Just like trending wedding décor, wedding hair trends also change with each passing year. (Need proof? Just take a look at your mom's wedding photos, feathered bangs and all.) What's the next big trend in tresses, you ask? We tapped top wedding hairstylists for their predictions regarding the most popular bride hairstyles in 2019.
"Wedding hairstyles in 2019 will be all about texture, texture, texture," says wedding hair and makeup artist Claire Balest. "Bridal hair is trending more and more toward cool-girl styles and increasingly further away from fixed curls and a heavily sprayed look. Natural and a bit undone is the new chic."
From Meghan Markle–inspired messy buns to hair done up with eye-catching accessories, these are the styles that 2019 brides will be wearing down the aisle. And the good news is, none of the 'dos below will look quite as dated when your kids see your album years down the road. (Sorry, Mom.)
Tousled, Soft Waves
"Brides are opting for more effortless looks, as if they just woke up looking like that," says Brittany Lo, founder and CEO of Beautini. "Waves were huge in 2018 and are continuing to stay for 2019," she predicts. "It doesn’t look like the bride spent hours getting ready and the softness photographs beautifully."
For 2019 brides looking to replicate this simple and effortless 'do, Lo emphasizes letting the curls set throughout the morning for a style that lasts the entire day. "If the bride’s hair doesn’t hold curls well, then I recommend having hair extensions to give it more grip," she says.
Classic, Chic Buns
"The chic bun is making a comeback," Lo notes. "For our über-sophisticated, high-fashion brides, we are getting requests for a clean, chic bun that has minimal volume and allows the makeup and dress to do the talking." If you want to try this with your tresses, Lo recommends using smoothing products for a sleek finish (hair spray often makes hair look hard and crunchy).
A major plus of this minimalist look? It allows brides to take more risks with their dress and other aspects of their bridal look. But when it comes to deciding on a 'do, Lo suggests that brides reflect on how they normally style their hair on a daily basis and for special occasions. "If she never opts to wear her hair up for any of these occasions, chances are she ultimately will not feel like herself in an updo."
"Brides are loving the perfectly messy look (thank you, Meghan Markle!)," says wedding hair and makeup artist Claire Balest. "We will be seeing a lot more simple styles in 2019. Think: very textured ponytails and messy buns."
If you're planning on rocking this royal-approved style, Balest says to first ensure your stylist cuts your hair with the look in mind. "If the loose pieces around your face are too long, they likely won’t wear well through the whole evening," she says. Start with a texturizing product before styling. "Spray it at the roots of your hair and through the mid-lengths to add volume and texture," Balest explains. Some of her favorite styling products include Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($46, available at Dermstore) and Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray ($26, available at Sephora).
"Bridal braids are another way to add cool-girl style to your bridal look, and they continue to grow increasingly more popular," Balest notes. "Whether you prefer modern and romantic or boho chic, finding your own style of braid can elevate a simple look." Balest's favorite braided style? "I adore the look of a braid that has been gently pulled out to make it appear softer and lived in."
Loose Chignons With Unique Accessories
Balest also predicts that loose chignons, elevated with eye-catching hair accessories, will be trending in 2019. "A great hair accessory is the modern alternative to a veil, or even an amazing addition to one," she says. "They are the easiest and coolest way to elevate any style. We just can’t get away from all things royal, and who would want to pass up the chance to wear an actual crown? Headbands and bows are other striking ways to elevate a simple style to something remarkable and wearable."
Simple and Messy
"This past year was a major hair moment for brides as more brides looked to easier, looser, and less traditional styles for their big day—and we have a certain newly minted duchess to thank for that," notes Karma artist Victor Palermo.
"This messy-hair-don’t-care look is effortlessly chic and surprisingly low-maintenance," he says. "Worn up or down, it holds up beautifully in temperamental or humid weather, and brides won’t have to worry about loose ends hours later, as that just adds to the final look."
"Maybe we have Ariana Grande to thank for this, but more brides are requesting sleek ponytails for their big day," Palermo observes. "Worn high or low at the nape of the neck, these daring brides like the simple yet sophisticated look a ponytail brings. And better yet, it doesn’t matter what your hair looks like currently because by simply adding in strategic extensions, brides can achieve the length and fullness they desire."