Guest Post: 5 Wedding Hairstyles that Never Go Out of Style

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Whether you’re a bride, a bridesmaid, or a wedding guest, there’s one natural accessory you need to prepare to complete your perfect wedding day look: your hair. In fact, you can do without the earrings or the necklace, but not without your perfectly styled hair.

If done right, your hair is your best wedding accessory—it enhances your personality, highlights your beauty, and gives your confidence a boost. A good hair day can make you feel ready to take on the world, especially on an important occasion like a wedding. Your hairstyle says a lot about you and influences people’s perception of you, so it all boils down to choosing a style that reflects your persona and complements your best features.

1. Updos

Updos are a popular choice for weddings. For brides, it’s easier to attach the veil when your hair is styled this way. What’s great about updos is you don’t have to worry about the wind messing up your hair or keeping loose strands off your face. Choose this sophisticated hairstyle if you want something that highlights your neck and shoulders and draws attention to your face.

An updo that’s totally pulled off the face looks great on an oval face shape. For a square face shape, you can soften strong jawlines with delicate tendrils that frame the face. Updos with wavy side-swept bangs look great on ladies with a heart face shape as these take the attention away from the forehead. A tight updo is a simple but classy style that looks best on oblong face shapes.

2. Half-up, Half-down

If you want the sophistication of the updo and the spontaneity of free-flowing locks, half-up half-down hairstyles would be a great choice. This was the hairstyle used by Duchess Kate Middleton on her wedding day.

This alluring hairstyle focuses on your femininity by framing your face and giving your dress a soft, balancing touch. It helps create the perfect look for romantic and bohemian wedding themes. A modern twist to the half-up half-down hairstyle is the overlapping half-up style that gives the illusion of intersecting hair strands.

3. Ponytails

A ponytail is another wedding hairstyle favorite with its effortlessly chic and neat appeal. Like updos, ponytails in general add height and emphasize your cheekbones.

A low ponytail with natural waves radiates a dreamy princess vibe. A modern and more mature take on this hairstyle is the unpolished, mid-height ponytail with lots of volume. Ponytails are great for summer and beach weddings that are reminiscent of flowery dresses. If you’re wearing a figure-hugging backless dress, a sleek high ponytail exudes an air of drama. Want to look more youthful? Try ribboned ponytails.

4. Braids

The beautiful and intricate details of braids make it a top choice for romantic weddings. This dainty hairstyle keeps your locks in place during the entire event. Braids can be added to a rolled updo, to half-up half-down hairstyles, and even to ponytails. Braids can even function as a tiara for brides. Waterfall braids accentuated with flowers or gems convey playfulness, making this style ideal for bohemian or garden weddings.

5. Retro Glam

If you want a vintage-inspired look, try pompadours, soft and big curls, and French twists. Retro-glam inspired hairstyles also feature shiny, structured locks. This classic hairstyle is great for vintage and formal indoor weddings.

How to Choose Your Wedding Hairstyle

There are thousands of wedding hairstyles to choose from. Professional hairstylists can create a wide variety of looks for long, medium, or short hair. There are also various hair types the pros take into consideration when styling your hair: straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair, and kinky hair. Then there’s your hair texture. Your hair may be fine, coarse, medium, or thick. However, no matter how many hair types women have, there are lots of hairstyles you can choose from that would look good on you.

If you wish to get your hair treated, do it a couple of weeks before the event. Getting conditioning treatments from the salon is recommended. Never do anything drastic a few days before the wedding, like cutting or coloring your hair. First, you might not like the result and it would take a lot of effort to come up with a remedy. Second, some treatments require you not to wash your hair for a day or two.

Not sure which hairstyle you should choose for a wedding? Here are a few things to consider before doing it yourself or booking an appointment with your hairstylist:

Choose a Hairstyle that Looks Flattering from Every Angle

Remember, photographers will be at the wedding to capture moments—many of them will probably be stolen! So your hair has to look good from the front, sides, back, and top.

You hairstyle has to complement your face shape, personality, and your dress, too. No matter how fabulous your hair looks, if it doesn’t make you feel great, you won’t be able to project confidence, which adds to your allure.

Select a Hairstyle that Maximizes your Hair Type

Choose what works for your hair type. If you have short and thin hair, for example, a messy updo with extra volume might be perfect for you. Wavy half-updo and braided hair would also look great, as these both give the appearance of thicker and fuller hair.

Consider the Wedding Theme and Season

There’s a suitable hairstyle for every wedding theme and season. Winter weddings, for example, make chignons adorned with jewels a classic and elegant choice for brides and bridesmaids as these channel the look of an ice queen. For summer beach weddings, whimsical curls with floral headbands or a braided hairstyle with bouncy curls that create the chic and carefree mermaid look would be appropriate.

Decide if You Want to Accessorize

You can accessorize with headbands, hair barrettes, crowns, embellished hairpins, chains, and other headpieces to complete your look. If you want to use accessories, choose pieces that complement your dress and make-up. Swarovski, gemstones, pearls, lace, and flowers are popular embellishments for hair accessories.

Browsing through images of beautiful hairstyles can help you plan and choose the perfect wedding hairstyle with your stylist, or for those interested in styling their own hair, come explore our hair style tutorials. If you’re the bride and you’re having a hair and make-up trial, you can help your hair stylist create the perfect hair style on your special day by showing your own style pegs or using any of the 5 classic wedding hairstyles mentioned above as your base.

Looking for a new stylist in the Denver area? Learn more about our hair salon services and see if Grand Salon is the right fit for you!

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