As a bride, you want everything to be perfect on your wedding day:
the chapel, the flowers, the dress, the cake and, most importantly,
the beauty asset that frames your face: your hairstyle.
If anything goes wrong on the “big day,” either it
won’t matter or you’ll forget about it later. But
if you have a bad bridal hairstyle, your wedding photos will serve as
a rude reminder—till death do you part.
Most brides entrust their bridal hairstyles to an experienced
salon professional—and that’s the best way to ensure
a polished, sophisticated look. Book your consultation about six
months in advance. Bring your veil or headpiece, as well as a
picture of your wedding dress to help get a good idea what bride hair style will suit the occasion.
If you know the type of bridal hairstyles you want, present a picture
to your stylist. She can give you an honest opinion as to whether
the look will work with your hair type. Six months provides you
with sufficient time to grow your hair, if necessary, or to schedule
any braiding, coloring, straightening or perm services you may
If you feel unsure about your wedding hairstyle, tell your stylist
everything possible about your wedding: the color theme, date/season,
location (outdoors, indoors, chapel, other type of hall), time
of day, mood (formal vs. informal), size of the guest list, floral
selection and the like. The more she knows about your wedding,
the easier it will be for her to make appropriate recommendations and discover your dream bridal hairstyle.
If you are planning to wear a traditional one-piece veil, to
be removed before the reception, inform your stylist so she can
recommend some lovely hair jewelry or flowers to prevent your
head from looking bare.
If money is tight, or you think you’re adept enough to
style your own hair, make sure you are up for this once-in-a-lifetime
task. While pre-wedding jitters are normal, you don’t want
to crack under pressure with a curling iron in your hand. If friends
or relatives are staying with you, take into consideration how
many bathrooms you have—and the time everyone will need
in them. It’s tough to try to curl your hair in a bathroom
full of your sister-in-law’s leftover shower steam.
Celebrity brides are the best reflection of what’s popular
in bridal hairstyles, as money is generally no object. Carmen
Electra wore her hair in long, flowing, loose curls, swept back
softly. A popular variation: Add flowers in areas where the hair
is pulled back.
Another trend for long hair: Wear it softly swept up, with large
curls at the crown bearing delicate flowers—similar to Sopranos
actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler’s bride hairstyle. By far, some
variation of the classic updo is the most popular wedding-day
For medium-length hair, try a soft flip, with the hair at the
crown teased for volume. Pull back hair in the front with a jeweled
If you have short hair, you can create an entirely new look with
hair extensions. If your hair isn’t super-short, use a curling
iron to produce fullness at the crown and back, but keep the front
subtle and natural. Sweep hair off to the side—perhaps pinned
with a hair ornament. Halle Berry looked amazing at her wedding,
wearing her short, layered hair in soft curls.
Your bridal hairstyles and dress should be approached as a style “package.”
A fitted gown looks best with sleek, elegant hair, as Julianne
Moore wore, or with curls neatly nestled atop the head. A long,
flowing dress is best accentuated with a softer, more romantic
style. If you enjoy flaunting your inner drama queen, go where
your personality leads you: a shimmering dress with flowing, somewhat
untamed hair. Lighter fabrics call for wispy curls, while satin
and velvet are generally paired with smooth hair or more pronounced
As for hair accessories, tiaras remain extremely popular, as
do headbands. Hair ornaments, such as hairpins and combs made
with jewels or flowers, have been gaining favor.
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