Think beyond a veil for the big day and go for a unique finishing touch that is also sure to turn heads. At the recent collections, stylists added adornments to braids, updos, and half-up-half-down looks that were entirely unexpected and utterly gorgeous. Here, our favorite ones for every bride, along with the backstage tips on how to make them your own.
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Take a page from Reem Acra and weave pearls and jewels throughout a romantic braid. To create the look, Davines Master Session Ambassador Joseph DiMaggio prepped hair root to tip with Davines Essential VOLU Hair Mist ($34, davines.com) for a lived-in texture. He then created a clean middle part and scraped hair back into a ponytail at the nape of the neck. (For more drama, or for short-haired gals, DiMaggio swears by LOX Extensions.) After braiding hair and securing it with an elastic, he embellished the look by organically weaving a variety of crystals, pearls, and golden ribbons throughout the braid. He finished by smoothing flyaways and adding shine with Davines This Is a Strong Hair Spray ($29, davines.com).
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At Marchesa, Moroccanoil Global Creative Ambassador Kevin Hughes paired sleek and sculptural hairstyles with classic tiaras and barrettes. He first prepped hair with a cocktail of Moroccanoil Treatment Light ($43, moroccanoil.com) and Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse ($30, moroccanoil.com). He then brushed strands back into a low ponytail secured with a clear elastic. He added a second clear elastic about three inches above the end of the ponytail. To make a loop, he raised the bottom elastic up underneath the top elastic and tied it in place with elastic thread. He generously misted the inside and outside of the loop with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong ($26, moroccanoil.com) for a clean look and then topped it all off with the glittering tiara.
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Fresh blooms and tousled ringlets created an ethereal look fit for a garden party affair at Angel Sanchez. Fekkai lead stylist Jordi Martinez prepped hair with Fekkai Soleil Beach Waves Tousling Spray ($20, fekkai.com) and then blow-dryed it using a round brush. Next, he curled sections with a curling iron. To keep it from looking too perfect, Martinez sprayed curls with Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo ($20, fekkai.com). Once done, he gathered strands into a loose chignon on the right side of the head, pulling a few strands loose and adorning the chignon with fresh flowers.
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For the Dreamer
The sleek ballerina bun at Ines di Santo got an artistic flair with the addition of white paper butterflies. To create the look, hairstylist Jorge Luis for Cutler combed Redken Volumizer Guts 10 ($18, ulta.com) from roots to chin-length. This fast-drying foam gives hair that ultra-sleek look and firm hold. He next created a high ponytail and wrapped hair into a tight ballerina bun. He finished by spritzing Redken Control Addict 28 ($20, ulta.com) for a firm 24-hour hold and then placing the butterflies randomly atop the hair.
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For the Vintage Bombshell
The inspiration at Elizabeth Fillmore was va-va-volume. Hairstylist Naomi Porto added oomph to damp strands with Bumble & Bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse ($30, sephora.com) before blow-drying them with a round brush for maximum volume. Using a large barrel curling iron, he curled large sections of hair to create voluminous curls. He then applied a dry shampoo like Kérastase Volume in Powder Dry Volumizing and Texturizing Spray ($20, kerastase-usa.com) and teased the sides and the crown of the hair to create a tousled look. He raised the sides back for a half-up-half-down ’do and secured them with pins. For the finishing touch, he tied up the look with a sweet and simple black bow.
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