April 18, 2011

Wedding hair à la Emily Blunt, Christina Hendricks, Kate Beckinsale & Olivia Palermo

Our resident beauty blogger Laura Curtis provides some celebrity inspiration to help you find your perfect wedding hairstyle.

Emily Blunt’s braided chignon is pretty and practical. Neatly pulled back from her face, this romantic style would be perfect for a spring wedding; but would also be able to withstand wind, hail and even a bride’s worst nightmare – humidity. In case of emergency, have some spare Lady Jayne Hair Pins tucked away in your (or your bridesmaid’s) purse.

The beautiful Christina Hendricks demonstrates how shorter hair can be oh-so-chic. Asymmetry provides visual interest, while her classic waves instil old-school glamour. Bumble & Bumble Spray de Mode will keep shape and bounce without the “crunch”.
This stunning hairdo worn by Kate Beckinsale is perfect for a bride wanting to inject some elegance and sophistication into her big day look. And as every star and her stylist know, a high ponytail provides an instant, injection-free facelift, effortlessly lifting the brows and smoothing the forehead. Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion will emulate Kate’s voluminous roots.
Looking sweet and demure, Olivia Palermo showcases the ideal hairstyle for a bride to wear with a veil. Her barrel curls and centre part are soft and romantic, while her loosely pinned fringe frames her face beautifully. For Olivia’s shiny locks, treat your hair with Kerastase Serum Nuit in the lead-up to your wedding.

And finally, a few tips to ensure that your bridal hair goes smoothly:
When choosing a style, take everything into consideration. The theme and season of the wedding, as well as your face shape, hair type and bridal attire. Ideally, your hairstyle should complement all of these elements.

Have a trim and colour touch-up a few weeks beforehand.
It’s an absolute must that you book a trial with your wedding hairstylist. Provide any feedback to the hairstylist so he or she can make improvements for the wedding.
No matter which style you choose, the most important thing is that you look and feel comfortable and gorgeous.
And a couple of no-no’s – don’t go for a dramatic hair colour change or lop off your long locks the week before your wedding – you still want to look like you!
Laura Curtis is a beauty writer and make-up artist. To see more of her writing and beauty advice, you can visit her blogs One April Morning and Pretty Poesy, and follow her on twitter (@laura_valerie).

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