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BN Bridal Beauty: “Hair Is Art” – Charis Hair

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It’s that time again for a BN Bridal Beauty!

BN Weddings introduced this feature last year to highlight bridal beauty looks – from traditional to the white wedding – for your inspiration.

Today we meet with one of the UK’s foremost hair artists (Yes, after you see her work, you will agree she is truly a hair artist!) – self-trained Tola Olayanju, the brain behind Charis Hair. She’s best known for the elegant hairstyles she makes for her brides.

Tola recently did a shoot with a top UK makeup artist, but before we share the photos, hear more from her on her experience. If you’re an up and coming hair stylist or MUA, she serves as inspiration that you don’t need to attend formal classes – if you have the drive and tools you can start small before you make it big.

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Tola speaks on her experience – from a part time job in secondary school and uni days, to a full time career:

I am a self trained freelance hairstylist. I started perfecting the art of hair braiding and styling during secondary school and through to university. I used hairdressing as a medium to make money (jobs were not flexible enough to allow study time, so I opted for this). Shortly after, I decided to branch into session styling (bridal, photo shoots, fashion shows etc.) as I enjoyed the creative side of hair more and needed a challenge.

I have worked with professionals in the industry, here in the UK, mainly as related to Caucasian hair in order to broaden my horizons and learn some tricks of the trade. Reading books and watching videos are also main contributors to my skills.

I am inspired by various people across the world. I particularly draw inspiration from Russian and Middle Eastern hairstylists – their eye for detail and focus on precision is out of this world 🙂 It makes me understand that indeed ‘hair is art’.

How I Work with My Brides:

Most brides have little or no idea what they want or what would suit the shape of their faces. I start by easing them up and setting up a consultation where we can discuss various hair styles with illustrative pictures. This helps to narrow down what they feel would look nice on them and, of course, suit the ‘wedding theme’ they are going for.

Choosing the hairstyle can be tasking for the bride as there are many options from which to choose. Once this is done, a trial can be done, making the decision easier at this point.

I enjoy the art of hair styling and find that it is never the same experience with each bride – a fact which continues to fascinate and inspire me to provide a service that is specific to the individual, yet universal to women.

Enjoy the beautiful shoot she did with Maradarah Beauty – then see some of her work on real brides below!

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See real brides with Charis Hair bridal hair!

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xoxo

BN Weddings Team

Contact Charis Hair: e-mail – info (at) mycharishair.com | http://www.mycharishair.com | instagram.com/charishair

Photoshoot Credits 
Models: Iqra, Sasha and Christine
Makeup: Maradarah Beauty
Hair: Charis Hair
Photography: Natalie Photography

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23 Comments

  1. Teemollie

    January 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Wonderful! A breathe of fresh “hair”,from the normal ones we see around.Keep it up Tola!

  2. honeymix

    January 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I cried ‘awwww when i saw the first pic. Bookmarked already. Gosh! I relly cannot wait to get married

  3. honeymix

    January 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    when i saw the first pic, I cried. Bookmarked already. Gosh! I relly cannot wait to get married

  4. amarachi

    January 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    wow dis hair is luvly I think I see my wedding hair already

  5. Madame Solange

    January 29, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    How do we contact Tola?

    • Dammy Pilgrims

      January 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Hi. You can contact Tola on 07845595651 or 07427579247. God bless and thanks for showing an interest in Tola’s work.

  6. Mr Manageable

    January 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Wow.. she is just too wonderful..awesome. She is just out of this world

  7. olori Tari

    January 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Amazing !

  8. Honey N

    January 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    !!! Nobody deserves this recognition more than -Charis Hair – She is so driven, so determined and this is just a snapshot of what she is capable of. Apart from bridal hair, she does regular hairstyles as well to top quality, and sells hair pieces. I’ve known her for years and she never disappoints. Plus she is such a down-to-earth babe – you are sure to have fun whilst getting your hair done! Too much Love for her..:) Go Tola!! Go Charis Hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. tokunbo

    January 29, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I just saved the photos now LOL! My wedding is in 4 weeks and I couldn’t decide what look I wanted…thanks for this post BN.
    Next post should be Jewlry sets, Accessories and Veils! Thanks thanks! 😀

    • tokunbo

      January 29, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Jewelry**
      I hope my hair stylist can replicate these…hmmm

    • TenWeekstotheAisleandBeyond

      February 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Congrats on your upcoming wedding, Tokunbo! Mine is in 10 weeks, been overloading on ideas from all over the cyberspace, thanks to instagram and all. You’ll have a beautiful one, be sure of that.

  10. Yours Truly

    January 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Wow, this is so beautiful – still can’t stop looking at the pictures (So people are extremely talented). Now, I know who to go to 🙂

    yourstrulyblogposts.blogspot.co.uk

  11. bimpy

    January 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Absolutely stunning!

  12. rubies

    January 29, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Stunning and absolutely beautiful! Mine too s in 2 months and  absolutely second Tokunbo on doin a pience on accessories esp on traditional attire. Ŧђɑ̤̥̈̊п̥̥̲̣̣̣kƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇ bella in anticipation

  13. Nneka N

    January 29, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Very beautiful! Love it

  14. Ada-umuahia

    January 30, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Next post should about picking colours for an igbo traditional wedding! Enough of the burnt orange and gold! We need advice!

  15. Laury

    January 30, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Does she have a website or facebook page? Just for future reference.

  16. Honey N

    January 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Yes she does. Contact Charis Hair: e-mail – info (at) mycharishair.com | http://www.mycharishair.com | instagram.com/charishair
    Facebook ‘Charis Hair & Beauty’

  17. happy erica

    February 2, 2014 at 11:38 am

    luvly

  18. uju

    February 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    @Ada i totally agree…biko BN help us in colour choices before i loose my mind…wedding is in 3months i still am not sure which colour to use…

  19. Sisi

    February 5, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Fabulous….this is obvisouly someone who has mastered her trade

  20. Jacky

    February 7, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Ma wedding is on saturday and I still haven’t mad eup my mind on the hair to do
    Hehehehe
    I have a heart shaped face,so… Ideas anyone?

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