The modern bride is letting go of the stiff, complicated updos of the 90’s and the huge, poofy ringlet creations of the naughts. Today’s bride is opting for hairstyles that are more simple, natural looking, and timeless.
The look that’s so in right now is casual, beachy, and windswept with romantic curls. The key is to pick something simple, so that the focus is on your face and dress instead of a mountain of hair. Messy, tangled curls and escaping strands of hair are a must for your wedding hairstyle. Perfection is gone, and casual, tousled creations have taken its place.
A few classic styles still reign- the ever timless side chignon and sleek bun will never go out, and pinup girl curls or flapper stye finger waves are still acceptable. The key is to either pick a vintage theme and stick with is (50’s wedding =pinup hair) or go simple. Skip the intricate pin curls and millions of jeweled pins, and pick something more natural and minimalistic.
- flowers in your hair
- bridal fascinators- anything with lace, taffeta, chiffon, flowers, or other small details.
- veils- birdcages, visor, or lace trimmed
- loose side chignon with flowers
- a few wispy pieces left out
- sleek buns
- ombre coloring
- long natural hair
- flower garlands
- huge bows
- tiny hats
- old fashioned pill box hats
- old fashioned looking jeweled combs.
- unusual plants- vines, wheat, vegetables, succulents, etc.
- vintage inspired hairstyles- finger waves, pin up hair, etc.
- heavy highlighting- streaky hair is so last decade
- complicated updoos with tight, sprayed to death curls
- tight ponytails in combination with piles of tiny curls
- a tiara with a complicated updoo
- perfect hair- have a few parts look gentle and casual
- glitter. not in your hair!
- bubble veils. Way too 80’s
- fake flowers. they’ll be obvious next to the real ones in your bouquet.
Don’t forget, a veil longer than your fingertips (knee, sweep, chapel or cathedral) is going to be heavy. Make sure your hairstyle is secured well with plenty of pins and hairspray if you plan on using it to support a veil, even for a short amount of time. Think about using something like a tiara to support your veil (a-la Kate Middleton) if you dont want to attach it to your hair, of if you wanted a looser more romantic style. Have your hairstylist make sure to explain how to remove your veil if you want to take it out after your ceremony, or hire her for an hour after your ceremony for a hairstyle touchup and veil removal.
Locally, try Haute Bride for veil and hair accessories.
A few great stylists to help you create your perfect look:
Beauty Bug makeup has nothing but great reviews, and is located centrally in San Francisco. Amy Sadek has great prices as well as service, and she’s willing to travel to you. Makeup by Stacey McClure is in a lovely upscale location and will treat you like a queen on your wedding day.
Just remember, pick a hairstyle and accessories that match your personal style, and you’ll feel confident and beautiful all day long.