ghd Ambassador and bridal hair expert Stephanie Brinkerhoff shares where she finds her inspiration, the most rewarding part of her career, and her go-to tips and tricks for creating beautiful hair.
How did you begin your career as a hairstylist?
I went to cosmetology school the fall after I graduated from high school. I finished about 1.5 years later and immediately started working in a salon. I did cuts and color, but I was always doing bridal work on the side. It was always a dream to be able to support myself only doing bridal work.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I love making people feel beautiful! Every stylist says that, but I feel it is especially fun for bridal stylists. We get to be a part of someone’s most important day of their life.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere. Pinterest, other stylists, the red carpet, runways, magazines, people I see in the grocery store.
How would you describe your signature style?
Romantic, feminine, flattering and effortless.
What trends in hair do you see right now that you think are here to stay?
Braids are here to stay, and so are voluminous waves. You can’t go wrong with a romantic wave, whether it’s down or loosely pulled up. I love using the ghd curve® soft curl iron to get that perfect romantic wavy look.
What are three hair tips for brides.
1 - Be realistic about what your hair can do.
2 - Get extensions. I love it when brides have clip in extensions. It gives me so many more options, and they photograph really well.
3 - Be yourself. Don’t let someone else decide how you should do your hair.
What are three styles that can take you from day to night.
1 - A high pony is often something I transition from day to night by switching it to a top knot.
2 - A low side braid can be wrapped up into a braided chignon for a more elegant look when going out.
3 - Hair that is left all down and straight can be glammed up by tucking one side behind your ear and pinning it with a broach. Make sure it’s nice and smooth by straightening it with the ghd platinum styler. Instantly it goes from day to night.
What advice would you give someone starting out in the industry?
Be patient. It takes time to build your portfolio and clientele. Also, post pictures of everything you use on social media. And use ghd! ;)
How do you balance a busy work schedule and your personal life?
It is always a challenge, and something I’m always working on. I often ask myself “what do I feel is most important, in the long run?” and this helps me make decisions about what jobs to take, and what ones to decline. I love my job and my family. I believe it’s possible to live a balanced life and have both.