We’ve got bridal hair expert, Vicki Lord, to give us the lowdown on the perfect bridal hairstyles for every season!
Spring bride: Boho Fishtail Plaits
The boho fishtail plaits hairstyle is a natural and feminine bridal look and it is perfect for a Spring wedding, adorned with seasonal fresh flowers or floral accessories.
To achieve this:
• I prepped the hair by applying Batiste dry shampoo at the root area, and gently back combed it to create height.
• I then fishtail-braided large sections of the hair, securing with braiding bands randomly all over the head.
• I gently pulled at the sides of the braids to slightly loosen the fishtails. Don’t rush this part, there is much skill in creating an ‘undone’ look, that stays securely in place.
• I gradually piled the fishtail braids on top of one another to create height. To secure the braided hair-up do, I used grips, and sprayed hairspray to set the style in place.
• Top tip: Once the hairstyle is in place gently pull sections of hair down at the temple and side area to soften look and to frame the face.
• I finally dressed the boho hairstyle with a delicate pearl accessory.
Summer Bride: The Hollywood Side Wave
The Hollywood side wave is a stunning and sophisticated hairstyle, and perfect for those opting for a hair down style, but still having some structure, and allowing brides to keep cool in the Summer heat.
To achieve this:
• I evenly sprayed the blow-dried hair with heat protector spray throughout, and then created a deep side parting.
• Starting from the nape of the neck, I worked in horseshoe sections around the head, taking large sections of hair and wrapping it around wand/curling tong, keeping the wand vertical. I curled the hair in one direction then curled the hair in the opposite direction at the next horseshoe section. This helps create an ‘S’ shaped wave.
• Top tip: Make sure you pin the curls in place with sectioning clips and allow to cool, this will create a stronger and lasting curl.
• After I curled all hair, I removed the pins, then gently brushed the hair through to create a soft wave, and kept brushing through to sculpt the wave.
• I applied sectioning clips in the deepest part of the wave closest to the scalp, and sprayed with hairspray. I removed the clips to reveal the stunning Marcel wave!
• This look works great with strapless dresses and oozes class and sophistication, and by sweeping the hair over the shoulder, the back is left bare and fresh.
• I accessorised with a side headband to add sparkle and to give the look a Summer vibe.
Autumn bride: Voluminous Side Pony
The voluminous side ponytail is the perfect hairstyle for brides desiring a simply achieved, yet dramatic look on their wedding day.
To achieve this:
• I back bushed the hair generously, giving it the amazing height and volume required for the impact. I also used Batiste dry shampoo, which is fabulous for creating extra volume.
• I then nipped in the hair at the side of the head to create the wavy ponytail, being careful not to flatten any of the lift I had created. By placing the ponytail over one shoulder this style adds drama to the overall look, especially if the neckline of the dress is asymmetrical, or the dress is backless.
• This hairstyle is best created with a slightly ‘undone’ textured appearance, by leaving tendrils of floating hair to give a modern on-trend finish. It also allows for a little Autumn breeze to flow through it during outdoor photographs.
• Remember to use a good quality hairspray throughout the styling, as well as the dry shampoo.
• To complete the Autumn voluminous side pony, add a seasonal hair accessory, with colours that will compliment the overall theme.
Winter bride: Simple Chignon
This bridal up-do gives an air of ice queen, but with a softness and a warm heart of course; it is perfect for a Christmas wedding.
To achieve this:
• The hair is tonged in preparation for styling, and then I swept it into a ponytail at the crown of the head. At this point you can leave a section out at the front depending on how you wish to frame the face.
• Because the hair is pulled gently away from the face, the eyes and cheek bones are enhanced.
• I back brushed the ponytail to create volume, and it is this volume that creates the necessary height for the look, and at the same time elongating the neck line.
• I smoothed the top layer of the ponytail to create a shine and polished texture.
• I then flipped the ponytail forward and secured it with grips horizontally in a line two inches away from the base of the ponytail.
• Once this is secured, I flipped the rest of the ponytail hair back, and tucked it under itself. This created a simple chignon bun, which I secured in place with grips, and added spray to set.
• I added a jewelled wrap accessory to create a glamorous sparkle, and dimension to this wonderful winter hairstyle.