Today’s brides have a myriad of options for their nuptial locks. If you’re like most brides, you want your hair, along with everything else, to look more beautiful than it ever has! When it comes to hairstyles, there tend to be two kinds of brides: those who want something dramatic and special to suit the occasion, and those who want to look natural.
Of course, it is possible to achieve both looks at once: elegant, yet natural. It is also okay to pull out all the stops and go for the most dramatic hairstyle ever, including jewels and hair extensions. It’s all a matter of choice. The following are a few tips to help you achieve the perfect bridal hairstyle for you!
- Hair accessories range from simple pearl headbands and tiny flower studs sprinkled throughout the hair to jeweled hairpins, and glittering princess tiaras. When shopping for hair accessories, try to wear your hair in your bridal style to make sure the accessories will work. Tiaras look great on either short or long hair, and flowered or jeweled accessories are also quite versatile. Don’t forget to consider the style and color of your dress, as well as your veil, when selecting hair accessories.
- When determining your wedding hairstyle, you might also consider the type of dress you will be wearing. For example, if your wedding dress is very informal, a sleek French twist and tiara may be out of place. Instead, you might wear your hair loose with an elegant braided style. On the other hand, if your dress is very streamlined or formal, wearing your hair in a sophisticated updo may be the way to go. Consider the neckline of your dress as well, if you plan to wear your hair down, will it clash with the neckline or cover any special jewelry?
- Another element to take into consideration is how formal your wedding will be. A formal wedding calls for an elaborate updo; however, the same style would look out of place at a very informal ceremony.
- Because you’ll probably want your hair to shine on your special day, be sure to use a good conditioner, not just the day of your wedding, but several weeks in advance. Not only will your hair be healthier, but you will know which products make your hair look shiny and full, and those which make it limp, frizzy or flat. Your stylist should be able to help you find a product that works the best with your hair.
Last Minute Changes
- If you are suddenly inspired to change your hair dramatically for your wedding… don’t! If you absolutely must get that spiral perm or wild new color you’ve always had a hankering for, do it well in advance, as in several months before your wedding. That way, in case you hate it, you will have plenty of time to correct the problem before your big day.
- Try to “practice” your wedding hairstyle at least once before your wedding, whether you are styling it yourself or having a professional do it. Most stylists will offer to do a trial session with you.
Whether you opt for the simplest enhancement, such as a fresh flower tucked into a French twist, or a professionally sculpted curly updo, remember this: on your wedding day, you will be flushed with happiness, and surrounded by the people you love most in the world. It is virtually impossible to look bad under these circumstances. Your skin will glow, your eyes will sparkle, your hair will look divine, and of course, you will live happily ever after.
Part II of our Bridal Hair tips will be featured in next week’s Wedding Planning Wednesday!