Much as I craved long, swingy, just-the-right-amount-of-mussed-up waves for my wedding do, a few things were against me. Firstly, the fact that my hair is beyond fine. It can’t hold a curl no matter how much hairspray is fired at it. Believe me, over the years I’ve had the likes of Nicky Clarke, Richard Ward, Andrew Barton, Johnnie Sapong and Ben Cooke give it their best try. I know that even before the big ‘I do’, I’d have had a hair flop on my hands. Secondly, the weather. When I got married a few days before Christmas, it was brass monkeys (to say the least) with a wind whipping round that threatened style suicide. So I decided that the best way to weatherproof my fine wedding hair was to go for an updo.
A while back, I uploaded a gallery of beautifully braided looks from Elstile.com, my favourite stop for hairspiration. It proved really popular so I’m delighted to showcase some more of their stunning styles. This time it’s all about updos. Take a look at my top ten…
2. You’ll come across quite a few ballet buns if you search this site – I absolutely love them. This one gets my two thumbs up for the softness on top (which saves it from looking too Swan Lake) and the tendrils.
3. Chignons are a wedding classic – a style that’s bound to please your MOB if you add it in as a suggestion at your trial. The mini parting at the front allows for a gentle sweep of hair to fall over the forehead which looks really flattering. Pushing in a sparkly comb gives it a rocky modern feel.
4. If a Bond girl got married I reckon she’d look just like this. Double O Heaven in the hair department. Random sections have been twisted and pinned up, allowing curls to fall free in a very Pre-Raphaelite way. Swoonsome!
5. So I mentioned that I was a bun fan. Again, I heartily approve of the overall softness and how the length has been curled and pinned around a bun ring for extra interest. I think this is my favourite way to wear a veil too. At the back, sneaking out from the base of the bun. I heart it.
6. Here’s another MOB pleaser. Chic, sleek and polished. The length has been folded up and caught with a vintage hair side. Just keep some grips and a mini hairspray close to hand as stragglers may fall.
7. If you’re not naturally inclined towards prim and perfect hair, a less structured style like this more relaxed knot could be the way to go. This style will look as good during the last dance as it did when you said ‘I do’.
8. Go for glam with high roots, plaits that have been woven halo-like around the front and down the crown, meeting gently pulled-back sides in a mass of curls caught up in a bun. Make that a bombshell bun.
9. I’ve been known to be a sucker for a side roll. It ticks the traditional box plus oozes elegance. Because it’s so understated you can go all-out glam with accessories. It’s the perfect style to show off statement earrings or a stunning neckline.
10. What I love about this updo is that if you’re not a tiara kinda gal, you can still get major interest up at hair level by winding some skinny plaits around your hair. They’ll also give your updo serious staying power if you’re planning on partying into the small hours. Sometimes less is more – but in the case of this style, more is definitely more! If you don’t have enough home-grown hair, get some extensions colour-matched for a swell-egant boost.
Elstile.com is a Los Angeles-based hair and make-up agency who have made over 25,000 brides look and feel a-mazing over the last 11 years. I’ll be adding a few more galleries showcasing Elstile looks to give you inspo for your own Big Day look so please keep an eye out.
So are you planning an updo? Have any of the above made your shortlist? I’d love to hear.