completely redone with a new color... the merchandising, the clothing, jewelry, purses, housing decor... down to the price tag on each item.  So beautiful and inspirational.  This time, everything was done in blacks & whites.

TIP: When shopping, pick a common theme or color to keep on track to create the perfect outfit and/or the perfect accessory collection.

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 Each day is started with a meeting with all the staff and students.  Here they are bringing in the day with Musical Chairs!

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 The first style in our updo class.  Ribbon curls and undulated curls created with Working Spray and a flat iron.  Low chignon created with a three strand braid, tuck, wrap and separate technique while using Detailing Creme and Finishing Spray.  (Easier to do than write!)

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The second style in our updo class.  Ribbon curls and undulated curls created with Working Spray and a flat iron.  Fohawk created with five slipknot braids using Detailing Creme and Finishing Spray.  Added volume and texture created by separating hair and using Transforming Spray.   

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We focused on face/body paint for the makeup demos today.  Both looks created Paradise Paint by Mehron.  Second look also created with MAC (for the lips).

And I'll leave you with this: 

"Do more of what makes you happy."

What's your braid style?

Braids come in so many forms, shapes and sizes.  Here's a few braids to inspire you...

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French Braid, elevated while braided, tucked under at ends and pinned in.

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Three separate fishbone braids.  Three strand braid with the three fishbone braids.

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Waterfall Braid.

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Waterfall braid.  The strands you drop out of braid are then braided in a three strand braid.  Created side bun with the rest of hair.

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Well... this one is a little hard to explain.  Have three separate braids going on here :)

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Waterfall braid.  The strands you drop out of braid are then braided in a three strand braid.  All the ends are then gathered to create a fishbone braid.