A cheat sheet on popular wedding hairstyles
By Kai Ma
July 11, 2011
Hair is considered, among some circles, an art form. It is the ultimate accessory, as well as an extension of ones identity. In the context of weddings, this is all certainly true.
By the time a woman gets married, she should have a rough idea of what styles suit her. But there is more to consider. Will the style compliment the dress? It is appropriate for the weather and the overall theme of the wedding? Will it maintain its look until the end of the reception?
Before you can even address these questions, familiarize yourself with some of the popular bridal hairstyles. Heres a breakdown of the dos that brides tend to favor.
- Loose and flowing tresses convey a sense of romance. Sexy, tousled hair does require work, but it should appear effortless. Brides that want to look more natural and gentle tend to favor the let your hair down philosophy, especially if they are planning a casual, outdoor ceremony. This style works best with a sleeveless or backless dress, or with dresses that dont have embellishments that need to be shown off. This hairstyle, however, may not be ideal for summer months, as the bride will look too covered and hot. A high collar or halter design will also get muddled or lost under long hair.
- Long and graceful necks benefit from a polished upswept coiffure. Dresses that boast grand embellishments and sparkly necklines need to be showcased, making a full updo necessary. Weddings in warm, humid climates also require updos because the hair may frizz or fall limp. This style, regardless of weather, is favored because it opens up the bride; the face, shoulders and neck are displayed and highlighted prominently. This elegant style is also low maintenance. Talk with your hairstylist about updo styles that match your face shape; you want to avoid looking severe and contrived.
- With the sexy half-up/half-down hairstyle, you get the best of both worlds. Luscious locks around the shoulders will enhance your natural beauty, but having part of the hair pinned up opens up the face. For some, this look can be obtained sans professional stylist. It works best when paired with a simple and understated dress. Try natural waves or barrel curls (large, loose curls), pinned half-up, with a little volume at the crown. For a nice touch, add a flower where you pin.
- One of the most popular wedding hairstyles today is the chignon. This style is achieved by pinning the hair into a knot at the nape of the neck or back of the head. Whether it is worn high or low, messy or tight, the chignon can look graceful, intricate, modern or exaggerated. This hairstyle is extremely versatile; it can match any dress and occasion. If you already have a headpiece in mind, the chignon can be crafted to highlight it.
- Short hair makes a statement: The bride is bold and confident, and unwilling to hide behind tresses. Additionally, short hair allows brides to use large, daring accessories without looking weighed down or cluttered. Experiment with some retro curls (study Marilyn Monroes iconic mane for inspiration). Note: Finding the perfect hairstyle for short hair can be tricky, so play around with several different styles before choosing. A popular choice is the bob. This low-maintenance cut will keep the stress level at bay when it comes to upkeep during the ceremony. A popular bob is the chin length cut. Try pairing this chic and smart look with a birdcage veil or sophisticated tiara.
- Seductive and feminine, old Hollywood inspired pin-up waves are an extremely popular choice. A style that evokes vintage glam and timeless glamour is hard for brides to resist. There are different pin-up styles that suit short hair and long tresses alike. Finger waves are highly favored for both weddings and the red carpet; the style nicely contours facial features and adds a glamorous touch. Accessories like oversized jeweled barrettes and floral clips can be tucked beautifully within. A short birdcage veil with feathers or flowers can be clipped to the hair to complete the look. Keep in mind: Pin-up waves are labor intensive. An expert stylist is necessary.
Quick Tips on Bridal Hair
- dont mask your identity
- consider your face shape
- find a hairstylist you trust
- test out a few styles before you decide
- choose a hairstyle that matches the silhouette, density and texture of your dress