I have been working in the bridal industry as a hair and makeup artist for 20 years, therefore I have seen lots of change and many trends come and go. At Wedding hair and Make Up Artists we understand that a contemporary bride has more freedom when it comes to her look for her wedding day and therefore just everything has to be right, she knows what she wants and has the confidence to create her own special style and image for her wedding day with hair styling playing an integral part in this process.
So it’s not always the case, but in most cases the first port of call is the bridal dress. Some brides will have known what they wanted for years (even before they got engaged!) However for most this can be a daunting process with so many styles and types of dresses out there we are often overwhelmed with information and choice! The dress is a great place to start, now you can start to imagine how you will look and feel on your wedding day. Arrange to meet with your hairstylist. They will have lots of experience with designing hairstyles to fit various types of bridal gowns, they will also offer advice on accessories and styles that will not only compliment the dress but make the most of your features too. This is a good time to try a few things and remember to take lots of pictures!
When it comes to choosing a hairstyle there is also a great deal of choice out there but don’t feel pressured to feel you have to wear your hair a certain way because that’s what most of the brides are wearing in the magazines. Here we are a fan of both upstyles and down styles and feel both can look gorgeous on your wedding day. With the above in mind I wanted to share with you some of the best hairstyles that are trending now and that are, in my opinion, an amazing choice for nearly every bride.
Classic Twist – It’s not the first choice these days for brides but it is an absolute classic and looks elegant and beautiful. A great choice if you have a larger headpiece or are choosing to wear a hat!
Long Waves – This style is back in fashion again it just seems timeless. This style is great if you want to wear your hair down and are looking for a very soft style. I often get asked to do a vintage wave or as I call it a ‘Jessica Rabbit’ hairstyle but lots of ladies like an even softer version of this classic style and why not as it looks amazing. I nearly always add extra hair into this style as the more hair you have the better. Don’t be afraid of hair pieces they are a great way to get the style you want on the wedding day and they don’t have to cost the earth either. Shop around!
Top Knott –This has to be an another classic but I still get asked for this style and it always looks great. There are so many ways to do this style and each time it seems fresh and more interesting. The last one I did was very tussled and message with bits pulled down to give softness around the hairline. I also have done more of a twisted pieced top knot making it slightly more complicated and elegant. A style that lengthens the face that can be made even softer with looser pieces of hair worn around the face. A winner if your dress has a high neckline!
Cascades of Curls! – A very soft beautiful style that adds volume to flat lifeless hair and a great choice if you don’t want to wear your hair up (let’s face it there are no rules and some ladies just have to wear it down!) I love this style worn with a flower crown. Very soft, simple and absolutely elegant!
Messy Bun This style looks great on most people the bun can be central at the back or worn on the side. I love this style as it is so easy to accessorise
Marcel Waves – A 1930’s vintage classic adored by brides choosing a bias cut down and opting for a Hollywood style image for their wedding day. This style is very eye catching and will definitely turn heads. Most of the wonderful shape is created as flat to the head as possible so it doesn’t suit everyone. Perhaps try this one before the big day or even ask your stylist is she can do a softer version of the style.
Horse Shoe Up Style – I never really know how to describe this style however it is very popular and looks stunning. It is a very creative way of pinning up pieces of hair around the nape of the back of the neck. Much softer than a bun and much more detailed. A real ‘wow’ hairstyle.Beehive – I love this style (I think it my favourite) it can be done either very authentic or as a messy, softer version which looks really amazing!
Long Waves – This style is great if you want to wear your hair down and are looking for a very soft style. I often get asked to do a vintage wave or as I call it a ‘Jessica Rabbit’ hairstyle. I nearly always add extra hair into this style as the more hair you have the better. Don’t be afraid of hair pieces they are a great way to get the style you want on the wedding day and they don’t have to cost the earth either. Shop around!
Braiding – We will always love braiding and if you ask any hairstylist, I bet it’s a style they will never tire of doing as it always looks great even the simplest of braid can look stunning. There are so many different styles you can do with braiding including, long flowing locks with intricate braids around the crown this is just divine and understandably our number one hairstyle. Braiding into buns and up styles also looks great too. A classic style but there are lots of different types of braids and a few tricks to make them look fresh and modern.
Amanda (WHAM Artists)