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Bridal Hair: Read Our Top Tips On How To Choose The Perfect Hairstyle

Top Tips On Choosing Your Perfect Hairstyle For Your Wedding Day

bridal updo with small white flower accessories
Bridal Hair by Lauren

Choosing what hairstyle to have for your wedding day can be quite a daunting task. With so many different styles to choose from it can be difficult to know where to start. To help put you on the right track, I have put together some tips and questions to ask yourself when choosing your perfect bridal hair.

Know Your Own Hair

When looking for hairstyle inspiration it is important to keep in mind the type of hair you have. Whilst there are tricks your hairstylist can do to try and achieve a particular style for you, different hair types all have limitations and this is something to keep in mind when choosing your bridal hair.

If you have fine hair, try not to choose something that is really full and voluminous as you may be disappointed that your hair did not achieve the same look. Details like plaits and braids can look a bit lost in fine hair, as there is not enough thickness or texture there to create a chunky braid that will stand out in a hairstyle.

If you know that your hair struggles to hold a curl you may not want to consider a down do. There are things that can be done to encourage hair to hold a curl but unfortunately sometimes hair will just rebel and drop and you don’t want to be disappointed that your hair didn’t last the whole day.

Consider your hair length when looking through hair styles. If you have shorter hair but have your heart set on something that will need more hair you can always consider using hair extensions or additional padding.

Don’t Be Too Adventurous

Be mindful of your own personal style. Don’t choose something completely “out there” just because it’s your wedding day. I know it’s easy to get carried away when looking at all those beautiful hairstyles, but at the end of the day you want to look like you – if not you may end up feeling uncomfortable. You don’t want to be looking back on photographs from your big day thinking; “that’s so not me”. If you always wear your hair straight, it may not feel very “you” to have it curly, or if you don’t experiment too much with your hair and usually just wear your hair natural, you may feel far too “done-up” with something overly styled and sleek.

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Back to Front

Most styles you look at will be pictures of the back of the hair so it is easy to forget about how you want the front of your hair to look. A good place to start is to ask yourself some questions key questions. Do you want to keep your parting? When you normally tie your hair up do you like to brush all your hair back or keep your hair parted? Do you want to see some volume at the crown? Do you like more fullness round the sides? Do you want hair tucked behind your ears or maybe you’d like them covered? Do you like your hair tied low or maybe a high bun is your usual go to? Sit down in front of the mirror and have a play with some different options to see what you like best.

Do you want to keep some loose hair out at the front of your style? Leaving some loose curls out can help soften a look and frame your face. If you’re used to having your hair down and considering an updo for your big day, leaving out some loose bits of hair at the front on the style can help you feel more comfortable and less “exposed”.

Don’t Forget Your Dress

It is important to consider your style of dress when choosing your hairstyle. Think about your neckline – if you’re wearing something with a high neckline, an updo may work best. Alternatively if you have chosen a strapless dress and there is a lot of skin showing, you may want to keep some or all of your hair down to keep you from looking bare. If your dress has a lot of detail in the back, you won’t want your hair down covering it. If you have a very busy dress with lots of detail and adornments, you may want to consider a simpler hairstyle.

The style of dress you’ve chosen may suit certain hairstyles more than others and you want to make sure everything is complimenting each other. If your dress is very vintage, maybe something with a lot of lace, you may want to consider an elegant and sleek style or even a vintage inspired look. Or if you’ve opted for a more bohemian style dress you could choose a loose, textured hairstyle perhaps incorporating some boho braids.

Also keep in mind what accessories you would like in your hair. Be sure that your chosen hairstyle will accommodate your chosen headdress, such as your veil, tiara or hair slide. You may find it more helpful to choose your hair accessories after you have decided on your hair style.

Get Inspired

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Research if key when choosing your wedding hair. Look through lots of images to get some inspiration. Magazines, Pinterest, Instagram and Wedding Blogs are all great places to start. Go to my Pinterest Page  and also visit my gallery to see some great inspirational images I have picked out. It is useful for your bridal hairstylist to have a clear idea of the kind of styles you like and showing images is a great way of doing this. You will be able to discuss the images together and you can let your stylist know the particular elements you like of each style.

Have Fun!

And finally and most importantly have fun with your bridal hair search! Choosing a hairstyle is nothing to get stressed about and should be one of the enjoyable parts of your wedding planning! Take pleasure in exploring the different wedding looks out there and make sure you’re happy with the style you finally do choose and that it really is “you” – your husband to be will want to recognise his bride walking down the aisle!

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