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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.

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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.

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.

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BRIDES Washington DC: Local Blow Dry Bars For Every Pre-Wedding Occasion

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Aug 262016
woman getting blow out

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Whether it's a night out before your bachelorette with the squad or a laid-back morning with mom before the bridal shower, these D.C. area businesses will leave brides "blown" away with their impeccable service (pun intended). For brides who prefer romantic comedies on in the background or bright fuchsia everywhere, these blow dry bars in the nation's capital are the perfect pick.

The Drybar is taking the D.C. area by storm. The business with the popular "no cuts, no color, just blowouts" slogan that has influenced the blowout business world is the ideal place to bring a crew of bridesmaids pre-bachelorette party. Think bright sunny yellow everywhere, romantic comedies playing, and bubbly for all. Drybar offers a few distinct styles on their menu, including their classic straight up, loose curls Cosmo, big haired Southern Comfort, beachy Mai Tai, and straight and sleek Manhattan. With locations in Bethesda, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter and Tyson's Corner, VA, there is a Drybar in all corners of D.C. Read real brides' reviews here!

Blowout Bar
Get an ultimate blowout at this West End salon — which includes a shampoo, scalp massage, and style. Brides can choose from any of the bar's five blowout looks, whose namesakes are easy-to-remember girls' names. Blowout Bar is painted in lavender — making for relaxed, anxiety-free time for over-scheduled brides. For bridal parties who want at-home services so they can look their very best for a night on the town, bridal shower, or the wedding itself, a house call blowout costs $75 and updos are $140.

Dupont Circle's Blo has an international following, with locations across the U.S. and the Philippines. Unapologetically girly, Blo is decorated in its signature bright fuchsia. Its variety of blowdry styles will suit any bride, from Bohemian fishtail braids to red carpet ready tresses. Blo's signature blowout is $40 so brides are ready for everything from their showers to their bachelorette. Blo has an extensive "Blo Bridal" offer, with in-bar rates running around $65 for a consultation and $95 for day-of hair (varies by state). Maids, mother-of-the-bride and flower girls are $40 and for brides who opt for hair to be done elsewhere, Blo charges $150 for the bride and $100 for each additional bridal party member.

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Flow Blow Dry Bar is NoVa's first blow dry and beauty bar. Not only does Flow offer traditional blowouts, but brides can get hairstyling, treatments, makeup, waxing, and facials. Flow also has "Glam Squads" who work with each individual bride on her big day to create her ideal look. If you're wanting to hire them for your big day, Flow charges between $75 and $110 for each bridal party member. For brides wanting to walk down the aisle with a bit of retro flair or perhaps something more edgy, Flow's stylists are highly trained for many looks and styles, whatever your bridal preference may be. Read real brides' reviews here!

Need more hair inspiration for your big day? Check out our Local Vendors page!

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Elle’s Edit: Floral Barrettes at Rodarte’s Spring 2016 Runway Show for Your Wedding

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Sep 172015

We've covered pre-wedding parties, daring bridal gowns, and must-bookmark beauty looks — now, it's time to take a look at some New York Fashion Week's most standout accessories. From the front row to backstage, our Fashion Director Elle Strauss has been on the hunt for big-day style inspiration and essentials. A major winner on her list? The heavy metal hair accessories that were part Grecian goddess and part dainty royal. Read more about this feminine, inventive, and, of course, super fashionable way to wear your hair on your wedding day, below.

Rodarte, one of the shows I most look forward to during New York Fashion Week, always strikes the perfect note between whimsy and rock and roll (It's like fairytale without being too precious — totally genius!). For Spring 2016, that translated into 1970s and 80s-inspired confections with layers of lace, intricate beading, and breathtaking embroidery. The surprising bridal takeaway from this parade of stunners? The hair accessories.

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Gold and silver floral barrettes were pinned atop the models' softly waved hair, creating an eye-catching, unique, and elevated headpiece (think of it as a cooler, higher brow way to achieve the look of a flower crown). "I like that they look like they're part of a crown, without being a full crown," hairstylist Odile Gilbert told Vogue of the look these metallic pieces convey. Paired with monochromatic, pared-down makeup, the gold and silver rosette-dotted barrettes helped achieve a magical bohemian aesthetic. And, worn with a simple, classic gown, they could just as easily add a Rodarte-esque dash of whimsy to your own wedding-day look.

Do You Have to Commit to a Wedding Hairstyle After One Trial?

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Aug 292015

Of the many preparations that factor into your wedding day look, hair and makeup are two of the most significant factors. Even if you've found the perfect groom and selected the ideal wedding dress, a bad hair day can put a damper on the festivities. So what happens when you're apathetic instead of committed to your 'do after a perfunctory wedding hair trial? Our etiquette experts weigh in.

You are well ahead of the game by scheduling a wedding hair trial, and the good news is that you have ample time to experiment. If you were pleased with the results of your first hair trial but aren't ready to commit, continue experimenting until you're completely satisfied with the result. Your wedding day hairstyle is an essential component of fashioning a look you love, so begin the process by determining if you enjoy their work and general demeanor. If you're pleased with your stylist, try jotting down a few notes regarding facets of the coif you loved, and parts you would like to tweak. Scheduling a follow-up appointment to test drive your new style, and bring along inspirational photos if need be.

See More: The Prettiest Wedding Hairstyles With Flower Crowns

However, you aren't legally bound to your stylist. If you think another professional might be able to top your first hair trial, by all means take the time to set up other appointments. Switching to another stylist may mean the difference between a wedding day 'do you feel lukewarm about, and one that will give your bridal glow an extra boost.

How to Get Gigi Hadid Waves for Your Wedding

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Aug 272015
Gigi Hadid Hair Waves

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There's no rule that says you have to wear your hair up for your wedding day. We absolutely love loose waves — and Gigi Hadid's are our current favorite. We asked Kenna, one of her regular stylists, to tell us exactly how to get the supermodel's gorgeous look. (Disclaimer: Genetics plays a role of course, but your haircut does too. When you're at the salon, ask for long layers in the back with shorter, face-framing layers in the front, he says.)

Step 1: Wash well.
Use a shampoo and conditioner combo that enhances volume and texture, like Klorane Shampoo with Flax Fiber, and Conditioning Balm with Flax Fiber. And rinse thoroughly — leftover residue can leave your hair limp and greasy.

Step 2: Make it a little gritty.
Add texture and "grip" to the hair with a leave-in styling lotion. Kenna's favorite is Evo Shape Vixen. He combs about half a palm-full through towel-dried hair.

Step 3: Blow dry like a pro.
Use a dryer with ionic technology — Kenna says it compresses the hair's cuticles to repel moisture and prevent frizz. He uses GHD Air. Separate your hair into one-inch sections, then slowly blow each portion smooth with a round boar-bristle brush. (Boar bristles evenly distribute your hair's natural oils to give you a shiny finish.) Try Moroccanoil 35 MM Boar Bristle Round Brush. As you finish drying each section, hit the cool shot button to help lock in volume at the roots.

See more: Master the Perfect Blowout in 5 Easy Steps

Step 4: Add the waves.
To create them, use a styling wand, like T3 Whirl Trio. Beginning at the front, wrap two-inch sections of hair around the barrel. Twist some sections away from the face and some toward the face to achieve that undone look. And the top of the waves should start just above your cheekbones, which gives your face some lift, Kenna says.

Step 5: Make them last.
Finish with a light — and we stress light — application of hairspray. Spritz it about 10 inches away from your head while slightly lifting the waves to separate them. Try Tresemme Climate Control Climate Protection Finishing Spray.

Should You Pay For a Bridesmaid’s Makeup and Hair If She Can’t Afford It?

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Aug 242015
Pay for Bridesmaid Makeup

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Every bride wants her bridesmaids to look their most radiant on her wedding day, from perfectly-coiffed locks to glowing skin. Many brides choose to ensure a uniform look by providing a hair and makeup team for their wedding party, but what happens when one bridesmaid doesn't have the financial resources to pay for the service? Our etiquette experts weigh in.

Offering your bridesmaids hair and makeup isn't a one-size-fits-all custom, and therefore can be suited to fit your unique situation. If one of your girls can't afford to get her hair and makeup done, it'd be a generous gesture to help her out. Common courtesy also suggests that if you absolutely necessitate hair and makeup for your bridesmaids, the payment for said services should come out of your pocket. If the choice is left to each individual bridesmaid, you are by no means obligated to pay. By the same logic, if your bridesmaid doesn't wish to have her makeup done, there is no need to force the issue. However, leaving one bridesmaid out of the primping process is not an incredibly gracious manner of treating a dear friend.

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To smooth over the situation, offer to cover part of her hair and makeup cost. If your finances are such that you can manage to pay for all of your bridesmaids, you may want to do so. A number of hair and makeup artists provide discounts for large groups, so you may be able to secure a deal while pleasing every member of your wedding party.

BRIDES Northern California: San Francisco’s Best Hairstylists

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Aug 152015

Booking the right bridal beauty pros is key to creating the wedding-day look you want to convey. In addition to your makeup artist, it's important to hire a seasoned hairstylist to execute your vision. Here are some of the top San Francisco and Bay Area wedding-hair experts.

Fox & Doll
Brides love hairstylist and makeup artist Shana Astrachan for her vintage-inspired aesthetic — she's a pro at creating a retro, glamorous wedding-day look (think: a lightly teased bouffant or perfect finger waves straight out of Great Gatsby.) Read real brides' reviews here!

Design Her Image
Book hairstylist Tiffany Chiang (she also does wedding makeup) for a full-day touchup and she will stay by your side throughout the day, freshening your makeup and changing your hairstyle for an entirely different reception or dance-floor look. Read real brides' reviews here!

Lavish Hair & Makeup Studio
Many brides don't have a strong sense of how they'd like their wedding-day hair to look. If that's you, book a consult with Lavish salon owner Annette Avila — brides rave that she's a magician at understanding your general vision and creating something even more beautiful than you imagined. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Pins & Curls
Brides report that hairstylist Michelle Promyotin is skilled at working with all different types of hair and hairstyles, whether it's a chic updo or the loose waves you spotted on Pinterest. She even provides a touch-up kit with extra bobby pins, hairspray, and any other supplies you might need throughout the day. Read real brides' reviews here!

Triple Twist
During your trial, hairstylist and makeup artist Mei Zhou will take time to listen and fully understand the look you want; once you're satisfied, she'll take high-quality photos and e-mail them to you so you can see exactly how everything translates in pictures. Read real brides' reviews here!

Want to see more San Francisco hairstylists? Browse our San Francisco Beauty page to find your wedding-day expert!

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The Best Bridal Beauty Finds of the Week

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Aug 122015
Bridal Beauty Elure John Frieda Smith and Cult

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Being a beauty editor at BRIDES means spending much of our days checking out all of the new hair, skin, and makeup products months before they hit the shelves. (We know, tough job right?) So let's just say: We've seen it all. And now we want you to see it all, too! Each week, we'll bring you a few of our favorite finds perfect for a bride-to-be! Here's what we're obsessed with right now.

Elure Advanced Brightening Lotion For Face and Neck: This dual-chambered lotion is packed with a potent mushroom extract — and it did wonders for our uneven skin tone! After a few weeks of smoothing it allover our face, our skin looked way brighter and our worst spots were noticeably lighter. ($125, available at drugstore.com)

John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Salt Spray: Want a wavy, beachy look for your honeymoon or shower? This spray makes it easy to get pretty, rumpled texture. Just spritz on dry or damp hair, scrunch, and go. ($9.99, available at Ulta)

See More: Get Gorgeous Hair Every Day of Your Engagement (and Beyond!)

Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in The Warning: We love Smith & Cult's line of chic nail polishes, both for its beautiful, saturated shades as well as for its cool, chunky bottles. Now the brand has come out with a new lip gloss collection, and it's equally covetable. Our pick: This sheer cherry red. (So pretty for your bachelorette party if you want to go bright but not too bright.) ($22, available at Neiman Marcus)

BRIDES Chicago: 8 Local Salons for Wedding-Ready Hair

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Aug 092015

In a city with no shortage of beauty experts, these eight top our list for trimming and treating tresses with an extra dose of care for the bride.

Anthony Cristiano
With two decades of experience and resume highlights including Vogue, Marie Claire, Demi Moore and Mariah Carey, Anthony Cristiano is undoubtedly a talented stylist. And for his flagship salon, he's compiled a team that will completely exceed your expectations for bridal hair — with not a tacky updo or matchy bridesmaid style in sight. Read real brides' reviews here!

Tony Odisho
Looking to extend the pre-wedding pampering window? Treat yourself to Tony Odisho's Keratin Fusion Extensions, which last up to five months. Each strand of ethically sourced human hair from India is applied individually for a seamless finish. And as the source of the volume and bounce flaunted by the ladies on Dancing With the Stars, Tony knows a thing or two about sexy, gorgeous hair.

George the Salon
George Gonzalez is all-in-one calm, positive and authentic while also being wildly talented (Oprah didn't hire just anyone to work at her on-site spa, after all). Plus, he dedicates much of his time and services to benefit victims of domestic violence. He's truly one of the good guys — kinda like the one you're getting all dolled up for.

Maxine Salon
The color bar at Maxine Salon is the answer to your grey hair-inducing wedding stress. A team of experts is well-trained in techniques like balayage and ombré coloring, and the salon exclusively uses L'Oréal Professionnel hair color, so you'll leave with natural-looking color and a fabulous blowout.

See More: Check All Your Bridal Beauty Off Your To-Do List with These Chicago Wedding Makeup Artists

Waking up to an expert stylist in the comfort of a hotel suite while lounging in a robe with a mimosa in hand sounds like a dream come true to us. And with Rachel Zoe at the helm, DreamDry prides itself on delivering impeccably styled hair. We love the range of bridal offerings, which are ideal for primping you and your wedding party.

Robyn Tornabeni
Robyn is a pro at those glamorous, romantic hairstyles that are fit for a ballgown bride looking to complete her Cinderella moment, and she's practically a miracle worker when it comes to making both a bride's vision come to life as well as transforming a large crew of bridesmaids in the brief hours before the ceremony. There's a reason her loyal following keeps her booked solid during wedding season.

Mario Tricoci
The seasoned stylists at Mario Tricoci are well-versed in bridal expectations. In fact, they even offer a six-month "countdown to the wedding" timeline to ensure color, length and style are absolutely perfect on your big day (and all the celebratory events leading up to it). The only problem is, you might just find yourself addicted to those regular pampering sessions, but we think that's totally acceptable. Read real brides' reviews here!

If the thought of a trial run before the wedding seems like an utter waste of time to you — of course you know exactly how your hair should look — then you might consider saying "yes" to a blow dry salon. Drybar's extensive menu of blowout hairstyles and classic updos comes complete with pictures, so it's as simple as pick and point.

Haven't found your perfect wedding 'do yet? Browse through even more bridal hairstylists here!

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