Many hairstylists dream of the opportunity to work with high-profile clientele.
For Eryn Wall, owner of The Head Room in St. John’s, Nfld., and a Wella Professionals top artist, she got the ultimate gig of working on Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’ wedding.
Tell us about your experience working with the Wella Professionals team to style the hair for the wedding.
Sophie Turner’s hair was styled by Christian Wood and we styled the bridesmaids. The experience itself was phenomenal. I was thrilled to be part of it! We arrived at a beautiful chateau, where the bridal party had stayed the night before, and all the bridesmaids were very sweet. They welcomed our Wella family and we fit right in. They were just a regular group of 23-year-old girls having a party and being silly. They were lovely and caring, and were full of stories since they had been friends since the age of five.
What was your reaction when you got the call or found out about the opportunity?
I was in disbelief—I was truly shocked and surprised! I had to re-read the email and have my husband look at it as well. I am so appreciative for the opportunity.
Can you walk us through the look?
To create the looks, we applied mousse from roots to ends and then blow-dried the hair with round brushes. I then used a one-inch flat iron styler to create tight waves before pinning the hair up.
A lot of the girls had fine hair, so we used a lot of dry shampoo to add grit and texture. We then backcombed in the crown and twisted the hair back on each side by the temples, spraying throughout to combat humidity. Then, I gently pulled waves out to make it a tousled “undone” wave and finished off with a shine spray.
How did you and the team determine what hairstyle Sophie would be wearing for her big day?
We were given some guidelines beforehand. They wanted them all to look the same, so we did similar styles on each girl—hair down, soft boho waves, pinned gently for a relaxed, and “undone” look.
Do you have any tips for making bridal hair stay put all day long?
Good products! Adding grit so the hair isn’t too soft in the beginning and you have something to work with. I use Wella’s dry shampoo for styling everything. It adds texture and the style holds better. It’s my secret weapon.
What should hairstylists keep in mind when they are working with millennials, especially on their big-day?
Everyone wants to be an individual and set themselves apart from others. It’s important to listen to clients and their needs, and work with people based on what they’re specifically looking for. I never disregard anything—I always work with them to find the best option for their hair and make sure they feel special.
You’re from a fairly small town (St. John’s) but have so much experience in the industry. What advice do you have for other Canadian hairstylists that are also from small towns?
Don’t think that just because you’re from a small town that it means you can’t achieve certain things. The sky’s the limit! It’s important to constantly keep up with your craft. The possibilities are endless, especially with social media. Don’t feel that you can’t achieve your goals based on where you are located geographically.
What do you enjoy most about celebrity hairstyling?
It’s exciting! You don’t know what you’re going to encounter and it’s always fun wondering what the celebrities will be like. Will they be just like us or will they be different? I love meeting new people and creating new memories. They’ve all been so nice and had a pleasurable experience!
What advice do you have for hairstylists who would like to pursue celebrity hairstyling?
Put yourself out there. One way to get started is by entering competitions and attending educational events. Set your goals and intentions and know you can achieve them. You can never put yourself out there enough. One ‘yes’ is all you need.