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Wedding Hair Accessories Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Jul 122016
short hair style

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Figuring out how to wear your hair on your wedding day might seem like a simple task, but brides-to-be know that it can be an extremely stressful decision. It's especially challenging for those with shorter hair, since there are seemingly less options, what with all those towering updos and cascading waves taking up the pages of wedding blogs and magazines everywhere. However, Dennis Ramirez, expert stylist at Brighton Salon in Beverly Hills, completely disagrees. In fact, he argues that short hair for your big day can be even more fun and creative than traditional long locks. With the rise in popularity of bobs and lobs, shorter hair has never been more en vogue, so brides should definitely embrace it!

Here are five simple looks Ramirez believes are sure to be both eye-catching and glamorous for any bride on her special day.

1. Retro
There's nothing more classic than old Hollywood glam on your wedding day. "Finger waves are head turning, striking, and glamorous. They add a soft feminine touch that'll blend beautifully with any bridal style," says Ramirez. First, shampoo, condition, and prep your wet hair with a strong brushable gel, such as Oribe's Gel Serum. Then, with a fine tooth comb, comb the hair starting from the top of the head forward. Pinching the hair with your fingers, form a hard ridge, and then pin and work your way down the head. Once fully dry, lightly brush through for a softer look or leave untouched for a classic '20s style.

2. Jewelry & Decorative Accents
For shorter cuts, Ramirez suggests dressing your hair up with hair accessories. But don't forget the prep before placing on a tiara or bejeweled comb. "Using a light oil such as Shu Uemura Essence Absolute for moisture and shine, lightly texturize or sleek the hair down, prepping for the perfect accessory," he says.

3. Braids

"Opting for bigger, looser braids will give a bride a soft angelic look," says Ramirez. Making the look looser also adds volume where your hair needs it most. "Waterfall braids, fishtails, inverted, any shape is achievable on short hair! Oh, and there's an extra bonus: When braided hair is combed out, any hair type will have an amazing texture for an easy second look."

4. Chignon
A chignon is a classic style that totally works well on shorter hair. "Short hair can be easily teased, shaped low or high, or even pulled to the side," Ramirez comments. Just remember to use bobby pins!

5. Top Knot
A high, loose messy bun is perfect for a low-maintenance bride that doesn't want a traditional style. Using a ponytail or bun as a base, wrap the rest of your hair around elegantly. "This brings attention to the bride's veil, eyes, and makeup," says Ramirez. Don't forget to secure any loose shorter hairs that may fail in the back with hairspray and bobby pins.

See More: 3 Simple Ways to Make Short Hair Totally Wedding-Worthy

Jun 252016

As much as we adore floral crowns, we realize the whimsical wedding look isn't for everyone. But giving up the flower crown doesn't mean you have to give up flowers as accessories completely on your big day. From a single statement bloom tucked elegantly behind one ear to pretty petals placed in the back of a romantic half-up, half-down do, here are 5 fresh ways to dress up your tresses with flowers, courtesy of GLAMSQUAD Creative Director, Giovanni Vaccaro.

1. Behind the ear
To breathe new life into a simple but sophisticated style with a deep side part, start by tucking and pinning hair behind one ear (away from the deep part) and position a single statement bloom directly above your ear or place multiple flowers so that they're literally hugging the ear. For a more modern take on the trend, you can always use a glamorous, metal floral hair clip or comb, like this one, to accent your tresses and keep hair pulled back.

2. Camouflaging bobby pins
If you're opting for a chic half-up, half-down hairdo, fresh flowers not only add a dreamy touch, but they also work beautifully to cover up and help camouflage all those unsightly, yet oh so necessary bobby pins you'll be plucking out of your head for hours at the end of the night. So how does this style work exactly? Flowers are simply placed and secured where strands meet and marry at the back of the head. You can go big with a few polished petals or keep it more whimsical with a ton of tiny wildflowers.

3. Woven into a braid
For the boho bride who wants something a little bit different but equally as ethereal, this look is a fresh take on the traditional crown braid and will completely enchant your guests. Strategically placed flowers are intertwined throughout the plait to act as delicate and whimsical accents. It doesn't just work for crown braids though; you can literally dress up any braided 'do with woven in blooms, from messy side fishtails to elegant half-up, half-down braided hairstyles.

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4. Embellishing an updo
For the ultimate bridal embellishment, place a cluster of flowers on the side or across the top of your updo to soften the style and add an air of romance. Having a black tie wedding? You may wish to take the wow-factor up a notch with an heirloom quality floral hair comb that shines bright, like this stunning classic Swarovski crystal accessory from Jennifer Behr.

5. On a birdcage veil or as a fascinator
Calling all modern vintage brides! Flowers make for a super chic detail on a birdcage veil or as a fascinator. This look is the perfect blend of traditional and on-trend. We think Kate Middleton would totes approve.

10 of Our Favorite Wedding Day Hair Accessories for Summer

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Jun 132016
small beaded headband

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Wherever your fairytale wedding takes you, these dreamy accessories will let your hair take center stage, without upstaging you. From veils to crowns—our exquisite and unique take on the top 10 hair accessory trends for summer, has something for every bride.


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The Simple Statement Veil
This light and airy Parisian cirque veil complete with a hand-sewn organza ribbon hem, is cut to circular perfection—enveloping you from head to fingertip. Wear as a blusher, or flipped back for a more voluminous look. (Ribboning Cirque Veil, $250, BHLDN )

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The Side Comb
This handcrafted gold-leaf comb adds instant opulence and glamour to your big day. Consider this comb an ideal compliment to a side swept 'do, or an understated side swoop. (Jennifer Behr Eos Comb, $419, J Crew)

wedding headband

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The Head Band
For a dainty halo effect, dress your locks in this gold plated headband complete with lustrous freshwater pearls and beaming rhinestones. (Ines Pearl & Jeweled Head Band, $310, Nordstrom)

body framing veil

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The Body Framing Veil
This intricate, French Chantilly lace hem is oval-cut to drape delicately around the shoulders. Perfect for that walk down-the-isle and romantic first dance! (Visionary Chapel Veil, $650, BHLDN)

face framing wedding veil

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The Face-Framing Tulle
This modern take on the veil is ideal for a demure, yet flirty, look on the big day. It's designed in fine tulle to let your groom catch a glimpse of your beauty as you float down-the-isle. (Short Tulle Veil, $198, J Crew)

hair crystals

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The Individual Sparklers
Dress your locks with subdued sparkly gems like these metal hair clickers featuring shining rhinestones. Perfect for braids and messy buns. (Crystal Hairbead Clickers, $24, Free People)

hair flowers

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The Dainty Florals
This silk organza flower complete with freshwater pearl & Swarovski crystal centers can be placed anywhere for a bold, yet swoon-worthy statement. (Sara Gabriel Raquel Clips, $157, The Left Bank)

floral headband

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The Whimsical Floral Crown
We're not quite done with floral crowns, and this understated colorful confection dressed in Mulberry paper florals is the reason why. (Cosmo Daisy Crown, $38, Free People)

small wedding headbands

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The Bohemian Head Wrap
Winding luminescent crystals make this delicate head wrap the ideal headband or cascading adornment to a sensuous mermaid braid. Dainty alligator clips let you design a look that's all your own. (Vera Bohemian Head Wrap by Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge, $145, Nordstrom)

beaded headband

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The Woodland Crown
For our etherial brides, this delicate crown is fastened in preserved dried thistle and baby's breath, wrapped around floral twine. Ideal for forest weddings and woodland fairies! (Thistle Flower Crown, $148, Free People)

See More: 20 Stunning Wedding Headpiece Ideas

Jun 302015
Modern Chignon Ideas

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While trends may come and go, bridal hairstyles always favor the classics. Enter the chignon: the epitome of timeless style for decades and the most requested updo among brides-to-be. Traditionally worn sleek and pinned at the nape of the neck, a chignon can be updated with a few simple tips. "No one wants to be the cookie-cutter bride, and the best way to modernize any expected style is to add a personal touch," says celebrity hairstylist Angelo David Pisacreta of Angelo David Salon. We've gathered 10 ways to freshen up the classic style, so you can try one or a few at your hair trial and find the look that's right for your wedding:

1. Go messy for a romantic updo.
"If you're saying, 'I do' on the beach, add a texture spray to your chignon before wrapping it up," says Pisacreta.

2. Looking to add some edge to your smooth style?
Create two small chignons at the nape of your neck and leave one long piece free in the center.
Wrap the loose hair around the buns in a figure eight shape and violà.

3. Pump up the volume.
"Make somewhat fine hair into a fuller chignon by crimping your hair to add some texture before you wrap and pin it into place," says Pisacreta. Twist and weave strands for extra oomph.

4. Sparkle and shine.
"If your wedding is a more formal affair, accessorize with a decorative pin or classic clip to add elegance," says Pisacreta. A single statement piece or small crystal hairpins are all you need.

5. Create an interesting shape.
"Secure the base, like a pony, then curl the pieces up and pin to make a flower-petal shape," he says. Mist with spray and you're good-to-go.

6. Go boho.
Start by creating braids of varying sizes. Gather them into a chignon to look effortlessly cool.

7. Act like royalty.
A chignon already exudes regal glamour. Complete the look with a fascinator hat à la Kate Middleton.

8. Finish your look with fresh flowers. "Don't overpower it — baby's breath are perfect," says Pisacreta.

9. Change positions.
Opt for a side chignon (perhaps with a one-shoulder dress?) instead of the traditional center placement.

10. Bangs offer an that extra va va voom.
"Add sultry side-swept bangs to create a flirty feeling," says Pisacreta.

An Easy DIY Flower Crown Tutorial That Even Non-Boho Brides Will Love

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May 142015
DIY Flower Crown Chrissy Meisner

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Using her experiences as both a newlywed and author, Christy Meisner Doramus dreamed up her book Flower Crowns: 30 Enchanting DIY Floral Creations — the first DIY guide of its kind detailing the steps to create gorgeous floral crowns for any occasion. Here, she shares her top tips for pulling off the perfect flower crown look — plus an exclusive DIY!

You just need two things to pull off a flower crown.
"All you need is confidence and a huge smile. It is as simple as that. If you aren't comfortable wearing an oversized flower crown on your wedding day, go with something small and dainty that is comfortable to wear, yet will still make a big impact on your overall look," says Christy.

Nearly any hairstyle works with a flower crown.
"Larger flower crowns often look better when hair is worn down, but it really depends on your personal style and face shape," the author explains. "But Braids and crowns are my absolute favorite combination. Crown braids, fishtail braids, side braids — they all look amazing when paired with flower crowns."

Yes, non-boho brides can rock one too.
"Lily of the Valley is a great option for a classic bride," says Christy. "Also, instead of wearing the flowers to the front of your head, you can wear them in the back for a more sophisticated look. If you are still uncertain if a crown will go with your non-boho dress, you can simply wear a gorgeous white flower such as a gardenia in your hair, which can still make an impact."

How to Create Your Own Flower Crown

What you will need: Assorted seasonal greenery and flowers (ranunculus, Japanese ranunculus and garden roses shown here), 25 to 30 inches of moss covered florist wire, scissors or garden shears, florist wire and a roll of florist tape.

How To Create DIY Flower Crown

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Step 1: Begin by cutting each of your flower and greenery stems about 2 to 3 inches long to make a pile of sprigs that will be woven into your flower crown.

Step 2: Measure the moss-covered florist wire to fit around your head and secure it in a circle by twisting the ends around each other. This piece will serve as the base of your crown.

Step 3: Attach the first sprig to the moss-covered florist wire with florist wire by wrapping the two together.

Step 4: Cover the florist wire with florist tape and wrap it around the first piece, leaving extra tape at the end to begin securing additional sprigs. Tip: The florist tape will stick together very easily so when you need a new piece, simply wrap it around the initial piece.

How To Create A DIY Flower Crown

Photo: Courtesy of Christy Meisner Doramus

Step 5: Gather 1 to 3 additional sprigs of assorted flowers and greenery. Pinch them together and add to the growing strand by securing them to the moss covered wire with florist tape.

Step 6: Continue building your crown by adding flowers and greenery in small bundles while using your florist tape to wrap them around the growing strand.

Step 7: Once you have reached the desired length and design of your crown, begin to finish it by clipping the remaining stems so they are even.

Step 8: To create an even look on both ends of the crown, you can use a piece of greenery identical to the one you began with and turn it the opposite way, wrapping it to the end with florist tape to cover the ends of the stems.

Apr 222015

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On the Spring 2016 Bridal Fashion Week runways this season, it wasn't just those ring fingers that were sparkling. At many shows, the hair was positively twinkling, too! From pearls to rhinestones to silver spikes, we saw it all — and it was all gorgeous. Here, our favorite examples of big-day hair bling.

Intricate accessories (above)
At the Marchesa show, the models' sleek looped buns looked fairly simple — until they were topped off with elaborate bejeweled hair combs. Created by Erickson Beamon, the accessories served as a fresh, modern take on the traditional sparkly tiara.

Best Bridal Fashion Week Hair Accessories Naeem Khan

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Eye-catching crowns
Sure, the spiky silver crowns at the Naeem Khan show aren't for everyone. (They gave us a definite Game of Thrones vibe, after all.) But for the bold bride? Well, there's no cooler way to make a hair statement.

Best Bridal Fashion Week Hair Accessories Reem Acra


Embellished braids
To achieve the glittery, almost ice-princess-like braids at the Reem Acra show, hairstylist Joe DiMaggio wove shimmery beaded trim through braided hair extensions. (And yes, the models were all wearing extensions — they did not have waist-length hair!). To finish the look, he then applied tiny sparkly appliqués — using the heat of a curling iron to activate the adhesive — to back and sides of the models' heads. (We even spied designer Reem Acra herself with a few sparkles in her hair!)

Best Bridal Fashion Week Hair Accessories


Natural accents
Calling all wood nymphs! Having an outdoor wedding? Then we'd suggest considering the cool, nature-inspired hair accessories that we saw tucked into the chignons at Lela Rose. The pearl-embellished twigs are just perfect for ethereal brides.

Bridal Fashion Week is here! For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow BRIDES on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

6 Ways to Weatherproof Your Wedding Hairstyle

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Sep 022013
Products to help with frizzy wedding hair

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Sticky and humid conditions mean frizzy locks, while dry and scorching temps can flatten your style. Here are the tips and tools to keep volume under control.

Get comfy in that chair
For brides in both humid and arid pockets of the country, patience is key: While it's no fun to sit through a lengthy blowout when it's 90 degrees outside, hair has to be bone-dry to hold a set, whether it's a chignon or bouncy waves. "When hair is moist, it's heavy," says Ouidad Salon senior stylist Morgan Willhite. "That weight can collapse an updo."

Have a cocktail
Chances are you'll need more than one hair potion to achieve the look you want. That can mean layering—e.g., a gel followed by a serum. But it can also mean mixing two products together to create a customized cocktail. Why the double whammy? "I don't care how great it is; one product can't do everything," says salon owner Antonio Prieto. Cocktailing is key during the tricky summer months, so if that's when your wedding is, be sure to address it in your hair trial.

For frizz prevention, apply gel or serum liberally
"Be organized with your application," advises Willhite. "If you have a lot of hair, sectioning first is a great idea."

To short-circuit flopping, rollers are the bomb
In Denver, where dry heat can make hair droop, salon owner Matthew Morris swears by hot rollers. "They really make the style last," he says. His other big-hair musts: Volumizing shampoo and thickening spray.

Don't overdo it
One mid-reception blast of hairspray or dab of flyaway tamer is fine, but don't go overboard with the touch-ups. "A lot of brides go crazy, and their hair winds up looking crispy," says Prieto. "If there's a little bit of frizz, it's okay." Seriously. It's okay.

Gentle at-home keratin treatments

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Consider keratin
Though the recent "keratin controversy" turns out to be more of a health issue for salon staffers than clients (refresher: The Brazilian Blowout came under fire in 2010, when stylists using the company's formaldehyde-based hair straightener complained of nosebleeds), it paved the way for a host of gentle, formaldehyde-free at-home retexturizers. One application of Bumble and Bumble's new defrizzing Concen-Straight Smoothing Treatment (above, right; $45) lasts for 30 shampoos, and it can be deployed in tandem (or not) with a salon treatment of the same name. Similarly, Pure NV BKT Keratin 2 Go ($50) is the take-out version of the company's straightening services. Salon Sally Hershberger Keratin RX (above, left; $24) is even milder; infused with what Hershlberger calls "cashmere extract," it can be spritzed on every day. Now we can all breathe easier.

—Dana Wood

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