A funny little fact that you might not know about me is that I was a traveling wedding hair dresser for 12 years before I started this blog. I love wedding hair and it was my favorite to work on behind the chair. So today I’m sharing my professional hair tips with you on wearing gorgeous “straight styles” for your wedding day look! Straight hairstyles get the snub when it comes to wedding hair, stepping aside for loads of curly locks – but straight hair can be glamorous too! Funny fact: more European brides rock straight looks than American brides – I have no idea why that but I found it really interesting. Hopefully the tips, thoughts and pretty pictures I share here will help boost your straight hair confidence. I’ve even smoothed out my own waves for the day because this post inspired me!
Hairstyle + Image Credits
1 LEFT: Image: Half Orange Photography, Hair: unknown, via Brides // 1 RIGHT: Image: Belathée Photography, Hair: unknown, via: Brides // 2 LEFT: Image: unknown, Hair: Marcos Proença, via: MOD Wedding // 2 RIGHT: Image: Olivia Leigh Photographie, Hair: unknown, via Style Me Pretty // 3 LEFT: Image: Amanda K Photography, Hair: unknown, via Style Me Pretty // 3 RIGHT: Image: Sunglow Photography, Hair: unknown, via: Brides // 4 LEFT: Image: Aga Jones, Hair: unknown, via: Something Turquoise // 4 RIGHT: Image: Gina Meola Photography, Hair: Kim Cornwell at Triple Threat Studios (480-225-4282), via: Style Me Pretty
What Type Of Hair Works Best
The Kind That Is Straight. LOL. No seriously. My number one piece of advice when it comes to wedding hair is to choose a hairstyle that is similar to what you would typically wear. If you NEVER wear your hair straight, curly, up or down, or whatever – don’t do it on your wedding day. You would be surprised by how many times I was asked to create a style for a bride that she had never worn before or wouldn’t typically wear. The reason I say this is that on your special day you want to feel comfortable, you want to feel like the best version of yourself – not some gal you found on Pinterest. Also, when you look back on your wedding pictures in 5, 10, 20+ years – you want to look like yourself.
There are brides (and bridesmaids!) out there right now, and you know who you are, whose hair simply will not hold a curl. So don’t try and force it to. Brides, did you read that note – think about your bridesmaids too! If they have straight hair and always wear it straight, think about having them choose a straight style instead of curly. Sometimes straight hair can hold a curl or a bend for a few hours and look great, but come dancing and reception time it will fall. So why not choose a straight style from the get-go.
For all you curly girls out there dreaming of straight hair… this will be a bit of a battle for you. Any amount of fog, moisture, sweat etc. is going to revert that flat ironed hair back to it’s natural state. The majority of you know your typical flat iron schedule and how your hair will react in high humidity situations so this one is your call. For me, even after my hair is flat ironed perfectly once the evening rolls around if there is any amount of moisture in the air or if I start dancing – the frizz attacks. And living by the beach, forget about it.
What Hair Color Looks Best
Unlike other styles, every single shade of hair color looks stunning straight. Ok, except for a bad ombré. So it’s a win-win for everyone. No need to color your locks a certain way to rock these styles.
Getting The Look
Normally I’m always saying dirty, dirty, dirty hair. But straight styles look best when they are clean. You can even wash your hair right before your stylist gets to you or if having your hair done at a salon they can wash it there. Especially if your style requires a blow-out. Some might prefer to wash and flat iron their hair the night before, so that it’s prepped and ready for the stylist to finish the day of. If you have course hair, flat ironing is a must. When you flat iron your hair, the bonds are actually changed because of the high heat and that’s part of the reason it leaves your hair looking so shiny and smooth.
Using a light to medium hold hairspray will work the best for straight styles so that your hair will still move with you. Only straight up-do’s need firm finishing spray. Using an incredibly light shine spray right before you walk down the aisle will ensure that your locks have the perfect amount of glisten.
Hair Cut: If wearing your hair all down or half way up, or if your ends will be showing at all – you’ll want to get a hair cut 2-4 weeks before your event. If you have a short, sculptured style like the bride at the top far left – you might even need to stop in the week before. Straight styles show off your cut the most, so make sure it’s fresh!
Of course as a professional, I always recommend doing a trial run with your stylist. Do it around the time you would be for your wedding and see how it last throughout the day!
Straight Styles Love Accessories
Adding accessories to your straight hair style is a must in my book. From flower crowns and hair pins to gorgeous halo hair chains like this one from Lottie-da Designs ($105), and the stunning Juliet Cap veil from Agnes Hart ($310), these pretty things will accentuate your sleek bridal look. Replacing a veil with a hair comb or pin is a stylish way to switch up your ceremony-to-reception look.
If you have a specific wedding hair style that you want Jen to discuss, please leave it here in the comments and maybe you’ll see it next month!!