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Alopecia and Me

Content creator Natalie Lee of Style Me Sunday was diagnosed with alopecia in 2016, a condition that effects 1 in every 500 people in the UK. Keep reading if you’re experiencing the same issue and are worried about it affecting your confidence on your wedding day, and beyond.

In May 2016 I walked out of the dermatologist’s office having just been told that the hair follicles were dead and there’s no hope of them growing back. Apparently, people of African/ Caribbean decent have less hair shafts than Caucasians meaning they are much more susceptible to hair loss. I didn’t know this before I’d started to lose mine. I came out of his office and I cried in the street as people walked past me. I was on the own, having dropped the kids off at school earlier and had almost skipped along to my appointment after being referred by my GP a couple of weeks prior. I was feeling positive, hopeful even, that I’d get some answers and be able to take a load of vitamins and my hair would slowly start growing back like I heard had happened to friends of mine. After all, I’m otherwise healthy, never had any hair loss issues before and had never known anyone in my family with alopecia so I was pretty confident it could be easily fixed.

The doctor told me it was traction alopecia due to damaging hair techniques – pulling my hair back into ponytails, tight braids, chemically straightening it, hair extensions (which I personally haven’t done) and many other hair practices particularly prevalent in black hairdressing but used by people of all races and hair textures. Stress also doesn’t help. My eldest daughter had been diagnosed with a rare genetic condition and she was losing her sight, we were having a particularly difficult time with her school at time.

After that first appointment I got another diagnosis from Dr Sharon Wong, founder of Get Ahead of Hair Loss. I have something called Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia. It’s a type of scarring hair loss that affects the hair margin at the front of the scalp, mine is getting further and further back – it will never grow. The cause is unknown.

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Wedding Hair Tips and Recommendations for Afro & Textured Hair

Dress by Rita Colson – Hair by Something Blue

There are so many amazing hairstyles that look great on black women, yet it can be difficult to know where to start. Whether that’s with looking for a stylist who is comfortable working with your hair (especially if you live in more rural parts of the UK!) or knowing what products or styles will work best for you.

At Rock n Roll Bride, we believe that ALL marrying couples, deserve to have a wedding day that makes them feel like their most fabulous selves, so we reached out to some hair stylists who are experts at working with textured and afro hair to put this feature together. They are all linked at the bottom of the post so please do check them out and consider hiring them for your own wedding!

Finding a hairdresser who will know how to work with your hair

Picking your suppliers is one of most important things to do when organising your wedding, and when it comes to hair (and makeup), it’s really critical that the hire people you hire know what they’re doing!

♥ Look at potential stylist’s social media feeds and portfolios. Do they have lots of examples of past clients with similar hair texture to yours? Does their style and work reflect the style you want to recreate for your day?

♥ If they don’t, then it may be worth reaching out to ask them if they are comfortable working with your hair type and curl pattern. It’s much better to find out before you book them, than to get to the day and they have no clue what they’re doing!

♥ A good stylist will always ask questions about how you style your hair regularly to find out what is working and what may not be working for you. They’ll also have the correct products for your hair texture. If they don’t or they ask you to bring your own, run an absolute mile. It is not OK for them to ask you to provide something for their services because of your hair texture that they would not if you were white.

♥ It’s a good idea to book a trial with two or three hairdressers to compare them as well as to have the chance to try out a variety of different looks and styles.

♥ Finally, remember that your wedding morning is also one of the most important mornings of your life. You want to feel relaxed and taken care of so make sure that you like the person you choose! You’ll be spending a good few hours with them (not to mention if you do trials in the run up too) so liking them as a person is imperative!

Photos by Maxeen Kim – Hair & make up by Makeology Brides – Images submitted by Queen of Hearts Floral Design
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DIY Tutorial: Low Twisted Bun

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Today’s DIY hair tutorial is actually quite a classic bridal hairstyle. But funk it up with your most fabulous accessories and it can be anything but! This is the third tutorial from my collaboration with Your Cloud Parade and 10.11 Make Up (you can see last week’s hidden braid and the previous week’s faux hawk here!)

Supplies Needed

♥ Hairspray (we used Kenra Volume Spray)
♥ Bobby and hair pins
♥ Curling iron (we used Hot Tools – barrel size may vary based on length of hair, just for adding texture)
♥ Texture spray (we used Kevin Murphy Resort Spray) or spray wax (we love KMS Hair Play spray wax)
♥ Backcomber (we used Tool Structure Tortoise Backcomber)

Method

Step one: Add some texture to the hair by adding some curl. Spray with some texturizing spray or spray wax.

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Step two: Section out the hair around the crown of your head, leaving out the front and sides- you will want enough hair on each side for braids, as well as any hair you want framing your face.

Backcomb/ tease the hair you have gathered at the back of the crown. Gather the hair around the crown and pin from each side creating an “x”. You can slightly push the hair up to create lift and volume prior to pinning.

Take one side of the hair you left down, leaving out any hair you want framing your face, and braid.

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DIY Tutorial: Half Up, Half Down, Hidden Hair Braid

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Today I’m sharing the second hair tutorial from my collaboration with Your Cloud Parade and 10.11 Make Up (you can see last week’s faux hawk here!) This is a elegant and ethereal a half up, half down hidden braid style would be perfect for boho or casual brides. And I promise it’s not as complicated as it sounds!

The best bit? It uses all the same supplies and products as last week’s tutorial so if you tooled up for that one you can now give this one a bash too!

Supplies Needed

♥ Hairspray (we used Kenra Volume Spray)
♥ Bobby and hair pins
♥ Curling iron (we used Hot Tools – barrel size may vary based on length of hair, just for adding texture)
♥ Texture spray (we used Kevin Murphy Resort Spray) or spray wax (we love KMS Hair Play spray wax)
♥ Backcomber (we used Tool Structure Tortoise Backcomber)

Method

Step one: Add some texture to the hair by adding some curl. Spray with some texturizing spray or spray wax.

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Step two: Add volume by sectioning out the hair around the crown of your head, leaving out the front and sides. You will want enough hair on each side for braids, as well as any hair you want framing your face based on the desired finished look you would like.

Backcomb or tease the hair you have gathered at the back of the crown. Start the backcomb about 3 1/2 inches from the scalp, pressing the hair down towards your scalp to create a cushion.

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DIY Tutorial: Faux Hawk Bridal Hairstyle

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Over the next month, every Friday, I’ll be showcasing an original bridal (but not super-traditional, obviously!) hairstyle idea. These super simple but utterly gorgeous DIYs have been pulled together by the fantastic Your Cloud Parade, the first online marketplace dedicated to weddings, and 10.11 Make Up exclusively for Rock n Roll Bride!

ENJOY!

Supplies Needed

♥ Hairspray (we used Kenra Volume Spray)
♥ Bobby and hair pins
♥ Curling iron (we used Hot Tools)
♥ Texture spray (we used Kevin Murphy Resort Spray) or spray wax (we love KMS Hair Play spray wax)
♥ Backcomber (we used Tool Structure Tortoise Backcomber)

Method

Step one: Add some texture to the hair by adding some curl. Spray the hair with texturizing spray, as well as a little hairspray. This will help the hair hold the backcombing/ teasing for the next step.

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Step two: Part the hair into 3 sections so that you have a mohawk section of hair starting from the front hair line, down to the nape of the neck. Because this is a fun and de-constructed style, your partings do not need to be perfect. You may even choose to not part, and gather hair from the center as you work your way back during the style.

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Step three: Take the mohawk section, and backcomb/ tease the hair. Gather small section of the hair at a time, place the comb about an inch from the scalp and pull the hair down with the comb, spray a little hairspray and continue as you work up the strands of hair from that section. Repeat until you have successfully backcombed/teased the entire mohawk section.

As you backcomb each section of the mohawk parting, you can lay that hair forward as you work your way back. Leave the two side sections alone, or pin out of the way.

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How to…Perfect Your Wedding Day Look

Credit: Kirsty Mitchell Photography

For this week’s guest post I asked the incredibly talented hair & make up extraordinaire Elbie Van Eeden to give us a little bit of advice about how to perfect your wedding day look.

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So, you’ve dreamt about this day for pretty much your WHOLE LIFE. Your ideas may or may not have changed, and you may or may not still choose to get married in the biggest, fluffiest ballgown or get married in a church like you always imagined you would.  Now as this is Rock ‘n Roll Bride, I’m sure you’ve heard of having YOUR wedding day the way YOU’D want it, not how society expects you to have it – why should your hair & make up choices be any different?

Credit: RVDS Photography

How does this affect your hair and make-up?
Bridal hair and make-up has been looking the same for years and years – a bit of blusher for rosy cheeks and soft contouring for the sparkly eyes (in browns or greys) but why stick with tradition when your wedding will be anything but?  I’m not talking all-out theatrical (unless that’s your thing!) but why wear layers and layers of foundation when normally you’d wear none?

Credit: Kirsty Mitchell Photography

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