By Shayna Wiwierski
It’s one of the biggest days in a woman’s life — her wedding day. First there’s the location, then the dress, then all the other little details that go into making her day the best day ever.
When it comes to wedding hair, it goes through trends just like anything else. The traditional wedding updo? Yeah, it’s definitely more 2002 than 2014.
“Updos are still in, but make them undone or pulled back softly,” says Justin German, Pantene Pro-V consulting stylist and co-owner of Shagg Salon in Toronto, Ont. “Make it classic with a deep side part and a chignon in the back.”
German, who is one of Canada’s top stylists, says that hairstylists and brides should look at the red carpet for inspiration. He says that texture is in for 2014 and the ponytail is huge on runways this season. Loose waves, a deep side part, and hair accessories are also hot trends for spring/summer 2014.
“Do something ornate, or even jeweled headbands. Bejeweled flower clips are big too; a lot of runways did flowers. Just try to make sure you don’t look like a little girl. If you think you look like a little girl, you probably do, so don’t do it,” he says, adding that hair should reflect who the bride is, not something out of the ordinary.
Not working with long locks? No problem. For brides with shorter hair, German recommends more movement and more body; just keep the hair off the face. A pixie cut is also super hot right now, but he recommends to not go too crazy with it.
Jodi Newman, owner of Anarchy Studios in Winnipeg, Man., agrees that simple is more.
“Lots of down, not a lot of curl, nothing overdone, and nothing flashy,” says Newman who does between five and 10 weddings between June and September. “Lots of people were doing ‘Hollywood glam’ last year, whereas this year will be more toned down compared to the last couple of years.”
Newman says that when it comes to actually styling the hair, the one thing to remember is to let the bride get her way.
“It’s not your wedding. Really, what you are doing is making the bride’s whole idea come together. You have to play into what she’s imagining and then put a creative spin on it and offer advice. Listen to what they want, as they have been planning this for a long time.”
German’s advice for wedding hair? Make it moveable and don’t overdo it.
“Just don’t make it prom hair – hair that’s too stiff – that’s definitely out.”
Hairstylists need to be prepared when it’s finally the big day. Here are Jodi Newman’s top products for creating picture-perfect wedding hair.
Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Session Finish Extreme Hold Hairspray
“It keeps it all together. I’ll use two bottles of hairspray on a wedding with four people because I want it all to stay.”
Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Magic Anti-Frizz Gloss Serum
“It’s a smoothing serum, so it smooths all the bits and pieces down.”
Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Dust It Mattifying Powder
“Not only does it help with volume, but it also absorbs oils. Sometimes people are too liberal in having dirty hair for the big day.”
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