Wedding Hair Guide

Your dream wedding day is approaching. You’ve got the gown, now get gorgeous hair. Let ESSENCE.com show you how to obtain sexy hair for one of the most memorable days in your life. By Qianna Smith
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 23, 2009

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Your dream spring wedding day is approaching. You’ve got the gown, now get a gorgeous hairdo. Let ESSENCE.com show you how to get sexy hair for one of the most memorable days in your life.

By Qianna Smith

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“Try a center part with loose carefree waves that looks totally feminine yet not overly styled. The relaxed, easygoing look is perfect for the beachside bride who’s planning a destination wedding. This hairstyle would go great with a slip-style gown with flowing fabric and bejeweled sandals,” says veteran New York celeb hairstylist Daria Wright, who has worked in the beauty business for more than 15 years.

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This handmade floral and starfish comb is a beautiful budget bride-friendly hair accessory that costs only $39 at smartbrideonline.com. The freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystal accents will step up your aisle style this spring.

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“This modern twist on the classic bun is absolutely timeless. For the bride who doesn’t have time for a hairstyle with extensive and elaborate detail, this look can quickly and easily be achieved by using a ponytail clip-in hairpiece. The hair accessory is fashionable and seamlessly conceals the point of attachment for this glamorous look,” says Wright, whose work has been featured in the pages of Glamour, Lucky and Women’s Wear Daily.

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“This is the perfect do for the confident, flirty, sexy woman who wants to rock a textured style. You can create this look by using Mizani Silk Defining Mousse and then setting the hair while wet with small-sized spiral rods. When set is dry, use fingers only to separate each curl, which creates fullness,” says Wright.

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Many modern women are saying goodbye to wearing a traditional veil and opting for stylish jeweled, feather and floral hairpins and headbands instead. "If you are wearing a strapless gown, this is a great hairstyle. Although the hair is worn down, it should be pulled away from the face. You will want to keep the attention on the beautiful glow that every bride possesses,” says Wright.

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You want to pick a hairstyle on your wedding day that will complement your wedding gown and thrill your groom when he sees you walk down the aisle. “This chic and sleek style is for the conservative yet classy bride. Create volume by setting the hair with large rollers. Create and lock in that silky smooth finish by applying a small amount of Morrocan Oil and then round brushing the roots only with a boar bristle brush,” states Wright.

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Break out into full bloom with floral hair accessories on your wedding day. “This look reminds me of new Hollywood glamour, which is hot for spring. The side-swept bangs add drama along with the clean simple lines of this modified chignon. Accenting the hair with fresh flowers denotes the theme of new beginnings and blooming possibilities.”

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“Women with an oblong or narrow facial structure will look fabulous with this do. The constructed waves pushed to the side draw the eyes up and out. This creates the illusion of a fuller face and highlights amazing bone structure," says Wright, who is a leading hair expert on bridal beauty.

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“For the low-maintenance gal with naturally curly hair that wants to keep her texture this style is for you. The curls are loosely upswept, which elongates the neck and creates the illusion of height and definitely adds a romantic feel. Choose this style to complement a princess-style gown with a fitted bodice that flares from the waistline,” Wright says.

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“Fresh and flirty, that’s what this upswept do says. Using a tiara that incorporates spring blossoms is definitely a great choice for the bride that is definitely celebrating something new,” says Wright.

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On your big day, maintain your hair’s shine by primping your tresses with natural oils. KeraCare Essential Oils for the Hair ($25.35, beauty supply stores) moisturizes dry hair and scalp without weighing down your strands. Try the more budget-friendly Doo Gro Stimulating Growth Oil ($5.99, walgreens.com) which works wonders to prevent dandruff so nothing gets on your white dress.

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Every princess deserves a crown. Headbands and tiaras add a touch of sophistication for the bride looking to steal the show. Target.com carries exclusive bridal hair accessories not sold in stores starting at $23.99 with gleaming Australian crystals.

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“This intricate detailed French braid twist is well-suited for the bride who has an Afrocentric flair. You’ll want to start the braiding at the nape of the neck and intertwine the hair up toward the top of the head. Try using Mimosa Hair Honey by Carol’s Daughter to add shine and control frizz. Tuck and hold the finished end with a funky and fabulous hair comb.”

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To updo or not to updo? That is the question we proposed to our bridal beauty guru Daria Wright, a celebrity hairstylist (www.DariaWright.com) currently working behind the scenes at “The Tyra Banks Show” in New York City.

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