With summer nearly upon us, a new season of bridal beauty and trends are in the air – writes Julia Mathams.

The warmer months herald the dawn of Australia’s wedding season, and with hair a key concern for every bride, in addition to an important source of revenue for many stylists, it’s vital that professionals are up to date with the latest trends.

Yvette van Schie, founding owner of Ethix Makeup Beauty and Styling, is leading the charge in her chosen industry and is recognised as one of Australia’s pre-eminent stylists and make-up artists. With 24 years of experience in the bridal industry Yvette has an eye for trends, already predicting the hottest bridal hair looks for summer.

You can bet your brush set that the majority of your clients will be hankering for elegant, retro ‘dos for their weddings this season, with loose finger curls pinned to one side that are reminiscent of old world Hollywood glamour.

Big Hair & Accessories
According to Yvette, for brides who want to buck the popular trend, big is back.
“Sexy, full, bouncy Victoria Secret hair is in – bring on next season!” she says. Extensions will also continue to play a big part, as well hair accessories. One of the most popular trends, brides are breaking away from the traditional veil and opting for more ornate hair pieces such as vintage lace or feathers – a hangover from Carrie’s wedding-that-wasn’t in the first movie Sex and the City.

Yvette encourages stylists to be honest with their brides and educate them about what is possible and what is not as well as what looks good and what simply doesn’t.
“Many brides just do not understand that busy hair and big busy dresses just do not work! Before deciding on the dress brides look at hair and makeup first,” she says. “A vintage dress must have vintage hair and makeup and if your client is wearing a veil their bun needs to be at the back, not to the side.”

Stylists can also expect to field questions from brides who are worried that their chosen ‘do will drop or look dishevelled by the end of the night. But while this is a concern for many brides, it is rarely a problem for Yvette and her trusty team of stylists who have been trained by hair industry heavyweights including the likes of Sharon Blaine.


*Images courtesy of Evocartiv Photography