Every bride wants to look perfect, and once she has chosen the dress, deciding on a hairstyle is the next step.
As well as finding a style that suits your face, your personality and your bridal styling, you should also consider the season, choosing the very best hairstyle and accessories for a winter, spring, summer or autumn wedding. To give you guidance, we talked through the four seasons with four fantastic hair stylists.
As blossoms bloom, spring bridal hair can be light, bright and beautifully natural.
“Caramel colours and subtle highlights give lift and texture to brown and blonde hair,” says Chelsea Lenton at Sitting Pretty. “For brides with red or dark hair, a clear gloss treatment will make the colour look shiny, lustrous and natural.
“If you have dark hair, avoid bleaching or blonde highlights as it can give your hair an orange tone. If you want an on-trend ombre effect, do it professionally, in a salon.”
Chelsea says spring plaits should be secured well in case of a windy day and says a chignon looks good from all angles. She suggests using Tigi Bedhead Headmasters Masterpiece Shine Hairspray and Label M Resurrection Style Dust for shine and volume.
Chelsea advises brides to avoid wearing hair completely down. “A waterfall braid works well,” she explains, “your hair looks like it’s down at the front but the braid keeps your hair secure at the back or the side.”
As for accessories, floral headbands provide a fresh, 1980s-inspired look, “or use fresh, spring flowers and coordinate them with your bridesmaids’ bouquets.”
Summer provides scope for more florals and long, sleek hair that shimmers with health and vitality.
Award-winning hair stylist Lyndy Ewings says summer brides should stay close to their natural colour. “Blonde brides should be naturally sun-kissed with hair down for bounce, shine and movement. Brunettes shouldn’t be too dark and a bride with bright copper hair could use 1940s styling for a gorgeous vintage summer look.”
When it comes to summer accessories, “vintage brooches on a comb look great,” Lyndy says, “and a hair band covered in fresh flowers is better than a tiara.”
Lyndy says curls will drop in summer heat, but brides should “stay away from too much hairspray. Opt for softer hair, without too much height.”
Lyndy advises brides to use Moroccan Oil in the run-up to the wedding and to use a shine spray on the day to calm frizzy hair down: “Carry a soft bristle brush if you have plaits; then you can brush it out later so it’s bouncy and soft.”
Autumn lends itself well to seasonal colours, particularly copper, rich brunette and honey blonde.
Hair and make-up artist Tori Harris always recommends highlights for brides. “Obviously, brunettes should have more subtle tones,” she says, “but definitely multi-tonal. It looks so much better when you have your hair styled, whether up or down, or in loose curls; it gives extra dimension and shows off the style. For blondes, I think caramel and slightly more subdued colour works best in autumn.”
Tori is a big fan of loose up-styles with autumnal flowers at this time of year. “Plaits are also a big trend at the moment and I love glitzy combs to add some sparkle in the evening. In autumn you get earlier sunsets with beautiful light for photographs, so having something that will capture the light is key.”
Hairspray is a must in autumn and if it’s really wet or windy Tori recommends an up do. “Some of my brides plan an up and down style and choose which one to have on the day. There’s not a lot you can do about the rain so umbrellas are important.”
The winter may provide a stark natural palette but this presents the ideal opportunity for brides to inject bold colour, style and hair drama into their day.
“Reds and browns are great winter colours,” says Louise Cywinski at L.A.’s Bridal Hair, “and vintage hair accessories are most lovely in winter.”
Louise says that most hair styles depend on the dress. If you have a very ornate and embellished winter dress she says you should keep hair simple and stylish; if the dress is a plain and minimal seasonal style, Louise encourages brides to go wild with their winter wedding day hair – crystal clips, a spectacular tiara or a beautiful fascinator could look amazing.
If you have been over-drying your hair in the winter months, or applying too much heat with straighteners, Louise warns that “the ends can look frizzy, broken, thin and generally untidy. That’s why my must-have winter product is Frizz Ease by John Frieda.”