Get to know featured artist:
Can you tell us a little more about you and your styling background?
Hi I’m Cat Hughes. I’m from Melbourne, Australia. You may have seen me pop up here and there on Instagram, doing my thing, teaching a few hair hacks and sharing a few business tips. One thing I hardly ever talk about is me. So I’m going to give BTP the exclusive Cat Hughes scoop…. You heard it here first, folks. I learnt how to braid my beautiful long locks from a young age. My hair was my thing and I loved to style it in all different ways. Then at 12 years old, I was diagnosed with Alopecia. I lost all of my hair. Every Single Stand. I missed my hair and I missed styling. To bring back some happiness, my mum bought me my first mannequin head. I styled her daily for years.By 15, I had started my apprenticeship in Hairdressing and was confident to style in weddings too, thanks to my mannequin. 23 years later, and I still love styling just as much as I did at 12 years old. And if you are wondering if I ever overcame my Alopecia, sadly no. I still live with this disease. One day I may feel confident enough to tell my story on Instagram, you never know.
What bridal trends are you loving right now?
I’m obsessed with boho! Chucky braids and textured styles for days! I’ve always been a low bun fanatic, and that will never change.
What new trends can we look forward to?
I think Boho is here to stay for a while. Being able to see artists from all over the world via instagram, has been a game changer. It means that trends move fast and styling has become incredibly creative. So I guess anything goes. I also think trends will go further than just the hairstyles. Artists are really putting in the effort to create visually pleasing photos. Well thought out lighting, props and outfits that compliment the style are the way to go.
How do you stay inspired?
I get so much inspiration from our amazing instagram community. We are so lucky to have so many talented artists from around the world sharing their knowledge. I think it’s important to remember, that inspiration and creativity comes and goes. My best work comes after some downtime. When I allow my mind to rest and let the creativity come naturally and my mind starts ticking with new and fresh ideas.
What advice would you give to a bridal hairstylist just getting started?
Start connecting with other stylists and communities on Instagram. Invest in a quality mannequin and practice as much as you can. Allow yourself to make mistakes. Invest in workshops, one on one training, masterclasses and online training with top stylists who inspire you. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Magic happens outside of that comfort zone.
Best advice to a bride regarding her hairstyle?
Do what feels right for you. You need to feel your best and if that means wearing your hair a curtain way, then that’s the style for you.
What is the one product/tool you can not live without?
That’s a hard one! If I had to name just one product, It would be Osis + Tame Wild. It’s amazing for smoothness, control and shine.
Best advice you have ever been given in the hair industry?
Don’t book clients in on your lunch break! Set boundaries. Otherwise you will be working all sorts of crazy hours.
What do you love to do outside of work?
Spending time with my husband and twin boys is where you’ll find me. We love to explore, travel and learn new things as a family. I also love to learn. I’m currently completing an online course for Interior design.
I have an unhealthy passion for coffee. If I could, I would drink coffee all day long. Girl love’s a cocktail too. An afternoon nap. Hardly ever happens, but when it does, it’s glorious.