The Art of Wedding Hair
Hair! What subject has produced more fears, tears and rituals,
bottles, brushes, and headlines than that of the almighty
coiffeur? Any bad hair day is cause enough for us to shutter,
stutter and utter "What will I do with my hair"???
Add the wedding day to this dilemma and there is coiffeur
confusion, mad rushes to the magazine rack and tears begging
our trusted stylist for help. Here are some great tips:
- Dress: Maurer says to start with the
dress because, "the brides total bridal
look has to be taken into consideration, every
thing must balance. The brides dress choice sets the tone
for the entire ceremony and the hair design has to evoke
the same feeling."
- Texture: "Believe it or not the
wedding gown can also dictate the texture of the finished
hair design. A smooth, shiny Updo of curls or glossy stick
straight hair complements a smooth satin gown. Where a gown
of sweeping tulle is beautifully accented by soft flowing
- The silhouette: "Your look from
head to toe has a silhouette, either horizontal or vertical.
A full skirt is horizontal and best balanced by a wider
hair design and or full veiling. A vertical look being narrow
and slim is complemented by a hair design of the same lines;
it could be a bob tucked behind the ears or a narrow pile
of curls on top of the head."
- History: "No, we are not back in
school. But is there a period of history your gown reflects?
Theme weddings such as renaissance or swing make a great
excuse to have some creative fun with your hair."
- Proportions: "Again the full effect
needs to balance. The bride with short hair who is wearing
an ornate full traditional dress needs to remember to balance
her look with the appropriate headpiece. Like wise the petite
bride with too much hair might think about wearing it up
to draw the eye vertically."
- Time of Day: "Next to the dress,
the time of day should have some bearing on the hairstyle
and headpiece you choose." Maurer suggests for a day
or morning wedding less glitz and sparkle. "Save the
crystals, sparkle and tiaras for more formal evening weddings.
Headbands, flowers, wreaths, and hats are perfect for day
or morning ceremonies."
By Gretchen Maurer, Bridal hair specialist and author of
"The Business of Bridal Beauty", as well as creator
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