Wedding woes? We hear you – keep calm and carry on with our ultimate horror-free bridal hair help
Choosing your perfect wedding hairstyle
While picking your perfect style can seem incredibly daunting, this is a great opportunity to really have some fun and pick a look that suits you. For many, Pinterest provides a wealth of inspiration – a simple search of ‘bridal hair’ will give endless results, covering everything from braids to buns that will work for every bride to be.
Of course, you can also stick to your natural style and give it a little extra touch with an accessory – barrettes are seriously on-trend right now, FYI. Most importantly, find a hairstyle that you’re happy with to guarantee you feel confident on your big day. Jaye MacDonald, co-director at Aberdeen’s Linton & Mac, says that “an increasing number of bridal clients are looking for a style that is more relaxed and undone”, which will ensure “they look the best version of themselves on the day”.
For anyone looking for a relaxed, modern-day vibe for their big day, Jaye has created three stand out looks that offer a selection of on-trend wedding hairstyles for any effortlessly cool bride to be. Get ready to be inspired…
If you’re looking to ditch the big and bouncy curls in favour of a more laidback style, loose waves are a great way of bringing a more natural volume to the look (and without hours of preparation, if time is limited on the big day.) Oh so chic and on-trend, it’s ideal for the bride who is searching for understated glamour.
Dubbed as a ‘holy grail’ for bridal hairstyles by Steve Rowbottom, co-director of Westrow salon, braiding is the flexible friend which can be switched up to suit each bride’s style. While some bring the drama, a simple loose plait is great for sweeping hair away from the face (a bonus for summer ceremonies) but it still appears low-key and effortless.
A classic style favoured by many blushing brides, but not all buns to be super polished to work on your wedding day. Low and loose is the way to go if you’re searching for a natural look with some extra sparkle – think back to the gorgeous style Princess Eugenie showcased on her wedding day, but a lot more subtle.
It’s also important to remember that your wedding dress will play a big part when selecting your hairstyle. If you’re going for something Grecian, a half up/half down do that looks more relaxed will win every time. Likewise, a high neck or long-sleeved dress will look stunning with an elegant bun that shows off any intricate detailing on the dress.
Preparation is key
From maintaining your hair colour to switching up your haircare routine, there’s plenty to consider in the run up to the main event. While many brides prefer to stay with their natural colour, if you are a fan of the highlights, balayage and all else in between, it’s important to consider the upkeep involved. Book in regular appointments that fit with your timescale, and of course book in with your colourist a week or two before the wedding date to ensure the colour is still fresh!
Every bride wants shiny, glossy hair on their wedding day, so it’s a good idea to step up your haircare routine around two months before the wedding. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of hair-dulling product residue and add a hydrating hair mask into your routine. If you’re worried about your hair looking lifeless, invest in a scalp serum or hair thickening treatment. Pumped full of vitamins and proteins that swell your hair, they’re also designed to extend the growth phase of your hair, so it looks thicker and fuller.
It’s all in the accessories
With the popularity for hair accessories ever-increasing at the moment, they offer a great on-trend alternative if you’re looking to ditch the more traditional veil or tiara. If you’re planning to stick to your natural style and give it a little extra touch with an accessory – barrettes are seriously on-trend right now, FYI. Alternatively, the Alice band or even a few flowers can give an excellent finishing touch, especially if you’re taking your look from ceremony to celebrations and are ditching the veil.
It’s also a good idea to carry spare hair grips on the day to guarantee no loose strand will be out of place. Even the best of hair accessories can go a little rogue sometimes too, so it’s worth arming bridesmaids with a little hair kit too – these are the important hair accessories you reallyneed!
If at first you don’t succeed, trial, trial and trial again
Even the best laid plans can go ashtray and getting your bridal hair right for you is an important step to feeling your best on the big day. In an ideal world, it’s best to book your first trial with your chosen hairstylist with plenty of time to spare, so that you’ve got the option to try out different styles. It’s also a good idea to take with you a photo of your dress, or possible outfit options so your hairdresser knows what they’re working with. If possible, book any trial appointments in the morning, as this will give you the opportunity to see how the chosen style holds throughout the day. That way, you can discuss with your stylist what will give your look some staying power, or if any adjustments need to be made.