Pearls are a huge bridal hair accessory of the moment. As seen at Inbal Dror, headpiece by Keren Wolf.
What's new in bridal hair? LOTS! This may just be the best year ever when it comes to wedding day styles because the biggest trend happening now is keeping your look easy but also personalized—it should feel like your hair and not some 'do you have to find the vibe for. "I just think we are in a very cool time where bridal hair can be inspired by the red carpet and the runways and it isn’t just its own category," says Jason Lee, owner of Toronto's Jason Lee Salon. "Bridal hair sometimes gets a bad reputation because it can feel overly constructed with cascading curls and well ‘bridal’ feels. I think the best way to approach wedding hair is to keep it simple and stay on theme. Let the hair compliment your theme rather than doing ‘bridal’ hair because it’s a wedding."
We quizzed Lee for his thoughts on what thinks makes for great bridal hair, what celebrities are doing it right and what accessories he loves to work with and are fashion-forward this year.
What are the best bridal styles happening now? "I think styles will continue in a very clean classic direction but I think we’re going to see more dramatic architectural designs having a moment. Think Jennifer Lopez at the 2020 Golden Globes where her hair was pulled back but had that incredible braided bun. It’s almost a throwback to the 1960s updo. Hairstyling is back and we’re seeing more architectural designs. Celebrity stylist Joseph Maine also did an incredible style on a private client which throws back to that 60s era which is also pulled back but built with barrel curls. It’s Elizabeth Taylor in the '60s or Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady."
Anything really new and chic happening to get brides inspired about something cool and different? "As mentioned, I feel the craftsmanship of hairdressing is what’s exciting and cool. While beach waves are still fun to wear, we’re going to see a cleaner, more refined approach to hair. The pendulum always swings back and now we will be seeing hair being built using the classic foundations from the '60s where updos will be fashionable. Also, anything '90s-inspired in bridal hair will be big. We saw Dua Lipa at the Grammys wear her hair in a sleek knotted updo with strong front pieces worn down. This is a major return to the 90s updo and somehow feels fresh all over again."
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