Thursday, 17 March 2011

"Why Don't You Have More Pictures With Hair Clips In Hair?"

Why We Hesitate To Use Models To Show Off Our Hair Accessories

Oval Small hair slide in Tortoiseshell
The leading question, suggestion or recommendation we get on how we could do things better at Stone Bridge Hair Accessories is to "have more pictures with hair clips in hair."

This is great feedback, don't get me wrong. And I LOVE to hear your ideas and suggestions because my brain is not actually very creative and I can use all the input I can get. (Plus I just like hearing from you - it cheers me up.)

However, using models is a little problematic and I'm not 100% sure that a picture is going to help you make a good decision about which hair clips would be best specifically for YOUR hair.

Here's why:

1. Odds are, whatever model we use, her hair is not going to be the slightest bit like yours.

We've used six models (not counting me in my hair styling videos, and very rarely Claire when she stands still long enough for us to be able to focus the camera) over the years for pictures used on the blog or website.

The first had straight, medium weight hair. The next three had insanely thick, long hair. The fourth had hair that was so fine the light would shine back through her hairstyle. Our latest model, the beautiful Graciela (and her gorgeous son who's on our home page at the moment) has really, really thick hair with a loose curl.

We don't choose the models primarily for their hair - though that is important. We look first at their headshape, to ensure that we will be able to create a range of styles that will photograph effectively. Then, we match the hair accessories to the "shape" of the model.

Often, the clip chosen may not be at all appropriate for the reality of the model's actual hair.

2. Even if the models have hair like yours, we've styled the hair to make the clip look good.

For example, with Francesca (the super-fine haired model) every style was a masterpiece construction, thanks to the amazing work of our stylist on that shoot. What you see in the picture is not a style any sane person should be seen in public with. The architecture that goes on out of view of the camera is not pretty. 

We've added hair, we've taken hair away. We've folded hair over and back on itself to basically create a background for the hair clip or headband being shown.

At the end of the day, the picture's job is to make the clip look good. It might mislead you into thinking that it will work for your hair too, and we would hate for you to be disappointed.

This is why we really encourage you to get in touch with us if you aren't sure if a design is right for your hair or not. We talk to literally thousands of women about their hair and which of our clips work - and DON'T work - in their hair. So we really can guide you to the right clip for your hair and how you like to wear it.

Want some hair clip recommendations specific to your hair type? Click here for our short survey and tell us about your hair!

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