Looking for inspiration on how to wear your hair for your big day? Noting the latest hairstyles gracing the runway, celebrity hairstylist and brand ambassador for Rowenta Beauty Josué Perez picks three he thinks will beautifully transition for your walk down the aisle, and provides step-by-step instructions on how to get the look. Give them a trial run and see which best compliments your gown or the dresses of your bridesmaids.
Photograph courtesy of Saunders and Co, fashionising.com
“I love this look for a bride – it’s edgy, yet sophisticated, and perfect for brides on the fence about wearing their hair up or down for their big day.”
Get the Look
1. Towel-dry hair, leaving it damp. Apply a volumizing mousse. Then blow-dry hair while brushing back using a boar head brush, creating as much volume as possible.
2. Curl your hair in sections with a curling iron to get nice waves.
3. About two to three inches from your hairline, comb the top section of your hair back and hold it straight up – tease at the roots using a fine-tooth comb to create a lot of lift. Smooth the hair back and twist it into a little knot at the crown. Pin to hold.
4. Using your preferred part, lightly tease the roots of the remaining hair at the top of your head and smooth it out. Pin the ends to the little knot at the crown. Repeat on the other side.
5. Touch up any loose waves with the curling iron and finish with hair spray.
Photograph by IMAXtree
“This is such a great mixture of classical meets modern-day bride; especially if you have an embroidered or open-back dress and want to show it off.”
Get the Look
1. Towel-dry hair, leaving it damp. Then blow-dry hair while brushing back with a boar head brush, smoothing all around the hairline. To prevent frizz, make sure to use a hair dryer with an ionic generator. It seals in the cuticle, which is essential for a frizz-free look, without a serum making it appear greasy.
2. About one to two inches from the hairline, comb the hair back and lightly tease at the root. Then pull into a low ponytail at the nape.
3. Separate the ponytail into two sections and twist them around each other until you reach the bottom. Hold tightly and back comb the end of it. This will give it that textured look.
4. Twist into a bun and pin to secure. Pin back the remaining one to two inches of hair from the front into the bun. Leave a few loose ends if you’re feeling more modern and less classical. Use hair spray to hold.
Photograph by Luca Cannonieri/GoRunway.com
“I love this Old Hollywood look for a bridesmaid. You certainly don’t need to go as extreme with the curls, but I love the transition from smooth to curl.”
Get the Look
1. Using a comb, part your hair just past the end of your eyebrow.
2. Curl your hair in one-inch sections with a small curling iron.
3. Brush your hair with a boar head brush until it fluffs the ends up. Back comb hair a little to create more texture if needed.
4. Brush the top of the hair from your part until it is smooth and you reach eye level on the other side.
5. Secure the smooth section with hairpins around the front of the hairline, finish with hair spray.
Josué Perez is a celebrity hairstylist who works out of Serge Normant at John Frieda in New York. Past clients include Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Opening photograph by Ira Lippke and Rebecca Walker for Ira Lippke Studios.