I had my hair done the other day and my stylist and I started talking about new wedding up dos, bridal hair and wedding hair styles. She had a lot of things to tell me and It was very eye opening. There is a lot of work that goes into learning how to create these styles and then actually doing them takes experience, practice and imagination.
So this is the year of romantic, effortless luxurious hair. Touches of elegance and sophistication paired with what makes you, you.
For lovers and modern romantics, This is your year! Get ready to see some of the classics, hairstyles, dresses, styling, transformed ever so slightly, into modern and fresh visions.
For long hair, that means a return of braids and twists but styled in new ways. Tousled, textured and perfectly imperfect messy hair is the perfect way to showcase ombre coloring techniques. I love the way the hairstyles now highlight and accentuate the colors and tones of modern hair.
One of my favorite styles is a Dutch Braid. It is basically an inside out braid for shoulder length or longer hair.
- Brush your hair to ensure it is knotless. If you have not done so already part your hair in the middle.
- Grab a small section of hair from the top of your head ( on top of your part line) Separate it into three even sections
- Take the section of hair on the far right and cross it under the middle section. Then take the section on the far left, and cross it under the middle section.
- Before continuing, take a small section of hair from the right side of your hairline, and add it into the right most section of your braid, and cross it under the middle section.
- Take a small section of hair from the left side of your hairline, and add it into the left most section of your braid, and cross it under the middle section.
- Repeat steps 4 + 5 until your braid is the length you like or you run out of hair. Once you run out of hair to add into your braid, stop adding hair in, but continue crossing strands under the middle section.
You can run the braid across the side of your head as shown below as well for a very dramatic old hollywood style.
These modern up dos are a fusion of braids and classic styles. With casual effortless looking gatherings they don’t look overdone or overwhelming.
In order to make your hair as beautiful as it can be your going to need a little help with the right products for the right style. Meaning for smooth slick buns you want your hair to shine or for the more casual looks you will need something to add bounce or curls. These products are recommended by Babble.
- Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray, $20.00
- John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray, $9.99
- Defrizzer: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum, $5.99
- Bumble and Bumble’s DrySpun finish is a great texturizer. I love how light it is, still adding bulk to even the finest stands at the same time. $29.00 at Sephora
- Living Proof Apply a dab of this through your hair prior to blow drying, and you’ll have a great, workable texture for any hairstyle. $24.00 at Sephora
- Oscar Blandi is famous for his “undone” looks, and this product will give your hair the right texture without being too stiff or “perfect.” This is great for softening curls that are too tight while making your hair look “lived in.” $29.00 at Sephora
If you are going for a smooth look, apply a smoothing serum before AND after you blow dry to give your hair the best chance at staying frizz-free.
You don’t HAVE to have all of your hair up off your shoulders, why not go for a half up half down look. With all the new colors available now in hair colors, sometimes having part of your hair hanging softly on your shoulder is great. It’s a great way to show off your beautiful hair highlights or colors.
The Twist bun. It’s lovely and casual. Easy to do too! Yeah!
- Brush hair to be sure it is knotless. Pull hair into a high pony. The higher the pony the higher the bun.
- Twist your hair loosely, then coil the hair around the elastic.
- Bobby the hair until it feels secure and tuck the ends under the bun
And Voila! Your ready for makeup.
Don’t Forget Your Hair Accessories
Here are some examples to give you ideas! There are so many different ways to use hair combs and they add a little more dazzle. Using a tiara has a timeless elegance to it and they add a subtle drama. Tiaras are great with veils, they compliment each other greatly.
So how do you decide which one is right for you? Firstly, I’d recommend that you choose your style of bridal gown before you set your heart on a particular headpiece, as the veil is an accessory that should enhance your gown, rather than detract from it. Of course, if you’ve got an heirloom family veil that you’re planning on wearing then obviously this is going to influence your decision.
It’s usually when you try your veil on at your dress fitting that your mum, sister or whoever else has accompanied you will start to get tearful, because you start to look like a real bride at this point.
You’ll need to think carefully about your hairstyle if you’re planning on wearing a veil. Take your veil to your hairdresser and try out some different looks with them. Work out how it’s going to fix to your ‘do and ask your chief bridesmaid to come with you so she can see how to take it off for the reception without ruining your style.
If your dress doesn’t suit a traditional veil, you might decide to wear a birdcage design instead. Birdcage veils look particularly good if you’re rocking a retro 50s wedding style – you don’t even need to take it off for the evening event if you don’t want to.
The next length of veil is a ‘blush’ veil, which is a single layer of tulle that folds over the face when you’re walking down the aisle and is then moved back when you reach the altar.
If you want a little more coverage then look at an elbow-length veil, which flows gently down your shoulders. It’s a gorgeous length that doesn’t distract from your dress but is still elegant.
Children dressing up as princesses know that an outfit isn’t complete without the crowning glory: a tiara adorned with as much bling as possible.
That’s why people took notice when the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out for a state dinner wearing a diadum to dinner at Buckingham Palace.
It was only the third time Duchess Kate has been seen with a tiara, and she owned the look with the best of the royals, including Queen Elizabeth, sitting just inches away wearing a sparkly sapphire headpiece of her own.
For the record, tiaras shouldn’t be confused with crowns.
“Anyone can wear a tiara, assuming it’s the right occasion. Crowns, however, connote state power,” pointed out royals expert Arianne Chernock, an associate professor of history at Boston University.
You will find various kinds of bridal tiaras. A tiara comb is a kind of wedding tiara which may be connected to the hair having a comb.
A princess headpiece is viewed as the standard tiara utilized in wedding ceremonies. As implied by its title, this bridal tiara resembles a crown that is put on the mind of royalty.
The wedding bun is more chic than ever. Smooth glossy surfaces with tones of architecture, glamour to the chignon with delicate tendrils to soften the look. In 2018 the trend is luxurious to relaxed, and will take brides from garden soirees to formal gatherings.
Whether you have long or short hair, there’s a wedding bun for you. Your hairstylist can always add extensions to your hair if you’d prefer a fuller look. It’s very easy now and affordable.
This classic look is all about keeping things chic and sophisticated but with a more relaxed attitude. For an even simpler feel, pair this hairstyle with something small and delicate tucked into the side.
This year will see many brides wearing chic ponytails down the aisle. We’ll be seeing glamorous high set wavy ones positioned at the crown to low set ponies tied at the nape of the neck.
For a more polished look, plump up your pony and wrap a strand of hair to cover the elastic. Finish with a pony tail wrap, cuff or velvet ribbon. So to wrap it up, this year will not fail to excite us with amazing hairstyles and unique twists on the classics.