I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of January and I’m only just getting round to writing my welcome to 2015 post!
2014 was a busy year meeting lots of lovely brides , seeing the gorgeous space for the relocation of Miss Bush bridal boutique come to life and being part of the grand opening, going the launch of The Freelance Hairdressers Association, a summer visit to Lake Garda, a new website and new branding from the brilliant Leah from Golden Apple, an inspirational workshop with the very talented Lorna Evans. But the biggest thing that happened was I won The Wedding Industry Award for Best Hair Stylist – London & South East!
Winning the London and South East region is a huge accomplishment for me, I was up against some extremely talented hairstylists, all equally deserving of the award, in the largest region. It means so much to me that brides took time out of their busy lives to write about their experience and vote for me.
Some of my regular hairdressing clients have asked what did I win? Well, the physical prize was a cute paperweight embossed with the words
‘BEST HAIR STYLIST London & South East Regional Winner’
BUT the real prize was a PDF file crammed full of lovely words from my even lovelier brides, which brought tears to my eyes. I’m lucky that I love what I do for a living and its an amazing feeling that ‘just doing my job’ means so much to all my brides.
Here are their comments…..
“Not only is Sharon an extremely talented hairdresser, who listens to exactly what you want, she is also such a lovely lady who understands the ins and outs of what a bride and her bridal party need on the wedding day. Not only do you get Sharon the hairdresser who can create beautiful hair styles for your day, but you also get an additional valued and trusted member of the bridal party who is there to help calm nerves, make you laugh, get you in your dress etc.”
“As well as Sharon being a recommended supplier of Fetcham Park I also had the pleasure of meeting her at Miss Bush Bridal’s 2014 Unveiled event. Sharon styled my hair at the event after I gave her the most minimal of briefs. I was so impressed! Therefore, when the time came to choosing the hair stylist for my wedding I knew Sharon was the perfect choice. I adored my hair on my wedding day. I received so many comments about how beautiful my hair style was and I felt so confident all day!”
“Despite leaving it late to book, Sharon was calm and helpful. During the trial she allowed plenty of time to listen our plans for the big day, the style of dress and accessories I had chosen and to trial the style I liked. She did it perfectly, taking pics to prompt for the real thing. Her timing on the day was perfect (me + 3 ’maids), she was composed and offered to help when my Dad decided to try a new style himself (eek)! She was the utmost professional and all our hair was beautiful!!”
“Sharon was a pleasure to have on our wedding day. Everyone enjoyed gossiping about celebrities hair and chatting about our styles. She was early to set up and self sufficient. We sent some photos before and she made everyone look gorgeous, taking opinons along the way.”
“Sharon was excellent from our first telephone conversation where she was very clear on the pricing and booking process. At the hair trial she came up with a lot of great ideas and took the collection of pictures I had found on board and made them work for myself and my bridesmaids. On the day she was punctual and was very re assuring which was just what I needed she was also on hand to help me lace up my dress! The styles lasted all day and looked fantastic with many people commenting”
“Sharon was simply amazing and I feel so lucky to have found her! Sharon was impressive,calm and professional throughout. I have a lot of hair but nothing was ever too much trouble and she spent hours with me on the trial to find the right style. She listened, was intuitive and clearly has a creative flair. I felt like I was in completely safe hands and it was a huge relief as my hair was my biggest worry! She even helped me develop my schedule for all the girls on the morning and fitted my veil”
“Sharon was brilliant at working out what I wanted and making it happen on the day. My hair stayed perfectly all day which was fantastic and I felt very comfortable with it.”
“I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding hair stylist than Sharon. In addition to giving me and my bridal party the most beautiful hairstyles ever, we all absolutely loved having her there with us on the day. She was personable, calming, helpful (even with things that had nothing to do with our hair like flowers and dresses!), but above all really good fun! We were all a little disappointed when it was time for Sharon to leave – at that point it felt like we’d known her forever!”
“My expectations of Sharon, as my bridal hairdresser, were to style my hair elegantly and sophisticatedly, whilst making me feel special on my big day. My actual experience of Sharon was ten-fold more than this! She supported both me and my bridesmaids in the build up tothe day as well as the day itself. She exceeded my expectations of the ’perfect hair-style’ and made me look more beautiful than I ever thought possible! Sharon felt like one of the family and I didn’t want her to leave!”
“I had consultations with a few hair dressers before I met Sharon and not one of them understood what I was looking for and how I wanted my hair but Sharon listened to me & advised me. I had the most amazing hair on my wedding day, better than I could have ever wished for. Sharon also was excellent with my daughter who doesn’t like having her hair touched, but Sharon was able to do her hair which took a lot of stress from me, she also went above and beyond and helped me into my dress. I would recommend her”
“Sharon was the best hair dresser anyone could have wanted. She managed to do my hair, 5 b’maids and a mother without any fuss. She was extremely organised & professional – I felt that I could relax and know that she would do a good job. She understood what I wanted straight away from the hair trial & created different but complementary styles for the bridesmaids who all had very different hair for her to work with. Sharon also helped with the last minute running around including helping me dress”
“Sharon was recommended through a friend of hers who designed my wedding hair band. I had found it hard to find a hair stylist who would listen to what I wanted rather than what they thought best, but Sharon blew me away by how friendly she was and open to all my ideas and hopes, while kindly providing suggestions to enhance my vision along the way. Itwas my first experience of having my hair styled and Sharon definitely knew how to make it feel special on such an important day.”
“I have curly hair and have always hated going to the hairdressers. I usually leave a salon looking like a poodle and have left many times in tears because it has been so painful. Sharon totally got this. She had endless patience and gave me 2 free trials until I was totally confident in her. On the day she made me feel comfortable and relaxed and my hair has never looked so beautiful. She even looked after my bridesmaids when our car broke down and I had to abandon them!”
“Sharon was wonderful start to finish. As my wedding was fairly quick (4.5 months from proposal to I do!) I was starting to panic! Sharon come to my home for a consultation and through my muddled and stressed explanation of what I was after, managed to understand and create the look I was after. I was instantly relieved and had no doubt in my mind my hair would be beautiful. On the day Sharon went above and beyond. She was early, helped others hair and gave me reassurance and advice for my day. Perfect”
“She is much more than a wedding hair professional, she gave me so much helpful, objective advice. Organising a wedding from abroad is not that tough when you meet someone like Sharon! Our hair was amazing, exactly as I had dreamed, and didn’t budge an inch, which was my top criteria! Beside this, she went above and beyond, helping me with suppliers, being so supportive in the panicked last few minutes on the day – getting me into my dress, doing my veil, reminding me of bra straps and dress bag!”
“I know it looks ridiculous to give a Sharon a 10 for every category, but that is exactly what she deserves. I changed the style of hair I wanted a week before my wedding and Sharon made it come true without a wrinkle of panic. She also managed to give my mum the hair she wanted, a feat never achieved before. She arrived right on time and did not stop until we left, help with everything from the dress to shoes. My hair spoke for itself: perfection!”
“On the day, Sharon did an absolutely amazing job with my hair. I couldn’t have been more happy with it. It was so perfect in every way and went really well with the dress. Also did a fantastic job with my bridesmaids and mums hair. At the trial, Sharon was patient and able to work out what would look good and what I wanted from my very vague ideas! She was also great to have there the morning of the wedding, keeping things calm and helping us with our dresses etc. I couldn’t have asked for more!”
“I have very thin hair and psoriasis so do not wear my hair up often. Sharon was understanding and we talked about what I wanted and what would go with my dress. Sharon was open and honest which I appreciated. 3 days before my wedding I completely changed my mind as to what I wanted and Sharon was very calm about this! I sent her through some photos of the kind of style I wanted and then on the day she created the perfect hairstyle for me. All my bridesmaids looked amazing.”
“Sharon’s hairstyles were exactly what I ask for and lasted all day. But almost more importantly she was really fun to have around on the morning of the wedding. I can’t fault her service at all.”
“Right from our initial chat to discuss details I felt as though I was in very safe hands.Both trials I had were great & it was lovely to discuss ideas with her. On the actual day she was punctual & knew exactly how the morning should flow. She kept on time and at no point did we feel rushed or panicked at all. In fact,it was one of the most relaxing mornings I’ve had! The quality of hair styles were extremely high & she stayed right until the last minute to tweek, offer advice & even help me do up my dress.”
“Sharon was incredible, to say the least. Mine and my bridesmaids hair looked flawless for the entire day and evening, despite changeable weather and dancing. She was so knowledgeable and would take time out to give advice on hair styles, cuts and hair types prior to my wedding, was so calm and collected and effortless on the day. She made my bridesmaids and I look stunning and was so friendly, bubbly and hard working. Sharon made my bridesmaids look like models and I will forever be grateful.”
“From start to finish it was a joy to have Sharon doing my wedding hair. She also did my mum’s and 3 bridesmaids. Sharon’s wealth of experience and expertise was really evident. She had also seen me in my wedding dress as had been at the shop offering mini trials on the day I first tried it on! So was able to guide with what style would look best as had actually seen the dress on me in person. Sharon is also great fun to be around making the experience all the more special.”
“Sharon made me feel very confident from our first conversation and was very helpful and friendly. She had excellent ideas at the trial but I also feel she really listened to what I wanted for me and my 5 bridesmaids. She was also incredibly organised and efficient on the day. We really could not have got organised without her. She seemed to know exactly what we needed to do and was so calming as well. The hair looked beautiful and really suited each girl very well. Even my mum was happy!”
“Sharon was more than my hairdresser for my wedding, she gave me tips for my big day such as ordering sandwiches for everyone getting ready at my house so we did not miss lunch! She told me where I could buy some amazing hair slides for my wedding hair and on the day she came to my rescue and helped my sister with dressing me as she knew how to tie up the corset part of my dress! Everyone commented on how lovely my hair looked and it lasted all day. I now use Sharon on a regular basis.”
“Sharon’s website was great, it had images of real brides she’s done the hair for as well as detailed pricing and contact info. She was friendly on the phone and flexible for the hair trial. She was fantastic during the trial, bubbly and friendly, she suggested things as well as taking in account the dress and accessories. On the day she was very professional, kept to schedule whilst also being flexible and was very relaxed despite the house being full of people!”
“Sharon is just the sort of person you need on your wedding day. I had flowers in my hair on the day which we had not practiced with before and the style also slightly changed on theday. Sharon remained calm and kept me calm the whole morning. She also laced my dress, put my veil in, fixed fascinators and attached buttonholes.”
“Sharon was an absolute star from the first moment we spoke. She was informative, happy, positive and made me feel really at ease speaking about what I wanted on the day. Her trial was spot on first time, and my wedding hair was incredible, as were my bridesmaids! Nothing was too much trouble, she was an absolute dream to have with me on the day and I would recommend her to everyone! Her ability to get brides into brides dresses is also fantastic!”
“Sharon did a wonderful job, the hairstyles were exactly what I wanted – she really listened to my ideas and made helpful suggestions. She did hair for 5 members of the bridal party and each of them looked beautiful and lasted for the whole day. As well as being a fantastic hair stylist, Sharon was invaluable in her advice before the wedding and also on the day itself. She went above and beyond what was expecting – helping with buttonholes, dresses etc, and was an incredibly calming presence.”
“Sharon was very friendly and me feel comfortable straight away and the bridal party. I was so pleased to have met her at the Epsom Downs wedding show and booked her straight away. I was so unsure of what hairstyle I wanted and changed my mind about three times ! Sharon was amazing on my wedding day she helped me and everyone beyond her call of duties, she kept everyone organised , calm , helped with button holes and with getting dressed. Could not have done this without her, she is a star!”
“Very friendly and helpful. Knowledgable about hair and weddings generally. Really lovely hair styles for me and my mum with difficult hair as well as the bridesmaids.”
“I knew I wanted my hair up for my wedding but am not really a ’girlie girl’ and was also worried my hair wouldn’t be long enough to do much with. However Sharon had lots of ideas and put my mind at ease advising on what she thought would suit me and suggesting extensions which was something I had never thought of. On the day my hair looked amazing and got loads of lovely comments. One of my favourite pics is of us cutting the cake with one of the reasons being you can see the back of my hair.”
“Having worked with Sharon as a model on a number of occasions she was my first choice for my own wedding. Her professionalism, knowledge of techniques and ability to interpret and understand ideas is what makes her an artist. She is far above your average hairdresser. She approaches your vision for the day like a work of art and helps to create perfection by using her skill, creativity and natural flair for her work. I cannot think of anyone more hard working or more deserving of such an award.”
“Sharon is amazing. I didn’t have a clue what style I wanted for my wedding. Sharon was patient and created my dream hair do. She was professional and friendly. She also did my bridesmaids and Mum’s hair and we all looked incredible. My hair stayed in place all day and I felt wonderful and confident because of her. She also went way beyond the call of duty. We had storms the morning of the wedding and Sharon stayed after everyone else had left and helped me into my car without me getting wet”
It was an absolute pleasure to be part of the weddings of all these lovely ladies.