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