Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wedding Hairstyle Review And Tips

Hair enhances our personality and it is important to style it in a manner that really makes you look and feel beautiful, especially on your wedding day. There are so many different types of wedding hairstyles for the bride so start planning ahead. While choosing, take into account the bridal dress and the theme you have chosen for your wedding. Here are a few ideas for exploring the various types of wedding hairstyles that may be right for you.
Long slender graceful necks are accentuated by an upsweep type of hairstyle. This wedding hairstyle is also ideal if you have chosen a high neck bridal gown, as you will be able to show more detail that lies on the top half of the dress. The disadvantage for this hairstyle is that your hairdresser would have had to put in a lot of pins to hold the hair style and undoing it can be a bit of a task, especially when you want to get your hair down after the wedding for a more casual party.
If you have chosen a stylish sleeveless wedding dress with a low back then consider having your hair falling straight down the back in between the shoulders. This is a more traditional wedding hairstyle your hair can be cascading in curls or absolutely straight. Straight hairstyles look quite sleek and do not require much maintaining during the event, but it can also look a bit bland on those with a low volume or thin hair. A curly hair style is bouncy and adds volume to your hair, looking quite gorgeous. However a head full of curls will require maintaining and the hairdresser needs to be good at applying product to ensure it stays fresh all through the event.
When you have wedding hair styles for long hair that falls straight down the back, there is always the disadvantage of covering quite a bit of your bridal gown that may be encrusted in beads or have a beautiful lace bodice.
Your wedding hairstyle needs to be a careful decision including picking the right hairdresser. Many local hairdressers will say they specialize in wedding styles, but research them carefully picking only experienced professionals. Choosing the right hairdressing salon make seem a bit painstaking but its well worth the effort.
Bridal magazines and websites will have a number of photos of wedding hairstyles to use as ideas but try not to stray too far from the way you wear your hair now. Every bride wants to look unique with a striking wedding hairstyle but if you deviate too much, it may feel unusual. The hairstyle should feel as a natural extension of your complete look.
The hairstyles of you and your bridesmaids will be captured in time by a wedding photographer so choose well. Browse for ideas, decide on an up do or a more relaxed look then, with the help of a wedding style hairdressing professional, choose the overall hairstyle that best suits you.
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Many wedding planning books provide a very detailed list of who should pay for what and when.  Times have changed since the late 90s and payment issues have become more flexible.  However, some expenses are still well defined.  It is still a given that the bride will pay for her own wedding gown, her groom's wedding ring and gift as well as her own personal hair and skin care expenses.
Although the bridal party and attendants have traditionally been liable for their own wedding attire and travel expenses, there is no hard and fast rule for 2002.
One new bridal planning challenge is making decisions about bridal party hair, make-up and other expenses.  Is each attendant required to pay for having their hair done for the wedding?  What is appropriate when the bride requests that all the members of her party wear their hair in a special bridal theme style?
While it may be appropriate for a bridal attendant to pay for headgear to match her wedding gear, is it appropriate to be required to pay for a special updo or a pre-wedding spa trip?

Bridal Hair Themes

Any bride's thoughts regarding a central hair or makeup theme needs to be discussed at the very beginning of the wedding planning stage.  Consideration and communication with the bridal party about hair and make-up issues are critical in deciding who should foot the bill for what services.
This topic may also be the financial dividing point for attendants that are unable to invest unlimited funds to be part of the wedding party.  If you really dream of everyone with twisted updo tresses, it is important that you say so at the beginning so your attendants have a clear picture of what is required of them both financially and otherwise.
Some bridal consultants suggest that a central hair theme is appropriate for a formal day or evening wedding, but less important for an informal or casual wedding.  Since it is more likely that a formal wedding will require a formal, floor length bridal attendant gown with matching headwear, co-ordinated hair styles would probably be very reasonable.
When Sex and the City's fearless fashionista, Carrie Bradshaw sported big, blue feathers in her bridal hairdo, the outcome was inevitable: bold wedding hair accessories made a big comeback and not just in blue!

The wedding hair accessory craze first began building momentum with big flowers, whether they were pinned behind one ear to evoke an exotic feel, or at the back, crowning a ponytail or up-do. Then feathers were thrown into the mix, adding a touch of retro flapper glam. And what about tiaras, hair combs and hair bands? Well, don't call it a comeback. They've been here for years.

Unique & Trendy Hair Wear
Along with wedding favors, bridesmaids gifts, and just about every other wedding accessory you could think of, Nuptial Celebrations also sells an assortment of bridal hair accessories

For the bride who prefers feathers for her wedding day hair flair, this matte satin hairpiece in champagne ivory makes an ideal accessory. A silver clip fastens the woven satin ribbons to the hair, while wispy feathers add a vintage feel. This piece can be worn behind one ear or nestled in a bun at the back of the hair.

How to Wear Wedding Hair Accessories

Don't mix and match. With the exception of tiaras with veils, more than one type of hair accessory shouldn't be worn at the same time. Especially when it comes to today's oversized, standout accessories.

Bring your hair accessory to your hairstylist consultation. This way, (s)he can work the accessory into your hairstyle in advance, rather than trying to figure out what to do with it on your wedding day.
Buy a backup hair accessory if its not too expensive. If your heart is set on having a specific hair accessory as part of your entire wedding day look, pick up a duplicate design to avoid a wedding day meltdown if your accessory breaks

Swarovski crystals scattered throughout the hair will give the bride a big dose of sparkle on her big day. These hair twists are shown here in pearl, and also come in 10 different colors of swarovski crystal, to match the bridesmaids dresses or wedding theme colors. With 12 twists per pack, they can be arranged in a row to resemble a a tiara, or placed around an up-do.
Berry and blossom designs evoke a very Bohemian feel on this satin floral and white pearl Halo hairpiece especially when worn with a flowing wedding day hairstyle. The Halo also accents a veil nicely, and gives the bride an ethereal look rather than the regal look the tiara lends. 

Top Hair Care Tips

Hair Brushing 101  by Tamara of Calgary, Canada, Introduction by Karen M. Shelton
"I'm a bad girl when it comes to brushing. I brush top down. I know, I know, it's a sin. But hey, I gotta have some sins since I don't drink coffee. What I really like to do is bend over and start brushing at the nape of my neck. My brush usually will go for about five inches before there is some resistance. I take the brush out and start again at the nape at a slightly different spot and do another stroke until I feel resistance."


One of the Hair Boutique's favorite featured writers - Tamara - returns with her third article. This time Tamara provides great tips on brushing your hair.

In the past Tamara has provided her complete hair history as well as a great article on how to make sure your hair shines.  Check out Tamara's past Hair Boutique articles Tamara's Story & One Bottle, Two Bottle, Three Bottle, Four.  Thanks Tamara!
Brushing Sins

I'm a bad girl when it comes to brushing. I brush top down. I know, I know, it's a sin. But hey, I gotta have some sins since I don't drink coffee. What I really like to do is bend over and start brushing at the nape of my neck. My brush usually will go for about five inches before there is some resistance. I take the brush out and start again at the nape at a slightly different spot and do another stroke until I feel resistance.

After every stoke I pass my hand over the entire length. That is usually enough so that the next stroke can go further.

You see my hair doesn't really knot; It twists, sort of like a rope or a bed sheet that hooked on the dryer door while drying. You just need to shake it a bit for the twist to start falling out.

If my hair does knot it's usually because one strand has a break in it or stranger yet, one strand has a single knot in it that the others hooked onto/into/twisted around. Then I have to pull individual strands up and out of the knot just like I do when I am separating strands of embroidery floss. When I am finally done I flip my hair up and over.

Who Pays For Attendant Hair?

Many brides opt for having a stylist come to their home and do their hair for the wedding.  This is usually after one or two hair styling rehearsals so that all the loose ends have been dealt with.

If a central hair theme has been agreed upon in advance by everyone in the bridal or wedding party, the payment issue should also be settled long before the date of the wedding.

When a central hair style like a French braid, twist or similar updo is requested, opinions are split regarding payment responsibility.  One wedding consultant suggested that the bride pay for one pre-wedding styling rehearsal as well as for the wedding day styling.

Another consultant suggested that in lieu of required attendant headgear, the bride may inquire if her bridal party members would be willing to pay for all or a portion of their hair styling services.  Some of her attendants may not balk at being requested to wear their hair in a specific style but may resent paying for it to boot.

Bridal Luncheon At The Spa

Since the trend is for many bridal parties to visit a day spa together for pre-wedding pampering, luncheons or showers, why not schedule your attendant luncheon at the spa?  Throw in a hairstyling for each member of the party as part of your special paid gift.  This allows the attendant to have a pre-wedding styling rehearsal, relax at the spa and enjoy your luncheon at the same time.

If you are planning for a stylist to come to your home and do your wedding hair, inquire about having a second stylist accompany them.  The two stylists can probably manage to handle the hair for the entire bridal party.  In this scenario the bride or her family should pick up the hair styling tab and any tips.

Keep in mind that having two stylists at your home for any length of time will be more expensive than if you all went to the salon.  However, there are many advantages that outweigh the disadvantages and the potential cost.

All wedding hair appointments must be booked way in advance.  Some salons will require a deposit to hold the date and time and the desired hairstylists.

Styling Tools As Gifts?

If you don't want the expense of holding one of more stylists captive for mass wedding hair styling, consider asking all the attendants to still do their hair at your home.  Ask them to arrive a few hours before the ceremony with clean, dry hair.  Have a light snack or luncheon available so the bridal party can relax, munch a little and help each other with their hair.

One mother of the bride recently purchased eight identical Conair hot roller kits from  In her emails to me she explained that her daughter wanted all of her attendants to have a soft curly look.  Instead of requiring the bride or her party to pay for professional stylists, the mother bought new hot rollers that were presented, along with a special Austrian crystal hair jewel as wedding gifts to the party members.  While a stylist was on hand to do the bride's hair, the rest of the attendants enjoyed using their new hot rollers to work on each other's hair.  The stylist lent a hand with a light final touch-up on stubborn strands.

The mother reported that the idea was a great success.  Not only did all the attendants look wonderful, they loved their new hot curlers that they can use for the future.

This is a wonderful example of a compromise and fair payment arrangement.  As the mother of the bride pointed out, hot rollers are a much more economical buy than what it might cost to bring in a second stylist.

Free Form Hair

If your wedding plans do not require your attendants to wear their hair in any particular style, they are responsible for any costs associated with their hair for the wedding.  While some attendants will want to have their hair done, it is purely a personal choice that they can make.

While you may request that each attendant wear the same hair jewel or flower, if you do not stipulate that they wear their hair in any special way, the hair styling expense is clearly that of the attendant.

Keep in mind that some attendants may opt to do their own hair at home.  If this poses a potential problem for you, make sure you communicate this fact at the very beginning when you select them as an attendant.

Remember that it is important to be considerate of your attendant's personalities and private wishes about their hair.  While you may think that your maid of honor would look best with a short snappy bob, she may adore her long shag.

Avoid using your status as the bride to ask anyone to change their basic hairstyle, color or look.  While they may agree to follow your wishes, they may also resent you and this could lead to long term relationship problems after the wedding is over.
Attendant Hair Adornments

If your wedding is very formal and each attendant will be required to wear a formal headpiece to match their gowns, they are expected to pay for the entire attendant outfit from shoes to gloves to headwear.

If you prefer that each attendant wear a beautiful flower in their hair, it is suggested that you pick up the tab for the flowers and consider it part of their bouquet.  Many florists can design a bouquet that matches flowers worn in the attendant's hair.

If you require a certain hair comb or barrette, while it is suggested that the bride may wish to pick up the tab, the answer is more fuzzy.  Weigh the various options and consider giving your attendants the hair adornments as your gift to them.  If they offer to pay for their own hair jewelry or adornments, be flexible and consider each individual situation.

Groom Hair

While you may wish to have input into how your groom wears his hair for the wedding, ultimately he is responsible for the cost.  Ditto for his groomsmen.  Unless the groom requires that all his attendants get dreadlock extensions or purple spikes, the groomsmen must pay for their own hair cuts and styles.

Other Hair Costs

It is usually a given that the individual mothers and close female relatives handle their own hair design and styling needs.  If you wish to ask the mothers to co-ordinate their hair and colors, be flexible and communicate your thoughts.  Let them work with you on an individual basis to make sure that they are willing to wear their hair a certain way.  Whether they pay for a special style if a matter of negotiation.


When it comes to planning wedding party hairstyles it is important to be considerate, creative and exercise good communication skills.  Although some hair styling costs are obvious, others may be more nebulous.  Keep in mind that in some cases you may be required to pay if you have very unique or special wedding hair requests.  Bottom line, be flexible and thoughtful and keep and keep an open mind.