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 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 wedding 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 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.