Brides, Let’s Chat About Wedding Hair

Thinking of wedding hairstyles, these adjectives should come to mind: natural, refined, soft, elegant and fresh. Yet so many styles end up hard, tight, severe and most of all, COMPLICATED. Why so complicated, people? It’s like the minute a girl puts on a white dress, 17,000 pincurls and 8 cans of hairspray appear out of nowhere.

With that in mind, I’ve created some Hair Thursday Rules for Wedding Hair:

1. A bride’s hairstyle should never resemble a fried calamari appetizer, a peacock or a platter of curly fries. What’s that you say? You need examples? Well, have at it.

2. High and tight updos can result in a super severe look- many times making a bride appear older than she really is. (Quelle horreur!) Lower and looser is the best bet for a fresh and youthful look.

photos courtesy of instyleweddings.com and brides.com

3. Hair adornments should be kept to a minimum. A couple of little flowers here and there or an elegant antique brooch can be positively lovely…however, a gigantic rhinestone tiara? NO. I love the adornments in the following photos.

photos courtesy of theknot.com

4. Most importantly, be yourself. Don’t let your stylist/mother/sister/friend tell you what you should do. Hell, don’t let me tell you what to do either. Remember, it’s YOUR day. Have fun! Just like in Singles, be the Super You. (Is it ridiculous that I quote that movie on a weekly basis? Do you realize it came out 17 YEARS AGO? Holy shit, I’m old.)

With these rules in mind, I’ve scoured the internet for some fun, fresh and lovely wedding styles. Maybe one will be right for you! (Click on a specific photo for info.)

We’re not quite finished with weddings yet. Our next Hair Thursday participant just happens to be a bride looking for her perfect hairstyle…will I get it right? THE PRESSURE. Check back on Monday to find out.

  1. Aleks

    May 7, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Ooh, good topic. My grazing-the-shoulders hair wasn’t quite long enough for one of those low, loose buns, which I so coveted. But I think my stylist did a pretty good job getting it up: http://bit.ly/qEs1Y. I loved my hair accesory especially: http://bit.ly/ngHMT.

  2. Caroline

    May 8, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Loving the post. Can’t wait to see more on Monday!

  3. ellbee

    May 8, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Hmmm… I have riotously curly hair that at the time of my wedding fell halfway down my back. I had a formal gown with a sweeheart neckline and a choker necklace of heirloom pearls so I chose a full up-do that made the most of my curly fry curls. Did it take a zillion bobby pins? Yes, but a more relaxed style looked odd with the dress and necklace. I understand the rebellion against prom hair, but I think a structured updo done well is exqusite with the right dress.

  4. Amy

    May 8, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. My mom (who is a floral designer and focuses on weddings so she sees a LOT of brides) always says that a bride should stay close to her normal style and-gasp!-look like herself (but better, obviously). She’s also sick of 100% calla lily bouquets and color-coordinated flowers the exact color of bridesmaid dresses, so I end up listening to her opinions since she can’t very well tell her clients. Which is too bad, because my mom’s got killer taste.

  5. Jessica

    May 9, 2009 at 8:39 am

    For my wedding I did my own hair. I was very laissez-faire about the whole thing. I curled it and put it half up. Although I did wear a tiara. (I am a goddamn princess!)

    When I went to the hair salon, my stylist, whom I love, did my hair like a my-little-frickin-pony. It was like one pin curl away from looking like it had been put up with a banana clip. That was when I did it my ownself. And I don’t regret it one bit. I looked like me.

    I also did my own makeup. And I didn’t choose my bridesmaid dresses, just the color. And you know what? Everyone was happy, and I didn’t lose any sleep about it. I got to focus on the good stuff, and my bridesmaids knew better how to dress and primp themselves than I did.

  6. Lauren

    May 9, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more. At my salon, we do tons and tons of wedding parties every week and I love it when a bride chooses something amazing like your examples above.

    Brides should never look like how they did at prom!

  7. tera Stephens

    May 12, 2009 at 8:20 am

    if your advice was taken by all brides, i may be willing to actually do bridal hair! i run from clients that say wedding!!