It is officially wedding season. Summer, destination and beach weddings abound, so it’s important to know the dos and don’ts of creating your beauty look. Although it is a beautiful time of year to tie the knot, it is also hot and humid, which means your hair can become a frizzy mess (especially on the beaches of South Carolina where my brother and his fiancé will be saying “I do” in just 36 short days). There are three hairstyles that are fairly simple to achieve that will look great and help keep hair tamed and frizz-free.
First up is Bohemian-inspired, perfect for that bride that isn’t going to wear a lot of makeup and wants to keep everything simple. Begin by using a small amount of Blow Beach Blow Texturizing Mist to give your hair a bit of sea salt and protein to help create great beach waves. Next, curl hair with a 1-inch curling iron and comb through with your fingers to get nice beachy waves. Then, part hair straight down the middle. Most of your hair will be down with this, so make sure you like the way the waves look. On either side, start a standard 2 strand braid on a small section near the crown of the head. You are going to start a waterfall braid, which means you only take the hair from the top, allowing the bottom pieces to fall. Continue this about half way down and tie it off with small elastic. Repeat this process on the opposite side. After you finish the second side, pin the top section of your hair up and tuck the two ends of the braid under the rest of your hair so the elastics are hidden and cross the two pieces over one another and pin them into place so they will lay nicely under the rest of your hair. Let your hair down and the look is complete. You can also use standard braids instead of switching to the waterfall.
This next style is perfect for a beach wedding and a bride who looks amazing wearing a red lip, like my future sister-in-law. This look takes the classic French braid and adds a little twist. This style requires a good length of hair, so if you have shorter hair you could always add extensions for your big day. Make sure the hair has some wave to it first and then start with a deep side part and begin a French braid. Be sure to not pull the braid too tight because this look is about volume. Continue the braid all the way down the side of your head. Once you have reached the nape of the head, pull in the rest of your hair and start a regular braid and tie off with a small elastic. After, tuck the braid under and start pinning into place, using Goody Spin Pins, just a few of the screw like pins are the same as 40 bobbies! Once you’ve pinned and the look is complete, add a big white flower for more of a beach feel and to hide any pins.
The final look is for the bride who wants to push the envelope and do something different for her wedding day. The halo braid is not something everyone can pull off, so be sure to bring this to your stylist for your trial or do it a few times in advance, that way you can make sure it works for your face shape and with your makeup choices. Start from the back of your head near the nape, begin a pop-up French braid (instead of braiding the new strands of hair over each time, braid under). Continue the braid all the way around your head. To make the look a little more romantic leave a few pieces down in the front. When you have come back around, finish off with a regular braid. Tie it off with a small elastic. Pin the end of the braid into place, making sure to tuck it underneath the front of the braid crown so it looks seamless.
Finish all these looks with Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Spray, that way no matter how humid the weather gets, your hair will keep its style.