Traditional wedding hair is lovely – a classic ballet bun or chignon can be perfect if you want to keep things simple. But what if you’re just not that kind of girl? We’ve found five incredible styles that are pretty, unique and allow you to show off your personality on the big day…
If you thought embroidery was nothing more than your gran’s favourite hobby, then it’s time to think again, because we’ve just uncovered the coolest new way to accessorise. Jodie Austen, aka Peachy Stylist (follow her on Instagram for all sorts of awe-inducing hair inspo) stitches tiny thread flowers into the hair.
“It was one of those ideas that came to me while I was falling to sleep,” Jodie explains. “Adding an embroidery piece keeps a bridal hairstyle effortless but makes it feel more special. The hair embroidery has to be done on extension pieces because there is no way of getting it out easily enough to do it on someone’s own hair. I don’t transfer or have any template, I literally get the hair laid out and embroider. From start to finish they can take me a day of thinking about it, and roughly one to five hours to complete. If the dress or decor has embroidery, I can design it in the hair to match, or create one to go with the wedding flowers!”
Wait, don’t close the tab just yet – hear us out on this one. You probably thought that once we left the 80s that was the end of the humble crimper. But recently they’ve become a bit of a backstage favourite.
“Crimping can be used to create texture in very thin or limp hair,” says Emma Leung, director at Kelly Leung in Dublin. “Its a good technique to bulk out the hair to create upstyles. Looser crimping can be used in soft styles for the more natural, boho brides’
Denise McLean, director at Pelo Hairdressing in Dublin, agrees: “Crimping is a fantastic way to create volume on the root area of very fine hair – I crimp an inch section from the root area to achieve a root lift without having to use backcombing.”
There are no skills needed, and they work on every hair type – just tread carefully and you’ll avoid the Cyndi Lauper fancy dress look. Instead, look to subtle, pretty looks like this style created by a few seasons ago at Roksanda. The hair is light as air, perfect for a low key wedding. See, not so scary after all!
Ribbons might have connotations of schoolgirl cutesiness, but they can be sophisticated when worn right. This gorgeous look, created by Anthony Turner for ghd and L’Oreal Professionnel at Erdem, took inspiration from the high seas – but take away the swashbuckling salty texture of the hair, and you’ve actually got the perfect foundation for a wedding style, black ribbons and all.
“If you’re looking to mix up your bridal look, accessorising is key, and although not a traditional option, ribbon can be used with a whole host of updos to really make a style statement on your big day,” says Charlotte Hanson, wedding hair specialist S J Forbes in Egham. “At Erdem, hair was pulled roughly in to a low ponytail that had been plaited in various sizes and directions and then styled into a bun. This look is perfect for a modern, non-conventional bride, and ribbon can be braided alongside the hair.”
The dark colour makes a statement against light hair, but it still looks grown-up and pretty along with the plaits. Plus, if you like the look, it’s totally appropriate to wear as a wedding guest, too!
Unicorn hair is the trend that refuses to go anywhere, and now it’s coming to an aisle near you. Unnatural colours can add a really pretty pop to an all white bridal outfit.
“I was inspired by ‘Not Another Salon‘ to play around with colours to create my version of rainbow colour,” says Danielle Garner of Style Club in Dublin. “These hidden rainbow looks showcase someone’s vivid personality in a subtle yet classy way. A half up/half down style would be a perfect way to reveal this look, allowing the top and front to be simplistic and elegant, yet after the veil comes off you see the fun. Or how about a vintage so when the bride shakes her head or moves , you will see the rainbow shimmering through. I love how it can also be used in clients hair that are brown or blonde with something coming through underneath to add contrast – it’s versatile for clients who have a colourful heart but work in an environment where vivid hair isn’t acceptable.”
“Undercut tattoos look fantastic with asymmetric styles that use waves and back combing to create messy shapes,” says Ashely Gamble, founder of Ashley Gamble salon in Shifnal. “They also look great with high on top waves to that give height allowing side profile pictures to look fresh and modern.”
Like the hidden rainbows, they allow you to combine edginess with a classic style, and work really well for the photographs – one angle for Grandma’s mantelpiece, another angle for Instagram! Lotus flowers, zigzag textures and geometric shapes all look amazing – just make sure you trust your hairdresser before going for the plunge!0