- Posted by Cortex Beauty Blog
- On May 30, 2018
Wedding hair runs the gamut from sleek updos, glamorous curls, smooth, straight looks and a huge variety of accessories. How should a bride and her stylist choose the best wedding hairstyle?
Consider the Wedding Venue
Each wedding has its own vibe, its own feel. This is related to the setting for the ceremony as well as the reception, what food will be served, what time of day the events will take place, as well as the date. So, a New Year’s Eve wedding in a Manhattan hotel ballroom is going to have a different feel than an outdoor wedding at the top of the ski lift in Colorado, which will feel different from a traditional church or synagogue wedding with the reception in the social hall.
Formal venues are well matched to formal hairstyles: architectural updos, sleek and with no flyaways, lustrous curls, even retro or vintage looks.
Less formal settings like weddings in the home, outside venues or even weddings at the county courthouse allow for less formal hairstyles, including looser braids, more tendrils or even dressed up ponytails.
Choose the Best Wedding Hairstyle for the Events of the Day:
Will there be dancing? Does the bride like to dance and how likely is she to perspire? Will the bride be exposed to the elements, including heat and humidity or cold weather and even precipitation?
Brides need to be able to stay cool enough to dance and their hair needs to be a help and not a hindrance. Some brides deal with dancing by having one hairstyle for the ceremony and another for the reception.
Others choose hairstyles that keep their hair off their forehead and neck, so they won’t have loose hair that gets tousled or that will make them hot.
Will there be a veil for the ceremony?
If so, it will need to be attached securely to the hair for the ceremony, to be removed for the reception. The veil will need to “fit” over the hair, which will eliminate certain hairstyles, like high updos and ponytails.
Matching the Hairstyle to the Wedding Dress
There are no hard and fast rules here, but here are some facets to consider. Certain dresses just naturally lend themselves to types of hairstyles. However, other issues like the bride’s preference, her face shape and her vision for the day rule supreme!
Sleeveless dresses: Sleeveless dresses really are a blank slate and allow for updos or hair down, curly, straight or braids.
High necks, boat necks/bateau lines: These styles have intricacy right at the shoulder, so the shoulder area should be free of hair. Updo’s are the best.
V necks are perfect for showcasing longer hair and curls, but are also well-paired with updos, including chignons and braids.
Styling bridal hair is an honor, a privilege and a great responsibility for the stylist. Understanding the details of the wedding day will help the bride and her stylist work together as a team to determine the most flattering hairstyles that can withstand the rigors of the day and showcase the wonder and happiness of the day.