5 Wedding day hairstyles
Picking out the perfect hairdo for your big day can be utterly overwhelming. With so many styles to choose from and so many friends eager to give their opinions, how do you even know where to start? We make it easy peasy by offering up five unique and super chic wedding day 'dos for every type of bride. You're bound to find at least one you like!
Hairstylist Lachers Reese of Angelo David Salon in NYC shows us how to achieve each look, step by step.
The deconstructed chignon
Perfect for: "The bride who is normally conservative when it comes to hairstyles but wants to be a bit playful on her wedding day," says Reese.
- To prepare your hair for styling, spritz a volumizing spray on your roots.
- After blow drying your hair smooth, use a skinny curling iron to create texture. Remember: The curls should be small and tight.
- Break the waves up with your fingers or with a small paddle brush. Then tease the top crown area of your hair to give it more volume, as shown in the photo.
- Finger comb your strands, and gather all of your hair at the back of your head. Note: You can leave a small section of teased hair out in the front to pin back later.
- Twist your hair into a loose half-knot, letting a few strands fall out, as pictured. Secure your updo with bobby pins now, and spray it with a strong hold hairspray. You’re all done!
Combed out retro waves
Perfect for: A bride-to-be with a lot of personality! According to Reese, "she can be the party type girl who gives off a vixen vibe, but wants to keep her hair elegant, fun and totally appropriate for her big day."
- Begin by applying Angelo David’s Foaming Sea Silk Styler and Zero Frizz Control cream to wet hair.
- Make a deep side part next, and blow dry your hair smooth section by section.
- Using a 2-inch barrel curling iron, curl each section of hair, creating soft waves that are all directed toward your face.
- Break the curls up gently with a paddle brush, and sweep all of your hair over to one side. To hold the style in place, secure it with bobby pins directly behind your ear.
- Allow your hair to fall to the back if you'd like (as shown in the picture). Then finish off your look with a medium hold hairspray. Feeling flirty? Tuck a pretty flower behind your other ear.
The braided headband
Perfect for: Girly-girls with long hair and brides in their 20s! "There’s a sweetness to this look, which is very appropriate for younger brides," notes Reese.
- Prior to styling, apply Angelo David’s Foaming Sea Silk Styler and Zero Frizz Control cream to wet hair.
- Blow dry hair, and with a curling iron, create small curls throughout to give your mane more texture.
- For added height up front, tease the crown section of your hair.
- Finger comb your tresses back to fashion a loose knot, making sure to leave two sections of hair out at the very back of your head (underneath the knot) for your braids. Secure the knot in place with bobby pins.
- Now, braid those sections of hair, forming two separate braids. Once you’re done, wrap the braids around your head, layering one over the top of the other where necessary. Secure with pins, and finish with a medium hold hairspray.
A half up half down 'do
Perfect for: Any woman who wants to feel like a pretty princess on her big day. "This is such a classic look," says Reese. “It definitely reminds me of Kate Middleton at the royal wedding.”
- Add volume and protection to wet hair by spraying your roots with a great volumizing spray followed by a frizz control cream.
- Blow dry your hair smooth, section by section, with a large round brush.
- Back comb the crown area of your hair next to give it height, and with a paddle brush, smoothly pull this front section back, securing it with an elastic band. To hide the elastic, take a piece of hair and wrap it around it.
- Using a 2-inch barrel curling iron and starting at the middle of hair (as opposed to the roots), create soft waves all over.
- Break the waves up with your fingers, and complete the look with a medium hold hairspray.
The Grecian updo
Perfect for: Outdoor weddings and boho chic brides! "This style works wonderfully on women who are a bit adventurous and free-spirited," points out Reese.
- Spray your roots with a volumizing spray to prep hair for styling.
- Using a large round brush, blow your hair out smooth.
- Now, make a deep side part, and begin braiding the front section of your hair, going all the way across your forehead to the back of your head. Secure the braid with bobby pins.
- Add a few soft curls with a 1-1/2 to 2-inch barrel curling iron, starting at the middle of your hair (as opposed to the roots) down to the ends.
- Break the curls up with your fingers, and then form a very low bun. Finish off your 'do with a strong hold hairspray.