Tongs at the ready, brides-to-be! Here’s our round-up of the 2019 wedding hair trends that you need to know about, from undone up-dos to wedding braids.

Wedding hair flowers

Wtoo at Watters flower crown
Wtoo at Watters flower crown

Ethereal curls and classic up-dos got even prettier at Barcelona Bridal Week as Alejandro Resta’s models enchanted the fashion crowds with their horticultural halos. Also, seen at Jenny Packham, Wtoo by Watters and Reem Acra, flower crowns are most definitely back on the agenda, and they’re bigger than ever before.

“The catwalks were in full bloom for spring, from oversized floral crowns to individual blossoms nestled in curls. To perfect the look, style your hair with a dedicated curl cream to minimise frizz and form defined, soft and shiny curls,” says Michele Scott-Lynch, founder of haircare brand Boucléme.

Curl cream, £19, Bouclème

T3 Whirl Trio curling wand 

Wedding Braids

Photo of Berta bridal by Mike Colon
Berta; credit: Mike Colon

Spotted behind the scenes at Berta, Cymbeline and Suzanne Neville, bridal braids reigned supreme at the 2019 shows. For an edgy yet pretty swept-back style, switch it up à la Berta and opt for a dramatic plaited parting.

“Romantic, classic, relaxed or bohemian, there’s a braid to suit everyone,” says award-winning hair stylist Lee Stafford. “For a volumised fishtail plait, start by blow-drying the hair, moving the roots from side to side to build the body in your tresses from the roots outwards.”

Lee Stafford dehumidifier spray

Dehumidifier Spray, £14.17, Lee Stafford
Miracle Worker, £8, Umberto Giannini

Sleek and simple wedding hair

Justin Alexander wedding dress
Justin Alexander

No-fuss brides can now opt for simplicity with a more controlled style. Paired with a statement lip, this ultra-glossy look has real aisle impact. 

Paul Percival, Percy & Reed’s co-founder, suggests using a good quality hairspray to keep the sleek style in place, “followed by a final spritz of shine spray to leave hair smelling fantastic.”

Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray, £12.50, Percy & Reed
No Frizz Nourishing Oil, £20.30, Living Proof

Wedding ponytail

Anna Campbell wedding dress
Anna Campbell

Although chic, understated and classic, a voluminous, textured ponytail is still capable of causing quite the stir. 

“It’s always been one of our favourite bridal looks,” says Gustav Fouche of the Michael Van Clarke bridal team.

“A ponytail is elegant and sophisticated, but can still make a big statement. We’d recommend wearing this as your evening look because it’s fun, sexy and confident. You can dance the night away and not worry about your hair at all!”


Thickening Blow-Dry Spray, £17.50, 3 More Inches 
Large Paddle Brush, £29.50, 3 More Inches

Wedding headpieces

Gracy Accad wedding dress
Gracy Accad

If it’s a fashion-forward edge you’re after, get inspired by the likes of Gracy Accad, Eliza Jane Howell and Yolan Cris who picked out everything from feathers and pearls to pretty pins and bejewelled fringing on the catwalk. A well-placed headpiece can do wonders to transform your big-day look. 

“If you like the idea of an alice band, add it before you put your hair up so it’s built into your bridal look, then finish off with a hold and shine hairspray,” says Ondine Cowley, third senior director and wedding hair specialist at Nicky Clarke in Mayfair.

Silk headband with crystals and pearls, £465, Emily London
Hold & Shine Ultimate Hairspray, £11, Nicky Clarke

READ MORE: Bridal hairstyles and updo inspiration for your wedding day

Natural and loose wedding hair

Chosen By One Day wedding dress
Chosen By One Day

If it’s a less ‘done’ look you’re hoping to achieve, go with the flow of your natural texture and create a loose up-do with trailing tendrils. Think Meghan Markle’s wispy big-day bun and you’re on to a winner…

“I love it when brides choose a more natural, ‘undone’ look,” says Moroccan Oil artistic director Kevin Hughes.

“If you wear your hair down every day, wear it down on your wedding day but add a little wave or curl, and maybe pull the front strands back off your face to make them look just a little bit more polished.” Top tip? “If your ends are a bit limp, grab some Moroccan Oil Dry Texture Spray, as this will give you tousled texture and volume.”

Treatment, £33.95, Moroccanoil
Wave Spray, £33.90, Ouai

Wavy wedding hair

Pronovias wedding dress

Channel your inner mermaid with the new season’s penchant for heavenly waves, as seen on the Monique Lhuillier, Pronovias and Maggie Sottero runways.

Salon founder and head stylist Limoz Logli suggests “tonging your hair by taking small sections. Hold your tong vertically when doing this, as it’ll give you that much longed for ‘mermaid curl’ effect. Start from the nape of the neck and work your way up, making sure to twist the tong outwards around the hair, as this will open up your face. Then use the tong in alternate directions with each strand, to give the whole head a voluminous finish.”

High Profile Thicken + Lift Spray, £17, Time Bomb
Weather-Proof Finish Anti-Humidity Hairspray, £7, Umberto Giannini

Buy these Cloud Nine tongs

Cloud Nine The Waving Wand £83.65

Wedding tiaras and pins

Wedding hair by Nicole Drège
Hair by Nicole Drège

Bring a regal (h)air to your bridal look – while making a simple chignon look so on trend – with a well-placed diadem or sparkling hairpin.

“High necks, illusion-backs and long sleeves look stunning with a ballerina bun that shows off details, especially topped off with a tiara. Another style that looks beautiful is a hair chain draped across an up-do,  giving the illusion of scattered crystals,” says hair artist Anne Veck.

Jewelled hairpins, £10, Accessorize (similar)
Headband, £330, Jooni Lim x Suzy O’Rourke


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