- Stay true to you! Don’t try a hairstyle, cut or color that you’ve never worn!
- If you aren’t into styling your hair, at least make sure it is dry and brushed for your photos. Knotted, tangled hair does not photograph well!
- Feel free to bring your hairspray with you to touch your hair up in-between outfits. *This doesn’t include the drier, or irons, please have your hair styled before you arrive*
- If you come with clips, barrettes, or headbands in your hair, please know that we cannot retouch those out!
- If you’re blonde and using bobby pins, get the blonde ones! If you have darker hair, use the brown pins.
We cannot stress this enough: If you color your hair make sure to have that done at least a week before your session, this will give your color time to settle in.
I wouldn’t recommend making any drastic changes right before your photos. Just incase you hate it! We’ve all been there….
Products, products, products. Don’t even get me started on the importance of good hair products; I could go on for hours! As a licensed Cosmetologist, I have seen the power of good products! So I am going to list a few that I love, and that work really well, as well as how and when to use them (or something like them!) . I am going to show you all from Redken (because I love Redken, but you can find comparable products!) The numbers on the products go from 0-28, to show how strong the hold is. It gets your hair ready to hold the style you want.
I recommend always putting something in your hair BEFORE you blow-dry. It’s like the basecoat of nail polish. We all know the difference that makes!
So here are a few favorites:
Extreme Anti-Snap – This is something I use daily. It goes in your hair when it is wet (1-2 pumps) and then you blow-dry, or air dry.
It will strengthen your hair and help with shine. And it smells like an Air Head candy.
Satinwear 02 – This is something you can use in place of the Anti-Snap, it does the same thing, you use it the same way, but it adds some heat protection. That means when you blow-dry your hair the heat of the drier won’t be damaging. You know the steam you see when you blow-dry or straighten and curl? If you don’t have any protecting product on your hair…the steam is literally your hair burning. But, if you use a heat protecting product, the steam is the product working to protect! Isn’t that great!
Aerate 08 – This product is like a Gel, Mousse all in one. It is super light weight, so it will work in any hair type. I have thin, fine hair and this doesn’t weigh it down, but I have used it on clients with massive amounts of hair and the end result is just as beautiful. Use a “quarter sized” amount, rub it into your hands then run your fingers through your hair, starting from the ends and up to your roots. This goes in wet, and then you blow-dry. You can also you spray Mouse, any kind of Gel, or even Paste! My favorite Paste is Mess Around 10, you can use it in wet hair for blow-drying or on dry hair for texture!
Now that you have the products in your hair, its time to dry it! I only use round brushes, they give volume and help get your hair smooth and create shine, who doesn’t love shiny hair? There are a ton of brushes out there, so use what you know! Section your hair from the bottom up, and work your way up to the top. The more control you have of your hair the better it will turn out. Start at the roots and work down, try to keep the air blowing DOWN your hair instead of up. This will help to cut down on frizz and fly-a-way. Practice makes perfect!
So now your hair is all dry, and gorgeous I am sure. You can either leave it how it is, just put a little hair spray and walk out the door; you can use the Flat Iron to straighten, or Curling Iron/Wand. So many options! The products you use next will depend on what you want your finished look to be.
Iron Shape 11 – If you want to Flat-Iron or Curl, make sure you use a product that will protect your hair from the heat. I would hate for you to come in for your session with little fried ends! This is a great product because it is lightweight and wont leave your hair crunchy, it has good hold though, and it smells good (the scent is just as important (: ) I spray it over my head then flip upside down and spray the bottom, also spray a little in-between the top and bottom. You don’t need a lot, if you spray too much your hair will get wet, that’s not what you want! If you know your hair doesn’t hold curls well, but that’s the look you want for your photos use something with more styling hold, like Hot Sets 22. Once you curl your hair, while it’s still warm, run your fingers through it. This will make sure your curls and soft and crunchy!
I told you I love products. There is one for everything! These last 3 are ones you can use to set everything and keep it looking good on your way here!
Wax Blast 10 – I love this one, and it smells SO GOOD. Just use a little bit to give your hair some texture and volume.
You can spray it in and then mess your hair up, or spray it and smooth it down. It’s a really versatile product!
Quick Dry 18 – This is a classic hairspray. I wouldn’t recommend anything stronger than this for your photos. Why? Great question, you want you hair to move with you in the photos! Don’t spray so much hairspray that your hair stays completely still! We just want to tame the fly-a-ways!
Shine Flash – If you know your hair isn’t naturally shiny, this product will be your best friend. I believe it smells citrusy, who doesn’t love that? Just use a little at the very end! You’ll love it!
Most importantly, with hair and makeup, just be true to you! That is what we want to photograph!