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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Great Hair!

Everyone thinks about what they will wear to a photo shoot, but another very important detail to think about is your hair.  Your hair says just as much about you as your wardrobe choice in a photo.  I partnered with a fabulous hairstylist to provide a list of suggestions to make sure you have GREAT, photo-worthy-hair on picture day and EVERY DAY!


Photo Courtesy of
Michelle @ Coconuts
If you plan to keep your current style/color, meet with your stylist about 1-2 weeks before your shoot.  This will ensure a polished and fresh look.  Be sure to ask about any styling products that will help you get that just-walked-out-of-the-salon-look: need body, add a ‘root lifting spray.’  Want extra shine, add a ‘shine serum.’  Everyone’s hair is different, so be sure to use any new product BEFORE the morning of the shoot so you know what to expect and avoid any hair disasters. 

If you have been considering a new look, meet with a professional stylist you trust at least 8 weeks before your shoot.  Work together to choose a cut/color that is flattering for your face and skin tone.  Before you leave, make your next appointment for 2 weeks before your session.  You now have time to wear the new look and love it - or make a change before the big day!   

Simple. About a week before the session, get a classic, timeless cut and keep your ‘natural’ color.  For those with aggressively short hair, get your trim 2 - 3 days before the shoot.  And for the bold, adventurous type - break all these rules and let your individuality show!   

Get trims and cuts about 2 weeks before your shoot.  

For the girls (moms can sport some hair-flair, too), hair accessories can make a fun and fashionable addition to your images.  And you never know when the wind will pick up (especially at the beach), so bring a band and/or some pins that work with your outfit just in case you need to tie back a lock of hair.  Stylish hats are always a fun accessory that are  easily added (or removed) for a few images to add a little personality.  This may also help someone with fine or thinning hair feel more confident taking photos.     


Keep it clean.  Keep it simple.  Use styling products that will hold your hair but have a natural look. Worried about fly-aways?  Bring a toothbrush and a can of hairspray - spray the brush and lightly lay down the culprits. 

Guys, be sure to shave/trim facial hair for a perfectly groomed look.  Do all this with a smile and a ‘yes, dear’ and you will make her a very happy woman who will cherish her photos forever.  

I hope these tips help you prepare for your session.  And a HUGE thanks to Michelle Neal-Fry, Master Stylist at Coconuts Salon and Day Spa, for your extra tips and tricks to get fabulous hair on family picture day (or any day)!  If you are looking for a new stylist and live in the San Diego area, I recommend calling Michelle to set up an appointment (619)405-1401!  She is talented and friendly, and the salon feels like a mini-tropical vacation!  :) Hair by Michelle at Coconuts Salon & Day Spa

Have a blessed day everyone!