More and more brides have chosen to pass on the super-structured wedding updos of yesteryear, in favor of styles that give them that coveted, “I woke up like this” look. As a bridal hairstylist, I’ve noticed that a lot of brides-to-be are requesting to wear their hair down, and they want it to look as if it hasn’t been fussed with. Loose waves are an extremely modern look for exchanging nuptials on the big day, but hair that looks effortless, often takes a lot more effort than you’d think. As with anything else, having the right tools are essential in order to make it last all day. To get gorgeous boho bridal hair, you’ll need: mousse or a root lifting spray, a blow dryer, a medium hold hairspray, a 1” curling iron, texture spray, and finishing cream.
Start of by saturating your hair with either mousse or root lift spray, and brush the product through the hair to distribute it evenly.
Flip your head upside down and blow dry the hair with your head flipped. This will give the hair height and volume.
Section your hair whatever way is easiest for you to when curling. Next, spray your favorite medium hold spray to each section, and brush through the hair.
Curl each section with a 1” curling iron is alternate directions, so the curls won’t be too uniform.
Once your whole head is curled, run your fingers through them to loosen them up, and apply a texturizing spray (my favorite is DrySpun Finish by Bumble and Bumble) to the waves to give them a lived in feel.
Shape the hair until you reach your desired look, then lock in the style with hairspray.
Finally, use a finishing crème to tame baby hairs and fly aways, and you’re all done!
Although wearing your hair this way alone will be a gorgeous wedding style, a fun accessory (such as a hat, flowers, or a clip) elevates the style to the next level.
Gorgeous bridal hair does not have to be overly complicated. You can achieve beautiful results without applying the old fashioned tricks that were formerly popular with brides. Today, women want hair that has beauty in its simplicity. Forced waves, crunchy curls, and elaborate designs are now a thing of the past. As a bridal hairstylist, most of my brides tell me that they want effortless-looking locks. Here is a step by step on how to achieve this textured, minimalist wedding hairstyle in less than an hour.
What you will need:
Volumizing spray or mousse
Medium Hold hairspray
Curling iron or curling wand (1” -1 ½” depending on hair length and desired waves size)
Dry Texture Spray or Sea Salt Spray
Hair Accessory (optional)
Spray hair generously with heat protectant.
Apply volumizing spray or mousse to hair concentrating on the roots, and blow dry hair in an upward motion to create lift.
Spray 1” sections of hair with medium hold spray and wrap each section around your curling iron or curling wand in the direction going away from your face.
*Use a 1” for shorter hair or if you want medium sized waves, a 1 ¼” or 1 ½” should be used for larger waves and/or longer hair.
After all of the hair has been curled, run your fingers through the hair to break up the curls.
Spray dry texture spray directly onto the hair or spray sea salt spray onto your hands and rub it into your hair to create lived-in texture.
Take sections of the sides of your hair and pin them in the center back of your hair for a half up/half down look.
*Taking large sections creates a smoother look, and taking smaller sections creates a look with more definition
This step is completely optional. If you want to dress up the style you can add an accessory or flowers in the center back of the head, right above where the hair was pinned – and you’re done.
My bridal and prom clients are always asking me what styles would look best with a strapless dress. While l really like the way that hair looks when styled down in a strapless dress, my preference is to put the hair up. I thinks it’s no coincidence that bridal/prom season occurs in warm weather, so showing off your shoulders just seems like the obvious choice. I recently did a pretty, twisted updo on one of my clients, that is super simple to replicate; and best of all perfect for strapless dresses. What I like about this style is that it’ll look gorgeous on all hair textures (so curly girls don’t fret). Let’s get started!
1. Start off by sectioning off your hair in front of your ears on both sides, and clip those sections away from the rest of your hair.
2. Section off the hair at the crown of your head and spray your hair with medium hold hairspray. Next backcomb your hair using a tail comb or a teasing brush at the crown to create some height, and smooth the hair on top to hide the backcombing.
3. Twist the two front sections loosely and pin them low in the back of the head with bobby pins.
4. Then divide the hair in the back into three sections (left, middle, and right) and roll each section of hair upward concealing the pinned hair in the back, and pin them into place with bobby pins.
5. Finally spray the hair with finishing spray – then you’re done!