Hey Sarah Ann.
Tell us a bit about yourself
and what you do
name is Sarah Ann O Dwyer, I’m a freelance hairstylist from Cahersiveen and
specialise in up styles and bridal hair. I come from a family of hairdressers,
I grew up in my uncle Brendan O’Shea’s hair salon ‘A Cut Above’ in Cahersiveen
and from a very young age it was clear that hairdressing was in me. I also
spent a year hairdressing in Australia working as a senior stylist in Sydney.
Hairdressing is my passion and I’m a perfectionist with my work. I freelance
and cover weddings all over county Kerry.”
What tips do you have for a
bride choosing her bridal hairstyle?
main tip is take a picture at the dress fitting to show your hairstylist. Anyone
who specialises in bridal hair can pick a hair style perfectly to compliment
What trends are you seeing in
bridal hair for this season and what are some of your favourite timeless
massive trend is hair left down with waves or undone natural looking braids. My
ultimate favourites are a timeless up style and classics are the simple and
elegant chignon or French roll with a modern take on them both. Up styles are
exquisite bridal hairstyles.”
How long before the wedding
day should a bride have a trial?
think three months or anything after it is perfect before the wedding. When a
bride is going for a trial wash the hair the night before and use the same
shampoo and conditioner the night before the wedding. Also: rinse, rinse, rinse!
Even if you think your hair is washed enough keep rinsing. Conditioner not
washed out properly can make the hair look greasy and impossible to work with,
so keep rinsing! Also bring any hair accessories you have and the veil with you.
Go for the trial with an open mind for suggestions and enjoy it.”
What is your favourite thing
about doing bridal hair?
love the excitement arriving on location the morning of a wedding, putting on
the veil and doing the final touches just as the bride is ready to leave. It’s
a great honour to be involved in a brides big day.”
Is there any tips you have
for a bride to make sure her hair is in perfect condition in the lead up to her
in your hair, everyone buys expensive beauty products and buy the cheapest
products for the hair but your hair is your crown that never comes off. So, buy
a good shampoo conditioner and if it needs it a treatment, invest in a good
What hair product should a
bride have on- hand on the day?
good hairstyle should last all day but bridal hair is really put to the test so
I suggest spare clips and a small bottle of spray.”
do or down? Up
or curly? Straight
product you couldn’t live without: Alfaparf s4u vintage talc
Hair styling appliance you couldn’t live
without: Heated rollers