Earlier this year Atelier opened their doors. A stylish rough luxe design salon, lovingly created to bring clients quality and experience, at Atelier they believe in going the extra mile and milk_shake Haircare have joined their journey. With such an inspired, passionate and friendly team, they are most certainly a luxury oasis of tranquillity within the bustling heart of Clifton Village, Bristol.
Ella Hawkey, salon owner and the leading lady at Atelier tells us more. After presenting milk_shake with her charming Ethereal Collection we asked Ella to offer some expertise and advice to those girls preparing for their special day, below you will find the stunning Ethereal Collection along with Ella’s guide to finding your perfect Bridal Style.
“This year you could say all my Christmases came at once…
My wonderful partner of 5 years, completely unexpectedly, presented me with a stunning diamond ring on Christmas Eve. I also embarked on my first business venture and opened our beautiful salon ‘Atelier’ in Clifton Village. It’s funny how you can wish for things for years, then in a heartbeat everything changes at once. I had been banging on about setting up on my own for too long, so finally took the plunge and left my job to focus on setting up the salon. Now in month five, our fledgling business is growing and evolving. Every day I look forward to being in our creative haven, meeting new people and working with my fantastic team of stylists.
I have styled many Brides over 15 years as a Hairdresser. I absolutely love putting hair up and really enjoy creating something unique and individual for my clients. Ironically now I am a Bride to be, I’m unsure of what I want! With so much choice available to us now, it is hard to commit to a style? Vintage, Grecian, Fairytale??
Looking at my clients, I instinctively know what will work and suit them. The process of developing that look (that’s captured for a lifetime) is a subtle balance of getting a feel for a person’s personality, essence and dreams really. It is, let’s face it, every girl’s dream to find their Prince Charming, and for many the only time when all their loved ones will be together to witness this intimate event. It’s a big deal! You want to represent the best possible version of yourself and feel confident and relaxed. I hear so many clients say that they regret the style they chose on their big day, or worse, of disastrous customer service or hairdressing horrors at the hands of amateur and unprofessional stylists. It got me really thinking about what makes the process enjoyable and special? So here are my top tips for your Bridal hair preparation. No one likes a Bridezilla ladies… so heed the warning!
The Rules :
• First and foremost, I would say don’t deviate too far from the real you. The one he wants to marry! Suddenly changing your colour or going for a dramatic fringe can be a big mistake. I would keep colour natural and prioritise condition above all else. A good stylist can devise a programme of colour and cutting/conditioning on the run up to the event to ensure your hair is at its absolute optimum. This should be taken into account in the year running up to the wedding, with final cut/colour service usually one/two weeks prior to the day.
• Arrange a trial with a salon/stylist you trust about two months before the date. I would advise you bring a friend/family member with you for a second opinion. Someone who is patient, good company and ‘gets’ your style. A trial can be fun and is crucial in establishing what does and doesn’t work. Remember texture, length and face shape are all relevant factors when deciding on the final look. Sometimes what you see in a picture may not translate well on yourself. I would be open minded and be guided by your stylist as to what will work best. A photo can be a great starting point in consultation so by all means do your research. Pinterest is just great for creating a mood board of images you like (I’m addicted) make sure you occasionally come up for air though!
• Bring to the trial any veil, ornamentation you intend to wear and a photo of your dress and even venue. This way your stylist can visualise you in the context of the whole day and setting.
• On the day, I cannot emphasise enough, to allow plenty of time. Every wedding I have ever been a part of has had a frantic half hour before the Bride has to be dressed and get going. It’s
inevitable, but good planning and a schedule will ensure things run as smoothly as they can! Hair up can take 1 to 2 hours per person. This is because you will often need to be set to create texture. The setting is paramount as it creates the internal structure of the style. Good wedding hair should have a polished and soft exterior Good wedding hair should have a polished and soft exterior with an internal scaffolding! Remember it may have to stand up to variations in weather and hours of photos, drinking and dancing. Your stylist will ascertain during the trial whether you/your bridesmaids should wash your hair on the day.
• As a rule it is easier to do wedding hair in a salon environment with everything to hand. However it is sometimes viable to get the hairdresser to come to your venue. This obviously means more cost incurred, but can be less stressful if you have a large wedding party. You will need ample space with access to shower facilities, multiple power points and ideally a few large mirrors. Prices vary from salon to stylist but I charge £65+ for a Bridal trial and £100+ on the day for a more polished version. This will depend on how intricate and labour intensive the style is. On a Saturday, if your stylist comes to the venue, you could expect to add the loss of revenue in their salon (due to travel time) and incur travel costs for more than one stylist. Get a few quotes by all means, but make sure you feel you are getting value for money. I think it is important to feel a rapport with your chosen stylist. They will be present at potentially the biggest day of your life. The morning of a wedding can be so much fun and you want to create a balance of calm and excitement.
So there it is girls, the wedding hair low down. I can’t wait to arrange my own special day, but for now will continue to enjoy being an intrinsic part of those who tread the aisle before me.”
Atelier offer exclusive wedding packages. They are due to launch their luxury Spa in Sept which will cater for all essential maintenance, massage, facials, spray tanning manicures and pedicures. For complimentary Bridal consultations please call our team on 01179734142 or book with Ella or Suz online at www.atelierclifton.com