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Michael Charalambous is a wedding hair expert having styled many a bride including Tatiana Blatnik, who married Prince Nikolaos of Greece last summer.
Michael was described in a recent article “Big day hair” in The Sunday Times’s Style as “one of those rare hairdressers who, when he takes you on as a client really studies you.” And, yes he does. I would go further and say he is one of the rare hairdressers who can actually cut hair. In my eyes he is the God of Hair.
There is one sure way to know whether your hairdresser is any good. When you wash your hair yourself can you style it?
It is all too easy to disguise a bad cut with a professional blow-dry. I have been going to Michael for years now and have never had a bad haircut. I always get compliments from other hairdressers. So, I asked him what he would do with Kate Middleton’s hair for the big day.
“I would give her soft honey and amber low lights, mostly scattered on the whole perimeter of the front sides and nape area. The style I would choose would be a loose, soft feminine wavy pulled-back low chignon with the tiara and veil placed across the ears and on top of her head,” he says.
Michael also recommends using L'Oréal Elnett Satin (from £1.99) as this hairspray, loved by so many hairdressers, leaves the hair looking light, shiny and totally natural.
1. Wash your hair the day before as it will be easier to work with. If you do decide to wash it on the day, use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner then spray with Bumble and bumble’s Tonic Lotion (£15)
2. Colour, highlights and relaxers should be done three to seven days before the wedding day, so the roots aren’t showing when photographs are taken with professional lighting. After your hair has been finally blow-dried, don’t put face cream or moisturised oils around the hairline
3. Make sure if you do decide to wear your hair up that you have tried it out before the big day, so you can get used to wearing grips, pins, hair pieces and accessories. Sometimes, brides feel uncomfortable with all the extra things on the hair
Michael’s advice on styles to suit different face shapes:
1 Small face/oval shape can have width. Suits a low chignon, not over backcombed and high on the top
2 Round face/short or average neck can wear hair up to 7.6cm (3in) high to create the illusion of a more angular face and cheekbones
3 Square face can, usually, soften the head shape and face by having a pronounced over-directed diagonal parting and a side-swept fringe. Asymmetric chignons look impressive
4 Heart-shaped faces should opt for a more pointed cone-shaped head top with a small tiara and a forward-sitting veil
By Daralyn Danns