Article originally published 2/2/2012

Before we developed a keen appreciation for makeup, I thought “We all do our own makeup every day, what difference does it really make to have a professional do it?” Same goes with hair. What difference does it make if I already know how to do my own hair? After doing hair and makeup for brides and photographers for 10+ years, I can tell you it makes a HUGE difference to hire a professional. Every photographer I know will attest to that. Here are a few of the many reasons why you should hire a professional hair stylist and makeup artist for your wedding:

A hairstylist will make your hairstyle look good from EVERY angle the camera captures. It’s easy to do your own hair and make it look good from the front or the back, but there is no tellin what angles the photographer will capture. A professional will know how to make your hairstyle look balanced, full and flattering from the front, back, sides, top, whatever angle the camera captures.


A makeup artist knows how to bring out your best features. Highlighting and contouring in the wrong places can accentuate the wrong thigss, while highlighting and contouring in the right places will make you look your best.


-A hairstylist knows how to make the most of your hair type. A lot of brides come to me saying “I don’t know what you can do with this fine, thin hair” or “I don’t know what you can do with this massive mane I have”. You would be amazed what a hairstylist can do with your hair! Having experience with so many hair types, they will make your fine hair look full and your thick hair look proportionate. It’s not uncommon to have a bride leave saying “I didn’t know my hair could do that!”


– A makeup artist knows how to style for photographs. Every day makeup looks great in person, but there are a lot of different techniques when it comes to photos.


-A hairstylist and makeup artist uses the right products and techniques to make your hair and makeup last ALL day. It’s one thing to look great when you leave your house that morning, it’s another thing to still look great when you make your grand exit that night. Professional makeup, hair tools and experience will all help you to look picture perfect all day long.

Traditionally, wedding hair has a way of looking like it belongs at an adult prom — crunchy ringlets and shellacked roots, all twisted up into an unfortunate, unmoving updo. But we’re firm believers that all hair, bridal or otherwise, should always look soft, touchable, and beautiful. We create updos so breathtaking that you’ll all want to wear them for every get-fancy occasion. Ditch the cake-topper mane and try one of our fantastical follicle masterpieces instead!


You deserve the best on your wedding day. Studio 180 is now offering an exclusive opportunity for bridal parties – Bridal parties can reserve our salon prior to your wedding so that su and your closest friends and family members can be comfortable and enjoy yourselves while we prepare you for that memorable walk down the isle.

We specialize in wedding hair, makeup, and massage in a private, comfortable atmosphere making you feel relaxed and beautiful.

Come in and discover how we can make your most important day even more special!

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