Photos: WWD/Kyle Ericksen
On the hunt for modern wedding hair inspiration? Take a few cues from New York Fashion Week, the rocking kick-off to the Spring/Summer 2013 season. Right out of the gate, clear trends emerged—all of which are wedding worthy—including deep side parts, textured bouffants, and massive shine. And for you edgier brides-to-be? Think pink! (And neon yellow!)
The Look: A riff on old-school beehives in the form of artsy, textured "turbans."
For the bride who... Routinely pairs her Chuck Taylors with a twinset and pearls, and looks like she just walked off the set of a Wes Anderson film.
DIY Details: On behalf of Fekkai, hair superstar Paul Hanlon prepped the models' locks with Strong Hold Volume Mousse before drying. Next, working in sections, he spritzed with Sheer Hold Hairspray, flattened with an iron and back-combed from root to ends before swirling and pinning.
Your Big Day Takeaway: Err on the preppy side by minimizing a bit of that swirling.
Photos: David Webber for Moroccanoil (right); WWD/Robert Mitra (left)
The Look: As a counterpoint to all the lightness and fluidity of this collection (think beaucoup chiffon and tulle), hair guru Orlando Pita, on behalf of Moroccanoil, crafted ultra-sleek down hairstyles (above). This not-a-strand-out-of-place style is perfect for "the confident woman of today," Pita noted. Bonus: "It looks as strong on short lengths as long, and it's fast and easy to do."
For the bride who... Prizes precision and pristine.
DIY Details: Pita applied Volumizing Mousse, then dried the hair straight on sides and back using the Ionic Ceramic Brush to create volume. For "structure," he then misted Luminous Hairspray Strong at the root of each section. At the top, he took graduated half-inch sections starting at the crown—again misting each with hairspray—arranged it just so, and misted yet again. Flyaways were smoothed with Frizz Control.
Your Big Day Takeaway: Hair worn this straight needs to glisten like diamonds. Set the stage by snipping off any stray split ends. A tiny, quarter-inch trim 10 days before your wedding will be just what the doctor ordered.
The Look: Wispy, caught-in-a-gust-of-wind buns, crafted by Wella Professionals global artistic director Eugene Souleiman.
For the bride who... Is totally down with a slightly boho, decidedly imperfect updo.
DIY Details: Opting for roughness rather than soft shine, Souleiman coated hair with Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray. Then, using a ponytail as the base, he arranged the hair into a flat, vertical bun, letting lots of wisps around the hairline fly free.
Your Big Day Takeaway: For an overall effect that's a touch more bridal, tame a few of those loose tendrils.
Photos: WWD/Kyle Ericksen (right); Fairchild Archive (left)
The Look: Combining one of the biggest trends of the season—a deep side part—with peroxide blonde, the overall effect was pretty punky. While not every model sported the bright locks, enough did to telegraph Redken creative consultant Guido Palau's bleached blonde beauty message.
For the bride who... Has a Edie Sedgwick, Gwen Stefani, or Debbie Harry fixation and wants to lighten up—way up—for her wedding.
DIY Details: The bigger, the better. Palau used a fleet of Redken brews to pump up these coifs, including Guts 20 Volume Spray Mousse Foam, Refresh 01 Aerosol Hair Powder Dry Shampoo and Quick Tease, a new concoction that's equal parts fiber and spray. As for the style itself, it's essentially a bouffant-meets-low ponytail.
Your Big Day Takeaway: To avoid venturing into Donald Trump comb-over territory, push that front swoop a bit further off your forehead.
Photos: Courtesy of Oribe Hair Care (right); Fairchild Archive (left)
The Look: Drawing inspiration from Diana Ross and "a bit of a Domincan feel," Oribe Hair Care lead stylist Kien Hoang opted for tons of volume and tight, natural curls.
For the bride who... Likes to cut loose, and wants her own special brand of carefree beauty to shine through.
DIY Details: After prepping hair with Foundation Mist and drying it, Hoang set tight pin curls with Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray. He flat-ironed to add a bit of heat, then brushed out the curls, teasing and misting with Dry Texturizing Spray.
Your Big Day Takeaway: When you're going this big make sure your hair is in primo condition. Consider investing in a salon deep-conditioning treatment, or go the DIY route with weekly at-home slathering sessions.
The Look: Paying tribute to their home base in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais set Bumble and Bumble hair stylist Neil Moodie free to create sky-high, rockabilly pompadours with slicked-back sides.
For the bride who... Has her DVR set to record every episode of Girls—while she's out doing shots with her bridesmaids.
Your Big Day Takeaway: You can scale Ruffian-esque heights—or not. The real key to the look are the slicked-down sides. Consider anchoring them with matching accessories.
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The Look: Highlights of an altogether different stripe—in hot pinks, neon yellows, and cool blues and greens—added a subversive edge to stylist Brian Buenaventura's otherwise traditional, ladies-who-lunch updos.
For the bride who... Has a wild streak, tempered with a heavy dose of femininity.
Your Big Day Takeaway: One major commitment is enough on your wedding day! So unless you are deeply in love with a particular hue (and don't mind sporting it throughout your honeymoon), opt for a temporary dye.
The Look: In addition to severe center parts and super-slick locks, Amit Abraham, lead stylist for L'Oréal Professionnel, threw in a big twist: elaborately braided fishtail buns. (Or "cocoons," as Abraham christened them backstage.)
For the bride who... Likes to strike a balance between trends (fishtail braids!) and tradition (the lovely, ladylike updo).
DIY Details: Mythic Oil Reinforcing Milk was sprayed at the roots to flatten the part, topped with a bootleg batch of True Grip Powder, which won't be available in salons until early next year. After the cocoons were anchored in place, they were spritzed with Freezing Mist and Perfect Shimmer.
Your Big Day Takeaway: Smitten with this look but have short locks? Fake it by attaching a faux-fishtail braid in an exact match to your natural hue.
The Look: The ghost of a uber-photographer Helmut Newton wafted through this collection, making for a show steeped in sexed-up glamour. And the hair, whipped up by Odile Gilbert for Kératase? "Expensive, elegant, but not vulgar" updos, parted on the side and slicked-down, Gilbert told Style.com.
For the bride who... Has a weakness for flapper-era Marcel waves, and is counting down the seconds until the third season of Downton Abbey crosses the pond.
DIY Details: To prep the hair and camouflage post-summer damage, Gilbert deployed Elixir Ultime. Parting the hair on the side, she crafted a braid. On the other, loose side, Gilbert created a wave that she then lacquered in place with Double-Force Hairspray.
Your Big Day Takeaway: Although the "wet look" has been huge for a few seasons now, it doesn't play quite as well sailing down the aisle as it does a runway. With your stylist, determine the happy medium between shiny and slick.