Making Waves - Heather Dapaah

Kelly Andrews talks to bridal hair specialist Heather Dapaah about her top big-day looks

heather sat on chair in green trousers and black top holding a hair dryer

Award-winning hair stylist Heather Dapaah opened her London-based salon, Her Definition at 23 and since then doors have continued to open on her career, working on TV sets, music videos, and getting celebs event-ready. To name drop a few, Heather's clients have included reality stars Kaz Crossley and Priscilla Anyabu, athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton, and British RnB artists Ray BLK, Miraa May and Dolapo. She's known for her signature Hollywood waves and says, "I love to help women understand their true hair type and learn how they can achieve their hair goals."

Heather is highly sought after for her wide range of hair knowledge, having worked with all hair types and textures, so CWM beauty editor Kelly Andrews was delighted that she was able to take some time out to chat to her about their mutual passion – bridal hair.

What's your main ethos when it comes to creating wedding hair? No matter what the look is I always try to create statement hair that's timeless, classy and stylish.

What's your signature look? My clients always want my signature Hollywood waves, which instantly add glamour and volume to lustrous locks. It's a timeless look that's more than a trend, enhancing any wedding style.

What's been the highlight of your career so far? I've been super fortunate in my career so far, especially on a global-scale as I get to meet lots of people. I'd have to say the highlight is the recognition I've received for the elegance of my bridal hairstyling.

heather leaning forward on chair in black suit and lauging

If you could choose any celebrity to work with, who would it be and why? Can I give two? Michelle Obama and Dina Asher-Smith. They're very different but both stand for excellence and class. They're extremely down-to-earth, hard workers and I really admire them both.

What's hot in bridal hair at the moment? Definitely the more relaxed hair styles that look romantic and sultry. So, it makes sense that romantic waves, maybe with the sides pinned up, are popular at the minute.

If you could impart just one piece of essential advice to brides about their bigday, what would it be? Please take in the moment. Stop thinking of how people will view the day, the reception or indeed, you. Just think of the blessing of marriage and take in every moment.

Are there any red-carpet celebrity styles that you've created that would translate to a bridal look? I'd have to say Gatsby-themed Hollywood waves and vintage waves. No matter what the latest hair trend is you always see these looks on red carpets everywhere.

What hair products or tools can't you live without? For bridal hairstyling it's my one-inch curling tong, liquid hairspray by L'Oréal Studio Line, hair pins and my tail comb.

How can a bride set about deciding the right style for her on her wedding day? I would say, start with the neckline of your desired dress because that will determine how much space we have to play around with. Obviously, face shape is really important too. In general, most people know what hairstyles suit them best, but you want to push the boundaries a little and come out of your comfort zone for your big day. Finally, the style of dress: whether it's A-line, ballgown, fishtail and so on. Ultimately, you want a well-balanced silhouette. So, if you have an A-line that's quite slim at the bottom, you can get away with bigger, wow-factor up dos.

What's the biggest pitfall brides should take care to avoid when it comes to their wedding hair? Make sure you have a trial with the hair stylist if you haven't already seen them do the look you have in mind. It's also important to practice your wedding hair style as what you think you want might not look or feel right for your day.

How can brides ensure their hair is in its best condition for the big day? Do exactly as your wedding hair stylist recommends! This is the only time I would say don't listen to your hairdresser, because your bridal specialist knows and understands the look you have envisioned together.

What's next for you? Well, after the detrimental effects of this pandemic, it's definitely to get back to my beloved brides. I'd love to work on some celebrity weddings too.

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