Bridal Beauty: How to Pick the Perfect Hairstyle
By Esther Dawson

15 September 2015

"The countless unseen details are the difference between mediocre and magnificent!" There are many things to consider when choosing the perfect hairstyle for your big day. It may seem overwhelming with such a huge range of styles to choose from, so Hil from Hil Cook Hair & Makeup has put together a few simple tips to help narrow down your choices and find the perfect ‘do’ for you. It's worth taking the time to figure out the details. After all, who doesn’t want to look magnificent on their big day?

Image by Sarah McEvoy Photography

Wedding Theme

Let’s start with the theme of your wedding. If your wedding is vintage themed, then a modern hairstyle won’t be in keeping with the overall style of your wedding. The same applies to a rustic country wedding - a loose, braided up-do would work much better than a sleek, sophisticated hairstyle. Have a good think about what theme you are going for and then eliminate the styles that are not in continuity with this theme.

Know Your Hair Type

These days, there are some amazing hair products on the market that your hairdresser will use to style your hair, but you must remember that your wedding is a long day so you’ll want a hairstyle that will last the distance. For example, if you have fine, straight hair but desperately want long loose curls for your wedding, regardless of what product you use, your hair type will not hold the curl and will look ratty and limp before the end of the day. Instead, opt for soft, loosely pinned curls. If curls are pinned in place, they cannot drop.

Face Shape

To all you brides out there with lovely oval-shaped faces, this is considered the perfect face shape that will suit any hairstyle. For those of us not quite blessed with the oval shape, don’t be disheartened, your stylist will help to create the illusion of an oval face shape by using your hair to soften jaw lines, shorten long foreheads, eliminate hair at the widest points of your head and add volume in the narrowest, creating the perfect balance and shape.

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The Dress

If you are wearing a beautiful gown that is backless or includes a beaded bodice, it would make sense to show off those features by choosing a soft up-do. Again, if you have a one-shouldered dress, long tresses of hair covering the neckline will defeat the purpose of the design. Think about what you want to draw attention to. It may be a stunning vintage necklace from your Grandmother or just the soft curve of your shoulders. Maybe your hair is your crowning glory and wants to be left out or gathered into a simple, soft braid pulled slightly away from your face.

Travelling to the Venue

There are a few other crucial details to consider. How will you get to the venue? Some brides travel by helicopter and often presume the blades will be turned off once they have landed. This is rarely the case however, and as a consequence, their lovely hairstyles are blown to bits. Always check these important details!

Outdoor Photos

Photographers always want to capture at least one stunning shot outside. The perfect photo could be taken outdoors on a steamy hot day, under shelter in moody weather, or with your veil flying in the wind. You know what your hair does in the elements, so make sure you find a hairstyle that works well for you and your photographer, regardless of the weather. If your hair goes frizzy in the damp air, or limp in the heat, talk to your stylist so that you can find the right product and hairstyle for you.

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Let your Personality Shine

What do you do with your hair on a day-to-day basis? If you wear a sleek straight hairstyle every day, you might find that opting for an updo with heaps of height may not be the right look for you (even if you love how it looks in all the mags!). If you are dead set on a particular look, then I suggest finding a compromise. In the example above for instance, you could reduce the height and choose a lower updo. It’s all about creating a look that is you, but also includes a bit of x-factor to make you look stunning on the day. Don’t choose something that alters your appearance considerably. The man you are marrying will still want to recognise his bride at the end of the aisle!

Washing Your Hair

There’s an oft-quoted piece of advice that says you should leave your hair unwashed for several days prior to the wedding.  Sure, hair that is super clean is slippery and can be difficult to work with, but all the products on the market these days actually work better with hair that is clean rather than dirty. We always recommend that you wash your hair the day before your wedding. We will add texture to your hair with the appropriate hair products. We have seen some brides and bridesmaids take it to the other extreme in which their hair has been too dirty to work with. Thank GOD for dry shampoo!

No Hair Straighteners!

Almost all stylists will put a curl in your hair to ensure that it is manageable and easily manipulated into gorgeous hairstyles. One thing you must remember after your last hair wash before the wedding day is… DO NOT USE STRAIGHTENERS!!! If you still need to tame your hair, use a blow dryer. The straightening irons will stop your hair holding a curl. If you can refrain just this once, you will receive a much better result on your big day!

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