The Tress Tamer
Sought-after stylist Kristen Moshiek finds a red-carpet-worthy â€™do to flatter each bride.
Kristen Moshiek spent 15 years styling Bostonâ€™s beau monde at Beaucage before she decided to take her show on the road, leaving her cushy salon job to spend weekends making brides all over New England beautiful. â€śI started creating updos in my parentsâ€™ bathroom mirror at the age of 12,â€ť says the Tiverton, Rhode Islandâ€“based hairstylist. â€śItâ€™s my passion and where my heart is.â€ť So besides bridesâ€™ propensity for teased bangs, whatâ€™s changed in wedding hair since then? â€śThese days, having your hair done is part of the entire wedding experience. Getting ready and pampered with your girls is a big deal.â€ť
Is a prewedding trial a must?Â
Yes! I like to get my hands on the brideâ€™s hair so I know exactly what Iâ€™ll be working with. I want to be sure that the style she wants is realistic given the texture of her hair. We also need a backup plan, in case she chooses a style that wonâ€™t hold up in bad weather.
Should the bride bring a friend?
Itâ€™s nice for a bride to have reassurance that she looks great, especially if the style we decide on isnâ€™t exactly what she initially planned. However, itâ€™s important that she not ask everyoneâ€™s opinion, because theyâ€™ll all have a different answer. Having one trusted person and sticking with what you love usually guarantees a good result.
Do brides show you inspiration photographs?Â
It always helps to see a picture. But I always ask what in the photo sheâ€™s drawn to. It could be the way the hair swoops across the forehead, a stray wisp, or some other detail. Sometimes she just wants to look like the girl; itâ€™s not about the hair at all.
Who are the popular celebrities when it comes to hairstyles?Â
I see a lot of photos of Jessica Alba with a messy bun and braid along the side of her head. Also, Mila Kunis wearing finger waves and a soft, smooth bun. It is very elegant, and definitely a newer look.
Do you wash, dry, and style everyone the day of the wedding?
Well, it depends on the texture of the hair. Usually I ask that everyone wash and dry her hair the night before. However, if a bride or an attendant has long hair that sheâ€™s wearing down, in a style like Kate Middletonâ€™s wedding-day look, then yes. I blow-dry it smooth, with volume at the roots, and softly curl the ends. If sheâ€™s wearing it up, then I adviseâ€”in the interest of timeâ€”that she wash and dry her hair before seeing me.
You mentioned devising a backup plan for bad weather. Whatâ€™s an example of a hairstyle that just wonâ€™t hold up?
A lot of brides want a half-up/half-down style with gentle waves, but if itâ€™s a misty or rainy day, fine hair most likely wonâ€™t hold a curl, no matter how much product I use.
What style can brave the elements?
I always recommend putting the hair up. Itâ€™s important for the bride to look polished throughout the day, and to prevent hair from falling in her face. A more-structured style, rather than a loose one, is best. It certainly doesnâ€™t have to be a tall or fancy updoâ€”it can be low in the backâ€”but it should be off the face.
Any tricks for working with fine hair?Â
If a bride has thin hair, or just wants a very lush look, I use foam fillers when I create buns or French twists. After teasing the hair, I layer strands over the foam, covering it until itâ€™s completely invisible. The difference it makes is incredible.
Do you recommend extensions?
Hair extensions are big right now. They stay in for up to six months, so theyâ€™ll look great on the honeymoon, too. If theyâ€™re too expensive, I suggest clip-in extensions made of real hair, which I can incorporate into an updo for the day.
What do you predict weâ€™ll see next season?Â
The trend is moving away from the messy twist with lots of entwined braids. Thank goodness, because I canâ€™t do one more braid! Updos are becoming smoother and more polished. Weâ€™ll see 1920s-era, Great Gatsby styles that are relaxed but elegant, with deep side parts and loose finger waves. And French twists are being updated with more texture and a big swoop of bangs in the front.
Speaking of Great Gatsby, are brides using hair accessories these days?
Hair jewelry is definitely getting more popular. Brides have been wearing combs with sparkly crystals. Now Iâ€™m seeing more headbands with crystals and feathers. I saw crowns on the runways, though I havenâ€™t had a client wear a crown yet.
How do you use real flowers in hairstyles?
I ask that the florist wire the blooms so I can place it right into the hair. I do a great curly updo with a bunch of tiny roses thatâ€™s gorgeous.
Do you ever steer a bride away from a look?Â
If she has something in mind thatâ€™s outdated, I might tweak it, though I donâ€™t necessarily say thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m doing. Sometimes a client might want a look thatâ€™s not right for her face, or isnâ€™t ideal given her hair type, but I try to make it work if sheâ€™s insistent. I once had to do a huge J. Loâ€“style bun on the top of a brideâ€™s head. She had long, fine hair, and not the best hairline for this look. It looked okay in the end, but I didnâ€™t love it.
Any bridal-hair horror stories?
I had a bride who insisted on using her bridesmaidâ€™s hair extensions even though they didnâ€™t match her hair. Another time I did a brideâ€™s hair in an elaborate updo, just as we had done in the trial. Then, after staring at herself in the mirror, she insisted I dismantle it and create the half-up/half-down style she saw on one of her bridesmaids. It was a real challenge to smooth it. And then there was the bride who drank too much the night before, showered, and fell into bed without blow-drying. She had a ton of hair, so once we rewashed it, it took two and a half hours to blow-dry and finish the updo. I was sweating bullets to finish in time for the photographs.
Kristen Moshiek, kristenmoshiek.com.
Kristen Moshiekâ€™s secrets for beating wedding-day heat.
Use an oil-based elixir.
Prone to frizz? Apply this to freshly washed hair the night before your nuptials.
Ridding your hair of all moisture is crucial to preventing frizz.
Keep hair spray handy.
Tame flyaways around the ears or the nape of the neck by spraying your fingers or a fine-tooth comb and pushing the strands back into your updo.
Try dry shampoo.
Hair falling flat? Use a bit of thisÂ at the rootsÂ to add textureÂ and lift. Baby powder works inÂ a pinch, too.
Go with a faux bob.
This style doesnâ€™t touch the neck and gives the illusion of a soft, short look.Â
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