Just like colors, gowns, and flowers, there are trends in bridal beauty as well. We’ve talked to local experts to find out just what the latest trends are for your locks so you’ll be in the know before choosing your hairstyle. Whether you want to be trendy or timeless, here are some of the best hairstyles for your wedding day.
Trends in Bridal Hairstyles
Some of the most popular hairstyles being requested by brides today are a low simple bun and wearing hair down with loose waves. As Heidi Akpaette, owner and Lead Stylist of 139 Hair by Heidi tells us, “Hollywood glam waves are super popular as well as a more modern version of them. I’ve also never had so many bridal parties that want their hair all down as well!” She also says that a natural look has been, and remains, popular, “I find Minnesota brides to really just want to be the most beautiful version of themselves. Brides here tend to want to look timeless and beautiful, and not over the top.”
Kathleen Parker of WarPaint International Beauty Agency says, “The most popular styles we are seeing right now are low buns with volume in the crown and a natural part. Keeping your part allows hair to be pulled away from the face in a softer, romantic style. Adding a braid or twist, on one or both sides, can add to your style if your dress is more simple and you’d like to make more of a statement with your hair.”
For those of you who envision wearing your hair up, no worries, as Jessica Massmann from Gypsy Hair Guru tells us “classic updos never go out of style.” And she notes that when it’s hot out, updos are ideal for comfort, and half-up half-down styles tend to fall in extreme heat.
Jeannine Marie Photography | 139 Hair by Heidi
Balance is Best
The key to finding “the one” out of the many best hairstyles for your wedding day is to balance it with your gown. As Massmann puts it, “If your dress is simple you can go with extra details for your hair. If your dress is detailed go simple with your hair.”
Parker has this practical advice on hairstyles for your wedding day, “When choosing a style for your wedding day, think about how you usually wear your hair and what feels most like you. If you never wear your hair up, don’t feel pressured to do so, just because it feels more formal or you expect a hot summer day. You should feel beautiful and special on your wedding day, but also comfortable and true to yourself. Opt for something a bit more glam than what you might choose for a date night.”
Wedding Guys Wisdom: Be mindful to balance your hairstyle with your neckline as well. If you have an ornate neckline, you’ll want to show it off, so letting hair frame your face and keeping most of it up (without having it compete with your gown) is a nice idea.
Accessories for Your Hair
Parker has some great advice when it comes to deciding what accessories to put in your hair, “When choosing your own hairpiece, look at your dress and jewelry. Make sure what you’re putting in your hair brings your whole look together. If you’ll be wearing pearl earrings, get pearls for your hair, not crystals. If your dress is satin, look to your jewelry to help you decide. You can even forgo the bejeweled pieces and opt for flowers or greens. Use some from your florist to match with your bouquet. Even a touch of Baby’s Breath can be just perfect.”
WarPaint International Rachel Lahlum | 139 Hair by Heidi
Pre-Wedding Hair Prep
No matter what hairstyle you choose, you’ll want your hair to look healthy in your wedding photos. Akpaette suggests laying off chemicals and treatments leading up to the big day for the best results. “If a bride does a lot of color treatments and hot tools, laying off the blow dryer, flat iron, and curling iron is a good idea to start to repair hair. Doing less hair lightening will also keep the integrity of the hair and keep it from splitting and looking frizzy. Over-processing and daily blow-drying damage your hair the most, so giving it a break is the best thing you can do if you’re trying to have longer, healthier hair for your wedding.”
Parker recommends taking good care of your hair leading up to your wedding. “Using a deep conditioner once a week can help with dry or damaged hair. Regular trims are important as well. Even though you may want to grow out your hair for that luscious, curly down style or voluminous updo, trims help hair grow.”
Massmann gives this insider tip that’s easy to follow for day-of maintenance, “Touching your hair makes it frizzy. The oil from your hands creates flyaways.” And if you do get pesky flyaways, Akpaette recommends brides keep a hard hold hairspray in their “bridal kit”, such as the travel size of Bed Head Hard Head hairspray. “It’s great to touch up flyaways. I also recommend having someone with a curling iron handy to touch up any front pieces that have fallen after the ceremony.”
Use any of these tips to find the best bridal hairstyle for your wedding day. And we’ve got tons of more beauty and wellness content on our blog, from steps to preventing dry skin to best bridal lip colors, so check it out!