For many brides, having a second wedding dress is par for the course. After stunning guests with a more traditional look during the ceremony, it's not uncommon to want to change into something a little more party-friendly for the reception. (For a real-life example, Meghan Markle changed from a bespoke Givenchy masterpiece with a mile-long train into a sleeveless Stella McCartney number that was still glamorous, but way more danceable.) Lately, however, the second-dress reveal is proving insufficient for some brides.
According to a new report by Refinery29, the newest bridal trend involves not just a second dress, but a whole new haircut, with an on-site hairdresser chopping off the bride's locks just in time for the reception.
While this may sound needlessly stressful, Refinery29 points out that it actually makes sense, since a lot of brides already want a second hairstyle for the reception anyway. Plus, there are plenty of brides who end up getting haircuts shortly after their honeymoon as well. "More than half my brides cut off their hair immediately after their wedding," hairstylist AJ Palace told Refinery29. "If you're planning on cutting your hair after the wedding—why not just do it at the wedding, and make it the coolest second-look reveal?”
Palace and fellow hairstylist Matt Fugate showcased two mid-wedding haircuts for Refinery29. In the first, Palace transformed one bride's long blonde waves (originally hitting her mid-back) into a cool-girl shoulder-length lob. In the second, Fugate razored another newlywed's red waist-length curls into a voluminous look that ended just under her collarbone.
For both hairstylists, the trick was getting in a huge transformation within 15 minutes. (Fugate says he accomplished the latter look in just five.)
"We kept it a secret from everyone, so we only had about 10 minutes total blocked off to do the cut," Palace told Refinery29. "Kayla and I snuck away quickly, right in between speeches and her first dance. I cut her hair dry, basically taking a few inches off the ends, and just touched up the style a little, making it cute and piecey with some soft bends for texture."
Ultimately, both quick-change hairdos paid off. "Everyone was excited about it, and the shock and awe was awesome," Fugate told Refinery29. "It also made for a great photo op—the second look was so different, but so crazy-cool at the same time."