Bridal Hairstyles

Bridal Hairstyles With Long Veils

If you’re a bride-to-be, no doubt you’re debating whether or not to wear a veil on your special day. If you’ve already decided that you will be wearing a veil the next decision you need to make is the length. Shoulder length? Elbow length? Fingertip length? Ballet length? The possibilities are almost endless, so for some inspiration for veils of varying lengths and styles take a look at these gorgeous ideas.

RELATED: Prefer a short veil?  Check out these popular birdcage veils

This classic and simple ballet length veil adds a touch of sophistication to this otherwise simple hairstyle. Soft curls have been swept over one shoulder and a floral headpiece has also been added to match the detail on the dress.

Bridal Hairstyles With Long Veils

If you want to make a statement go for a bold and extravagant cathedral-length veil. When paired with falling loose curls you’ll have a look that will be one to remember forever.

Bridal Hairstyles With Long Veils

A popular hairstyle in fashion at the moment comes from the 1920’s, Great Gatsby style. This impeccable look teams retro pin curls with a vintage style elbow length veil and is absolute perfection.

Bridal Hairstyles With Long Veils

The classic sweeping bun hairstyle is a popular one with brides because it never dates. This modest elbow-length veil is a sweet touch which compliments the intricacy of the dress.

Bridal Hairstyles With Long Veils

This vintage-style ballet-length veil has intricate detail, made even more prominent by the simple hairstyle. The veil is the standout here so there’s no need for an extravagant hairstyle too.

Bridal Hairstyles With Long Veils

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October 4, 2014

Bridal Hairstyles With Tiaras

Tiaras have been a bridal accessory for many years and were once worn to symbolise the loss of innocence to marriage.  On a woman’s wedding day she would wear the family tiara and from then on was expected to wear the jewellery of the groom’s family, symbolising her commitment to her new family.  Nowadays, the reason the tiara is worn is more due to looks rather than tradition but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important.

Tiaras come in all shapes, sizes and styles so don’t discount wearing a tiara on your wedding day until you’ve tried one on.  Typically they are worn far back on the head on a forty-five degree angle from above the ears and are best held in place when the hair is not complete clean, with the use of plenty of hairspray and pins.

So if you’re considering wearing a tiara on your wedding day, take some inspiration from these:

This impressive tiara works perfectly with the formal hairstyle this bride has chosen because it’s extravagant and stunning, much like the hairstyle.  This is one tiara that wont go unnoticed.

Bridal Hairstyles With Tiaras

If you want something a little less understated then choose a simple tiara with minimal detail.  Biggest is not always best.

Bridal Hairstyles With Tiaras

This classic bridal tiara is encrusted with diamantes and is a popular style for many brides.  It’s simple yet elegant and can be worn with a multitude of hairstyles.

Bridal Hairstyles With Tiaras

This incredibly dainty tiara is gold plated and has tiny diamantes suspended from small wires.  It’s not your run-of-mill tiara but something just a little bit different.

Bridal Hairstyles With Tiaras

Love tiaras so much you want to wear more than one?  Well why not?!  This bride proves it can be done with style, you’ll just need plenty of hair for that elongated up-do.

Bridal Hairstyles With Tiaras

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September 18, 2014

How To Choose A Hairstylist For Your Big Day

Your wedding day will be one of the biggest days of your life and one that you’ll probably plan for months if not years and ensuring that everything is perfect for your big day, especially how you look, can be stressful and daunting. Your hair will be one of the most important bookings you make so to ensure that you make the right choice about your hairstylist, consider these top tips:

  • Ensure that you take a look at their portfolio before you confirm a booking so you have an idea of their capabilities.  If you’re hoping for an intricate hairstyle on your big day you’ll need to make sure that your stylist is capable of recreating it and pictures of past brides will give you a fair idea whether they’re experienced enough or not.
  • When you contact a stylist you’ll need to get a quote to ensure that they’re within your budget.  Agree on a fixed priced so you’re not sprung with any unexpected costs on your big day.
  • When you meet with a stylist ask them to suggest some flattering styles that will compliment your look.  An experienced hairstylist should be able to recommend a style that suits the look you’re going for.
  • A great hairdresser will use professional and premium hair products so be sure to ask them what they use, especially if the style you want needs to be held firmly in place.
  • Always have a trial before your wedding day, preferably a few months prior, just in case things don’t go to plan or you don’t like the style you’ve chosen after all.  Try and have your makeup trial on the same day so you can get an idea of your overall look.
  • Ensure that your stylist gives you a timetable for your wedding day, especially if they’ll be doing your bridesmaid’s hair as well.  Being organised and knowing at what time everyone is to be styled should help the day run a little smoother.
  • Also, ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed with your hairstylist.  If you don’t get on well (even if they are an amazing hairdresser) then consider trying to find another stylist.  The last thing you want on your wedding day is to feel irritated by someone when it should be the happiest day of your life.

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September 12, 2014

Beach Wedding Hairstyles

Beach weddings can be spectacular so why not use what Mother Nature has provided as a magnificent backdrop to your wedding? And best of all, normally the venue is free! But what about hairstyles? Beaches tend to be a bit windier than other venues so trying to come up with a hairstyle that will suit the occasion as well as the weather can be hard.

Either you want a hairstyle that won’t move an inch, perhaps held together with a braid or headpiece, or you want a style that wont bother you if it does get messed about in the wind, such as leaving your hair completely down. Either way, beach weddings tend to be carefree and fun so your hairstyle should match that.

Here are some beach wedding hairstyles for inspiration:

A messy up-do for a beach wedding is a great idea because if it gets blown about a little, it won’t look as though your hair is out of place. These soft curls have been pinned up into a messy bun then dotted with flowers, ideal for your beach wedding.

Beach Wedding Hairstyles

This style is so incredibly simple yet beautiful, so if you’re not bothered about your hair blowing about in the wind, leave it down, add a few loose curls and wear a flower halo to top it off.

Beach Wedding Hairstyles

If you’d prefer to keep your hair out of your eyes on your wedding day then consider wearing a bridal headband to keep in under wraps.

Beach Wedding Hairstyles

Fishtail braids are in fashion right now and they’re perfect for beach weddings because they’ll keep your hair from flying in your face. The tiny flowers dotted through the hair are subtle yet gorgeous.

Beach Wedding Hairstyles

Again, this hairstyle with the hair flowing freely would suit a beach wedding down to a tee. The side sweeping bangs and detailed flower halo add a touch of elegance to this otherwise simple style.

Beach Wedding Hairstyles

A halo braid can ensure that your hair doesn’t stray from where it’s supposed to, especially in the wind. Team this look with some flowers at the back or side and you’ve got a gorgeous bohemian look.

Beach Wedding Hairstyles

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September 8, 2014

Birdcage Veils

Wedding veils date back to ancient times when the Greeks wore them to protect the bride from evil spirits while in medieval times they were worn to symbolise chastity. Nowadays they are worn purely for fashion and rightly so.  But deciding whether you’re going to wear a veil or not can be difficult enough, let alone having to choose which type you’re going to wear.  Blusher?  Elbow?  Flyaway?  Cathedral?  The possibilities are endless.

Many brides decide against wearing a veil, perhaps because they see them as old fashioned.  But as we all know, certain styles quite often come back into fashion and that is particularly true for the birdcage veil, first gaining popularity in the 1940’s.  They’re popular because they don’t cover up your hairstyle, they are simple yet elegant and they can be very cost effective.

So here we take a look at some of the best birdcage veils in fashion at the moment.:

For a slight twist on the traditional birdcage veil, team it with a small cap and some dainty feathers for this exquisite full face veil which can be completely removed for the reception if need be.

Birdcage Veils

If you don’t want the trouble of fiddling around with your veil when it comes to kissing your  husband, consider a birdcage veil that covers half the face only.  This veil is neatly attached to the headband so it’s easily removed after the ceremony, leaving the bridal headband perfectly in place.

Birdcage Veils

This veil covers just the eyes and is gathered at the back underneath the bun.  Just a few diamantes dotted around the base, matching the earrings, make this veil incredibly simple, yet stunning.

Birdcage Veils

The combination of a small cap, flowers and feathers make this veil rather extravagant and it could easily double as a fascinator if you’re attending the races some time after your wedding.  Most brides don’t get to wear their bridal attire more than once, but this type of veil would be suitable for many occasions.

Birdcage Veils

This modest birdcage veil is attached to the bridal clip and once again the netting can be removed for the reception, leaving the hairpiece still in place.  It’s a simple touch but distinguishes the bride from the other guests.

Birdcage Veils

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August 25, 2014

Braided Bridal Hairstyles

Are you still searching for that perfect hairdo for your wedding day? If so, why not consider a braid? They’re trending right now and can be casual, classy and sophisticated – it just depends on the type of braid you choose. Some women are talented enough to be able to braid their own hair, so if you’re one of those lucky women, you’ll save money on a hairdresser.

Here are some of the best bridal braids:

Do you have an abundance of long hair? If so, consider this gorgeous braid that sweeps your wavy locks over one shoulder. I love that the curls fall loosely rather than being braided right to the ends, just for something different.

Braided Bridal Hairstyles

If you’ve got long hair this intricate braid could work well for you. It’s probably not something you’d want to attempt yourself, so ask an expert to recreate it for you. The flowers look sweet and add the final touch to this effective braid.

Braided Bridal Hairstyles

This stunning braid would suit any style wedding, from a casual garden wedding to a formal church wedding. I really love the flowers dotted through the hair to give the effect of the bride wearing a flower halo.

Braided Bridal Hairstyles

If you’re searching for a half-up, half-down hairdo for your wedding day, this simple braid could be just what you’re looking for. Add a few loose curls and some sweet flowers and you have yourself the perfect hairstyle for a garden wedding.

Braided Bridal Hairstyles

This stylish and intricate braid will need to be created by a professional and you’ll need long hair to be able to pull it off. If you think you’ll be spending the day pushing that fringe out of your eyes, simply ask for the hairdresser to include it in the braid. A long flowing veil would look stunning, pinned to the back of this braid.

Briaded Bridal Hairstyles

This messy halo braid is playful and fun perfect for a more casual wedding. Team it with a long flowing veil or consider incorporating some flowers into the hair for a totally different look.

Braided Bridal Hairstyles

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August 12, 2014

1920s-Inspired Wedding Hairstyles

If you’re an old soul at heart, or simply adore the style in Jay Gatsby’s era, the 1920’s was an extremely influential period in regards to women’s style. Hair was kept short, makeup was sultry and dresses were worn long and beaded. We have taken inspiration from this era and created three hairstyles which are a nod to the fabulous 1920’s.

Tuck and cover

Perfect for longer hair, this style is all about choosing a glamourous head band, and pairing it with a chic side bun.

1920's Inspired Wedding Hairstyles

  1. Start with clean hair, and choose weather you want to curl or straighten the ends.
  2. Part hair on the side, then put the head band over the hair. Then take one strand and thread it through the side of your head, (covering up the band).
  3. Do this with the rest of the hair, until you can no longer see the head band. Then push to the side and flip hair into the head band. This will also keep it secure.
  4. Tie with an elastic, and pin any loose strands back under the bun.

Vintage vamp

This glamourous hairstyle is made for women with short hair (which touches the nape of the neck). Pair with dark eyes and red lip for a statement look.

1920's Inspired Wedding Hairstyles

  1. Prep hair with styling lotion, and focus this on the ends (avoid the roots since it could make the hair too oily to work with).
  2. Section hair from the nape of the neck, cover in a thin tissue and curl hair anti-clockwise around the finger. Then clip to secure it into place.
  3. Continue to curl hair in rows, remembering to do this in an anti-clockwise motion. Allow hair to sit like this for a few hours before brushing out the curls.
  4. Lightly use a finishing spray to secure the curls.

Straight with a statement

Perfect for anyone who wants to incorporate a statement accessory from the 1920’s into their look, without an overwhelming hairstyle.

1920's Inspired Wedding Hairstyles

  1. Work with the natural texture of your hair, (whether it is straight or curly), and create some volume at the crown. Loose waves works perfectly if you have longer hair, or keep hair sleek and straight if it’s short.
  2. Finish off with a huge statement piece such as a rhinestone bridal sash to spice up the entire look.

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July 31, 2014

Bridal Hairstyles For Long Hair

 If you’ve got long hair then you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bridal hairstyles. Whether you’re going for the casual, elegant, relaxed or sophisticated look there is a bridal hairstyle suited best for long hair, for every occasion. Take some inspiration from these hairstyles that we’re loving right now.

Can’t decide if you want your hair up or down? Consider a half-up do instead! This versatile look would work well for most wedding styles from casual to formal. For a casual beach themed wedding team it with a flower halo and for a sophisticated look team it with a veil.

Bridal Hairstyles For Long Hair

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Vintage is all the rage at the moment and it’s no surprise really. If done well like the hairstyle below it is pure elegance and sophistication. Consider wearing a simple veil that flows behind you, rather than a birdcage veil or headband that would detract from the intricate curls.

Bridal Hairstyles For Long Hair

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Looking for a classic bridal hairstyle? Then look no further than this. With a sweeping side fringe and long curls pulled back into a formal bun, this look is pure sophistication. The diamante bridal clip finishes it off perfectly.

Bridal Hairstyles For Long Hair

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Sometimes, less is more and that’s quite certainly the case with this hairstyle. These soft loose curls are pulled back into a half-up do and need no further accessorising.

Bridal Hairstyles For Long Hair

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Braids are incredibly popular for brides at the moment and this stunning French braid with a loose bun off to the side shows us why. It’s a touch of bohemian and is versatile enough to suit a casual or formal wedding style.

Bridal Hairstyles For Long Hair

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You’ll need very long hair to pull off this hairstyle with long braids wrapped around the formal bun. If your hair isn’t that long consider buying a couple of imitation braids to wrap around your bun for the same look.

Bridal Hairstyles For Long Hair

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July 30, 2014

Wedding Hairstyles For Short Hair

Short hairstyles don’t have to be boring – especially if you want something fun and quirky for your wedding day. Inject a little bit of old-school glamour into your cropped look, and get creative with makeup and accessories for the big day. Get inspired by just a few hairstyles which work with any colour and hair texture.

Half up, half down

This classic look is sweet and demure with shorter hair – especially since the nape of the neck and décolletage is exposed. Feel free to add larger costume accessories such as necklaces and earrings which compliment the hairstyle. Part the hair at the top, then wrap tiny strands before pinning them at the back. This style is secure and won’t fall out throughout the ceremony or reception.

Wedding Hairstyles For Short Hair

Twist updo

An updo on short hair is a great idea if you want a low maintenance look, which doesn’t require any touch-ups. Start with day-old hair since this will hold better through the day, and is easier to style. Then get creative and add plaits, twists and a small chignon on the nape of your neck for a classic undone look.

Wedding Hairstyles For Short Hair

Slicked back

A slicked back hairstyle looks amazing on short hair, since it won’t lose it’s hold throughout the day. The shorter the hair – the better! Simply comb through hair and apply a texturizing mousse which will keep your locks looking flawless.

Wedding Hairstyles For Short Hair

Finger waves

Take some inspiration from Daisy Buchanan and replicate the 1920’s finger waves for a classic look. Pair with dark eyeshadow, lots of lashes, and a blood-red lip for instant glamour.

Wedding Hairstyles For Short Hair

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July 26, 2014

Bridal Hairstyles For Short Hair

Just because you have short hair doesn’t mean you’re going to be restricted to a certain look on your wedding day – you just need to be creative.  There are plenty of gorgeous hairstyles for short hair  that will ensure you get that ‘wow’ factor when you walk down the aisle.  And don’t forget to accessorise – teaming your hairstyle with a headband, veil or clip could make all the difference to a style that you think is just ok.

This simple wavy hairstyle would be quite casual if it weren’t for the bridal headband that adds a touch of elegance.  It could quite easily be done at home so if you’re on a tight budget this hairstyle could be perfect for you.

Bridal hairstyles for short hair

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Half-up hairstyles are becoming popular among women and the trend is being blamed on Kate Middleton who is quite often seen with a half-up hairstyle.  This gorgeous half-up style could easily be perfect for the casual look as well as the formal look, depending on the jewellery and dress that you choose to accessorise with.

Bridal hairstyles for short hair

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If you love curls then this short hairstyle could be perfect for you.  You’ll need fine hair to pull off this look and if you team it with a flower or headband you’ve got pure elegance.

Bridal hairstyles for short hair

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Vintage hairstyles are all the rage at the moment and its no surprise really – they’re sexy yet elegant and whether your hair is short or long, there is normally a vintage style to suit.  This sweet style could be teamed with an exquisite bridal hairclip or birdcage veil to complete the look.

Bridal hairstyles for short hair

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Who says that short hair can’t be stunning?  Ginnifer Goodwin proves all those doubters wrong with this gorgeous but funky pixie style hair cut that is perfect for a bride.  Consider a birdcage veil and drop earrings for a touch of sophistication.

Bridal hairstyles for short hair

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This sleek bob is so simple yet it ticks all the boxes for a perfect bridal hairstyle – it’s sweet, sleek and stunning.  If teamed with a traditional or birdcage veil you’ll have the perfect chic look.

Bridal hairstyles for short hair

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July 22, 2014

Bridal Hairpieces We’re Loving Right Now

These days more and more brides seem to be swaying away from the traditional veil alone and opting for extravagant or intricate headpieces, either worn in addition to a veil or on their own.  There are so many styles to choose from of varying fabrics and materials and one to suit every dress, so if you’re thinking about ditching the veil for a headpiece take a look at these gorgeous pieces for inspiration.

This incredibly feminine bridal hair wreath is made from silk flowers and pearls, ready to compliment a similarly feminine dress perfectly.  The dainty wreath secures underneath your bun with ribbon.

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This gorgeous handmade chandelier crystal headband can be worn on the forehead or slightly to the side as the crystals hang delicately above your face.  The ends are attached to silk ribbon to secure under your hair.

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If you’re looking for a vintage-style veil this exquisite veil and fascinator could be for you.  Made from pearl, rhinestone, ostrich feather and French netting the veil can be detached from the fascinator for the reception.

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This elegant 1920’s Gatsby inspired hairpiece is made from rhodium plated rhinestone, Swarovski crystals and satin ribbon.  It can either be worn on its own or with a veil.

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If your wedding is woodland or forest themed this stunning bridal head piece will fit your theme perfectly.  This head garland is made from dried pink, blue, lavender and purple flowers including baby’s breath and wild daisies.

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If you’re going for the Bohemian look this headpiece is on point.  With a long lace veil and silk flowers fastened onto a headband, this look can be pulled off for under $20.

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July 15, 2014

Celebrity Hairstyles: Taylor Swift’s Curly Loose Bun

Award-winning hairstylist Lizzie Liros shows us how to get a curly loose bun like Taylor Swift, one of our favourite romantic hair up styles for weddings, parties, anything!

1. Start by parting the hair into a side part just off the middle part line, then curl the hair with a Conical Curling Wand.

2. Lightly run your fingers through the hair to separate the curls.

3. Working away from the face sweep the hair back and tie into a low loose ponytail at the lower side nape, on the opposite side to your part. Ensure that the front fringe section is loose around the face and avoid slicking the hair back as this will take away from the textured finish desired.

4. Starting from the outside pieces of the ponytail, working your way inwards, take small sections of the hair and twist / twirl it to the desired shape and place then secure with a bobby pin.

5. Do this with all the hair and then with your fingers, separate the curls of the bun to give it a looser more textured finish.

6. Use Shine Spray for a soft shinny finish.

Tip: Use a clip in hairpiece to create length and volume for this style if your hair is not naturally long enough to create the look. Lizzie recommends the 10 Piece Clip-In Hairpiece Set by Amazing Hair Australia, RRP $269.00.

For more information on Lizzie Liros visit www.lizzieliros.com

What do you think of Taylor Swift’s updo?

February 7, 2014

Celebrity Hairstyles: Charlize Theron’s Plaited Side Bun

Award-winning hairstylist Lizzie Liros shows us how to get a gorgeous plaited side bun like Charlize Theron. It’s such a romantic hair up style that we can’t help but think it would make a gorgeous wedding hairstyle whether you’re the bride, bridesmaid or guest.

1. Ensure the hair is completely dry.

2. Part the hair in a side part and pull back into a low side ponytail on the opposite side of the part, leaving only the fringe section out.

3. Split the ponytail in two and plait one section at a time. Then twist the sections in a circular motion to create a bun. Ensuring the hair band is hidden and pin the two plaits in place.

4. With your fingers using small amount of serum if desired, smooth out the front fringe section working away from your face, leaving a couple of stands to fall freely around your face.

5. Finish with a light hair spray to hold the hair in place, without creating stiffness.

Tip: Use a clip in hairpiece to create length and volume for the bun if your hair is not naturally long enough to create the look. Lizzie recommends the 2-Clip Clip-In Hairpiece by Amazing Hair Australia, RRP $42.00.

What do you think of Charlize Theron’s plaited side bun hairstyle?

For more information on Lizzie Liros visit www.lizzieliros.com.

February 5, 2014

Celebrity Hairstyles: Blake Lively’s Braided Updo

Award-winning hairstylist Lizzie Liros shows us how to achieve one of our favourite hair up styles, Blake Lively’s effortless goddess look which would be perfect for a boho wedding.

1. Apply a volumizing mousse on dry hair and blow-dry until completely dry.

2. Taking the hair in small sections curl all the hair with a medium curling iron.

3. Run your hands through the hair to separate the curls and to create soft movement throughout the hair.

4. Create a side part. Then leaving a small section of hair at the crown of the head for the fringing, start to do a loose braid on the opposite side to your part, taking the braid to the tips of the hair. Don’t be too worried about incorporating each strand of hair, a loose braid is perfect for this bo-ho glam look.

5. Once braided, wrap the hair into a loose loop at the nape of the neck and pin into place ad desired.

6. Smooth out the front section with your fingers away from your face and take a few strands to the bun and pin, leaving a couple of stands to fall freely around your face.

Tip: To add natural looking highlights to your hair to perfectly create this bo-ho style, Lizzie recommends Amazing Hair Australia Tape-In Hair Extensions, which start at $50.00 for highlights.

What do you think of Blake Lively’s braided updo?

For more information on Lizzie Liros visit www.lizzieliros.com

February 3, 2014

The Best Romantic Wedding Updos

As you prepare for your wedding, you’ll start thinking about which bridal hairstyle to wear. If you’re deciding between hair up styles, we’ve chosen some of the most romantic wedding updos to inspire you.

Chignon with large curls
A loose chignon is both formal and sophisticated (which is why it’s a favourite look for Eva Longoria), and the large curls at the front of your hair create a romantic frame for your face. This style is especially flattering if you have an oval or heart-shaped face. Use a medium or large-barrel curling iron to create loose spiral curls that look great when accented with a large flower or a short veil. Hold your chignon in place with bobby pins and apply a few mists of alcohol-free hairspray to keep your curls intact throughout the day and night.

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Crown braid
A crown braid like the one Jessica Alba is wearing is a chic wedding updo. You can achieve this look by parting your hair on the side and creating a French braid that circles your head. Keep the braid in place with hairpins, and hold the end of the braid together with a ponytail holder. Pin the braid into a bun at the end, or bring the braid over to the side of your head and secure with a bobby pin. This look is perfect for showing off your neck, décolletage and back.

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Low braided bun
The low braided bun is one of Kate Middleton’s most copied celebrity hairstyles, and is a sophisticated look that is ideal for whimsical weddings. To achieve this updo, pull your hair into a low ponytail and braid the ponytail. Form the braid into a bun, and gently pull out a few pieces to make the bun looser if you don’t want the style to be so structured. You can even include small pearls or decorative barrettes in the bun or on the sides of your head, just like Kate.

What is your favourite wedding hairstyle? Tell us in the comments!

January 31, 2014

Get the Look: Kate Beckinsale’s Golden Globes Hair

Kate Beckinsale’s messy hair up style was one of our favourite celebrity hairstyles at the Golden Globes. The naturally loose bun is great for anyone with wavy or curly hair. If you’re a summer bride (or part of the bridal party), we think this would make a romantic wedding or formal hairstyle.

Here’s how celebrity hairstylist Sascha Breuer created the look in just a few easy steps.

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1. Start by using Moroccanoil Volumizing Mouse directly on to the roots of damp hair. The mouse will help add body and hold and it’s a great way to set the style in. It’ll also make hair more pliable and easier to work with.  

2. Begin blow drying the hair using a skeleton brush, and then use your fingers to create texture and additional volume. Once the hair is fully dry, separate into a horseshoe shaped section (the part between both temples & your crown area) and clip the top section away.

3. Pull the bottom section into a low, side ponytail at the nape of the neck and secure with an elastic. Then coil & wrap the tail into a messy bun.  You can even tug a few strands out to create naturally falling bits and to loosen the bun. Secure hair with bobby pins.

4. Take the hair from the top section and backcomb the roots using Moroccanoil Ionic Ceramic Round Brush to maximize the volume at the crown and create a slightly disheveled texture.

5. Secure the top section into the existing, loose bun with bobby pins.

6. Mist the hair with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium to add shine and long-lasting flexible hold. Spray a little product onto finger tips and work it into the single strands to help define the pieces. Secure the final look with a few more pins.

What did you think of Kate Beckinsale’s Golden Globes hair?

 

January 15, 2014

Get The Look: 1920s Waves Like Christina Hendricks’ Emmys Hair

Need wedding hair inspiration whether you’re the bride or a guest? We think these flapper-inspired, 1920s waves, like Christina Hendricks showed off at last month’s Emmys, are the perfect elegant hairstyle for medium to long hair. Simply pair with a feminine dress, antique jewellery and a vampish red lip.

We asked celebrity hairstylist Dario Cotroneo to share his how-to to recreate this gorgeous hairstyle in just 4 easy steps.

1. Section a side part from the hairline to the crown area. Then section hair at the back of head into three even sections.

2. Begin each section in the back area by backcombing the roots and spray with Thermal Image from Wella. Place the hair under the MYCURL and roll up horizontally. Starting from the mid lengths area, secure the first strap then continue rolling the MYCURL to the roots and secure the second strap. Then clamp the irons over the MYCURL for 15seconds. Repeat for the other two back sections.

3. Divide the front sections into two sections on both side of the face, roll in two Large MYCURLs on both side sections away from the face without the backcombing, spray with Thermal Image from Wella and roll a Large MYCURL into the hair horizontally from the mid lengths and secure with straps around the cheekbone area. Then clamp irons over the MYCURL for 15 seconds. Allow hair to cool down for 20 minutes.

4. After hair has cooled, remove all MYCURLs and lightly brush hair forward from the mid-lengths to ends in order to separate the curls, and then spray some shine spray for a glossy finish. To keep your style looking polished and groomed, around the face and on the top layer, spray hairspray onto a makeup brush and brush around the parting and around the face.

Are you a fan of this 1920s hairstyle?

October 10, 2013

Get The Look: Bombshell Hair

The hair look at the DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2014 show at Milan Fashion Week was a modern interpretation of 1950’s Americana, reminiscent of the tropical enclaves of Miami, Las Vegas, Havana and Hawaii.

“The Dsquared2 designers always favour a glamorous ‘bombshell’ look, and this season the collection has a tropical, sexy ‘50s feeling to it, so I created super volume and a slightly bouffant hair look to support this” said Sam McKnight, Global Ambassador for Pantene.

The resulting ‘retro poolside chic’ look is resonant of a bygone era where manicured looks and perfected style were de riguer at the poolside, and is the perfect summer hairstyle for medium to long hair, whether your hair is straight, wavy or thick. It’s also a fun bridal hairstyle to match with bright lips and a va-va-voom dress.

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1.       Always start with freshly washed and conditioned hair. Pantene Ice Shine Shampoo and Conditioner provides the perfect base for this look.

2.       Apply  Pantene Styling Treatment Foam Soft Curls to damp hair and blow dry the hair section by section using a round brush to create volume, taking the hair up and away from the face.

3.       Then, using a medium –large barrelled tong (depending on length of hair), set the hair (section by section), clip in place and leave to set – for as long as you can.

4.       Remove clips and brush out the hair with a soft bristle brush.

5.       Take the crown section of hair and gently tease (back-comb) the crown area with a tail comb.

6.       Using a very soft brush, brush back the hair over the teased section and brush through the lengths.

7.       Finish with Pantene Stay Smooth Hairspray and apply Pantene All Day Smooth Leave in Crème to smooth the ends.

What do you think of this sexy 50’s hairstyle?

October 3, 2013

Get The Look: Hollywood Glam Hairstyle

TRESemme Hair Director for Australia’s Next Top Model, Troy Thompson, shares how he created Ashley’s gorgeous retro glam waves in 6 easy steps. We think this would make a beautiful wedding hairstyle too.

1. Prep your hair for hot rollers with TRESemme Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray.

2. Grab a tissue and put it over your hair with a roller. Use a tail comb and roll it around and set with a clip. This creates a smooth set look. Leave for 15-20 minutes.

3. Starting from the bottom of the head begin to remove the rollers. This will prevent your hair tangling and run your fingers through.

4. Use a paddle brush to brush down on the hair to loosen the curls and create wave.

5. Tease your hair out with a tail comb.

6. Run your fingers through the waves with TRESemme TRES Two Spray.

Are you a fan of retro hairstyles like these glam Hollywood waves?

August 22, 2013

Q&A With Bridal Designer Henry Roth

We’re thrilled to chat with bridal designer Henry Roth about the latest bridal trends, flattering wedding gown styles for every body shape, and his secret bridal beauty tip to leave you radiant on your big day!

What are the biggest trends in bridal gowns for spring/summer brides?

The main trend for the Henry Roth collection is the return of the regal princess.  You are going to see ball gowns that are embroidered (Edwina) that really reflect old school in a new romantic way.  Also lace cut in contemporary shapes is really exciting so it’s not looking nanna, it’s much more about grand entrance statements that are fresh and contemporary with a nod to old school style (please see Endya, Ina/Diana).  For Michelle Roth Couture you will find striking simplicity (Odelia, Opal) with super clean lines uncluttered, unadorned and very nostalgic in the true sense of 40s glamour.

What about bridal accessories, like belts, veils and jewellery?

Interestingly enough veils are trending longer to floor length especially when it comes to accessorising sheaths or A line dresses (Kelsey).  Otherwise as far as accessories are concerned significant earrings make a striking statement (Abigail) really keeping the neckline clean for the additional drama of contrast.  Brides are continuing to have a love affair not just with their future husbands but also with beaded belts seen here with Deidre.

What are your best tips for finding the perfect gown for your shape?

My favourite topic:  Shapes 101.  I highly recommend using a specialist bridal retailer to find the right style for your shape.   You can’t beat personalised service, that’s what takes the pain of leaving stress and strain, issues and tissues out of the equation.

My tips for specific shapes are: Pear shapes should choose a style which accentuates the waist and softens the hip area, our classic Harley style is ideal.  V and sweetheart necklines (Kalea) are friends to big busted brides.  Petite brides should look for gowns like Helena that are fitted to the bodice with princess seams to elongate the body.

What is your favourite bridal makeup? Any must-have products?

I’m a big fan of old-school simply because you can’t beat the look and the effect.  To that end whatever you’re doing with the rest of your makeup I highly recommend not using a liquid liner but a chalk or pencil liner because that truly creates Hollywood glamour. Before your wedding day, consider what you eat, I’m not saying for weight purposes but because of your skin.

Make sure you have lots of hydration, protein in the form of almonds and I must admit if you can try and remember Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil which is not greasy and moisturises and balances your skin and is a bride’s best friend.

Another one of my secret tips is trying a natural yogurt face mask.  Go to your local supermarket and choose your favourite brand of natural yogurt with active cultures.  Apply a thin layer to your face using your hands, stay in a non humid room and don’t talk or laugh until it dries then use your hands and stand over a sink and rub the dried yogurt off your skin to exfoliate.  This is a great beauty tip and I am happy to hear from anyone and tells me what they think.

What are your favourite bridal hairstyles for spring/summer?

Overall the trend is not just about the gown but the overall styling which makes the final impact amplified.  What is trending is tousled hair, whether it’s an updo or a tousled chignon make sure it is not tight or over-coiffed, make sure it has a tousled wave through it.  You can use hair extensions not necessarily to lengthen but to volumise.

My own personal tip is to make sure you are doing hair trials ahead of time and that you have photos taken at this time so that you can see what other people will be seeing on your wedding day.

Catch Henry Roth in person this Saturday, 17 August at the Vision in White Parramatta Designer Day, 40 Macquarie St Parramatta.

August 15, 2013

Get The Look: Amy Adams’ Soft Curls In 5 Steps

We love Amy Adams’ soft curls as seen at the opening of the Carolina Herrera boutique on Rodeo Drive last week – it’s the perfect look for spring brides! Here’s how celebrity hairstylist Laini Reeves created the look in 5 easy steps.

1. Start by applying Moroccanoil Curl Defining Mousse to wet hair.

2. Next, comb your fingers through your hair and dry it out, allowing the natural texture and curl of the hair to form.

3. Once you have dried your hair completely, use a light spray of L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray.

4. With a 2″ curling iron, start curling random sections of your hair. After you do this, take three large sections and roll the ends of your hair under and pin it in place.

5. Finally, allow your hair to cool and take a large paddle brush to soften the wave. Finish with a light spray of hairspray.

Do you like Amy Adams’ soft curls?

July 12, 2013