If you are getting married this year (congratulations!) you may well soon be thinking about how you are going to style your hair on your big day. With so much inspiration, where do you start?
British Style Society has caught up with Sally-Kate Duboux, a bridal hair specialist of HAIR BY DUBOUX to find out what are the hottest, most in-demand bridal styles for this year.
This timeless style remains on trend for 2020 with its vintage-inspired waves. This dramatic style is divine when partnered with a statement red lip or Smokey eye. Your hair should have a finish as smooth as glass with absolutely no flyaways. Hollywood waves are best suited to those with a one-length cut and minimal layering. The layering of the hair can inhibit the smoothness and blending of the waves. Short hair works too as we’ve seen Katy Perry with full-bodied curls. I find working IGK Good Behaviour shine spray through the hair when blow-drying really helps get the shine before curling the hair.
The best product for hold and longevity is L’Oreal Tecni Art Pli, not only does it protect the hair from the heat but it locks the curl. Pin each section up before brushing out so the curls have time to cool and set. It is a dedicated style but one that is worth its weight in gold. Hollywood waves work best with a deep side parting this is what gives it the touch of glamour. Those that wish to keep their central parting will end up with a more modern twist of the timeless classic giving a sleeker less voluminous finish. For brides, I advise a comb accessory with the hair tucked behind the ear just for a finishing touch.
Textured twisted buns
We saw the rise of chignons and buns back in Autumn 2019. The on-trend style has evolved into the sought after ‘texturised twisted bun’. The illusion of volume being created at the crown with styling gives a fuller feel. Outward curls soften the overall look whilst at the same time framing the face. The twists of the bun give depth and show off the colours and tones in the bride’s hair. The style is easily achievable on clean dry hair, I prep the hair using Fudge Urban, Sea Salt spray – there are so many products available but this is one of my personal favourites.
Using GHD curling tongs I alternate my direction of curls varying my sections, this helps add shape when placing the hair. For the bun, the option of padding can give the illusion of fuller hair and will be discussed at your trial by your hairstylist. This is perfect for those like myself who have finer hair. Textured twisted buns are the perfect updo for a bride or bridesmaid. I recommend hair accessories using pearl pins from Miss Clemmie.
Short hair is back! In January we welcomed the Bob and this month we welcome the asymmetric bob. With a subtle nod to the 1920s flapper girl era, where pixie cuts, finger waves and the bob were introduced as risky fashion choices, 2020 is welcoming these styles with open arms. Suited to those with finer hair the bob cut gives the illusion of thicker fuller hair. The asymmetric bob suits all face shapes making it a perfect go too. A lot of brides ask ‘I’m growing my hair out for my wedding’ my question today is why? So many styles that work perfectly for short hair. I am in favour of the short and natural. On-trend with the eco-friendly, cruelty-free and vegan aware brides. It is a vital step in moving forward, the brides of 2020 care about our planet. Curly or straight keep it natural! Adorned with a sustainable flower crown or a touch of sparkle with a headdress from Victoria Ferguson’s 2020 range.
Relaxed detailed ponytails
A fabulous 2020 trend inspired by Game of Thrones. This versatile style can be high or low, textured or smooth, curls or straight the list is literally endless. My favourite, however, is a mid to low ponytail styled smooth with sections pulled out for a distressed feel. This can be achieved using IGK range of dry shampoos, they are fantastic products that are vegan and cruelty-free – win-win! Disguising the hairband by wrapping hair and securing underneath with a grip is a trusty cheat loved by hairstylists worldwide.
Using the weave technique or simply a fishtail crest a braid directly beneath the hairband. By braiding a small section at the top and by securing with the same trick I mentioned earlier adds a real modern chic vibe. Finish styling the ponytail with a loose curl. This style suits the no-nonsense bride who always wears her hair in a ponytail. This on-trend style brings the modern bride to 2020. Finishing touch – a celestial pin perfectly placed at the top of the braid!
Half-up textured styled
This is a bridal hair stylist’s all-time go-to style, especially for the indecisive bride or bridesmaid. They work on all hair types, colours and lengths. They give depth and add the impression of having longer hair. The loose natural half up textured styles are already proving popular with this year’s brides. It’s a happy go-between for my ladies who wear their hair down and want to stay true to their day-to-day style. These styles can incorporate braids, twists, curls as just a few options.
To add natural volume, I use a combination of dry shampoo and texturising powder – Puff Me. This product works amazingly as it comes in a spray dusting the perfect amount at the roots. I love the whimsical boho vibes you get from this on-trend style. I work Keune Texture Spray Wax whilst working this style, it prevents it looking too flyaway and messy! Add a touch of glam with some sparkly hair accessories. These styles are perfect for bridesmaids as the styling is so quick, perfect for the larger bridal party where time may be of the essence!
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