THE RED CARPET TREATMENT
HAIR PRO TONY MASCIANGELO, CO-OWNER OF TORONTO’S ALCORN HAIR AND ON-SET REGULAR WITH Weddingbells, SHARES WHY HOLLYWOOD STARLETS ARE ONE OF THE BEST SOURCES OF INSPO FOR YOUR WEDDING HAIR.
Why Hollywood starlets are one of the best sources of wedding-day hair inspo.
Years ago, I believed models were the fashion icons everyone should be looking to for style inspiration. I couldn’t quite understand the phenomenon of celebrity and why women would come into the salon trying to emulate actresses. Today, I totally get it. Hollywood’s leading ladies are just as gorgeous as models but are more approachable, as their looks and body shapes all vary dramatically—every woman has someone to relate to! The red carpet is where most of my brides-to-be find their beauty references. Let’s explore some favourite red carpet looks that beautfiully translate onto the bridal aisle.
OLD HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR
Nothing beats the golden age of Hollywood when it comes to great hair. Sophisticated, expertly styled and super elegant, the vibe here harks back to Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth with their sculptural finger waves that created a major bombshell effect. Modern-day champions include Blake Lively and Cate Blanchett. Making this classic look fresh and new means creating a looser texture in the hair using a curling iron instead of rollers. Hair is then brushed out and smoothed into a shapely style that never looks stiff, but instead appears sexy, soft and touchable. Consider this look the elevated evolution of the tousled beach waves popular for the last several years.
Always popular with brides, the new way to wear braids is loose and airy, but a little less boho. Olivia Culpo, Lily Collins and Sarah Jessica Parker are beauties who have recently appeared on the red carpet sporting plaited prettiness. Styles have ranged from braided topknots to halo braids and loose, casual fishtails. I think braids can look extremely couture and become even more beautiful when dressed up with accessories like fresh flowers, glittering hairpins, a vintage comb or dazzling statement earrings.
SHORT & SWEET
A great haircut is a wonderful thing. If you regularly rock an amazing short style there’s no reason you have to switch that up for your wedding day. Janelle Monáe, Michelle Williams and Ruth Negga are living proof short hair is incredibly gorgeous and looks amazing with a dazzling dress. There is a thought that short hair doesn’t require much fuss— generally this is true, but I will say your wedding day is an exception to this rule! You need to have your hair done by a pro so it looks flawless. If you are playing with accessories like a hairband, your stylist will determine how to wear your hair with the special piece to create the perfect sweet and chic wedding look.
Hair Expert TONY MASCIANGELO, co-owner of Alcorn Hair