If you’re a traditional kind of a bride, you’re probably going for a wedding look that won’t date. You won’t need a dress that’s cutting edge fashion, rather something that’s going to look elegant in your wedding photographs for years to come.
The same applies to the way you wear your hair on your wedding day, you’ll want a style that’s not on bang trend, but classically groomed, poised and elegant.
We asked A-list hairdresser and stylist Ben Cooke of Lockonego hair salon in London’s King’s Road for his thoughts on how to achieve this. The team regularly appear on prime time TV and clients receive advice on cuts and colours that will accentuate their best features and suit their face types.
Lockonego is frequented by many celebrities so you never know who will be sat next to you when you’re there – but everybody is treated in the same way and everybody is welcome, even if you’re not a regular on TV or in the gossip magazines!
Here are Ben’s ideas for five classic bridal hairstyles that are so timeless they’re beyond fashion…
Classic and elegant, the bun is a style that will never date. Easy to re-create, this beautiful up-do is ideal for special occasions and can add a touch of glamour to your look. Begin by pulling hair into a high ponytail, smoothing out any lumps and bumps. Place a bun ring around your ponytail and wrap your hair around it, securing in place with hairgrips and hairspray.
Here’s a great step-by-step video from famous hairdresser Charles Worthington on how to create a stylish updo bun.
This ever-popular look requires some serious shine so begin by washing hair with Herbal Essence’s Dazzling Shine shampoo and conditioner. Then, part the hair on one side and blow dry the hair in the direction of the cuticle to keep it smooth. Take a large pair of curling tongs and begin to curl large sections from just below eye level. Don’t brush the curls out too much; instead run some serum through the ends and finish with a spritz of shine spray.
Have a look at this step by step tutorial from celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward on how to curl using hair straighteners…
This hairstyle is so versatile and can be worn in many different ways but for a look that will never go out of fashion, it’s best to keep it simple. To style this sleek look, wash hair with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner and blow dry using a round brush, paying close attention to the roots to inject some volume. Run the straightening irons through the ends of your hair to finish off this polished do.
The ponytail is an up-do that has undergone many style transformations and is a look that will always be popular. Begin by washing hair with a texturising shampoo and conditioner and blow dry. Tease the roots of your hair at the crown, giving you some volume, and pull into a ponytail. The key to getting this look right is to make sure that the sides are sleek to emphasise the volume at the back. Finish by running a smoothing serum through the ends of your hair.
Ben Cooke takes us through an amazing step-by-step guide to creating the perfect ponytail for your day…
Begin by washing the hair with Sebastian Professional Drench Shampoo and Conditioner to ensure it looks healthy and hydrated. Use a fine tooth comb to create a deep side-parting choose whichever side suits you best and blow dry the hair. When the hair is completely dry split it into several sections and take a small curling tong, curling the hair in one direction facing forwards. Once the whole head is done, brush out the curls to transform them into loose waves. Finish with a pump of smoothing serum through the ends of the hair and a mist of hairspray.
We’ve been collecting classic wedding hairdos on our Pinterest board. Take a look for inspiration – we’ve got up dos, down dos and ways of using wedding hair accessories you’re going to love. We’re constantly adding to the collection so there’s always something fresh and new – check it out!