To grow or not to grow?
Organising your bridal ensemble can be one of the most pleasurable aspects of your wedding arrangements. One detail that should be considered well in advance is how you would like your hair to look. There's no limit of eye-catching options. 1940s finger waves, brushed out barrel curl sets and victory rolls are all current bridal trends that can be achieved with shorter hair. Accessories like diamanté slides or a satin band are a great way to dress shorter styles. Ample volume is a must this season. I recommend experimenting with different blow waving and setting options while in the salon and asking the advice of your hairstyling professional well in advance of your wedding date. Growing an area of your hair, such as a longer sweeping front, can be a welcome change.
Flowing curls or a classic up-style?
If you usually wear a shorter hairstyle, do you hanker after long hair? When flicking through the pages of a bridal magazine you'll find endless hair inspiration – from beautiful classic up-styles to elegant flowing curls of varying textures. Consider styles seen on the catwalk, on style icons or your favourite stars. Create your own lookbook with images of hairstyles that appeal and you'll soon see a common thread. I love that bridal trends and fashion are merging - everyday garments are more glamorous; fabric such as lace has hit the high street; we're exposed to a broader source of elegant looks to suit your individuality.
Start by talking to your hairstylist about hairstyles that suit your face shape and hair texture as this will influence your options. Many brides do choose the tradition of length, and some see the growing process before the wedding as a new opportunity to have long hair.
Steps for growing your hair
Everyone's treatment plan is different - talk to your hairstylist about your individual needs. We usually begin with a regime of eight-weekly light trims to manage the split ends as we encourage growth. You need to allow at least a year before the big day for the growing process. Start your journey with a professional protein treatment to fortify and strengthen the hair, then follow up with a fortnightly moisture mask that helps seal the ends and hydrate the hair, promoting natural shine.
Flaxseed oil, vitamin B, zinc, and selenium are all great supplements to add to your diet to help to promote healthy hair growth, and a healthy scalp, too. A one-year plan should evolve - in summer add a UV protection spray; shampoo and conditioning products need to be reassessed regularly as your hair's condition changes; and don't forget colour! The need for a long-term plan that complements the cut, shape and condition is a must.
Already have long hair?
If long hair is your trademark, keep in mind it may be time for a very big trim or re-shape. Some hair-ups are best created on your wedding day with a cut that is suitable in shape.
The right style for you
Ultimately you need to wear a hairstyle that makes you feel amazing and suits your personality and individuality. Your wedding hairstyle will need to complement your dress and the setting. Don't be afraid to challenge the bridal norm. Any length can work well and most hair-ups can be fashioned to suit your face shape and hair type. There are plenty of on-trend styles, long or short. A great team of professionals can offer advice and make it all happen for you.
Bridal Trend report - Knots, braids and floral whimsy
Braiding and knotting - what better way to bring a twist (excuse the pun) to your bridal hairstyle than by adding one of these? Versatile and romantic, a braid can be fashioned into any shape to work with your theme. Worn low in the nape of the neck, it evokes a 1920's feel. Or try a global French braid with floating wisps of hair. Knots add a touch of rustic, an emerging trend with bridal themes this summer.
Adding some flowers is elegant and traditional. Small and subtle or big and bold – a floral hair wreath intertwined with your hair is romantic, timeless and fashion-forward.
If these trends aren't your thing, they can be a wonderful way to individualise your bridesmaids or flower girls. Talk to your florist and personal hair stylist about integrating fresh botanicals with your hair. Angela Renee is a freelance hair specialist and is also part of the team at www.bridalbeauty.co.nz