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Finding Your Perfect Wedding Hairstyle - A Practical Guide

Elizabeth Hall
22 October 2018
woman with up-do wedding hairstyle

The last thing you want to stress about on your big day is having unkempt, untamed hair that makes you look like bridezilla unleashed. With your wedding hairstyle in check, you can focus on enjoying your big day. Dress, veil, weather, and colour all play a role in deciding what bridal hairstyle to flawlessly flaunt as you strut your gorgeous self down that aisle. We’re here for you alongside expert and Kérastase UK Ambassador, James Galvin to get you wedding ready. Keep calm and scroll on. 

Wedding Hair 101

Your wedding day is not the day for a bad hair day. We will not accept that. While you’ve probably been searching the internet for months trying to find the one (your wedding hairstyle, we mean...). James Galvin gives us his tips on what to take into account first…

“There are a couple of things you need to think about before going deciding on your wedding hairstyle - 

1. The dress! Do you want something more formal and structured to complement your dress or something more relaxed and boho?

2. Are you wearing a veil, headpiece or tiara? The placement of this headpiece will affect your style

3. Will the look you want last the duration of the day and night?”

James Galvin Style Director at Daniel Galvin

The Dress

Your bridal hairstyle should compliment your dress and balance out your overall aesthetic - thankfully, the ‘80s are over!

  • For a strapless dress... we love an elegant  up-do to show off some shoulders.
  • For a V-neck gown... try long, loose curls that scream Old Hollywood. All the heart eyes.
  • For a bateau neckline... you should opt for a simply stunning low bun to avoid overshadowing this classic silhouette.
  • For a high-collar dress... a textured topknot bridal hairstyle works fabulously. Because a topknot elongates your neck, it’s easier to pull off a more intricate dress that would normally eclipse your hair.

The Hair Trial

Finding the right stylist is important “I would recommend having your hair trial at least 6 weeks before. That way, you will allow enough time to play around with a few different looks. Plus its one more box ticked off the wedding to do list!” so we asked James his advice on the best way to plan for your wedding hair ahead of schedule. 

“In regards to upping your haircare routine, I recommend you start this as soon as the question has been popped! The Kérastase Fusio-Dose in salon treatment is a good place to start, and I recommend continuing the good work from the salon with hair masks at home. I always tell brides not to go for something crazy too, go for a style that you are comfortable with, and makes you look like you.”  

James Galvin Style Director at Daniel Galvin


Work with Mother Nature to avoid fluffing at the altar. While you simply cannot control the humidity in the air, you can at least work with it in your hair. Instead of obsessively refreshing the forecast predictions page, prepare! Some conditions to consider: heat, cold, and the biggest wedding hair nemesis - humidity. 

An expert tip to beat frizz: Using the right products are key - spritzing L’Oréal Professionnel Techni.Art Fix Anti-frizz Hairspray onto any hairstyle will ensure that the frizz demon does not make an appearance on your special day.

To Veil Or Not To Veil

You have your something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue all squared away. Now to get down to the details: the veil. If you do choose to wear a veil, then incorporating it into your bridal hairstyle can be puzzling. 

 “Always make sure you have the right hairstyle that will suit your headpiece and make sure the positioning of the style works with the positioning of the headpiece” James explains,“It’s always best to ask your hairdresser what they think will work best, and be sure to let them know during your initial consultation if you are planning on wearing a headpiece or veil.“

James Galvin Style Director at Daniel Galvin

A consultation with your hairstylist before your big day will calm those bride jitters; the professionals always know best and they have heaps of experience with all the perplexing questions you might have.

Make It Colourful

Perhaps you want your hair colour to be the statement at your wedding. All eyes are on you after all, so why not go for a pretty pastel lavender or bold platinum blonde? If you’re going in for a dye job before the big day, you need to make sure it’s done right - see your stylist for the L’Oreal Professionnel Smartbond treatment to strengthen the bonds of your hair so it’s silky-smooth and radiant when you say ‘I do’. If you want your hair to be the focal point of your look, keep your hairstyle simple: a textured low bun would balance the ensemble exquisitely. Remember, you want to look like you on your big day, the wedding photographs are going to be something you’ll look back on for years, so make sure you love your colour and plan well ahead of the big day.

Up vs Down: The Big Wedding Hairstyle Dilemma 

Hair tends to be important to us girls, and this importance is often amplified on our wedding day, as everything is. When deciding whether to let your strands hang loose or rock an up-do, it is important to take into account the factors mentioned above; but the most crucial thing you need to ask yourself - what do you feel most comfortable with? 

In the end, the style you sport on a daily basis, up or down, will be what you’re most comfortable with during your ceremony. Let’s focus on the advantages of up-dos and down dos to give you some much needed serenity.

I Do, Up-dos

The most obvious benefit of this wedding hairstyle is that when you’re saying ‘I do’ you aren’t in danger of loose strands obscuring the view of your lover during your vows. No thank you to awkward photos. L’Oreal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray is our trusted lifesaver to keep those fly-aways in place. An up-do is also ideal if you’re wanting to wear a veil, as it can easily be attached stress-free. 

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