Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so of course you want to look effortlessly beautiful when you walk down the aisle.
You want your hair to turn heads, but you also want to look like ‘you’.
You want to feel confident. You want to be excited to have your photo taken. And you want the process of working with a hairstylist to be fun, simple & stress-free.
Hello! I’m Yvana Sanders – an expert Bridal Hairstylist & Educator based in Tauranga.
I turn brides (just like you) into the most beautiful version of themselves on their wedding day.
It’s a job I take very seriously, too. I’m not a hairdresser who does weddings on the side - I specialise in bridal hair full-time.
My mum was a hairdresser, so I’ve always been a creative soul. After years of styling, training, competing and owning my own salon in Gisborne, I became the go-to-stylist in the area for bridal hair. When I moved to Tauranga in 2018 with my husband and two boys, I decided to go all in - leaving the colour world behind to focus entirely on my brides-to-be.
I’m in love with creating - my husband says I’m addicted! I’m also a self-confessed perfectionist, so I’m forever practising and taking every opportunity I can to invest in my skills. But do you know what really gets me fired up? Being able to pay it forward by sharing my knowledge with other stylists across New Zealand, which I now do through my one-on-one coaching sessions and master classes.
I understand the nerves you’re feeling in the lead up to your wedding, but rest assured: those nerves will melt away when you look in the mirror!
I’ll create hairstyles for you and your bridal party that feel beautiful and natural. Hairstyles that complement the theme of your wedding, as well as your individual personalities. Hairstyles that you can look back on with a smile for years to come.
20+ years of hairdressing have taught me how to read people. I’ll walk into your home on your big day with empathy, a strict run sheet and a lively sense of humour (because that’s a necessity!) and I’ll help manage the morning prep.
The morning goes fast, so I’ll work with your makeup artist and photographer to keep the day running as smoothly as possible (even if it involves politely asking your mother-in-law to go and do a coffee run!). I’ll be there first thing in the morning until the moment you’re ready to walk down the aisle.
I travel all over New Zealand to style my brides - check out my FAQs for more information.