Hair pro Tony Mas­cian­gelo, co-owner of Toronto’s Al­corn Hair and on-set reg­u­lar with Wed­ding­bells, shares his thoughts on why wed­ding hair and your cho­sen ac­ces­sory are two bridal style el­e­ments that must syn­er­gize.

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Why wed­ding hair and your cho­sen ac­ces­sory are two bridal-style el­e­ments that must syn­er­gize.

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sis­ter and I still laugh at her 1988 wed­ding photo—specif­i­cally at her mas­sive head­piece—hang­ing in my mother’s house. The head­piece is huge, with florals and wa­ter pearls that cas­cade to one side. So many great things came from the ’80s but that head­piece was def­i­nitely not one of them!

I can only imag­ine what her hair­styl­ist thought of when work­ing with this ac­ces­sory and cre­at­ing a wed­ding-day hair­style. Thank­fully to­day’s pieces are com­pletely dif­fer­ent than those of decades ago. There are so many beau­ti­ful op­tions—from veils and hair­bands to florals—that are del­i­cate, ro­man­tic, graphic and dra­matic.

The key to find­ing the right one is to strike a bal­ance be­tween your ac­ces­sory, hair and makeup, so noth­ing over­pow­ers you. Have an open and hon­est con­ver­sa­tion with your stylist so ev­ery­thing works to­gether to cre­ate a look that is ele­gant and time­less. Here’s my ad­vice when it comes to ac­ces­sories and hair op­tions.


I’m talk­ing about mod­ern tiaras and be­jew­elled hair­bands that add a glam­orous fin­ish to a bridal look. The key when work­ing with these types of ac­ces­sories is to en­sure the fi­nal look is beau­ti­ful and ele­gant, never too “princessy.” I sug­gest wear­ing hair down, in a style that’s easy with some wave and tex­ture to it. This cre­ates a gor­geous mod­ern look. You may want to con­sider play­ing with your hair jew­ellery too—wear some­thing a lit­tle dain­tier for your cer­e­mony then switch to a more dra­matic piece for your party.


I have re­cently seen some ex­quis­ite veils with spec­tac­u­lar lace edges and bare­lythere di­aphanous fab­rics. If you choose to wear a veil, it’s one of the big­gest bridal style state­ments you can make—it’s a gor­geous and dra­matic ac­ces­sory! With that in mind, when it comes to your hair­style paired with a veil, I al­ways ad­vise the cleaner and less fussy the bet­ter. I love a beau­ti­ful chignon with a del­i­cate and fem­i­nine shape— you don’t want to over­whelm your face with hair and fab­ric, so I al­ways advocate a sim­ple updo as a per­fect match for a veil.


I LOVE flow­ers in the hair for a bride. There is some­thing so fresh and ro­man­tic about the look. It can work for a sim­ple boho style or for a more ur­ban vibe, and for a warm-weather des­ti­na­tion wed­ding I think it’s al­most a must. I love loose blooms like or­ange blos­soms and freesia, which smell amaz­ing and are soft and fem­i­nine. Wear­ing hair half-up and half-down is a great way to in­cor­po­rate florals into your look, and adding del­i­cate and in­ter­est­ing braided de­tails is a recipe for heav­enly bridal hair.

Ari­ana Ost head­band from Al­corn Hair, $115, ar­i­


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