Great Lengths Garlands Masterclass


With festival and wedding season well upon us, a few weeks ago we hosted an exciting and exclusive flower garland workshop with top milliner, Joanne Edwards, who taught us how to make beautiful accessories for our summer hairstyles.

Known for making hats for the likes of singer, Sophie Ellis Bextor, and guests at Royal Ascot (including Royal Family members!), Joanne was definitely the right person to teach our workshop attendees how to create the perfect garland to wear on a summery occasion.

The workshop was held at Michaeljohn salon in Knightsbridge, London, who provided a gorgeous intimate space for us to set up in. Joanne truly spoilt our guests by bringing along an abundance of colourful and diverse flowers, ranging from orchids and lavender, to roses and peonies. Just take a look at all of those colours…

Once the flowers were laid out, our attendees set to work on choosing which colours and styles would work best for their personal garlands. Tina, editor of Ultimate Wedding, opted for a simple headband fit for a bride, with large pink roses sitting across the top.

Meanwhile Akesha, editor of Blackhair Magazine, decided to make a garland that would be suitable for her upcoming festival weekend, as did showbiz journalist, Nola.

In fact, Nola even dabbled with other types of garlands, as Michaeljohn’s on-hand hairstylist experimented on her long black hair with fun festival braids and beachy waves, demonstrating how flowers could be used in a number of ways.

We wanted to make sure our guests got the full treatment and left with lots of hairspiration, so some hairstyling was bound to be on the cards! We even brought along a Great Lengths stylist to offer tips and advice on how to look after your extensions for wedding and festival season, as well as how to incorporate bold coloured GL apps for the braver ladies. And of course, Prosecco and cupcakes were in constant supply!

An enjoyable time was definitely had by everyone that came to the Great Lengths garland workshop and we loved working with Joanne to see just how creative we can get with our tresses. Never underestimate the humble hair accessory – or the power of flowers in sprucing up your style!

What do you think of the flower garland trend for summer? Would you wear one to a festival or a wedding? Let us know and share your creations with us and we’ll showcase them across our networks

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