Bridal Hair 101


There are so many choices when it comes to looking your best at a wedding, whether you are the bride, in the bridal party or a guest. As a hairstylist and image consultant, I work with a lot of brides and bridesmaids.   The same questions regarding the ‘big day’ are asked over and over again. I would like to share the answers to some of those questions.

The first thing I would like to emphasize is to limit the number of people you get an opinion from. Too many opinions can be overwhelming. Pick only two people who have good taste and that will be honest with you.  Ask these two people what they feel is your best attribute and what they like most about your body. This will help to narrow down your options and allow for some clarity.

The most important thing is to find something that looks good on you and that you’re comfortable with, whether that be a hairstyle, dress or makeup application. After you’ve made a decision, put the entire look together and take a picture. This will help make sure you feel the same way about the look in person as you do in the photo.

When I’m styling someone’s hair, the first thing I ask is what feature they like best and least. For example, I have a lot of women who don’t like their ears and would prefer a hairstyle that would cover them. While I may not see an imperfection, I understand that their comfort is very important. I may suggest a half up/half down style as opposed to something tightly pulled off the face.

Another thing to consider is that different hairstyles look better with different types of dresses. If you have a high-necked dress, it may look better to wear an up do.  For an asymmetrical look, which is very trendy right now, make sure to consider what side you would like your hair pinned to.  If you have a favorite side, you will want to emphasize that side when you are standing at the altar. Also, if you don’t like your back and shoulders completely bare, consider pinning only half of your hair up.

When getting your hair done for any special event, it’s important to wash your hair the night before and condition only the ends of the hair. Conditioning all of it will make it too limp. You also need to be realistic in choosing a style. If you have thin or short hair, you may need hair extensions to achieve your desired look.  It’s always a good idea to bring a picture of the style you want.

Make sure that during your hair consultation, you feel comfortable with the stylist and that he or she clearly understands what you do and don’t want before you start. I always take front and side pictures of my clients when I’m done styling their hair, just to make sure everything is perfect. If you’re not happy with how your hair looks, don’t be afraid to speak up. We are there to make you not only look good, but also feel good.

This season, sleek and clean hairstyles like top knots are in. If you want to wear your hair down, go with soft, pretty wavy curls. This is usually best achieved with clip-in extensions. Need inspiration for different hairstyles? Check out my website or Pinterest page.

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About Gina Scalpone

Gina Scalpone has been in the fashion/beauty industry for over a decade. She enrolled at Pivot Point International full time while working at Mario Tricoci, quickly becoming a head stylist specializing in hair extensions and bridal/formal updos. In 2010, she opened Glamhairus, a full-service beauty business that comes to you, offering wardrobe consulting, hair, makeup and spray tans. An avid fashionista and a lover of everything fun, fabulous and fierce, Ms. Scalpone shares tips and stories via her blog.