'Say Yes' to Fab Hair
By Cristina Wilson
Posted: Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013
You probably recognize Monte Durham for his style guru status and ability to jack up the bride at just the right moment on TLCs Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. But did you know that he got his start in the bridal world as an expert hairstylist? In light of his new product line, MONTE by Monte Durham, we chatted with this industry veteran about his wildest TV moments and his tips for gorgeous bridal hair. www.studiomsalon.com, www.montedurham.comHow did you get started with hair?
I had a fashion degree and went into the retail side of things, became a personal shopper and worked for Neiman Marcus and other high end stores. Women would tell me two things: they cant get alterations the way they like and they cant get anyone to do their hair the way they want it. At 32 I went back to school full-time, trained for styling in London, and came back to a job as hair director at a salon. I was in the salon next door to Priscilla of Boston and they were having a show. Their hairstylist didnt show up and I stepped in. The owner of that store came to see it, and I said, I dont know if I can do bridal. You do hair and makeup for brides, you might as well sell the dresses, she said. And that was the start of my wedding career.What are your top three tips for gorgeous wedding hair?
1) Shiny hair, using the products you need to get the glossiness. You also need a very good cut if youre wearing it down, and you dont want it to detract from the neckline of your dress.
2) Natural hair, meaning natural to the environment of the wedding. If youre getting married in a cathedral, make it grand as a cathedraluse those jewels. If youre on a beach, soft curls half up and half down with some smooth styling.
3) Remember the transition. You go down the aisle as a bride, and you come back as both a wife and a hostess for the evening. To make the transition easy, remember your smoky eye pencil, red lip, and chandelier earring. You go down the aisle with your pearls and veil, but when you come back switch to the chandelier earring, smudge that smoky eye, lose the veil, and blot your lips with red. It looks exciting, makes your teeth whiter, and youre ready to entertain.Whats the best way to start the dress-shopping process?
Its like shopping for a house. Drive the neighborhood where you want to be, and price points drive that. You can shop online, and find out which night your salons are open late (for us its Thursday night). Come by yourself or with a coworker or friend just to get the lay of the land and look at a few dresses. Make sure its a place you want to buy your dress. Do they do bridesmaids, too? Grooms? Feel it out when its not so busy, and bring your entourage for the final decision when they can pop the champagne and celebrate. On a busy Saturday theres so much going on that its easy to get distracted.What trends are you seeing for hair in spring/summer 2013?
I think that across the board, brides are going more organic. Theres a softness in the styling thats moved away from that heavy, tight prom hair with barrel curls. Were seeing soft, loose curls whether its half up and half down, tucked up behind the ear with a barrette or soft chignon. Being more organic means staying true to the hairs natural texture.