Bridal hair expert, Gemma Howe shares her professional advice with local and destination couples planning to say “I do” in Bermuda.

Gemma Howe





Gemma Howes, Strands Skin Spa and Hair Salon

Strands Skin Spa and Hair Salon


Do you do both bridal hair and makeup?

I specialise in all areas of bridal hairstyling and hair colouring, but always offer my opinion as required with makeup.


Will you do a trial?

We always prefer to do a trial run, as it gives a level of confidence to the bride for her special look on her special day.


Is the cost of the trial included in the price of the bridal makeup application?

There is a charge for the wedding hair trial and makeup.


Is the trial just for me or my bridesmaids too?

The trial can be set up for the bridesmaids as well, but in most cases, it is usually the bride who requests a trial appointment.


Do you work on location?

Yes, we do many weddings on location.


Do you like to see photos of my dress/veil/location before the trial?

It’s always best to share images and ideas with me prior to the big day so that we make sure you get exactly what you want. And it’s best to bring your veil and accessories to the trial so that we can get an idea of the final look. Another great tip is to book a dress fitting on the day of your hair trial so you can get a better idea of how you’ll look on your wedding day.


How do you charge?

A quote for each bridal package is prepared by the corporate office of Strands. We will always quote costs before any services commence. Bridal hair is priced at $150. On-location weddings cost an additional $150, which covers the travel time and the time the technician is out of the salon.


Are there extra charges?

There are no extra or hidden charges unless amendments are made, with both parties agreeing to the amendment charges.


What styles hold up best in Bermuda weather?

Bermuda weather will always be an issue, especially in the summer months when the humidity can be very high. Updo styles are usually the better choice for the bride and bridal party because they are the most manageable when it comes to extreme heat and humidity. We also offer semi-permanent Brazilian blow-outs which are great for anti-frizz and repel humidity.


Do you provide all products?

At Strands, we carry all the products that any bride or bridal party might require for hair-styling.


How far in advance should I book?

We always advise the brides to visit us for a consultation as soon as they purchase their wedding dress. But if that isn’t convenient, then three months prior to the wedding date.


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