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Gretchen MaurerNew York MetroWeddings is proud to sponsor Gretchen Maurer of WeddingHair.com. WeddingHair.com provides a really unique service for brides, or anyone that needs help with specialty hairstyles for formal occasions. Brides can purchase kits from Weddinghair.com that has step-by-step instructions explaining how to do specific hair styles along with step by step photos. These kits are a truly wonderful way to communicate what you want to your own hairdresser, or show a bride how to do it herself! Gretchen is the author of the book "The Business of Bridal Beauty" and is a well-known leader in the field of hair design and cosmetology. WeddingHair.com was recently awarded the "Best Hair and Beauty site on the web" by Brides Magazine 2002.
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NYMW: Gretchen, please explain some of the ways WeddingHair.com can help brides with their hair decisions for their big day.
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GM: First of all weddinghair.com provides visual excitement as the bride looks through all the options of hairstyles. It's just plain fun! A great feature is that for some styles I use the same model so brides can see up to three looks on one haircut design. I also have a variety of very helpful articles answering many beauty and styling questions. I know weddings and I know hair and if I can help make the brides morning run smoother either with one of my helpful tips or a hairstyle than I have done my job!
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NYMW: What are the primary issues to keep in mind when deciding what type of hair style to use?
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GM: There are a few things to keep in mind. First ask yourself what is more important, your hair design or your headpiece and veil? If it is your hair then figure out what you want first and then purchase the headpiece. If your heart is set on a particular veil or headpiece then let that determine the best hair design. Second is your comfort level. Do you simply want to look like you or do you want to look spectacular and have something extraordinary! That decision is based more on your personal style and personality type. I HATE it when a bride thinks "oh I don't want to look dated or silly 15 years from now when I look at my photos" even the magazines are still selling this one! No mater what, you will look different 15years from now. Gowns change, flower designs change, popular colors come and go and even the wall paper your standing in front of will look dated! So forget this one and do what you want! Go for it and have fun now!
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NYMW: What questions should every bride ask her hairdresser?
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GM: First of all and this seems a no brainer, but make sure your date is free before the trial is booked. Make sure you see it written down somewhere. Some smaller salon's appointment books don't go out over a year in advanced and many brides are now booking two years ahead! Insist on having a trial run at least a month or two in advanced. Personally I record the date of every phone conversation, print every e-mail, sketch my trial design and take pictures of my work and I only do brides! Some stylist "think" they will just remember but they won't always. So bring your own camera just in case and take a lot of photos to bring back with you the day of the wedding. Time management is also crucial! Ask any photographer who most often throws off the wedding schedule and they curse the hairdresser. A good wedding planner will prevent this but if you're on your own leave enough time. Most often the bride needs to be done and dressed 1-2 hours before the wedding. So figure in travel time home, dressing time, a snack, and some extra time in case the salon runs late. Don't forget your veil, ask the stylist to show someone how it went in and how to take it out.
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NYMW: What are the most important things to keep in mind if you are planning to do the hair and/or make-up yourself?
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GM: First of all ask yourself, "Can I keep it all together or do I tend to easily freak out"? Be honest, you may not care if the cake is the wrong color but your hair has to be perfect or vise a versa! Know they-self! Everyone gets dumb on the wedding morning and again with out a planner everyone asks the bride a million questions. Can you do your own hair and make-up under this stress? Are relatives staying over and will the bath room be free or full of steam and droop every curl you worked so hard to get in! If you must do your own hair and make-up...practice! Put everything you need in a beautiful basket and take it out fresh and pretty to begin your magic. Don't be unorganized and have to run from room to room looking for outlets, curlers or your favorite mascara.
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NYMW: How exactly do the Kits work?
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GM: You will be sent a folder containing step by step photos. Because I also teach I know every style works wonderfully! With each photo there are written directions. Then I also show completed photos of the design at all angles with and with out the veil. I also include four pages of tips and make-up FAQ's. I personally invite each bride to e-me with any questions and thank her for her purchase. I offer a great letter of hope and encouragement and feel that I have sent her armed with information to prevent a bad wedding hair day! I truly care that her day is beautiful, stress free and that she feels and looks her best!
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NYMW: In your opinion, what are the most popular hair styles and headpieces today?
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GM: The tiara is still very popular as well as the headband. An updo of curls is best complemented by a back-piece slipped in behind the design. Believe it or not style is still determined by regional looks and trends. As I sell my styles some areas of the country and even specific countries themselves select the same designs over and over. My most garden inspired design sells very well in England and my most advent-guard look sold in Sweden. More elegant looks sell well in Spain while trendy looks sell best in New York. Classic designs sell well across the country and frillier looks do well down south. I specifically designed many of my looks with this regional trend in mind. Most magazines tend to have a New York City slant, but there is a whole world out there of bride of all walks of life!
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Thanks Gretchen!
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If you would like to visit WeddingHair.com, or contact Gretchen, just click on the link below, or you can send your inquiries to info@newyorkmetroweddings.com.
Web Site: WeddingHair.com
E-Mail: Gretchen@WeddingHair.com

 
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