Once you’ve nailed down your overall bridal style, in everything from your invitations to your dress, it’s time to think about your crowning glory: your hair. So, of course, you log onto Pinterest. Read on for some tips to choose the best hairstyle for your look, as well as insight to make sure your style is perfect.
Up or Down?
The first thing you want to consider when choosing your bridal hairstyle is if you would like your hair to be up or down. If you’re having a very casual wedding, an elaborate updo may not fit your style. If you’re having a black-tie affair, a loose braid is probably not the way to go.
Once you’ve taken formality into account, think about how you wear your hair on a daily basis. Do you like to style it down or do you prefer to throw it in a bun or ponytail? You want to feel like the most perfect version of yourself on your wedding day, so if you never wear your hair down, this would be the wrong time to try it. Whether you choose up or down, there are plenty of gorgeous options to choose from.
Braids can be incorporated into both up and down styles. They can make an updo feel more casual or add an element of interest to a simple half-back style. In general, braids have a bohemian feel that pairs well with simplicity. Talented stylists can incorporate a traditional three-strand braid, a fishtail braid, or a French braid with a little extra time. You will also need to decide if you want your braids to be tight and neat, or more loose and flowing. To get started with your search, here is a link to a gallery of braided bridal hairstyles.
From gentle waves to tight ringlets, curls are incorporated into most bridal styles. They add beautiful body to a down or half down style. They pump up the volume in any updo. The type of curl corresponds to the formality of the look.
Loose, beachy waves are perfect for a casual wedding. Perfect ringlets set in an elegant updo fit into a formal ballroom. In general, the tighter the curl is, the more formal the style will be.
Remember your hair type when looking at curly styles. If your hair is very straight, choosing a very curly style may not be a wise choice. Try to work with your hair type so your ‘do stays perfect while you dance the night away. For some curly style inspiration, look no further than Brides Magazine, the leading bridal resource for over 80 years.
Hair Accessories (Veils Included)
Hair accessories are the finishing touches for a complete bridal look. Yes, that includes your veil (if you choose to wear one, of course). You may have bought a veil when you bought your dress. If not, schedule an appointment to try some on with your dress on before you start alterations on your gown. You want to ensure the color of the veil matches the color of your dress, unless you decide to go with a completely different color.
Once you have a good idea of veils that you like, look into styles available from your bridal boutique or other reputable vendors online. There is a huge difference in quality that goes along with the difference in price. If you want to wear your veil only for the ceremony and remove it for the reception, go ahead. This is your wedding––do exactly as you want.
Whether you have decided to wear a veil or not, you may want an embellishment to go along with your beautiful style. Start searching for the perfect piece to complete your hairstyle early. Think about what will fit into your style and choose a piece that will blend nicely.
Many accessories are mounted on barrettes or hair pins, though you can also find many headbands and tiaras as well. Some companies offer veils, hair accessories, jewelry, and even sashes that all coordinate to make your choice easier. There are lots of great resources, but most pieces have to be ordered, so allow plenty of time for shipping. You will want to have all of your accessories with you when you go in for your trial run.
Prepping Your Hair
As soon as you get engaged, your hairstylist will probably insist you let your hair grow out. With longer hair, you will have a much larger range of styles to choose from. An updo can be difficult or even impossible with hair shorter than mid-shoulder length. In addition to letting your hair grow, consider your hair color.
If your hair is colored, do you want to go back to your natural color? If it is not, would you like to get some highlights to freshen it up? Color treating your hair can be a very long process, so talk to your stylist about what you would like to do as soon as possible.
Choosing a Stylist
If you are getting married close to home, you should strongly consider using your regular stylist on the big day. She knows your hair and will have an easier time getting a great result. If you are having a destination wedding, or your stylist does not do special occasions, consult a professional for recommendations. Your planner or venue coordinator should be able to provide you with at least a couple of reliable suggestions.
Before you choose a stylist, look at their online portfolio and schedule at least a phone interview. Remember, this person will be helping you get ready for your wedding, so you want your personalities to mesh.
A trial run with your hairstylist is a must. It is a good idea to schedule the trial a minimum of a week out from the wedding, so you have time to try again if the style doesn’t look quite how you want it. Ask your stylist how she would like your hair prepped. Should it be freshly washed or second-day hair? Put on a little makeup and try to wear a top with a similar neckline to your dress so you can get a better idea of how your whole look will come together.
Make sure you bring along any accessories you want in your hair, including your veil. Once you are satisfied with the style, work together with your stylist to find the best placement for your accessories. She will ensure they are secured so you don’t have to worry about them.
Now, it’s time for the big day! Smile and enjoy it, knowing you chose every detail with care and are looking your absolute best.