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A bride’s hair on her wedding day is an extension of her dress. It’s something that, when done well, will look fantastic and complete the outfit, but when not quite right will end up bringing the entire outfit down. The right hairstyle will also enhance the bride’s makeup and create an overall polished appearance, so it’s important to do some research beforehand. There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing the right hairstyle for your big day. Factors like the style of your dress, the length on your hair and even how formal you want to appear, are all things to keep in mind. If you’re unsure which hairstyle to choose and would like a little direction, here are a few things to consider.

A good initial source of inspiration is the style of your dress. Have a look at the length and shape of the dress and any details or embellishments it may contain. Ask yourself a few questions: Is this dress elegant, with hints of vintage detailing, or it modern? Would wearing my hair up/down detract from the dress? Do I want to draw attention to my hair or use it like the supporting act to my dress? Asking yourself these questions will help determine the style and era your dress belongs to, which in turn will make coming up with an appropriate hairstyle easier. For example, if your dress is fully lace with a long, romantic train, a similarly themed sideswept up-do with an antique hairpiece will work well. If, on the other hand, your dress is a sleek, modern shift dress, you might want to pair it with a modern hairstyle, for example, a woven plaited bun or a braided hair tiara.

Hair length is a practical aspect to consider when planning your bridal hair, as different lengthed hair will allow for different styles. If your hair is long, you definitely have more scope to play around with styles, but for the short haired amongst us, fear not, because there are plenty beautiful styles for shorter hair, too. For long hair you can first decide if you’d like to wear your hair fully down, half up or completely up. Hair fully down usually sets a more casual, bohemian tone, while hair completely up tends to give a more formal appearance. Next you can decide if you’d like to keep your hair straight or put a wave or curl through it. Keep in mind that straight hair can seem a bit stiff, and is also less festive, while curly hair tends to exude a softer, more rounded look. Whatever style you do choose, try to make it suit the shape of your face. If you’re unsure about your face shape, this is something a trained stylist would be able to help you with.

For shorter hair, while the styles available are more limited, there is still room to experiment and have fun. An excellent hair stylist can take any kind of hair and transform it into something spectacular, so if you have no ideas, just sit back and let your stylist spin their magic. Some good ideas for hair above the chin is to put a wave through the hair and then pin it back on one side with a gorgeous hair piece. Another idea that is particularly effective is to wear your hair in a detailed French braid. In addition to wearing your hair down, you can also get your stylist to create an eye catching up-do by using pins to pull the hair to one side. If your hair is very short a good idea is to purchase a handmade hairpiece, headband or tiara from Etsy, and let your stylist expertly arrange it. Also keep in mind that if hair is off your neck, you won’t get as hot dancing and will therefore not risk your hair turning into sweaty dreadlocks.

The above tips and suggestions are only meant to be used an overall guide. There are literally thousands of different ways for brides to wear their hair, so do some research, find some styles you like and bring them in to your hair stylist on your big day. And if you simply don’t have time to scroll through hundreds of photos of smiling brides, just rock up on the day, sit in the chair and tell your stylist, “Do whatever you like, but make me look awesome.” And you know what? She will.



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