Wedding Season: A Beautiful Day
Soon-to-be brides often struggle when deciding which hairstyle to choose for their big day. They need a look that will complement their dress and work in sync with their overall aesthetic. A simple gown allows the stylist to go a bit more glamorous but an elaborate dress usually needs something more pared-back and refined. The decision, of course, is made by the bride but providing the insider knowledge about which styles suit certain dresses, will help get stylist and client to decision-making time much quicker.
Lace and low-cut
A structured wave have become one of the most iconic bridal styles, even more so since the Duchess of Cambridge was styled by James Pryce of Richard Ward salon before walking down the aisle in 2011. The look works well with lace gowns, low-cut V necklines and classic veils. The hair should be pinned slightly back or swept sideways, this will ensure that the style won’t distract from the intricate lace details on the arms and shoulders.
Strapless dresses are one of the easiest to work with, giving the green light for nearly any style. In saying that, an exposed décolletage is accentuated by an up-style so we would recommend an unstructured chignon or a sleek high bun. This is dependent on whether the dress has a relaxed silhouette or one that is more fishnet or tulle. Soft and relaxed waves also work really well with a strapless ensemble.
The sweetheart neckline again looks better when it’s left bare but for a bride that feels more comfortable when her hair is down, a one-sided braid is a happy medium. Another look that works well is the half-up style, as seen on Amy Huberman, styled by Joanne Kelly on the day of her wedding. The old-school Hollywood pin-up look is again growing in popularity. It’s a style that gives an instant injection of allure to any bride on her big day.
High neck gowns work better when the hair is pulled back, as any loose waves or curls will take away from the detailing and embellishment usually found on this style of dress. A regal topknot will elongate the neck but it’s a very brave move for a not-so-confident bride. Hair accessories should be kept subtle so as not to take away from a dramatic and detailed neckline - an understated tiara and light veil will complete the look.
It goes without saying that boho dresses need to be paired with a relaxed, undone style – either a messy pony, beachy waves or a loose up-do with movement and texture. Anything overly structured or too defined will look mismatched and out of place. Rope braids and knots are in high demand amongst boho brides and these are great as they will remain secure for the duration of the day. If wanting to accessorise, a bride should opt for a ‘barely there’ veil or a discreet flower crown.
The Modern Bride
Many current bridal collections are aimed towards the ‘modern bride’, someone who is on-trend, chic and sophisticated. Sometimes a bride like this is best fitted to a low-maintenance and manageable style. Gently tousled waves or simple and romantic swept-off-the-face updos are beginning to make their way onto the most requested bridal hair lists.
For a bride who airs on the more conservative side, choosing for a high neck dress with a full sleeve, there’s only one style that works – pulled back off the face. A chignon is elegant, chic and timeless. ✂
Inspiration: Ask your client to bring some direction, but not too much. An image overload will lead to confusion on both sides and it’s important you’re on the same page from the get-go.
Style recycle: Suggest re-trying a look that you know has worked well in the past. It’s never a good idea to try something overly unfamiliar or over-the-top. Show your own images of other brides you have styled and make suggestions.