Celebrity stylist Yilmaz Sahim, owner of the RYS salon in Knightsbridge, London has been preening the rich, royal and famous since he was 16.
“Last year in Monaco I did the Indian royal family’s hair for an enormous three day wedding there – the bride had two different hairstyles a day so I had to create six different styles. My salon is considered an ‘international’ hair salon and I also do the likes of Millie Mackintosh, and members of the British and Saudi royal families.”
Here he explains the top trends for wedding hair this year.
Wedding hair trends don’t tend to change a massive amount but this year I’m noticing that brides want to look natural and not too ‘done’. So whether it’s hair up or down the look is not too ‘perfect’. The trend is slightly softer and messier – a stark contrast to the trend a couple of years ago where I saw many brides asking for a tight French chignon.
If you’re going to get your hair cut and coloured, make sure you choose your style at least one to two months before so you can be sure. Remember you need to put aside time for trials and allow for any colour changes if you’re chosen style and colour isn’t quite what you expected. I generally suggest renewing the colour of your hair one week before the big day.
I usually spend almost the full day with the bride because there is so much to organise and between make-up and getting dressed I don’t want to stress them so I put a lot of time aside. Some brides obviously opt for early weddings so the timing works a bit differently and then I only need to be booked for half a day.
I always insist on a trial beforehand, the bride will come and show me pictures and we’ll trial the month of the wedding, firstly three weeks before and then usually again one week before. I call it a trial but I don’t see that way, it’s just good to feel a rapport and trust your stylist.