I had the awesome opportunity to interview uber talented hair stylist, Eva Therese of Eva Therese Studios, about all your bridal hair needs. I met Eva when I did my friend and fellow beauty blogger, Monica’s of Beauty Parler, makeup for her wedding. That’s her in the above picture looking all gorgeous. Eva has been Monica’s longtime hair stylist and of course did her hair for the big day!
When you find an amazing hair stylist that gets you and that you connect with, never let go! Thank you Eva for the very informative Q & A!
1.What are some of your favourite bridal hairstyle trends this season?
Eva T: Lots of texture and loose flowing waves are prevalent this season. The wedding looks are very romantic and beach-inspired. I really like the way that braids and twists are being incorporated into the bridal looks this season. This looks good on most types of hair. I really love pieces loosely twisted back with wavy hair for a summer wedding. Curly hair looks amazing when it is twisted back as part of an updo.
2. Do you recommend brides choose something more classic or do a combination of classic and trendy?
Eva T: I really believe that unless the bride is very edgy, classic is always better for bridal hair. When you look back at the pictures, most women don’t like the idea of trendy hair, as it will go out of fashion (i.e. the cringe-worthy 80’s bridal permed and teased coif). When hair trends are incorporated, I only believe it really works if it suits the bride’s texture, and truly highlights the bride’s natural beauty.
3.Like makeup, are there appropriate styles for day vs. an evening wedding?
Eva T: The style of hair for a wedding is determined based on a few factors as well as the above mentioned. The bride’s hair texture, the cut of the wedding dress, suitability, as well as weather all play a part in the decision. Loose flowing hair is so beautiful for summer weddings, as well as hair up or down as a side style. The only risk is that if there is a high level of humidity, hair can fall and lose its wave in finer hair textures or get frizzy with curly textures. Updo’s are a good option for evening weddings. Manicured and refined styles usually provide a stress-free option for dancing the night away.
4.What are some hair tips a bride should do or don’t do leading up to her wedding day?
Eva T: Depends on the bride’s hair. I will usually recommend a deep treatment once a week for a client that has dry or curly hair so the hair is looking it’s healthiest. For my clients I usually do custom shampoos and conditioners with essential oils to take home at their trial with instructions to take the guess work out for them. The hair stays better when it is one day after washing, so I usually have my clients either come to have their hair washed the day before, or wash it themselves so it is ready for the ‘big-day’. If the bride’s hair is super fine and gets very oily quickly I will wash it the day of the wedding with no conditioner. Hair is much more slippery when it is freshly washed, so it just doesn’t hold as well. Also, I really don’t recommend drastic hair colour changes before a wedding, as you may look back and really regret not looking like yourself.
5. What products do you recommend or love to make a bride’s hairstyle last all day?
Eva T: My absolute can’t live without is Elnett Satin Extra Strong hold hairspray by L’Oreal Paris. It has the best hold of any hairspray I have tried, without making the hair hard. It allows you to brush through and create lasting beautiful styles that hold without interfering by drying solid. When doing loose waves, I spray it after I do the wave, then brush the hair and finish the look by re-forming the wave by twisting the hair with my fingers. You can find it at Walmart or Shoppers.
I also am able to use it on any type of hair, with is very important to me as a multi-cultural stylist.
About Eva Therese:
Eva did her first haircuts in 1984 at the age of four with her Mickey Mouse scissors on her friend and sister. From that point forward there was no looking back and Eva’s passion for hair has continued to flourish and grow. Eva Therese Studios is her lifelong dream come true.
Eva Therese is a master colourist and multi-ethnic hairstylist. She completed her training at Marvel school in Yorkville and L’Oreal professional academy. Eva’s resume includes Canada’s premiere day spa the Elmwood, as well as a multi-ethnic salon in downtown Toronto, Urban Textures Salon, as a stylist and master colourist. Eva’s portfolio includes Toronto News personalities, Musicians, Artists and Models. In addition, Eva does hair for photo shoots, TV, and fashion shows and editorials.
Eva has written articles as the Toronto hair expert for examiner.com an online newspaper, as well as a hair blog evatheresestudios.blogspot.com and as hair guru for beautyparler.com. Eva held the position as Associate Director/ Director of hair for Toronto Alternative Fashion Week for four years. In 2009 Eva opened the exclusive boutique salon in South Etobicoke overlooking lake Ontario. She has since started to create a skin and hair product line called ‘Love My.’ This line is the culmination of Eva’s extensive knowledge of conscious hair products, essential oils, and natural elements that create healthy hair and skin and are kind to the Earth. Eva has a passion to make people look and feel beautiful!