Bridal Fashion Week Hairstyles Guaranteed to Give You Major Wedding Inspo
Every bride wants to look perfect on her wedding day. It starts with finding the wedding dress and then the best beauty look to complement it. You could look through magazines or Pinterest to find a wedding hairstyle you love, but the best (and most on-trend) inspiration for your wedding hairstyle comes from the stylists who create the looks for runway shows. That's right: While the focus of Bridal Fashion Week is the wedding dresses, there are always a few hairstyles that stand out. This season, we sourced stunning updos and down ideas (and everything in between) from the Fall 2017 runway collections to get you inspired—and excited—for your wedding hair.
Find our favorite ideas that gave us major #hairgoals, straight from the industry's top stylists. And since we're all about helping you look your best, you'll also find expert tips and step-by-step how-tos for each hairstyle, so you or your stylist can actually execute it on the big day.
Sleek and Textured Down Hairstyle
As Seen At: Naeem Khan
The Inspiration: "Our hair look was inspired by the bohemian bride that's timeless and elegant—one who owns the aisle and runway," said hairstylist Andrew Chen, who created this bridal hairstyle for Naeem Khan's Fall 2017 Bridal Fashion Week show.
Bridal Hair Tip: Chen says that your wedding hair should accentuate your overall beauty above anything else.
Sleek and Textured Down Hairstyle How-To
Separate the hair into three sections from ear-to-ear with a very clean center part using No-Crease clips. Starting from the back section, create texture and body by using a 3/4" marcel curling iron and dry texturizing spray, adding extensions if necessary. As you work towards the top portion of the head, start curling the hair further away from the scalp. Once the hair is set, begin back-combing from the bottom up, leaving the top portion. Apply Rock Hard Gel to the part with a fine tooth comb. Don't be afraid to use your hands! Clip the hair behind ears. Then spray Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray and Shine Light Reflecting Spray on the part and top of the head only. Right before showtime, apply Superfine Strong Hair Spray to hold everything in place!
As Seen At: Lela Rose
The Inspiration: Aveda hairstylist Frank Rizzieri created a natural, knotted bun for the Fall 2017 Lela Rose bridal fashion show. Rizzieri explains that Lela Rose's wedding dress collection was all about texture this season, so he aimed to complement that in the hairstyle. Rather than going for a sleek and smooth look, Rizzieri said he created a "deconstructed knot" that mixes classic and with modern texture.
Bridal Bun How-To
Apply New Damage Remedy Split End Repair to the ends of completely dry hair to instantly draw and bind separated ends back together and to help prevent new split ends from forming. Spray hair from root to mid-shaft with Thickening Tonic. Blow-dry hair back while brushing. Create a center part in the hair with a fine tooth comb. Gather hair tightly into a ponytail at the nape of the neck and secure with elastic. Begin to tease ponytail and poof in Shampure Dry Shampoo to add a little thickness. Separate ponytail into two sections and begin to knot the two sections down the length of hair. Twist around elastic and use bobby pins to secure the finished look.
Effortless Boho Waves
As Seen At: Rime Arodaky
The Inspiration: Since Rime Arodaky's Fall 2017 aesthetic was very "anti-bride," Mar from Team Hair & Makeup said the designer wanted the hair to be effortless, ethereal, and somewhat practical. Mar and her team created what they called "Rockstar meets Mermaid," complete with crystal headpieces (these from Crowns and Wreaths) for a little added fun and glamour.
Bridal Hair Tip: "The number one tip I would say for brides is that hair extensions will be your biggest and best accessory," Mar told us. "The THM hair extensions are super easy to put in, and it adds fullness and body into your hair—even if you already have beautiful hair and you just want it to be a little bigger or a little bit longer."
Effortless Boho Waves How-To
As Seen At: Marchesa
The Inspiration: Marchesa's 2017 Bridal Collection was inspired by the Greek goddess of dawn, Eos. Kevin Hughes for Moroccanoil created a romantic yet modern hairstyle with accenting accessories to perfectly balance the delicate and ethereal collection.
Bridal Hair Tip: Hughes's biggest tip for brides is to make sure you do a hair trial (more than one is even better), as it takes the stress out of your wedding day.
Rope-Braided Hairstyle How-To
To create the perfect styling foundation, prep damp hair with a dime-size amount Moroccanoil Treatment Light for manageability and long-lasting shine. Apply Moroccanoil Thickening Lotion from root to tip and blow dry smooth using Moroccanoil Ceramic 45mm Round Brush. Starting at the top of ear, create a horizontal anchor braid from ear to ear underneath hair. Create a deep center part and separate hair into even sections. Using a 1 1/2-inch curling iron, wrap each section around the barrel leaving the ends loose to create a gentle bend. Spray each section with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong. Next, take a section of hair from the right side of the head and split into two sections. Cross the right section of the hair over the left section to begin forming the rope twist braid. Repeat on the left side. Bring each braid across the back of the head and pin into anchor braid. Tuck end of braid under to conceal and secure with hair pins. Spray an even amount of Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray to create touchable texture. Pin floral and jeweled accessories above the braid and secure with hair pins. Finish with a light mist of Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong for long-lasting hold.
Low-Key Matted Curls
As Seen At: Anne Barge
The Inspiration: Anne Barge's Fall 2017 collection is inspired by the glamour of the Ziegfeld Follies showgirls. GLAMSQUAD's Giovanni Vaccaro created an Old Hollywood hairstyle appropriate for the collection.
Low-Key Matted Curls How-To
Start by creating a side-part with hair tucked behind one ear. Use a curling iron to set all curls going in the same direction. When working with an iron to create an even more vintage look, make sure all curls are set going toward the face. Brush out curls in an 'S' shaped motion. Apply shine spray and hairspray to hold/define the ridges in the waves. Expert tip: Spritz hairspray on your brush or comb before brushing out curls to help maintain the smoothness. Now for the low twist/chignon: Start by gathering hair into a slightly off-centered ponytail. Separate the hair that's in the pony into two or three sections. Take each individual section and wrap it around in a messy bun in opposite directions, securing hair with bobby pins as you go. Put the pins an inch or two from the end of the strands, and don't be afraid to pull pieces out, especially around the face, for added softness.
As Seen At: Rime Arodaky
The Inspiration: Mar and the THM team created more than one hairstyle for the Rime Arodaky bridal show. Going along with the "anti-bride" idea, this braided ponytail is a unique and chic way to pull back your hair on your big day—especially when accented with beautiful crystal accessories.
Bridal Hair Tip: "With hair accessories you have to take them with you for your bridal trial if you want to see what your hair will look like with the piece," Mar advises. "Also, be sure to always bobby pin in the accessory, regardless of the wire or comb attached."
Braided Ponytail How-To
To get the look, add in THM hair extensions, all-in-one clip-ins, for volume and length. Use Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong to create shape and Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray to add texture. Style in a Mohawk braid, pulling the hair on top of the head and then pinning the braid along the top to the nape of the neck. Accessorize as desired.
As Seen At: Monique Lhuillier
The Inspiration: Kevin Hughes from Moroccanoil decided to go for a very simple yet beautiful hairstyle for the Monique Lhuillier Fall 2017 show. The collection was inspired by the exploration of the youthful energy of the woman, and Hughes wanted the hair to move with the gorgeous gowns. He said he wanted the hair to have a next-day natural look, almost like the models just woke up and walked down the runway with no styling at all.
Loose Waves How-To
To create the perfect styling foundation, prep damp hair with a dime-size amount of Moroccanoil Treatment Light for soft texture and long-lasting shine. Lightly spray Moroccanoil Root Boost throughout the hair and blow dry using Moroccanoil Ceramic Round Brush 45mm for gentle movement. Next, create a center part and separate hair into even sections. Spray Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray onto each section and wrap around a 1 1/2-inch barrel curling iron, leaving the ends straight. Once curled, rake through hair with a wide-tooth comb and generously apply the texture spray for volume and touchable texture. To finish, spray Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong over every inch of hair to ensure long-lasting hold.
As Seen At: Lazaro
The Inspiration: Linh Nguyen for Cutler/Redken was not only responsible for hair styling at the Lazaro show, but for every show in the JLM Couture Fall 2017 presentation (yeah, that's 10 shows!). Each show its look, inspiration, and color palette that Nguyen had to work with, and we think the hair came out perfect. A beautiful updo full of braids and twists will lift your hair from your face and have all your guests talking.
Bridal Hair Tip: Nguyen always tells brides to not be afraid to start over if you don't like how something looks. It is your day, after all! Keep it chic, simple, and fun. You never want to look back at your wedding photos and think 'WHY?!?'
Braided Updo How-To
Blow in Redken Full Frame for base and control. Set hair with a 1-1.5" curling iron with Redken Hot Sets 22. Twist three rows on the side of each and pin in back of head with a bobby pin. On crown of head take two sections and form twists. Pin right above the nape. For the front of head, section off smaller sections add a loose braid on one side and twists on the rest of hair. Pin in nape. In nape, roll hair in a circle and pin. Make sure to layer those sections to create an interesting pattern. Separate the hair to add softness. Apply Redken Fashion Works 12 to finish and hold for a soft, touchable style.