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The 5 Best Pre-Wedding Beauty Treatments — and When to Get ‘Em!

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Oct 272016

It goes without saying that on your wedding day you want to look and feel your best. For many brides, that means a pre-wedding diet and workout routine, as well as hair and makeup trials. But before you walk down the aisle, there are a few more beauty-boosting treatments you might want to consider. From lash extensions to teeth whitening, we're getting the scoop from some of the best in the biz, to guarantee you're perfectly groomed and gorgeous on your big day. After all, wedding photos last a lifetime.

Laser Hair Removal
When it comes to tying the knot, there's a lot to think about. The last thing you want to focus on is waxing or shaving. Laser hair removal is a permanent solution for smooth skin. Christian Karavolas, owner of Romeo & Juliette in Midtown Manhattan, recommends starting treatment six to nine months before your wedding date (laser hair removal requires on average six sessions spaced six to eight weeks apart). "Once you do a course of treatment, hair will not be prickly or stubbly. Plus, you won't have to deal with ingrown hairs or irritation." Beach honeymoon, anyone?

Regardless of your hair color, brightening up your 'do is a sure fire way to look fab on your big day. "You don't have to go for a major contrast, but building dimension into your color makes all the difference in photos," says Kristina Barricelli, founder of NYC's Gemini 14 and Hairdo Ambassador. When it comes to color, timing is everything. Barricelli advises brides visit their colorist one week before the big day. "Highlights need about a week — and a few washes — to settle into a naturally luminous color. Any longer than that can start to reveal roots." And if you plan on wearing clip-in extensions on your big day, she recommends bringing them to that appointment, to guarantee a perfect color match."

Teeth Whitening
Want a sparkling smile for your wedding photos? "Professional teeth whitening allows brides to have the brightest smile in the shortest amount of time — with dramatic results in about an hour," says Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, Kevin Sands DDS (the man the Kardashians trust with their pearly whites). "The beauty of this procedure is that brides can come in a couple weeks or just a few days before their wedding date." And to keep your smile looking its best, Sands suggests avoiding stain-causing foods and drinks, like blueberries, coffee and red wine.

See More: Find the Best New Beauty Product For Your Zodiac Sign

Gel Mani
What better way to show off your engagement (and wedding) ring bling than with a perfectly polished mani? When it comes to your big day, a gel mani is a must. Whereas regular polishes can chip and crack, gel will last a good two to three weeks, when applied properly. "It will hold up to the wedding day craziness and last through the honeymoon," says Nina Werman, owner of NYC nail art mecca, Valley. When it comes to getting your digits prepped for the big day, Werman recommends brides come in a few days before. Opting for a design? She advocates one with negative space at the cuticle. "It helps you get the most out of your gel mani. It'll grow out naturally over the next few weeks, without the noticeable gap between the cuticle and polish."

Lash Extensions
If eyes are the window to the soul, lashes are the curtains. Extensions are the perfect way to take your bridal beauty look to the next level. They create thicker, longer lashes that still look natural. Plus, they look fab in photos! Sabah Feroz, lash expert at NYC's Blink Brow Bar, recommends that brides have a trial, approximately three months out. "There are many different size options, depending on the look you're going for, so a practice run is worthwhile." When it comes to the wedding, she suggest coming in two or three days before. "If you look after them, they'll last for up to six weeks, which means no need for mascara on your honeymoon!"

Update Your Up-Do: 4 Fresh Twists on the Classic Bridal Bun

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Oct 132016

Up, down, or somewhere in between, there seems to be a million and a half ways to do wedding day hair. But one of our forever faves is an oldie but a goodie. You can't get more classic than saying "I do" with your locks done up in an elegant bridal bun. But we're not talking about the tightly pulled-back updo that your grandma's rocking in her wedding photos. It's a look that'll never go out of style — that's for sure — but nowadays the look to fresher and can be as unique as the bride wearing it. Yes, the new way to do a bridal chignon is one part ballerina, one part cool girl, and totally chic. And hairstylist extraordinaire Cristian Pignatta is here to show us how it's done...

Keep It Fresh
"I always start with a basic style, then add originality with details like twists," says Pignatta. For example, he likes to divide up the hair into three ponytails, braid them together, and then pin upward.

Simplify The Front
A center part makes it modern and balances a statement gown or earrings, Pignatta says.

Prep with a Thermal Spray
It's the essential product to maintain soft texture and give your bun major hold. Spritz on damp hair and blow dry with a round brush.

Now that you've got the basics down pat, it's time to customize your chignon. No matter your wedding style, whether it's laid-back and super cas or a black tie affair, a bridal bun is totally appropriate with just a few modern tweaks and unexpected details.

Bohemian Bun Wedding Hair Idea

Photo: Zoe Lonergan

A twist leading into a bun is the perfect medium between done and undone.

Clean and oh-so-sleek. Keep a shine spray on hand for a polished finish.

See More: 20 Stunning Wedding Hairpiece Ideas

A few face-framing wisps always make an intricately woven style appear effortless.

Put down the iron! Enhancing your natural texture is the easiest way to look timeless — not old-fashioned.

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Oct 112016
Fall Floral Crowns

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Think twice before you assume that the floral crown is reserved for summer and spring weddings only. Autumn's natural rustic and bohemian nature serves as the perfect inspiration for a romantic halo of beautiful fall flowers and leaves. The season's wild vibes lend more room for a free woodland look that is perfectly unpolished. Branches and twigs, jewel-toned flowers, golden-hued leaves, wheat and straw — whichever earthy elements you choose, you can't go wrong. A fall color palette offers deep, gorgeous shades — the moody style will pop against a white wedding dress. Pair it with a matching bold lip to make a statement or choose a neutral lip to keep all eyes on the crown. These stunning floral crowns are rich in autumn inspiration.

A wild mix of brambles, flora, and fauna is perfectly fitting for a woodland princess. Red and mauve hues pay tribute to the romance of autumn. Wear a free-spirited crown like this with hair down. Tousled curls can create a bohemian look, while softly coifed waves can bring a chic vibe that elegantly juxtaposes with the earthy crown.

The husky hues of plum and sage in this crown bring out fall's softer side. Whispers of leaves bring texture to the piece with dark but subtle colors that frame a single peach rose above the ear. A look like this is best paired with a pulled back hairstyle to bring the rose's prominence to full effect.

Flower Crowns for Fall Weddings

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Rocking an updo? The headpiece should be heavy in nature on the side of your chignon and light on the other side. This romantic style keeps the colors simple but the design striking. Marsala florals and greenery are spray painted for a golden touch that is both elegant and a bit bohemian.

Fall Floral Crowns for Weddings

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The blush rosebuds and fern leaves offer a neutral palette for dark berries to pop against. Paying tribute to the season, the succulents add another touch of nature for a crown that looks like it was pulled straight from a garden.

See More: Flower Crown Alternatives: Our New Wedding Headpiece Obsessions

This whimsical headband plays up the romantic and rustic side of New England fall. Blooms in cream, yellow, and purple, are complemented by berries and acorns for an organic feel. This cluster of nature makes a statement on a simple neutral band for a fun twist on the traditional flower crown.

2017 Brides Will Love These Killer Wedding Beauty Trends

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Oct 072016
Fall 2017 Bridal Beauty Trends

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While Bridal Fashion Week may provide us with wedding gown Pinterest fodder for days, let's not forget about the dreamy beauty looks it offers, as well! And with shows such as Lela Rose, Alfred Angelo and Marchesa already behind us, we know one thing's for certain: You don't need to wait until Fall 2017 to mimic these stunning wedding beauty looks.

Sachin & Babi

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Sachin & Babi
Two big trends converge for this ladylike look: pink eyeshadow and monochromatic makeup. By matching your lids and lips with similar shades of pastel pink, you are creating a demure tone that is rounded out with full, youthful brows and a glowy complexion. Translation? Start a glow-inducing skincare routine and letting your brows grow in fuller today!


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Marchesa If you've ever thought about giving the flower crown trend a little added glamour, the geniuses behind Marchesa's look read your mind. By giving your hair adornment structure in the form of pearls, crystals and precious metal, you still get that floral vibe, but with much more polish. We also can't look away from the models' pearly inner-eyes. Wet an angled brush and then dip it into a shimmery white or platinum-colored shadow to get the effect.
Alfred Angelo

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Alfred Angelo
Classic glamour with a modern twist was the name of the beauty game at Alfred Angelo. How exactly was it accomplished? Make sure your red lipstick has orange undertones and a semi-matte finish, make your cat-eye flick so thin it's almost geometric, and of course highlight, highlight, highlight.

See More: Our Favorite NYFW Beauty Looks to Inspire Your Wedding Makeup


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Oh happy day! The outdoor, boho-inspired wedding of your dreams isn't going out of style any time soon, and Theia's show made that quite clear. Simply update those surfer girl tendrils by adding a healthy dose of volume (the new boho wave), and make sure your flower crown is one-part flower crown and one-part mermaid crown by integrating pearls, shells and sea stars into the florals.

Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld

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Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld
Anyone who suggests that brides can't be utterly au courant when it comes to beauty needs to check out this show! Pink eyeshadow is sticking around as a trend in a big way, and brides can embrace it right along with the rest of the world. Two big tips: Keep your eye drops handy so there isn't a hint of redness in your actual eyes (no matter how much celebrating you've been doing) and keep the rest of your makeup subtle, so the eyes can really shine.

Lela Rose

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Lela Rose
Lela Rose's girl is a nature-lover who knows the importance of minimalism. If that speaks to you, then her brand of healthy, 'just went for a run' beauty is probably what you should strive for on your big day! Think glowing skin, lips that are a bit redder than nature and very little eye makeup.

Rime Arodaky

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Rime Arodaky
If your wedding day is all about fantasy, then perhaps your nuptial makeup should be, as well! That is the strong message from Rime Arodaky's runway, and we love it. Take your highlighting game to all new levels and actually make your lids and cheekbones take on a high-wattage shine. We suggest layering highlighters to achieve this—so think about using your cream stick, your powder and your liquid formula at the same time (we get giddy just thinking about it!).

Emmy’s 2016 Red Carpet: 7 Celebrity Hair and Makeup Looks to Copy for Your Wedding Day

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Sep 192016
Emmy Awards 2016 Bridal Hair and Makeup

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There's no place like the red carpet to look for some serious wedding beauty inspiration. From their gorgeous flowing hair, to statement-making eye makeup, the ladies at the Emmys 2016 served up envy-inducing beauty looks that are sure to be a big hit for brides-to-be.

Emmy Rossum at 2016 Emmy Awards

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Emmy Rossum: Lest you forget the importance of the famed bridal glow, Emmy's radiant skin and absolutely glowing cheeks leave no room for doubt. Be sure to use a setting spray to keep your highlighter glowing, but your skin far from oily.

Emily Ratajkowski at 2016 Emmy Awards

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Emily Ratajkowski: For the bride that doesn't want to stick to convention, Emily's teal cat eye is revolutionary. It's a bold choice that will certainly have people talking, and if you can't make a mark on your wedding day, when can you?

Sophie Turner at 2016 Emmy Awards

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Sophie Turner: A red smokey eye is a huge trend right now, but can be intimidating for a bride (or any woman for that matter!), which is why Sophie's toned down version is the perfect compromise. By using ruddy browns versus bright reds, you're still treading in trend territory, but are in a much more universally wearable place.

Viola Davis at 2016 Emmy Awards

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Viola Davis: The How to Get Away with Murder nominee not only gives us major inspiration with her fight for women's equality, but her matte plum lip is also a vision! Plum is such an unexpected color for a bride that it's an instant eye-catcher, and it's perfectly apropos for a fall wedding.

Ellie Kemper at 2016 Emmy Awards

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Ellie Kemper: For the sophisticated bride, Ellie's deep side-parted bob is a chic and modern way to wear your hair down for your big day without treading into boho territory. Make sure you take the part extremely deep for plenty of volume at the crown and drama in your pictures.

See More: Emmy's 2016 Red Carpet: All the Celebrity Dresses Brides-to-be Have to See

Claire Danes at 2016 Emmy Awards

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Claire Danes: Shiny hair that is full of body looks healthy and youthful, and what more could you want for what is likely the most photographed day of your life? To mimic Claire's gorgeous strands, start using deep conditioners a couple of months before your ceremony, and ask your hair stylist about getting a glaze to really add extra (lasting) shine.

Kristen Bell at 2016 Emmy Awards

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Kristen Bell: You don't have to reinvent the wheel just because you're the bride. Kristen's nude lips, long lashes, flawless, radiant skin and slightly tousled lob is seriously swoon-worthy and would be fitting for any style of bride and ceremony.

These Are the Hottest Bridal Hairstyles for Fall 2016

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Sep 082016

Just like fashion, hair changes with the seasons and fall is a favorite for switching things up — whether it's with color or your typical 'do. We've polled hair gurus across the country to find out what fall has in store for brides, with hairstyle trends coming in at opposite ends of the spectrum. Ladies are turning back the clock with soft Renaissance-inspired looks highlighting natural locks and loose bohemian braids, while the runways show that bejeweled hair pieces have never been hotter, giving brides plenty of ways to rock gems on their wedding day.

Renaissance Wedding Hair Trends

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Renaissance Revival
Flower crowns are nothing new, but this classic is getting more whimsical with the addition of wildflowers that not only adorn the crown, but also the hair, bouquets and displays, says ATMA Beauty's founder and creative director Sheenon Olson, whose client base includes actresses Elizabeth Olsen and Ellen Page, as well as supermodels Elle Macpherson and Alessandra Ambrosio. "The overall feel is really about connection. Connecting back to nature and connecting back to a time that feels very renaissance and organic," Olson says. The stylist is also seeing brides opt for low loose buns and half-up looks, in addition to styles that play more with texture like twists and braids.

Let Loose
"The 'perfectly undone' look is in right now. Whether it's braids that are pulled apart and pinned, or putting hair into a beautiful, loose updo, the idea is to look natural and effortless," says Danny Jelaca, whose namesake salon sits on South Beach. "Out are the days of looking perfect, clean and tight." Jelaca (who counts Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Campbell and Cameron Diaz as just a few of his famous clientele) recommends starting with L'Oréal Dialight Clear Conditioning Gloss for extra shine, using Balmain Hair Couture products to create texture and hold, and ending with Balmain Matt Paste to make sure that updo stays in place.

Go Natural
"The hottest trend for wearing hair down is perfectly nourished, shiny hair that is carefully blow dried for a smoother, youthful edge," says Keith Ayotte, creative director at Sean Donaldson Hair. "Soft, naturally enhanced waves that are loosely brushed give you a beautiful, effortless glamour."

Hair Bling
Stylist George Gonzalez, who owns one of Chicago's top-rated salons, predicts that fall 2016 will be the season of hair accessories. "This trend is already a staple for brides, making it even easier to embrace hairstyles intertwined with beads, pearls and crystals," he says. "The best part? You can get creative by visiting vintage stores or tying in a family heirloom by turning a broach into a hair pin." Rodarte and Alexander McQueen showcased these looks on the runway in the form of jeweled hair clips, broaches and crowns, and brides can easily follow suit with something simple like a bejeweled headband with loose waves or go for an elaborate updo topped off by a few statement pieces.

Elements of Surprise
"The element of surprise is a lovely way to capture the eye with an updo," explains color expert and celebrity stylist Beth Minardi. "Whether a formal ballerina bun or a playful ponytail, your guests will be looking at the back of your hair and the back of your gown." For this look, make sure you spend just as much time styling the back of the dress and veil as you do with the front of the gown, making sure your hair works from both angles.

Richer Color
When it comes to color, Minardi is the go-to girl known for crafting color stories for the likes of Brad Pitt, Julianne Moore and Christie Brinkley. "I like to add deeper, richer tones underneath so when the bride lifts her hair for an updo, there are contrasts of color," she says. "For blondes, I create a subtle, cashmere-soft weave of shades — warm, toasty, sunny, maybe even hints of caramel. Redheads are so vibrant, so to express this energy I find a range of shades from deep auburn to copper that play off nicely at the nape of the neck. And for brunettes — they'll be exceptionally popular this fall — I blend the depth of walnut against a lighter, warmer brown or add brightness with a lighter shade to create that play of color and contrast that will engage the eye as the ceremony progresses. I create contrast with brighter tones against deeper shades, but always make sure the look flatters the bride's skin tone." Minardi recommends starting the color and cut process at least six weeks to a month in advance to make sure the style doesn't come as an unexpected surprise on the big day.

See More: 17 Stunning Wedding Hairstyle Ideas for Lobs

Expert Tips for Growing Out Your Hair Before Your Wedding

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Aug 042016

If it's been said once, it's been said a thousand times: "I'm growing out my hair for the wedding." Whether you're after an elaborate updo, or jonesing for some long, boho waves, long hair is often the key to the perfect bridal hairstyle. So what's a girl to do? Does brushing your hair every night à la Marcia Brady really help? What about biotin supplements? We tapped Shawn Warner, Color Director for Vis a Vis Salon in Atlanta, to get the rundown on the real ways to get your hair to grow fast. "On average, everyone's hair grows about a half an inch per month," he shares. Here are his tips for maximizing that stat.

Take Supplements
A biotin or hair, skin, and nail supplement is a must, but it's also important to take it along with a multi-vitamin, says Warner. "It's about boosting your vitamin load, and you need to give yourself two to three months to let it get into the body and really see the results." He also says you'll see the greatest results if the supplements are taken with your evening meal (so your body can process them while you sleep).

Deep Condition
Once a week, take your favorite hair mask or even coconut oil and apply it to your hair while it's dry, so it will soak it up like a sponge. Then, wrap your head in a warm towel (you can also add a plastic shower cap or bag over the towel) to insulate the heat and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Then hop in the shower and shampoo and condition it out.

Brush Your Hair
"The best conditioner is made by your own body," says Warner. "So while it may be an old wives' tale, it makes great sense!" And brushing your hair does more than move that natural oil down into your hair to nourish it and make it shiny: It also stimulates the scalp and helps slough off dry skin, which can hinder hair growth.

Shampoo Less
Shampooing your hair less will help your hair become healthier over time, and healthier hair equals longer hair! If you think your hair is too oily to wash less, start by skipping one day; your scalp will start to balance itself out over time and stop producing so much sebum, so you can then start skipping even more days between shampooing. If you absolutely must wash, Warner suggests getting in the shower and just wetting and rinsing your hair. Then condition it from mid shaft to the ends, but stay off the scalp.

Sleep Smart
Silk pillowcases pamper your hair and help avoid breakage, so ditch your cotton case for the silk variety, and also, don't sleep in a ponytail. "If you feel like you have to pull your hair back at night, a loose braid is the only thing that won't cause breakage overnight, and be careful how tight the tie is," warns Warner.

Eat Smart
You are what you eat, and that means that everything you take internally is going to come out in your hair, skin and nails. So drink more water (even more!), and eat lots of leafy green vegetables.

Ultimately, Warner says there is no one miracle for growing out your hair, but the key is to both plan ahead and baby your hair at every turn. "Even watch how much you are heat styling it," he says. "Maybe air dry it more often leading up to the wedding." Because pampered hair doesn't break as much, and less breakage equals more length.

See More: 50 Wedding Ready Braids

Secrets to Doing Your Own Hair for a Summer Wedding

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Aug 032016


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Whether you're the bride, bridesmaid, mother of the bride, or a guest, there's one thing that can strike fear in the hearts of wedding-goers searching for perfect hair — summer humidity. If you're in a remote, tropical destination with no access to a trustworthy salon, or are just a girl who likes to get in the trenches with her hair, the truth is doing your own hair for a summer wedding shouldn't be out of the question. Of course, there are a few tips and tricks that will help you along the way. Here, the 4 secrets to doing your own summer wedding hair, and getting it right every time!

Start With Inspiration
Get ready to devote an entire Pinterest board to your wedding hair inspiration. File everything that strikes your fancy in one place, and then narrow it down to one style. Since you're looking to recreate it on your own, we suggest sticking with something that doesn't require so many bells and whistles. That doesn't mean you should stay clear of updos, just keep in mind that you only have two hands, and no eyes on the back of your head to get that french twist just right.

YouTube Is Your Best Friend
Want to do your own hair, AND try something new? YouTube can be your greatest ally. After you've narrowed down a look, starts combing through YouTube for a tutorial on how to get something similar on your own. Thousands, upon thousands of hair tutorials are at your fingertips to help you nail the look you want. Suddenly getting that fish tail braid just right won't seem so daunting. Our expert tip: choose your tutorials by how many views each has, that will help narrow down the infinite blackhole of videos you'll come up with after your search. It also helps to stalk your favorite celebrity hairstylists on Instagram and Snapchat for tips and tutorials.

Tools Are Important
Doesn't matter if you're going straight, or wavy, any good hairstyle starts with good tools. The good news is there's a tool out there to accomplish even the most seemingly impossible hair feats $ from pin straight strands, to envy-inducing beach waves, and perfectly blown out Kate Middleton-style tresses. Ask your regular hair person what they recommend for your hair texture. If you have fine thin strands, maybe investing in a good curling iron to achieve perfect texture before going with an updo is right for you. Conversely if you have thick, unruly strands, a killer straightening iron can help get those tresses frizz free.

Focus on Texture and Volume

Nothing beats humidity quite like some seriously textured hair. The secret to achieving that perfectly tousled texture? Lots of dry shampoo! We're all admitted dry shampoo addicts around here $ the perfect hair staple is not only great for refreshing a days-old blow out (shhhh we'll never tell the last time we washed), it's also the secret to achieving that sexy bedhead level of volume and texture, you know the one that's perfect for holding an updo or romantic beach waves in place. Focus on a talc-free product like Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo, to absorb impurities and build-up from other products while achieving the kind of volume usually reserved for Victoria's Secret models. Keep that hair in place with a hairspray that holds without drying up your tresses (or making them feel all crunchy). Big Sexy Hair Get Layered Flash Dry Thickening Hairspray not only keeps your hair in place, but also shields away humidity, and UVA/UVB rays — perfect for beach brides looking for extra protection and a gorgeous 'do.

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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

8 Celebrity Wedding Hairstyles for Brides with Long Hair

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Jun 302016

Photos: Courtesy of Cindy Crawford via Instagram, Getty Images, Courtesy of Gisele Bündchen via Instagram, Courtesy of Style.com via Twitter

Celebs, they're just like us, right? If you mean they all have to plan their wedding hairstyles down to the last detail, just like you, that statement would be correct. From simple and shiny blowouts, to the perfect beach waves, and ornate braids, celebrities have to make wedding hair decisions just like you.

From Kate Middleton, to Whitney Port, and Cindy Crawford, we rounded up some of our favorite celebrity brides to absolutely nail the wedding hair game as they walked down the aisle.

Model Waves

No one does beach waves quite like those super models. Take a cue from the ultimate bohemian beach brides, Cindy Crawford and Gisele Bündchen, and let your natural texture shine through with just a little help from salty sea water — or sea salt spray if your not directly sea-de. Lily Aldridge and Kate Moss also perfected the look.


Photo: Getty Images and Courtesy of Kim Kardashian via Instagram

Sleek, Shiny, and Simple

We never thought we'd put these two in the same club, but if you want to keep things sleek and simple for your nuptials, look to these icons: Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Kim Kardashian both chose shiny blowouts for their big walks down the aisle. Kate's trademark tresses were lightly waved, and topped off with an exquisite accessory — a tiara from the Queen. Kim also kept her hair shiny and classic for her ceremony, but a bit more slick and modern. According to hair stylist Chris McMillan, a center part channeled visions of Ali MacGraw in Love Story, and the hair tucked behind her years in just the right places — with no doubt just the right amount of hair extensions. Everything to keep the focus on the out-of-this-world dress.

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Cool Girl Hair

Listen up fashionistas out there rocking the resurgence of the 90s trends (chokers, bodysuits, high-waisted jeans, doc martens...), it's time to take inspiration from the OG style queen of that decade — Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. With a sleek form-fitting Narciso Rodriguez dress, and even sleeker low chignon, Mrs. Kennedy was the picture of ultimate 90s minimalism. Looking for a millennial update? Take a cue from fellow-blonde beauty Whitney Port, who told BRIDES she took Bessette-Kennedy's trademark look as inspiration for her own nuptials. "Celebrity wise, I love Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Bianca Jagger, and Lara Stone," Port said. The Hills star made the slicked back chignon modern with a low ponytail with a wrap around the base, leaving out the ends for an ultra cool alternative. Accessories are key to the update, and Port topped her 'do off with a single green fern.

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