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Chanel and Brandon, July 21 2012

Published: 25/Jan/2013     

Chanel was one of my brides this past summer, and we were saddened to hear that somehow her wedding was NOT selected for publishing. Anyway, I’m just going to go ahead and feature the hair-specific pics here with her video so you can all enjoy it.

Some of these images were taken by family and friends, but the main credits go to A Wedding Story for the images and Affolter Entertainment for the video.

This group of ladies was absolutely fantastic, although on the way to the hotel I was quite nervous because most of them work or have worked in the beauty industry. I felt at ease right away, however, because they were all very understanding and merely wanted to be pampered instead of stressing about their hair. It was such a privilege to work with each and every one of them.

There were a few things that I loved about this wedding…

Firstly, the bridesmaids’ outfits were flawless! Their fascinators were handmade by sewing white sequins onto the veils to match their black, white polka-dotted heels. They all were gorgeously curvy and wore cute pencil skirts with white cap sleeved tops. Chanel’s maid of honour wore a belt and flashy earrings.

Chanel’s wedding co-ordinator wanted a big rockin’ mohawk style with slicked sides, and was fully OK with my suggestion that we make it huge. Big hair is the best! I added some extensions for extra pouf and we were both very happy with how it turned out.

The mother and father of the bride were absolutely adorable – Chanel’s mom wore a traditional Korean garment and asked for a simple updo, but she really stands out as the most stunning mother of the bride in my memory. She could pass for a sister instead of a mom! The father of the bride was absolutely gangster in a grey pinstripe 60s-cut three piece suit with matching fedora.

Last but not least…Chanel chose a big luscious bun encircled by a braid for her wedding hairstyle. At the last minute, she asked for a finger wave at the front and I was excited for the challenge. You see, finger waves are extremely hard to do on long, thick, or strong hair; Chanel’s hair is all of those. We also didn’t have much time, so I whipped up a product concoction to soften and hold her hair, and combed the waves into position, securing them with long pins. I left them in until the moment I was on my way out the door so that they would be as dry as possible, and it looks like they held perfectly despite the hair accessory change to the traditional Korean headpiece and jade stick halfway through the day. As you can see in the video, Chanel’s hair stayed put through some serious dancing. She said that by the end of the night she was so tired that she didn’t feel like taking down her hair, and it still looked good the next morning so she wore it to breakfast!

Earlier this month I did Chanel’s post-wedding haircut, which was a badass loooong mohawk. That was a seriously fun hair makeover!!! The coolest part is that her hair is so thick that you can’t tell the sides and back are shaved if she wears it down. I have a few pics of it somewhere and will post them soon.

I just want to take this moment to say a big thank you to Chanel once more for everything. What an honour to be chosen to style your wedding party!


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