With so many gorgeous hairstyle options, it can be hard to choose just one. Here, a guide to the hottest wedding hair trends — and how to decide which is best for you!
Where to Wear It: A chignon will work at almost any venue, from an elegant black-tie affair to laid-back seaside nuptials.
Hair Texture: This is the most versatile look on our list; most hair textures can easily be pulled into a stunning chignon. Brides with thin hair can add volume by teasing sprayed hair with a fine-tooth comb.
Match the Dress: For classic gowns with a bateau or portrait neckline, try a low bun style. With a high neckline, you’ll want to keep your hair away from your face and off of your neck.
Tip: Make sure you love your updo from all angles. A picture-perfect sideswept chignon may look plain and ordinary from the alternate view.
A Half Down, Half Up Hairstyle
Where to Wear It: This style is great for venues where heat and humidity will not be an issue — the last thing a bride wants is to feel sweaty or have limp curls on her big day.
Hair Texture: Despite having part of your hair pinned up, it’s almost impossible to keep everything perfectly in place. If you’re a summer or destination bride whose hair instantly frizzes at the first sign of humidity, you may want to stick with an updo so that you can enjoy every moment of your special day without having to sneak away for damage control!
Match the Dress: Half-up, half-down looks pair well with ethereal gowns — light and airy designs with plenty of lace or tulle.
Tip: Add a sparkling clip or oversized bloom to up the glam factor of this classic style.
A Short Hairstyle
Where to Wear It: A short style can be worn at any venue in any season. For winter weddings, consider adding a vintage birdcage. Spring and summer brides, embrace the season by incorporating fresh or silk blooms into your bridal style.
Hair Texture: You don’t need long hair to look gorgeous on your wedding day. Short locks can be styled to look just as good as long hair. With that being said, the same rules apply: If your hair tends to frizz, stick to enhanced au naturel curls or waves. And if your hair won’t hold a curl, rock a sleek straight style.
Match the dress: Brides with short hair are able to show off the backs of gowns with intricate detail. Forgo a strapless dress and opt for one with a sexy illusion or keyhole back. Also, skip long veils, which can overwhelm brides with short locks. Instead, try a vintage pillbox hat with a birdcage veil.
Tip: Forget the super-long hair extensions (especially if it’s your first time). Don’t get me wrong, we love extensions at BG, but top stylists agree that big changes on your wedding day are a huge no-no. A groom wants his bride to look like the woman he fell in love with — not a Barbie doll.
A Braided Hairstyle
Where to Wear It: There are so many ways to infuse braids into your wedding-day look. Whether you want a romantic waterfall braid with bohemian waves for a beach wedding or a smooth and sleek braided bun for a traditional church ceremony, braids add the perfect touch of elegance.
Hair Texture:Braided styles work best on long hair without any layering. This trend can be used to tame unruly tresses, and it puts up a good defense against inclement weather.
Match the Dress: Braided styles are best for romantic flowing gowns with sweetheart necklines and floral accents.
Tip: There’s a misconception that when you braid wet hair, you’ll have fewer flyaways. However, it’s better to use heat to lock braids in place rather than be unprepared for the dry result. If you’re willing to take a chance on wet locks, at least when you let your hair down, you’ll have killer waves!
A Retro Hairstyle
Where to Wear It: Gatsby glamour is the hottest trend of the moment. Brides are donning pompadours and finger waves everywhere from lavish weddings in catering halls to intimate elopements at City Hall.
Hair Texture: Vintage styles work well with both long and short hair. Volume — not length — is key to achieving a retro-glam look.
Match the Dress: Contrast a vintage ‘do with a modern gown that has asymmetrical lines and tons of detail. Or, go full-on vintage in a tea-length gown with lace embellishment.
Tip: The bolder, the better. Do not be afraid to accessorize your retro style with an over-the-top headpiece. Channel the Roaring Twenties with sparkling clips, feathered headbands and stunning veils.
If you are dealing with frizz and curls, your wish would be to have straight, smooth hair. Well, you can achieve that look by investing in a flat iron. The two most popular styling tools used by amateur and professional stylist are ceramic and titanium flat irons. These materials make the flat iron quite effective, but there is a difference between the two materials and the results they offer. It is important you stand these differences before you choose between ceramic flat iron and titanium flat iron.
When checking out ceramic vs titanium flat iron, the decision to buy the flat iron depends on you. If you are looking for salon-like finish, opt for a titanium flat iron. However, if you want to style your hair at home, ceramic flat iron is just what you need. So, check out your requirements and hair type first before you start looking for the right flat iron.
Ceramic Flat Irons
Ceramic is a non-metallic, inorganic material that distributes the heat evenly across the surface. This ensures that there are no cold or overheated spots and the potential of damaging your hair due to heat is also diminished.
Titanium Flat irons
Titanium is a lightweight, low-density lustrous metal that offers high temperature stability. Compared to ceramic, titanium can heat up much faster, within seconds, while distributing the heat evenly throughout the surface. It also has a higher ionic charge that makes hair straight and sleek in lesser time.
Titanium versus Ceramic
Before you rush to invest in either a ceramic or titanium flat iron, it is necessary you understand the pros and cons of each type of styling tool so that you can make an informed purchase decision.
As stated earlier, titanium heats up quickly and evenly, leaving no scope for cold spots. It also retains heat longer so that you can finish styling your hair faster. However, if you are not adept at using titanium flat iron, it can damage your hair. It can heat up too quickly for non-professional stylists to use it effectively.
Ceramic, just like titanium, is a good conductor of heat, but it may not attain high temperatures like titanium. Hence, you will require more effort to style your hair and this means spending longer time in front of the mirror. The good news is you will not cause heat damage to your hair.
Titanium is an ionic metal wherein it produces a lot negative ions when it is heated. These ions are transferred onto your hair when you style it with a titanium flat iron. As a result, your hair looks shiny and glossy after you finish styling it.
Ceramic too produces negative ions on being heated, but less than titanium. However, since it takes longer to reach it optimal heating point, the transference of negative ions takes longer. You will get a shine, but not as brilliant as the one offered by titanium flat iron.
Titanium is an extremely strong and durable metal. It does not corrode like steel so you don’t have to worry about the metal peeling or chipping off, or deteriorating with time.
Ceramic tends to deteriorate over a period of time. Hence, as you continue using your ceramic flat iron, it can begin to chip and peel.
If you have fine to medium hair, you should opt for a ceramic flat iron as it is less damaging to your hair. It will ensure you enjoy safe styling for fraction of the cost of a salon. This is also the go-to flat iron if you have delicate hair as it will not get burned or damaged due to intense heat.
On the other hand, if you have frizzy and stubbornly curly hair, you require a titanium flat iron. It is also the perfect styling tool for normal, coarse and thick hair. It will style your hair efficiently and not leave behind any frizz or curl. The added advantage is that a titanium flat iron will help maintain your hairstyle for a longer period of time compared to a ceramic flat iron. If you are looking to save time and boost styling efficiency, investing in a titanium flat iron is worthwhile.
Tape In Hair Extensions
What Are They?
Tape hair extensions are exactly what they sound like! The extensions are pre-taped and then taped/glued together on either side of your own hair. Typically a hairdresser would apply tape-ins for you because you need to align them to the roots and they are applied with a heated tool that heats up the glue. Additionally, you would need to have them removed (with glue remover) and then reinstalled. Naturally, when you apply heat to your roots and any adhesive product such as tape or glue, this can damage your hair.
How Long Do They Last?
Tape-ins’ are considered semi-permanent. Typically, they last 4-8 weeks before you need to remove and re-apply them, but just like any other hair it depends on how well you take care of them and it also depends on your hair growth.
You have to be very careful with using conditioners or hair products because this can cause the tape to come loose or slip off. This is a very common issue with tape-ins, where the hair simply slides off. Because of this, hairdressers usually recommend you use special shampoo/conditioner and styling products that are less harsh and not as oily to ensure the glue sticks to your hair. You can style them any way you want because they are made with human hair, but need to watch out for the roots where the glue/tape is.
Sew In Hair Extensions
What Are They?
Weave hair is applied by braiding the natural hair into a corn row first, and then the extensions are attached using a needle and thread, and threaded into the braid/corn row. Weave hair extension are predominantly used for people with thicker hair because of the way they are applied and require more hair to mask. Generally speaking, the weave application is a very long process (usually several hours) and are applied tightly which often puts a strain on the scalp and therefor feel very heavy and uncomfortable. This is also the reason why it doesn’t work well with thin or lighter hair.
How Long Do They Last?
Recommended time is 6-8 weeks, especially if you are trying to grow your own hair. The maximum amount of time you should have a weave in your hair is 4 months if you have a full weave but it will affect your real hair so you should always ask the hairdresser that is applying the it.
If you have a weave, you need to moisturize the scalp, the nape and edges of the hair at least once a week and be sure you are using deep conditioning products. Another popular recommendation for people with weaves is to wash with a special protein product to minimize the damage and effects of making your hair weak. When it comes to styling, the same rules apply for real hair vs. synthetic hair but usually weaves come in real hair because of how long they are kept in.
Fusions & Pre-Bonded Hair Extensions
What Are They?
Fusion hair extensions (also known as bonding or pre-ponded) are bonded to natural hair using different adhesives such as glue. Applying pre-bonded hair extensions take approximately 3-4 hours to apply and are should be applied by a hairdresser. Fusion extensions might not be suitable for all clients especially if you have damaged hair as this type of application is very damaging to your natural hair. The application involves a machine that looks like a hot glue gun, which essentially glues the hair to individual strands of the natural hair. For the pre-bonded hair extensions, it’s a slightly different method where you use a heat clamp to melt the glue to the natural hair.
How Long Do They Last?
They are considered semi-permanent as they stay in your hair for up to 4 months. However, like all other types, this varies based on your own hair type/growth.
Fusion/ pre-ponded application is manageable and treated the same way as your real hair. You can use the same products you would normally use however they need re-positioning every 2–3 months as the natural hair grows.
Micro Link Hair Extensions
What Are They?
Micro link hair extensions are also known as micro bead or micro-loop hair extensions too, so not to worry if you hear these different names. These hair extensions are applied by looping the extensions through the natural hair. You then clamp it down with a special tool/clamp, heat, and a metal bead (or ring). They are fixed to small sections of natural hair and tightened with this special tool/clamp. Once again, this method can be very damaging because the heat from applying the metal rings causes the hair to burn and break. This method takes approximately 3 hours to apply.
How Long Do They Last?
Same as Fusion extensions, they are considered semi-permanent will generally last up to 4 months.
You can wash them the same way you would your real hair and use the same styling products. Similar to fusion, they need re-positioning every 2-3 months as the natural hair grows and the micro-beads move away from the scalp.
Wigs & Hair Pieces
What Are They?
Wigs and hair pieces come in different forms and are applied to hair topically. With long full wigs, they are made to cover your entire head and it essentially completely covers your head and acts as a replacement for your own hair (meaning it is not blended with your own hair). The hair pieces are a little different, and they often come in the shape of a bun, ponytail or hair tie so you can just put it on top of your own hair. Again, these could be used because the area is balding and you need to place hair on top, or just to add a different look to your hair or create a different hairstyle.
How Long Do They Last?
It depends on whether they are real or synthetic and once again the way you take care of them greatly affects this as well. Typically, real human full wigs can last for up to one year if you take good care of them. The smaller pieces are usually synthetic and typically don’t last more than one month of use.
These pieces can be a little challenging to wash, and depending on whether they are real or synthetic you have to be very careful. The other issue is the full headpieces are usually attached to either a plastic or other material (which it is sewn onto) and depending on the quality of this base, you have to modify the way you wash and treat the hair.
Clip In Hair Extensions
What Are They?
Clip-in wefts, also known as clip-in hair extensions, come in a strand of contoured pieces, some long, and some can be cut shorter, with clips that are sewn into the strand. The clips are sewn-into the hair before receiving them, making it ready to use, and easy to simply “clip” the pieces to your natural hair, all on your own! The clip is a snap open/snap shut method (see here for how to clip them in). This method is the least permanent style of extensions because you can quickly remove them and put them back on whenever you want. Unlike some of the other hair extension applications, clip-ins usually take 5-15 minutes to put on. Clip-in hair extensions are also the least damaging because they don’t involve any chemicals, heat, or other methods mentioned – they simply clip onto your hair so there is zero damage! This is one of the many reasons why it’s one of the most popular hair extension methods.
How Long Do They Last?
Once again, this depends on how well you take care of them, what products you use and how often you wear them. With proper care and regular wear, clip-ins last anywhere from 6 months to one year and sometimes even longer.
The same synthetic vs. real hair rules apply when it comes to treatment of clip in hair extensions just as with any hair extensions. We’ll focus more on the real hair extensions since that’s what we recommend! But simply put, they are very low maintenance and we only recommend you wash them every 15-20 wears or if there is a lot of product on them. Just like your natural hair, you simply brush, shampoo and condition the hair and then let them air dry! Finally, you style your clip-ins the same way you would style your own natural hair. You can color them, and use curling or straightening irons; everything goes!
Not only do Thanksgiving staples like cranberry, pumpkin and sweet potato taste good, they can work wonders on your hair. Kyle White, lead colorist at Oscar Blandi Salon in New York, gave us some easy recipes to turn your leftovers into healthy hair treatments. Plus, it’s a perfect weekend project if you’re avoiding the Black Friday madness.
Cranberry For Color
Cranberry juice enhances natural red hair and adds a temporary red tint to other colors. White recommends using a cranberry juice rinse as an all-natural hair color refresher. Here’s how:
Step 1: Wash and condition hair to remove any styling product residue.
Step 2: Dry hair completely and brush out.
Step 3: Tilt your head upside down and pour ½ cup of all-natural cranberry juice onto your locks. Use your fingers to blend the rinse throughout.
Step 4: Twist all of your hair on top of your head and secure with a hair clip.
Step 5: Blow dry hair on the lowest heat setting until all of the cranberry juice is dry.
Step 6: Rinse the juice out using warm water.
Pumpkin For Moisture
Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A, which encourages the scalp to produce natural oils, and potassium, which can help promote hair re-growth. Pumpkin also makes a great moisturizer for dry hair. Here’s White’s recipe for a pumpkin-based deep conditioning treatment.
2 cups pumpkin (chopped and cooked)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon yogurt
Blend the pumpkin and yogurt. Then add the coconut oil and honey to create a smooth mixture. Apply to damp hair, cover with a plastic cap and let sit for fifteen minutes. Wash out with shampoo and conditioner.
Sweet Potatoes For Lush Locks
“Beta-carotene in foods is converted to Vitamin A in the body, and Vitamin A is necessary for all cell growth including hair growth,” White says. Since sweet potatoes are so rich in Vitamin A, this is one Thanksgiving food you shouldn’t feel guilty about piling on your plate.