Hairstyles Which can be used at any type of Wedding
Inspired by Grace Kelly on her wedding day, Emmy Rossum’s tiara-topped braided chignon imparts a polished elegance. Rick Gradone, the hairstylist behind the showstopping ‘do, explained how to pull off a crown in the twenty-first century: “The sleekness of this look keeps it more elegant and contemporary, whereas softer and fuller styles make tiaras look more prom queen or pageant-like. The look has to be as clean and kempt as possible.” Gradone also recommended following the shape of the headpiece for maximum impact. “Since this Chopard tiara was angled into a v, I drew a middle part that directly paralleled its peak and allowed me to sculpt the hair into a similar silhouette,” he said. “Then I crafted the braid at the nape of the neck so that the end of the tiara met right at the middle of the bun, which gives the eye a nice line to follow.”
“Fresh flowers add softness and romance to a wedding hairstyle,” said George Northwood, who works with Chung. This charming floral crown paired with her ombré waves imparts a youthful, bohemian vibe perfect for a laid-back wedding. To keep the crown in place, Northwood recommended lightly backcombing the top of the hair. “Teasing allows bobby pins to grip to something more substantial and helps anchor the crown to the head,” he explained.
For a black tie affair, only the most regal of updos will do. Renato Campora, who sculpted this updo, suggested choosing this look to match the unabashed drama of an ornate gown. Inspired by Botticelli, Campora crafted a flawless braided bun that coiled around to epic proportions thanks to a few extensions. But the key here, he said, is the slicked-back base: “A sleek and clean ponytail to start is essential since it’s the foundation of the entire look.” Add to that a quarter-size amount ofAlterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil for shine and a blast of Oribe Superfine Strong Hair Spray for hold, and you’ve got a look fit for a queen.
Although the “Revenge” star’s Jennifer Behr broach looked glitzy, her loose and textured top knot added contrast for a more effortless and less contrived feel. In order to balance out the sizable hair ornament, Sally Hershberger’s wedding hair wizard Ruben Colon said the sideswept bangs are essential. “It makes the clip more proportional and also keeps the style looking more youthful,” he said. To tidy up a top knot just a bit, Colon recommended spritzing hairspray on the backside of a paddle brush and using it as a tool to smooth the surface of the bun.
With its tousled and organic framework that flows into a more carefully crafted low chignon, Jennifer Lawrence’s updo provides the best of both worlds. “It is still formal, but fun and romantic,” said Jen Atkin, who counts Lawrence as a client. “This look would be great for a fall wedding or for a modern bride who isn’t afraid of playing with texture in her hair.” To get such great texture and movement, Atkin said it’s crucial to start with a nourished scalp. She recommended Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Damage and Color Repair Nourishing Shampoo and Daily Conditioner to prep, followed by Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Mess Beach Hair for ruffled waves that can then be pinned up into a bun at the nape of the neck.
“A ponytail is the simplest way to style the hair, making this perfect for a no-fuss bride who still wants to look elegant and polished,” said Campora, who gave Alba this look for the Ralph Lauren spring 2013 show. “It allows you to move freely so it’s comfortable, but this one is still timeless and classic.” Campora specifically placed Alba’s pony high up at the crown of the head and softly curled the tail to give it “bounce and movement like Jessica Rabbit,” he said.
Julianne Hough combines a braid in front and twists in the back for an intentionally unkempt style that feels more casual. “This would be a good alternate option for girls who want a natural-looking updo for a daytime beach wedding instead of the standard beachy waves,” said Colon. Since it relies so heavily on bobby pins, Colon recommended this look for shoulder-length hair in particular. The other requirement? A beach spray, of course. Try Bumble and bumble Surf Spray.
Kerry Washington demonstrates how to take a break from the traditional hair broach or tiara with a more fun and playful oversized bow (as seen on Louis Vuitton’s spring 2013 runway). Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, the coiffeur behind the half-up ‘do, stressed that placement is imperative when working with a bow. “It needs to sit on the side and not directly on top of the head,” she said, explaining that the latter looks too Minnie Mouse rather than modern Madonna. Sturdivant-Drew recommended a voluminous bouffant and sideswept bangs to balance out the jumbo bow, and suggested curling the rest of the hair in opposite directions to keep the waves from settling into each other.
“A fresh and cool braid offsets a powerful and more mature ball gown,” said hairstylist Andy LeCompte, referencing Liu’s voluminous dress that she wore to this year’s Golden Globes. “It makes the whole style look edgy rather than lady.” What’s more, such intricate plaits still tie in the decadence of a statement-making gown without turning it fussy. To get the look, LeCompte constructed a reverse French braid around the head on both sides of the part, “which gives hair more volume and also helps to show off the dimensions of the braid on dark hair.” Once both braids meet underneath one ear, he suggested tying them together with an elastic, splitting the hair apart right above the elastic, and pulling the tail through the hole to exaggerate the shape of the fishtail and get it started. Wella Texture Touch Reworkable Clay helps to give the lengths some hold and texture as you braid to the ends.
When it comes to short hair, Colon said it’s all but essential to utilize accessories to give cropped looks that extra panache. “It’s also a great excuse to get away with a particularly bold piece of jewelry,” he said. Case in point: Michelle Williams’ diamond-encrusted Fred Leighton headband that gussied up her dramatically parted, shaggy pixie cut. To get her piece-y style, Colon recommended dipping fingertips in a pomade, such as Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Sculpting Pomade, and lightly rubbing select ends of hair for textured definition, rather than raking the product directly through the whole head (which gives off a clumpier look).