Finding the perfect wedding hairstyles
Ladies: let’s face it, there’s a lot of pressure out there nowadays for women to look good at the best of times. With this in mind, what better reason to go all-out on glamour, than for one of the most highly-anticipated dates in any couples’ calendar: the Wedding day! Ask any bride-to-be about the most important aspects of her wedding beauty regime and it will of course involve hair and make-up. With most people enlisting the help of make-up stylists to be picture perfect, the biggest decision for the bride is now choosing that all important hair style. Every woman longs to feel like a Goddess every once in a while and long flowing tresses are a time-tested way of exuding your femininity. However there’s a lot to consider come the big day and what works for another may not necessarily work for you, thus getting it right can seem like a daunting task. The following offers some handy hints to help get that hair inspiration flowing!
It may be 2013, but without a doubt, the most highly requested wedding hairstyle of recent years has been the unremitting ‘up-do’ for brides and bridesmaids alike. Yet however classic or predictable this may seem (depending on your perspective) there are many winning variations out there that can ensure you capture that perfect look. With inspiration to be found from catwalks and red carpets worldwide, impressive modern twists on the classic include:
the braided up-do (effortlessly chic yet playful)
the off-centre chignon (known to add an air of softness to any look)
and finally, the half up-half down – the perfect compromise for the more indecisive among us!
Even the most humble of brides would find it hard to deny that feeling radiant on your special day certainly has its allure. And while subtle sophistication, elegance, and even opulence are often the order of the day when faced with the inevitable “what type of look are you going for?” question - beware that a sense of practicality is not to be overlooked. For example, is your much sought after up-do veil-proof, weatherproof and/or comfortable? Let’s be honest, minus a few touch-ups your look has to last you the entire day and presumably late on into the reception.
So here’s the key to getting it right: firstly, focus on a simple style that you identify with. What aspects do you like about it and why? Next, take a classic element of this style and apply it to yourself. How would it look on you? It’s important for you to find a style that is suited to you personally - one that works specifically for you as an individual.
Lastly, ask yourself two things:
1) Does it compliment your features?
2) Would it work well to your hair type?
For example, attempting a straightened, overly sleek style on thick, coarse hair seems risky when a soft curl could work so much better, while lots of braiding would prove tricky for choppy, layered hair. If the visualisation is proving tricky then move on to a style you can work with, as obsessing over an unrealistic idea is a waste of time. Ultimately, ask yourself what it is you are aiming for. If it’s keeping the look modern, romantic or on-trend then an accessory can often be your saving grace.
With a range of stockists now offering both elegant and unique designs; a vintage hair grip or pearl headpiece could be the missing piece of the puzzle you are looking for, adding definition to an otherwise simple look.
For example, attempting a straightened, overly sleek style on thick, coarse hair seems risky when a soft curl could work so much better, while lots of braiding would prove tricky for choppy, layered hair. If the visualisation is proving tricky then move on to a style you can work with, as obsessing over an unrealistic idea is a waste of time. Ultimately, ask yourself what it is you are aiming for. If it’s keeping the look modern, romantic or on-trend then an accessory can often be your saving grace. With a range of stockists now offering both elegant and unique designs; a vintage hair grip or pearl headpiece could be the missing piece of the puzzle you are looking for, adding definition to an otherwise simple look.
Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment! Whether you’re looking for stylish and edgy or classic and understated, almost anything goes! What’s more there are some amazing tried and tested products out there to help you along the way, from leave-in thickening sprays to deep conditioning treatments. So be bold and take the plunge by asking your stylist to test out some styles and products in advance. This gives you time to decide on your ultimate favourite in time for the big day, while keeping it in tip top condition for that much anticipated honeymoon ahead. After all, preparation is key, so go for it!
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