16 New Wedding Hairstyles to Try
UP: Side-Braided Chignon
"A few light highlights around Blake Lively's hairline and some shorter pieces framing her face make this style look so soft," says hairstylist Teddi Cranford of White Rose Bride in New York City. To fatten up strands, mist on a hair powder first; Cranford likes Sachajuan Volume Powder. Part hair on the side and pull into a ponytail. Leave a section an inch thick free. Braid the piece that's left out of the ponytail, secure the bottom with a clear elastic, and pull on the braid with your fingers to loosen it up a bit. Using a larger elastic, tie the braid into the bigger ponytail. Wrap hair into a bun, keeping it in place with U-shaped pins. If you choose an updo, don't wash your hair the day of the ceremony. "It won't stay," Cranford says. Her trick? Get a blowout the day before for your rehearsal dinner. Then, for your wedding day, your hair will be prepped and ready to style.
UP: Piecey Bun
Perfection is the goal of every bride, but sometimes imperfection makes a greater impact. "Don't worry about every little strand," says hairstylist Mara Roszak of Andy Lecompte Salon in Los Angeles, who created this look for Emma Stone. "Let some of the layers fall out and frame the face and the back of the neck." That doesn't mean going without products, though. She recommends a few spritzes of a lightweight hair spray, like L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold—the unscented version. "Everyone's going to be coming up to hug you all day. You don't want to smell like hair products," she says.
UP: With a Headband
A jeweled headband is a gorgeous alternative to a veil. "Charlize Theron looks sexy, and the low, roughed-up knot keeps the style from looking dated," says hairstylist Ted Gibson of Ted Gibson Salon in New York City. Having some texture is key: Use a one-inch curling iron to add waves, and secure the hair in a ponytail before twisting up into a side bun. If you have thick hair, try braiding the hair before pinning it up—just muss it up first to make it look less finished. And if the tone of your wedding is more outdoorsy, swap out the headband for a floral wreath.
UP: Braided Bun
"All women look good with a little volume," Roszak says. To achieve that height for Zoe Saldana, she set her hair in pin curls, then used a small curling iron (¾") to wave pieces around the hairline. She put Saldana's hair into a ponytail, pulling the sides tightly. She broke a one-inch section out of the ponytail, weaving it into a braid. She then pinned the remaining sections into a messy bun before wrapping the braid around it and tucking it in. "You don't want the braid to be hidden," she says. Not sure where to place your veil? Roszak gives two options: "It's more traditional to place it on the crown so you see it head-on. Or to be more modern, place it lower, just above where the bun starts."
UP: Ballerina Bun
"This bun is ideal for a classic wedding in a cathedral," Gibson says. And depending on your dress and veil, you can position it in different places. Wearing it close to the crown, as Sienna Miller does, looks youthful, while placing it lower adds a sophisticated feel. As for the volume? "Before you roll the hair into the bun, back-comb, back-comb, back-comb," Gibson says. "It will help give texture and that perfectly round shape." To keep it in place, he recommends using U-shaped hairpins over bobby pins, since they can hold a larger amount of hair.
UP: Side-Swept Bangs
There are enough details surrounding your wedding to make you nervous; you don't need the added stress of trying a new haircut. "This is really great for those with long hair, because it gives the illusion of side-swept bangs without having to actually cut any layers," Cranford says. That's all thanks to an embellished clip fastened behind Kate Mara's right ear. "You wouldn't want to put it on the side opposite of the bun," she says. "This helps to secure everything."
UP: Roughed-Up Do
Close to the head in front of a headband and volume behind it give Alice Eve an edgier take on a classic style. Cranford suggests that a French twist in the back would be a perfect complement. To keep the volume on top from looking stiff, place a few hairpins in the teased back section. It creates an airy, raked-with-your-fingers look.
UP: Sleek Side Part
This timeless bun, positioned above the nape as seen at Diane von Furstenberg's fall 2012 show, is chic and simple but requires smooth hair to start. "Tools are going to be your best friend in achieving this," says Gibson, who suggests flatironing hair first. While a side part works for every face shape, you'll want to adjust the placement if you have a face that's round: It should sit higher on the head to offset the width.
UP: Mussed-Up Twist
"The French twist is a classic," Gibson says. "But that doesn't mean you can't make it even more twisted." Frieda Pinto's soft, pretty take is different because it doesn't start at the nape of the neck. "That's usually what gives the style its tightness," he says. "Starting the roll higher makes it looser. It's not as aging." And don't worry about taming every last flyaway: Keeping a few stray strands adds to this look's effortless appeal.
UP: '70s Roll
If you have naturally straight, smooth hair, this polished take on the '70s-hippie twist at seen at Valentino's fall 2012 show is a beautiful way to show it off. "The symmetry makes it really elegant," Cranford says, though she wouldn't recommend this for brides with thick, coarse hair.