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Expert Advice – Wedding Hair Trends for 2016 Brides

This afternoon we’re all about gorgeous hairstyles with a wee dose of beautiful hair inspiration for our 2016 brides and bridesmaids! We’ve enlisted the help of our wedding hair experts Dominika from Hair Passion, Sarah from Angel Hair & Makeup, Deirdre from Salon 2, Brenda Wall and Denise Bray to share some of their favourite wedding hairstyles and ideas for the year ahead. Check them out below…

Dominika from Hair Passion – View Profile


There are some key trends that stand out for the year ahead but the most important thing to remember about your wedding hairstyle is that you feel comfortable and confident in your chosen style. Here are 5 looks that will be popular with 2016 brides:

1. The timeless updo is still one of the most popular styles whether it be a braid, bun or elegant chignon.

2. Vintage inspired hairstyles are still a big hit. Give your locks a modern vintage edge by loosely curling your hair – pop an antique headpiece in it for a little extra glitz.

2. Glamorous Hollywood waves are back en vogue – wear your well-defined large curls with a deep set side parting.

3. Sleek styles are all in for 2016. Wear in a chic and neat top knot or smooth the hair back from the face for a regal, polished and modern feel.

4. Boho beach waves are still as popular as ever with brides looking for a laid-back, low-fuss hairdo for their wedding. Team with fresh flowers for a fun boho feel.

Photo credits: Images via Pinterest

Sarah from Angel Hair & Makeup – View Profile


When choosing a wedding hairstyle there are a few points that you need to consider – find a style that perfectly complements your face shape, choose a style in keeping with the dress design (there’s no point choosing a vintage wave hairstyle and pairing it with a flouncy romantic style dress, it causes too much confusion) and follow a theme. Another thing to consider is your guests, they are going to hug and kiss you and sometimes this causes disruption to your hairstyle (I recommend air kisses only!). You also have to think about your veil if you’re having one – veils cause your hair to frizz and become static so a long veil over a sleek long hairdo isn’t really going to work. Work closely with your stylist when choosing your style – your wedding trial is the perfect opportunity to try different looks. I recommend having your wedding trial on a day like a dress fitting or before a night out i.e. your hen so you can see how it withstands a night on the tiles.

This year’s trends look to be airing towards sleek and polished – this is a great look for everyone and it has the added benefit of keeping your hair out of your face with no maintenance. It is a timeless look that can be personalised with hair accessories.

Photo credits: Top images, hairstyles by Angel Hair & Makeup | Bottom right via Oscar de la Renta | Bottom left via Marchesa

Deirdre from Salon 2 – View Profile


From soft romantic styles to sultry classic upstyles, bridal hair for 2016 is glamorous and chic yet super stylish. The creative Wedding Team at Salon 2 have created some beautiful wedding hairstyles which we are sure every bride or bridesmaid can take some inspiration from on their special day. Here are some of our most popular:

The Fairytale Style – A relaxed, gently curled look, this soft, twisted style is very popular for 2016. Romantic tendrils frame the face making it a very easy style to wear.

The Sultry Chignon – A great way to wear your hair up but with a glamorous yet edgy look. It’s also a great style for fine hair.

The Au Natural – Simple bridal hair doesn’t come more gorgeous than a luxurious down style. Opt for dreamy loose curls with a side parting that opens up the face.

The Soft Side Bun – If your style is more understated, then go with it! A soft side bun is a great look for brides or bridesmaids who like to wear their hair around their face.

Photo credits: All images – hairstyles by Salon 2

Brenda Wall Hair & Makeup – View Profile


From classic updos to boho down-dos, deciding on a hairstyle can often be harder than you think. You want to pick something on trend but you also want to make sure the look is timeless so that looking back on wedding photographs in the distant future doesn’t make you cringe! There are some gorgeous styles set to make an impact on 2016 brides – some of my favourites include romantic loose boho waves, old Hollywood style curls, polished buns, elegant chignons and braids. Hair accessories will also come in to their own.

When it comes to picking the style you love, make sure to do your home work and have a couple of ideas of hairstyles you like. This will help give your hairdresser an idea of the type of look you’re after. Take your time and discuss in detail ideas you are trying to achieve with your hairdresser – your consultation is the most important part of your trial for both you and your hairdresser.

Photo credits: Top left, hairstyle by Brenda Wall Hair & Makeup | Top right, photo via Badgley Mischka | Bottom images via Pinterest

Denise Bray – View Profile


Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day and the hair plays a big part in this. Your hair needs to suit you, your dress, the theme of the wedding, the list goes on. Pinterest plays a huge part in wedding planning now and is fantastic for hair inspiration. Your bridal stylist needs to look at all these factors and also what is on trend for the year ahead to help you create the best look for you. Brides no longer want the severe 90s debs look (did we ever?!) and as a result are going for a classic but modern look with flowers and stunning veils. This year think simple and pretty. Soft but timeless undone chignons, braids and waves. Braiding is here to stay in 2016 with soft wispy pieces framing the face keeping the look romantic and dreamy. Fresh flowers woven into the hair is simply stunning and a simple diamanté chain woven through a braid can also lift a look to another level. Veils with stunning lace detail are also coming into play this year.

Photo credits: Top images, hairstyles by Denise Bray | Bottom right, photo via Carolina Herrera | Bottom left, photo via Angel Sanchez

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Pamela enjoys writing about all things decor (she loves buying it too) and has a not so secret addiction to stationery.

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