6 ever popular bridal hairstyles to turn heads

26 Apr 2022

Whether you're looking for modern elegance or timeless chic, these six bridal hairstyles offer choice for every bride-to-be

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Creative ambassador Clare Hansford for hair salon group Headmasters has created a bridal collection to help inspire brides-to-be with their wedding hair. 

Claire says: "With restrictions finally lifted, many brides who have waited up to two years will be looking forward to their wedding day this year. Whether you are opting for a micro wedding, a large celebration with friends and family or a destination beach wedding, feeling your best on this incredibly special day is key. We all know how important your hair is on a normal day, so imagine how key it is to your total wedding look on this special occasion."

Featured in the collection of looks is influencer Alexandra Teasdale, who is getting married in June and is a client of Headmasters Earlsfield; and model Shauna Ridgard, who is a client of Headmasters Mayfair and is getting married in 2023. 

High ponytail

The high ponytail set at the crown is perfect for brides who usually wear a ponytail but want to inject glamour on their wedding day. This hairstyle can help to emphasise features of your dress such as a high neckline. Keeping hair off your face, a ponytail can be a comfortable option. Request a scattering of baby lights highlights around your face to further complement this look and enhance your natural features.


Whimsical waves

For the bride who wants to look and feel herself with her hair down, this look ticks all the boxes. A deeper side parting creates volume and lift for a tousled look. Add depth and dimension with colour by asking your colourist to hand-paint or use a balayage technique to create a sun-kissed look. Bohemian brides can enhance the look with fresh flowers or a flower crown. 


Low ponytail

A soft, classic style, a ponytail is less formal than an up-do or a chignon bun and can be worn with a centre or side parting. Having a low ponytail draws attention to details in the front or back of the dress. Ensure split ends are removed with a micro trim before the wedding to provide a healthier, thicker finish. 



Timeless twist

This style sits low at the nape of the hair and suits most brides who like to wear their hair up. Also ideal for a destination bride in a hot location, the low twirled bun suits a low veil placement by providing anchorage. 


Hollywood glamour

For that ultimate show-stopping look, full bodied curls are the way forward. A deep side parting creates volume, while a bold jewelled embellishment or headpiece adds glamour. Avoid touching your hair once it has set to ensure the curls retain definition. Have a soft bristle brush to hand so that you can gently brush through later in the day to keep the waves together. A 1920s or 1930s theme sits in harmony with this look, which can also work equally well on short hair. 


Modern up/down

Ideal for brides with thick hair or for those who want a fuller hairstyle. Taking your hair away from your face and neck, the style flows softly and naturally down your back. This look creates a beautiful profile and if the line of the 'up' part follows your jawline, it can offer a 'lift' to your face. The hairstyle is generally favoured by brides who usually wear their hair down but want to add a touch of elegance. An in-salon treatment can provide instant shine and gloss to enhance the look. 


Top tips for bridal hair perfection: 

  1. Consultation is key. Have a bridal trial to help establish what hairstyle you would prefer. This is also the perfect opportunity to see if your hairstyle feels comfortable and lasts all day long. 
  2. Ensure condition. Bridal hair is a journey and the most important factor should be ensuring your hair is in the best condition. In the months leading up to your wedding, opt for minimal trims to keep your hair healthy. 
  3. Use pictures. Show your hairstylist pictures of your dress or any dress inspiration, as the neckline of your dress can help you select what hairstyle will best showcase your look. Take a look at our guide to choosing a bridal hairstyle to suit the neckline of your wedding dress.
  4. Consider whether a veil is right for you. A veil is a beautiful accessory, however the weight of a veil can often disrupt hairstyles. For brides who wish to wear a veil, it's best to opt for a structured hairstyle that can support one.  
  5. Choose accessories. Bring any accessories you wish to incorporate along to your bridal trial or show your stylist ahead of the big day. 
  6. Switch up your hairstyle. Brides are increasingly opting for two wedding dresses as they transition from day to night, so you might want to consider a second hairstyle too. Have your hairdresser on-site to allow you to quickly change your look.  
  7. Pack a hair kit. Keep travel-sized products and tools such as a firm hold hairspray and bobby pins nearby during the day to help keep flyaway hairs and loose strands at bay. 

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