When you’ve got an entire destination wedding to plan, “wedding-day hairstyle” falls pretty low on the to-do list. But even if it’s not top priority, it is something to consider before you’re trying to wrestle ringlets using the hotel hair dryer and your travel flat iron. To help make your prep a little easier, we’ve picked our favorite cutting-edge wedding hairstyles from New York Bridal Week 2014. Then we had Cutler/Redken styling and grooming expert Jenny Balding break down how to recreate these awe-worthy bridal hairstyles yourself (aka you can get your wedding hairstyle for free, no need to hire a pro if you don’t have room in your budget). For even more 2014 bridal hair inspiration, check out our wedding hairstyle board on Pinterest.
Destination: Rustic Wedding
This soft, side swept chignon with a loose braid was made for the ultra-romantic bride. To get the look, begin with a volumizing blow dry. Next, apply dry shampoo to roots for added texture and volume. Then, “braid behind the ear where you will have the soft chignon and French braid right around the hairline so it meets the starting point,” Jenny says. “Sweep softly into a chignon, keeping close to the nape and mist with a light hairspray.”
Destination: Barefoot Beach Wedding
Simple? Check. Effortless? Check. Absolutely breathtaking? Double check. This hairstyle hot off the Marchesa runway is all about bohemian beauty. “Starting with a volumized blow dry is a great foundation to create these soft looks,” Jenny says. When creating the side swept braid, only braid hair halfway down and leave some soft pieces out to create a wispy effect. “This is important here so the hair doesn’t look stringy but [there are] some wisps of hair left loosely,” Jenny says. Use dry shampoo sparingly to add texture to the braid. “Using your fingers, slightly loosen the braid to give a disheveled feel,” Jenny says. Finish off the style with a mist of hairspray.
Destination: Shabby Chic Wedding
If mason jar lights, restored wood coffee tables and rustic cottages are you’re thing, then this halo braid wedding hairstyle was made for you. Begin by blow drying hair smooth, using a straightening hair lotion. Next, create a center part. “Split the hair down the middle at the back into two sections either side,” Jenny says. Braid either section completely and fasten. Then, wrap the braids around either side of the head so as to create a halo. Twist the braids to interlock and pin them, so that the illusion of one braid is made. Finish off the style with smoothing balm for the braid and shine spray.
Destination: Edgy Wedding
Vera Wang is the go-to designer for all things avante garde in the wedding world, and her wedding hairstyles are no exception. “This is a cool alternative to your usual half up/half down look,” Jenni says. Begin by blow drying hair straight, making sure to volumize roots. “As you blow dry, go from side to side so as not to create a definite part,” Jenny says. Dust hair with hairspray, then sweep back hair from one side and pin.
Destination: Romantic Wedding
Looking for a sweep of drama to top off your sophisticated wedding gown? Then your search is over with this posh, feminine hairstyle. Begin by blow drying hair using your hands instead of a brush to add movement. “Use a light hairspray to mist each section of hair, and use a 1-inch curling through the mid-length to the ends,” Jenny says. Next, gently brush out the curls, excluding a few face-framing pieces. “Sweep [hair] up at the nape into two chignons, intertwining them, then softly sweep back each side to your desired effect then pin,” Jenny says. Secure the style with a mist of hairspray.