Bridal hairstyles for short hair

bridal hair styles and wedding hairstyle and mother of the bride hair and makeup by Pam Wrigley at Hedsor House

Bridal Hair styles for Short Hair

When it comes to choosing bridal hairstyles for short hair you might be surprised just how much choice is available.

Over the last 25 years working as a bridal hairstylist I’ve created beautiful wedding hair styles for many brides. And I have worked with all different hair lengths and hair types.

And short hair, whether it’s straight or naturally curly, can be surprisingly versatile. What’s more, you won’t have use hair extensions, unless you want to.

short, gorgeous, healthy Hair

Keep your hair in tip-top condition on the run-up to the wedding, with regular visits to your hairdresser for a trim. Always use good quality shampoo and conditioner. I love Sexy Hair products, because whilst they leave the hair residue-free, they are still nourishing for the hair.

If you have a colour on your hair it is particularly important to use a heat protector, to make sure you keep your locks looking glossy and gorgeous on the wedding day.

I love Silhouette Style & Care Lotion and use it before I style the hair as a heat protector, and also as a finishing product to banish flyaways and give the hair a gorgeous glossy finish.

Wedding Hairstyles for Short Hair

You’ll be presently surprised at just how much choice is out there, once you start looking for wedding hairstyles for short hair.

So, if you’d like your hair up, a messy or neat bun, half-up style, beachy waves or a vintage wedding hair style al la Audrey Hepburn, you might be surprised at what you can achieve with your wedding hairstyle.

When your choosing a wedding hair style there are a number of things to consider, not just the length of your hair and your face shape.

The venue, your wedding dress and choice of hair accessories also need to be factored in when it comes to choosing the right wedding hairstyle.

Bridal Hair Styles for short hair

The wedding venue.

When looking at wedding hairstyles for short hair there are as many options as there are brides with short hair!

Think about your venue, if you are keeping your wedding low key, with a civil ceremony in your local registry office or you’re opting for black tie event in a Mayfair hotel it’s your big day and your moment to shine.

So, whether you have chosen a simple chic wedding dress of something more extravagant, you don’t really want your dress to be the main feature of the day.

It’s all about you, so make sure your wedding day hairstyle looks fabulous too!

Bridal hair styles for short hair

If you have a fabulous pixie cut or the perfect short bob – a blow dry might be the best option for your wedding day hairstyle.

Alternatively, you can opt for a beachy wave to give your wedding day hairstyle for short hair with a bit of a twist.

curl the hair & keep the length

The beachy wave is a great way to give your short hair volume and movement on your wedding day.

And, because this curl can be created on even a short bob, it is definitely one of the styles you can add to your list of potential bridal hairstyles for short hair.

What’s more, the beachy wave look is easily achieved but best to try it out when you have a trial run, just to make sure!

Less is more with the beachy wave bridal hairstyle, so have a chat with your hairstylist to make sure your short hair doesn’t look over-styled.

bridal hairstyle low bun with extensions wedding day hair style by Pam Wrigley

Bridal hairstyles for short hair – working with extensions

If you have difficulty getting your short hair to grow long enough to get the bridal hair style of your dreams, don’t worry.

Hair extensions are the perfect option if you’re running out of time or if your hair refuses to grow. 

So, if your hair is a little shorter than you would like, you can still have the wedding hairstyle of your dreams.

Clip-in extensions for short hair

You can use as many, or a few hair extensions as you like in order to achieve your desired bridal hairstyle.

So, having a few clip-in extensions to hand for your bridal hairstylist will mean they’ll be able to be a bit more creative when it comes to conjuring up wedding day hairstyles for short hair.

The downside to hair extensions is that you absolutely cannot wing it! Getting it wrong can lead to some big hair disasters and that is the last thing you want.

Hair extensions are a great addition to any bridal hairstylist’s kit but knowing how to use them (and use them well) is a must.

Whilst they can be fantastic for adding much-needed volume and length to finer hair or for secretly cheating hairstyles with multiple braid layers.

Remember Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones – how could we forget!

However, hair extensions they will only work well if your wedding hairstylist knows how to handle them.

Visible hair extensions, loose hair extensions or mismatched hair extensions are a bride’s nightmare.

Just remember, whether you opt to use hair extensions of not, it is definitely more than possible to create beautiful wedding hairstyles on short hair!

If you’re not sure about what to do

with your hair or you’re worried about

what makeup would look best. . .

Just drop me a line – advice comes free!

Photo Gallery

Wedding Day

FAQ’S

Contact Pam

Bridal Hairstyles for Long Hair

long thick heavy hair bridal hairstyle and wedding makeup by Pam Wrigley soft natural curls and braids

Bridal Hairstyles for Long, heavy Hair

If you’re lucky enough to have lovely long, thick, heavy hair you’ll have lots to choose from when it comes to looking at bridal hairstyles.

However, there are a couple of stumbling blocks to watch out for so read on for lots of advice on wedding day hair styles.

One thing is for sure, with long, thick heavy hair you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a wedding day hairstyle.

long lasting hairstyles for thick, heavy hair

So, if you’d like your hair up, a messy or neat bun your stylist just needs to create the right foundations.

This way your hair will not fall down, on the contrary, it will stay in place all day and into the evening.

You can take your pick of half up styles and beachy waves when you have long thick heavy hair.

However, there are a number of things to consider, not just your hair type and your face shape, when your choosing a wedding hair style.

The venue, your wedding dress and believe it not even the height of your groom also need to be factored in.

So don’t be in a rush when it comes to choosing the right wedding hairstyle for your big day.

bridal hairstyles for long thick heavy hair working with extensions and creating braids and braided wedding hairstyles by Pam Wrigley

Wedding Hair Styles for thick, long hair

Gorgeous Plaits & BraidsFishtail braids, French, Dutch and waterfall braids can all be incorporated into your wedding day hairstyle and they all look gorgeous!

Braids often show up best in hair that has different tones and a few highlights eg blonde hair, highlighted or low lighted hair.

So, if you have dark hair that is one solid colour it night be worth having a chat with your hairdresser.

braids & beautiful hairstyles

Because just a couple of different tones in the hair will make sure your braids look photo-ready!

You can incorporate braids with Beachy waves, soft curls or gorgeous volume. And because you can have your hair up, or down, so the choice really is endless!

On your trial run your wedding hairstylist will be able to try different curling techniques, different braids as well as different hairstyles.

wedding hair and bridal makeup by Pam Wrigley working with long thick heavy hair brides hairstyle

Bridal hair styles for Heavy hair

If your long, thick heavy hair also happens to be poker straight – your hairdresser will need to work a bit harder to create a curl that stays in all day.

But don’t despair, because fabulous long-lasting curls can definitely be achieved for your wedding day hairstyle.

Heated rollers probably won’t pack enough punch for your long hair. So your bridal hairstylist will probably need to use tongs, straighteners or even a curly blow-dry.

DIY bridal hairstyles for long hair

If you want the curl to hold, you don’t want the hair to be too clean – or too dirty. It’s a fine balance.

When curling with tongs you’ll find it best to start at the nape of the neck and working upwards. Only curling small sections of hair at a time and securing the curl in place until they are cool will really help your curls stay in.

The curls will also last longer if you avoid using any deep heat treatments, leave in conditions or hair oils of any kind. Just in the few days before the wedding.

You almost want the hair to feel a little bit ‘dry’. But don’t worry, your hair stylist can always make your hair shine, but if it is too soft it will not hold the curl.

Always use a good heat protector before curling, I love Silhouette Style & Care Lotion.

Then, once you’ve finished you can try spraying your lovely curls with a touch of dry shampoo – it will give the curl a bit of extra longevity!

wedding braided hairstyle and smoky bridal makeup by Pam Wrigley London Surrey

Bridal hairstyles for long hair – working with extensions

Kate, the bride in this photo has fabulously long thick heavy hair, but we still needed to add several 24″ extensions to create this lovely over the shoulder braided wedding day hair style.

Many of the gorgeous hairstyles we see on Pinterest and Instagram have had hair extensions added to give that extra bit of oomph and gorgeousness.

Hidden hair extensions

Bonded extensions are an option, but can be expensive. Clip in extensions can look just as fabulous and they’re so much easier to work with and adaptable with when it comes to creating beautiful wedding hairstyles.

I always recommend human hair extensions. Synthetic extensions don’t blend as well with your own hair and there is less control when it comes to getting the perfect curl.

Human hair is undeniably the pricier option but it’s well worth it. Save your self extra work and buy hair extensions with clips already sewn on, they don’t cost much more but they will save you a lot of time and energy!

I love using American Dream extensions for their really natural look and great range of colours and hair types. Remember though, the hair must match your hair as closely as possible.

NB If you are only going to wear your hair extensions a couple of times, no need to buy the more expensive Remy hair.

Top Tip

For extra holding power try using a sprinkling of texturising powder at the root of the hair just before you clip in the extensions.

high bun wedding hairstyle natural dewy bridal makeup London Surrey Berkshire

Hair up styles for long, heavy hair

Buns are a great option for when it comes to creating beautiful wedding hairstyles for long, thick, heavy hair.

High, low, smooth and sleek fo soft and relaxed, the choice is yours.

One of the brides’ biggest concerns is that their hair might have to be pulled back tight at the front in order for their hair up.

No need to worry. No matter what the length of your hair, the hair at the front can be soft and relaxed and gorgeous, straight, braided or curly, the choice is yours.

long lasting bridal hairstyles

One of the best things about getting your hair up is that, with the right hairstylist,  you can be confident it will stay put, and you wont need to worry about it at all.

Foundations are the key. are sure your hair feels secure and comfortable once it is finished. Don’t be afraid to let your hairdresser know if you ‘wedding up-d’o isn’t comfortable – so she/he can put it right – it’s going to be in for a long time.

Start a Pinterest board and collect as many wedding day hairstyles as you can! You can never have too much choice. Send them to your wedding hairstylist before the trial run.

securing bridal accessories in thick, long, heavy hair

Once your hair style is created, looking beautiful and feeling secure it will be time to secure your bridal hair accessories.

stop right here

However, if your bridal hairstyle isn’t feeling secure at this point it’s imperative that you let your bridal hairstyle know.

As they will need to take a few steps back, identify the problem and rectify it before securing your hair accessories.

Once your hairstyle is secure, the rest will be easy. Your hair accessories can be placed wherever they look best, in order to finish off your perfect wedding day hairstyle.

If you’re not sure about what to do

with your hair or you’re worried about

what makeup would look best. . .

Just drop me a line – advice comes free!

Photo Gallery

Wedding Day

FAQ’S

Contact Pam

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Run

Congratulations! You’re engaged! And your wedding planning is probably well underway. With venues to view, dresses to try, food to taste and parties to plan, you’ve got a busy stretch ahead of you but we all know that one of the things you’re looking forward to the most is deciding on that perfect wedding hair and makeup look.

All of us girls have fantasised about how we’ll look walking down the aisle and the hair and makeup is a huge part of that. It’s got to be your dream look – something that makes you look and feel like the very best version of you, so that you’re brimming with confidence when you say your ‘I dos’ and looking flawless in those wedding photographs.

Finding a wedding hair and makeup look that works for you can take time, so don’t leave it until the last minute. Flick through magazines, create Pinterest boards and get inspired by the pros (check out my wedding hair and makeup gallery here) but most of all, enjoy it! Play around with ideas, but ultimately, try to focus on looks that you know aren’t too far out of your comfort zone – just because it’s a big deal doesn’t mean it needs to be a ‘big’ look. Effortless, glowy and natural is beautiful, if that’s your thing, or equally if you love wearing heavy makeup with smoky eyes and a vibrant lip, go for it! Gather images of styles that work for you – it is YOUR day after all.

brides wedding makeup bride hair style by Pam Wrigley bridal hair stylist award winning make-up artist

Book Your Trial Run

When you’ve got the big day booked in at your venue and you’ve found a gorgeous dress, it’s time to book in your trial hair and makeup run. Yes, you do get to luxuriate in bridal pampering not once, but twice!

The trial run is an incredibly important part of your wedding planning as it gives you the chance to not only try out all of these looks you’ve been obsessing over, but to also get professional guidance and figure out a style that you absolutely love. But to make sure that you get the most out of your trial run and know with complete certainty by the end of it that you’re over the moon, there are a few things you can do in advance and bear in mind on the day.

I love working with brides on trial runs – it’s always so exciting and it is usually the first opportunity we get to meet face to face and have some fun! Working with your ideas and creating a look that makes you feel amazing is all part of this wonderful job, but if you feel totally clueless as to what you want, don’t worry – together, we’ll work it out. I am an expert, after all!

brides hair and makeup Pam Wrigley weddings

What is a wedding hair and makeup trial run like?

Some brides are a little nervous about their trial run and, although understandable given the importance, there is really no need to worry. Your trial run is a day of pampering and you are going to love it!

I’ll come to you and we’ll spend at least a few hours together, getting to know each other and trying out lots of gorgeous styles – but our session won’t be over until you’re 100% happy. If that takes a little longer, that’s fine, there’s no pressure and no time limit.

brides

I’ll encourage you to share your thoughts – looks you love, looks you hate(!), features you want to show off and maybe certain aspect you’d like to conceal. We’ll discuss all the details of your wedding: your dress, the venue, the theme, the colour scheme and even your husband! All of this will tie in to choosing a hair and makeup style that works exactly right for your big day.

I’ll offer my expert opinion and advice too, suggestion styles I think you would rock and colour palettes that will really flatter your skin tone. I might ask if we can try a style I can imagine you in that you haven’t thought of, just to see what you think, but I’ll never be pushy. Many of my brides end up going for something they hadn’t considered before, once they try it out, but at the end of the day it’s what you want that really matters. If you’re happy, I’m happy.

During the trial, I’ll make notes so that when the day comes around, I know precisely how you want things done, just as we worked out before. This means there won’t be any surprises when it comes to your wedding hair and makeup – just a flawless look and a process that runs like clockwork, meaning you can enjoy every minute without stress.

A wedding hair and makeup trial is an absolutely essential part of getting it right before you walk down the aisle and any bridal hair and makeup artist who doesn’t insist on it is not doing their job properly! Your wedding day itself is not the time to be figuring out how you want to look and working out any kinks – every last detail should be sorted well in advance to ensure you have a fun, relaxed wedding morning.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Run

brides

Come Prepared

It’s great to be prepared for your trial run, both by having had a look at hair and makeup inspiration to get a feel of what you might like to try and also, by prepping your hair and skin for styling and makeup application.

Lots of brides-to-be think that freshly washed hair is the way to go, but actually, when it comes to styling second day hair allows for the best results. Just washed hair tends to be a little bit fluffy, too soft and too silky if conditioner has been used and this makes it harder to get your hair to stay in place. Of course, if you know that second day hair doesn’t work for you, this is easily remedied with the right texturising products to add grip and securing techniques, but if you are happy to wash your hair the night before rather than in the morning, that is ideal.

It is also important to not use any product or serum in your hair before the trial run (or your wedding day!) as this can lead to product build up and weighed down, oily roots. I want to see you with your natural hair! No products and no styling beforehand – straightened hair does not like to curl, so leave the styling to me.

brides

Wear White

Wearing white (or whatever the colour of your wedding dress) at your trial run is a great idea, as this will give you a little more insight into how you will look on the day. You’d be amazed at what a difference the colour of your clothes can make to an overall makeup look – it could completely change your perspective on lip, cheek and eye colour.

 

Take Photos

All brides love a selfie and your trial run is not a time to be shy about it. Snap away! You’ll be the centre of attention on your wedding day and you’ll be getting lots of photos taken of you, from all angles, so it’s important that you love how your hair and makeup looks on camera as much as you do in real life.

I’m more than happy to take photos from the back, front and side to give you a 360 degree view!

Be Open Minded

As mentioned earlier, many of my brides end up going for a look they hadn’t originally thought of because of a suggestion I made at their trial run and while it is a good idea to stick to a look that doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable or unlike ‘you’, it’s all part of the fun to experiment, so try to be a little bit open minded.

We will try out loads of looks on your trial run until we create ‘the one’, so giving something a bit different a go won’t hurt and in fact, you may find that you love it!

brides wedding makeup and bride hair style by bridal hairstylist Pam Wrigley Surrey London mother of the bride

Relax & Enjoy!

Above all else, I want you to enjoy your trial run. This is a time for you to sit back, relax, get pampered and feel excited about your amazing wedding day! Even if you’re feeling a little nervous, you’ll soon find that I’m friendly and laid back and there to be your friend just as much as your hair and makeup artist.

I consider it to be part of my job to help you stay happy and calm on the wedding day itself and the same applies for your trial run. Expect lots of laughs, girly chat, enthusiasm and excitement. I love what I do and I love all of my brides, so I absolutely cannot wait to meet you and create your dream look!

Meghan Markle’s Wedding Prep: Sparkle Like Markle on your Wedding Day

Want to sparkle like Markle on your wedding day? It’s totally doable – if you’re willing to put the effort in. It will come as no great shock to hear that Meghan Markle’s wedding preparations are pretty intense (fit for a princess, no less!) but as we’ll soon find out, the results are almost certainly going to be worth it.

Preparing for your Big Day?

Get in touch to book your bridal hair & makeup trial!

Embed from Getty Images

It’s the final countdown to the Big Day now and Meghan and Harry have both been busy ticking items off their ‘to-do’ list. From quitting drinking and getting fit to having facial massages and regular manicures, Meghan is undoubtedly going to look flawless as she walks down the aisle.

Aside from booking in for her bridal hair and makeup, rumoured to be with celebrity stylist Miguel Perez who is famous for his big, bouncy curls, there are plenty of other appointments Meghan is sticking to. Here are a handful of the most essential, that you might want to consider adding to your pre-wedding regime…

The Facials

Meghan opts for facials that go one step further than your average, for that winning wedding photo smile! Rather than purely focusing on the skin, these extra-special facials work on the muscles of the face by massaging inside the mouth to strengthen and tone. Going to a pro is always going to get the best results, but at £260 a session with ‘skin guru’ Nichola Joss, it doesn’t hurt to know how to DIY at home!

In an interview with Marie Claire, Nichola explained:

“If you have troublesome skin and you need some corrective work, like if you have acne or scarring, you need to start working on a routine at least four or five months before the big day, seeing your facialist every two weeks to get your skin in the best condition you can. You can eventually cut it down to every three weeks, but you should still be getting regular massages between those appointments.”

Follow Nichola’s ‘five minute fix’ guide for more a full DIY routine

meghan markle

The Manicures

Perfect nails are a must on your wedding day – the last thing you want are scruffy hands for those ring close-ups.

Meghan gets regular manicures to keep her fingers looking their best, so naturally she has her manicurist booked to visit her the day before her wedding. My advice is that you do the same! If your hands and nails needs a little TLC, treat yourself to a series of manicures leading up to your wedding to get them into the best condition possible. If they’re not in bad shape, still book your wedding day nail appointment in advance so you know you’ve got that. Book it for the day before, if possible. Failing that, in the week running up.

The Workout

Exercising before your wedding is not necessarily about losing weight or squeezing into a particular dress size – it’s also a fantastic stress buster for when all the planning gets on top of you and it can help to improve your posture for walking down the aisle.

Meghan Markle has purportedly been getting wedding fit using Heartcore Pilates, taught by her friend and pro instructor Heather Dorak, but she’s also been ensuring a healthy mind with her regular meditation. Apparently she attended a four-day initiation class with mindful coach Light Watkins and came away with her own, personal mantra to help ‘calm and centre’ her mind. Lovely!

meghan markle

Pilates is a brilliant pre-wedding exercise as it will help you stand up straight and really look your best as you walk down the aisle. Here’s an easy posture improving pilates  exercise you can try, from Marguerite Ogle at VeryFitWell:

Posture and Alignment Exercise

  1. Begin standing. Stand with your feet and legs directly under your hips. Your legs and feet are parallel, and your knees are pointing forward, straight but not locked.​ Get details on good leg alignment.
  1. Balance Your Weight. Adjust your body so that your weight feels like it is falling directly through the middle of the foot. A good way to do this is to rock slightly forward and back on your feet, making the movement smaller and smaller until you feel your weight is balanced over the center of your foot.
  1. Activate your core muscles. Lightly pull your abdominal muscles in and up. As you do so you engage the pelvic floor muscles as well. You are going for a feeling of aliveness in the core. Just this move is usually enough to improve one’s posture significantly.
  2. Drop the tailbone. Activating the core will allow you to drop your tailbone down toward the floor. This is a neutral spine position, where the natural curves of the spine are present without tucking or hyper-extending(sway back) the pelvis. A popular image is that the pelvis is a bowl of water and you don’t want the water to spill out to the front or the back.
  3. Relax and open your chest. The chest is not caved in and not thrust out, just resting easily. There is a small point at the bottom of your sternum, and that, like the tail bone, should be pointing straight down.
  4. Shoulders down, broad back. Allow your chest to drop and open as your back expands. As this happens and you feel the support from your core, your shoulders drop away from your ears and your shoulder blades slide down your back. Cultivate a posture whereby your core is holding you up, not your shoulders!
  5. Ears reach for the sky. Your head and neck are completely supported by your core and easily float above your shoulders. Imagine that the tops of your ears are reaching for the sky. Your gaze is straight forward, with your throat open and chin resting naturally.

Review the lineup. If you were seen from the side your body part line up will look like this:

  • ankles
  • knees
  • hips
  • shoulders
  • ears

Marguerite suggests going through this posture checklist as many times as you can during the day and says “it is an especially good exercise to do once you are warmed up, or even after a workout when your awareness is heightened and core well engaged.”

Embed from Getty Images

The Brows

Meghan Markle apparently goes for a brow shape called ‘The Audrey’ at Riley’s Mayfair salon, clearly, after the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn.

This style is allegedly designed to instantly lift the face with tinting, threading and tweezing will make all the difference to her overall look. The brows are so important as they are the frame of the face!

When getting your eyebrows done before your wedding day, make sure that you leave a few days before you’re actually walking down the aisle, just in case you get any irritation.

meghan markle

The Health-Kick

The Markle Sparkle secret weapon? Well, it’s been said that she has two, actually: Matcha tea and Manuka honey.

Both of these are packed with skin-clearing, health-boosting anti-oxidants making them the perfect health kick before your wedding day. You can eat/drink them both and wear them as a face mask too!

meghan markle

Here’s how to make your own Matcha and Manuka honey face mask, with a wonderful recipe from Anna Marie Gianni:

Matcha Green Tea Mask

If you’d like to see what green tea can do for you when you put it on your skin, we have a simple way for you to try it.

First, start with a quality matcha green tea product. Matcha is a good option for skin care because it is naturally more potent than regular green tea.

Next, mix a tablespoon or two of your powder with one or more of the following ingredients, depending on what effects you’re looking for:

  • Few drops of lemongrass (for cleansing and purifying)
  • Tablespoon of rosewater and several drops lavender oil (to soothe sensitive skin and minimize the appearance of large pores)
  • A tablespoon of manuka honey and yogurt (for deep moisturization)
  • One egg (to absorb excess oil, tighten, and tone)
  • Water or aloe vera gel (for simple anti-aging effects)
  • One-half to one teaspoon coconut oil(to create smooth, soft, radiant skin)

You can always add a few drops water to any of the above to create your preferred consistency.

Apply the mixture to your face, and leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing and following with your favourite moisturiser.

Bridal Prep

Whatever your bridal prep schedule before your wedding day, the most important thing is that you stay calm and happy! It’s so easy to get swept up in the organisation that you don’t leave enough ‘me time’. Meghan’s bridal prep largely focuses on her mental and physical wellbeing and this is what is going to give you that gorgeous glow more than anything else. Apart from some strategic highlighting and contouring, of course!

Short Bridal Hairstyles: Get Your Dream Wedding Style, Whatever Your Hair Length

short bridal hairstyles pam wrigley hair up

There are plenty of short bridal hairstyles that will look absolutely stunning as you walk down the aisle, so for those of your brides-to-be out there fretting about not having enough time to grow your hair for that ‘dream style’, worry no more! You would be amazed at how much is achievable with very little length.

Whatever your wedding theme or bridal style, there will be a look that both suits you down to the ground and and fits in with your wedding day. Together, we will find it!

With over 25 years Wedding Makeup & Bridal Hair experience. . .

I’ve worked with all lengths and types of hair and some of the short bridal hairstyles that I have created are actually some of my favourite.

From vintage styles or beachy boho to making the most of a gorgeous pixie cut, you have more choice than you think…

Natural bridal makeup and hair down bridal hairstyles for brides with short hair. Plus makeup by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley in London.

Short & Chic

Keep it smooth and simple with some elegant movement for a chic look on a classic bride. A little lift in a pulled back fringe section can be styled as whimsical or punky for a contemporary edge.

 

Audrey Hepburn & Vintage Looks 

Many people think that up-dos are only for brides with long hair, but that’s not true! There are plenty of gorgeous hair up styles and one of my favourite has got to be the classic ‘Audrey’ – a folded in pleat at the back of the hair, resulting in a neat style for a classic bride.

Finger waves and pin curls are also really fun vintage styling techniques to utilise. Having a decadent wedding? How about going for a 1920s ‘Great Gatsby’ flapper girl do? This works best on jaw length cuts.

Wedding natural makeup and bridal hair in a vintage hairstyle for a bride. By Pam Wrigley wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist, London.

Undone & Wavy

Often, less is more with short bridal hairstyles – I love the undone look when combined with a little twist or braid added in for some intricacy without the overall look being over-styled.

If the hair has enough length to it, I would always set it in rollers first for a little root lift and volume with a gentle wave. This works particularly well on hair with highlights so that you can see all the texture in those all-important wedding photos.

wedding makeup and bride hair style by Akua and akua lashes bridal hair stylist Surrey London make-up artist

Perfect Pixie

Sometimes a fantastic pixie cut only needs a very small amount of work and product to get it looking great. If you’ve got a pixie cut or a short bob that you love as is, I would recommend going for a blow-dry, rather than a ‘style’ to make the most of it, simply.

short bridal hairstyles mother of bride pam wrigley

What About Extensions?

If you’ve really got your heart set on a longer style but your natural length is on the shorter side, we can always get creative with extensions! The key thing here is to only ever go for this choice if you’re hiring a hairstylist who really knows their stuff – you can’t wing it and succeed with extensions, they absolutely must be fixed in and styled right to look great. It’s very easy to get this wrong and end up with a hairstyle that is obviously made with fake hair!

 

Fortunately, I do know how to handle them, so when my clients tell me that they want a look that I feel extensions will work for, I’m happy to offer it.

 

Extensions don’t just mean going from short to long, they can also be used for adding volume, layers and braids to bring a look together. If you’re getting married and you’ve found a style you’d love to make work, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat – I’m always happy to help!

short bridal hairstyles for brides with short hair by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley

Need Help Finding Your Dream Look?

Top Tips to Prep Before Your Wedding Day:

  • If you’ve made the decision to wear your hair short as you say your I dos, it’s vitally important that you keep your locks in tip-top condition and book in regular trim appointments at your hairdressers in the weeks and months leading up to the main event, to keep your cut as it should be (and as it was at your trial run!)

  • Treat yourself to a once weekly treatment with your favourite oil or hair mask to keep your hair glossy, strong and manageable

  • Use a heat protector if your hair is coloured to keep its hue vibrant through styling

  • Invest in high-quality, deeply nourishing hair products that are right for your hair type (ask your hairdresser if you’re not 100% sure what this is)

wedding photos. Natural bridal makeup and hair down bridal hairstyles for brides with short hair. Plus makeup by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley in London.

Choose The Perfect Bridal Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

bridal hairstyle beautiful mature bride wedding natural makeup by Pam Wrigley bridal hairstyle hair down style waves curls

With so much bridal hairstyle inspiration out there, from Pinterest to Instagram, most of you brides-to-be will have already done extensive research to find a look you love. Whilst getting ideas for you and your hairstylist to work with is great, selecting a bridal hair style on the basis of how it looks on someone else can be a huge mistake. Why? More often than not, it all comes down to face shape.

The shape of your face will largely dictate whether or not a style will look amazing or awful, so to find a style which will look great on you, it’s important to know which styles work with your face shape and which ones don’t.

[dt_button link=”#face-shape” button_alignment=”center” size=”big”]Find Your Face Shape[/dt_button]
[dt_button link=”#style-face” button_alignment=”center” size=”big”]Style Your Face Shape[/dt_button]

Feeling clueless about finding your perfect bridal hairstyle? Send me an email or give me a call to talk it over with a pro!

bridal hairstyle summer wedding bridal hair up low bun london Pam Wrigley natural makeup bridal makeup artist braids flower crown flowers berkshire

Find Your Face Shape

 

There are only a handful of standard face shapes that you are likely to have and it’s really pretty easy to find out what that is using this simple technique:

 

Scrape your hair back away from your face and lightly draw around the outline with an eye pencil. Take a step back and have a look from a short distance – you should be able to roughly see which category (see these below) that you fall into.

 Bridal Hairstylist Top Tip!

 

Don’t be shy about discussing your preferences with your bridal hairstylist. Communication is key to creating your perfect bridal hairstyle, so if you’re keen to cover up your ears or you’d love to flaunt your swan-like neck – speak up!

Putting together a bridal look that you love should be a team effort, with professional consultation from your hairstylist and back and forth between you. I know that some of my clients can be shy, so I always make a point of asking lots of questions and reading body language to make sure that they get what they really want.

bridal hairstyle flowers bridesmaid bridal hairstylist beautiful bride natural makeup by Pam Wrigley bridal hairstyle hair down style richmond

Hairstyles for Different Face Shapes

 

There are 7 different face shapes that you will most likely fall under and each has their own ‘pros and cons’ to make them more or less suited to certain hair styles.

Long

 

Key Traits: A prominent chin and large forehead

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Sarah Jessica Parker

 

What Works: Create balance with width with side partings, up-styles around the mid-section or side buns

 

What Doesn’t: Middle partings are a no-no, as are very long, straight styles

 

 

Round

 

Key Traits: Soft, round edges and full cheeks

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Adele

 

What Works: Use height to elongate the face and use pieces around the face to draw out cheekbones and slim down

 

What Doesn’t: Avoid styles lacking in volume and height

 

 

Oval

 

Key Traits: The ‘perfect’ face shape! Features evenly proportioned and chin narrower than the forehead

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Jessica Alba

 

What Works: Pretty much everything!

 

What Doesn’t: Show that face off – don’t cover it up

 

 

Square

 

Key Traits: Angular but short face with strong jawline

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Natalie Portman

 

What Works: Use waves and curls to soften the edges

 

What Doesn’t: Tight, pulled back styles

 

 

Triangle

 

Key Traits: Wide jawline with narrow cheekbones and forehead

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Kate Hudson

 

What Works: Add width around the top with an off-centre or zig-zag parting or an up do with volume on top

 

What Doesn’t: Avoid styles with any focus around the chin

 

 

Heart (Inverted Triangle)

 

Key Traits: Wide forehead, narrow chin. Great cheekbones!

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Halle Berry

 

What Works: Create balance by drawing attention to the narrow chin area with curls or pieces falling forward

 

What Doesn’t: Steer clear of too much height or slicked back styles

 

 

Diamond

 

Key Traits: Narrow chin and forehead with wide cheekbones

 

Celebrity Lookalike: Keira Knightly

 

What Works: Deep side partings and soft hairstyles

 

What Doesn’t: Flat styles, too much volume at the sides or crown

Bridal Inspiration: Oscars 2017 Red Carpet Hair & Makeup

Emma Roberts

 

Classic Hollywood glamour still stands the test of time – this is one look that will never go out of fashion, both on the red carpet and walking down the aisle.

Emma Roberts demonstrated how to wear this elegant (yet supremely sexy and sassy!) look at this year’s Oscars, with that incredible hair colour that is set to be one of the hottest trends for this summer, for true Jessica Rabbit style.

An easy to wear style that would work beautifully with all sorts of bridal gowns, but if you’re going for that peachy rose gold colour, it is so important that you get the right makeup to match.

Emma’s red lipstick and subtly gilded eye-shadow looks totally fabulous, but if the shades were slightly off, this could have been a clashing disaster!

This is where hiring a professional hair and makeup artist for your big day becomes essential.

Halle Berry

 

Embrace your natural beauty! When it comes to looking absolutely gorgeous for your wedding day, the best thing you can do is to work with the natural shape and style of your hair, rather than fighting against it.

So many brides-to-be with big, beautiful curls are in such a hurry to reach for the straighteners, but as Halle Berry showed on The Oscars red carpet, natural (or an amped up version of it) is totally fab!

If you’re a curly haired bride, count yourself lucky and try out some styles that really shows off those locks. Think perfect, smooth spirals without a hint of frizz and masses of volume!

If you love the idea of going for a look like this one, there’s no need to go overboard with makeup as the hair is without a doubt going to be centre of attention! Halle’s light smoky eye is the ideal addition and one of the top bridal makeup looks for 2017.

Give your curls an extra dimension by getting some multi-tonal highlights added in ahead of the big day.

Scarlett Johansson

 

Many brides go on a mission to grow their hair as long as possible before their wedding day to achieve that dream style, but as Scarlett Johnasson proved at The Oscars, short hair is equally awesome!

Scarlett’s short crop is a surprisingly versatile cut and with a gentle curl and some added oomph at the roots, she’s gone from androgynous to distinctly feminine. This volume lift works particularly well with the visible root trend that we’re now seeing so much of.

The choice of shimmering gold eye-shadow and pink rose lipstick is all you need to create a fresh but undeniably glamorous overall look.

Sofia Carson

 

Sofia Carson has leant firmly away from a natural, relaxed look and instead, gone for a beautifully structured, sleek fishtail bun with flawless makeup. This is a wonderful look for more traditional brides opting for a really decadent wedding dress and venue.

The key to winning at a look like this is perfection is all areas – not a hair can afford to be out of place! High gloss and a perfectly straight parting is a must, as are meticulously groomed brows and well defined lips.

Sofia has chosen a stunning hair accessory to adorn this chic style, which would certainly work a treat for brides too. Top the whole thing off with a tumbling, cathedral veil flowing out of the bottom of the bun.

Hot on the heels of my last blog post, which covered all the best bridal inspirations looks from this year’s Golden Globes, it’s now time to turn our attention to the Grammys and all the celeb’s show-stopping styles…

Adele

 

Stealing the spotlight by swooping up a whopping 5 awards (and splitting one in half with that dedication to Queen Bey!), it’s just as well that Adele was looking as fabulous as she was at this year’s Grammys.

Since her transformation from her early days of style, Adele has really come into her own when it comes to fabulous hair and makeup on the red carpet.

We all know that Adele loves a bit of a retro vibe and she’s showed us how it’s done, yet again, with that striking cat-eye eye liner, strong brows and hair with just the right amount of volume.

For brides wanting to give a gentle nod to 1960s glamour and really steal the show as they walk down the aisle, this is the Grammys hair and makeup look for you!

Camila Cabello

 

The newly solo Camila Cabello wowed in Lavender on the red carpet and showed us that 70s inspired hair and makeup is still going strong in 2017.

There were quite a few celebs that opted for this lovely, loose, beachy wave hairstyle at this year’s Grammys, complete with an off-middle parting to really give the overall ‘I’m naturally this gorgeous’ look. The ‘undone’ appearance of this style is perfect for a Boho bride or a bride who is going for a slightly less formal look whilst still looking absolutely stunning.

Minimal makeup matches this style best, as demonstrated by Camila. Strong brows play a major role here again and eyes are kept simple with taupe, smokey makeup and nearly nude lips.

Rita Ora

 

For the more daring or ‘alternative’ brides out there, Rita Ora wears this year’s hot fashion trend of red-toned eye shadow. It’s hard to believe that this would work (we’ve spent so long blending our concealers in to try and get rid of any redness around the eyes!), but as you can see, it clearly does.

Admittedly, it’s perhaps not for the most traditional brides, but if you’re after something a little bit different that really makes you stand out from the crowd, this might be just what you’re after.

The orange tones in this dramatic eye shadow really makes Rita’s warm skin tone flash with radiance, but if you have cool skin tones this might not work so well for you.

Rita’s poker straight locks tied back into a simple, low pony showcases another red carpet trend that we’re bound the see a lot more of this year.

Kristin Cavallari

 

Everyone’s talking about Kristin’s plunging neckline at the 2017 Grammys and her ‘perky boob’ comments, but I’m just loving her laid-back hair and makeup style, reminiscent of California beach bum gone red carpet!

Perfect for a summer bride and even just for daily wear – Kristin’s messy, flyaway pony is all the rage and might look a little too thrown together if it wasn’t paired with that bronzed, beach babe makeup and well defined eyes.

With such a show-stopping, brave gown, it would have been remiss to style Kristin’s hair and makeup into anything too showy so her stylist has got it just right!

I love creating the perfect look for brides on their wedding day, but I also understand that hiring a professional isn’t always ideal for everyone, which is why I’ve created my makeover masterclasses, so you can come along and learn all about DIY wedding hair & makeup!

Whether it’s a budget issue or you just prefer the idea of going it alone, attending my makeover masterclass is a great idea for any bride-to-be thinking of going the DIY hair & makeup route. Even if you’re quite confident in creating the look you want for your big day, it’s not at all unusual for nerves to get the better of many brides before they walk down the aisle, so having some training in how to create a gorgeous look quickly and easily can make a huge difference in boosting your confidence.

My classes are suitable for all experience levels, so don’t worry if you’re a total beginner or feel a bit hopeless when it comes to doing your own hair and makeup – my team and I are here to help!

DIY wedding hair. Smokey makeup for a bride by wedding makeup artist Pam Wrigley. Plus a beautiful brides hair up, high bun hairstyle created on long hair by bridal hairstylist Pam Wrigley, in London

Looking for a unique idea for your hen do, or a lovely way to spend some time with mum or bridesmaids before saying ‘I do’? Then this could be perfect for you! Get in touch about booking in groups for discounts and extras I can offer to make your DIY wedding hair & makeup day really special.

DIY Wedding Hair & Makeup

Regardless of whether or not you choose to attend my makeover masterclass to help you on your way to perfect DIY wedding hair & makeup, here are a few tips and tricks you need to know:

Don’t Skip the Primer

 

A lot of people are a bit suspicious of primer – is it really worth it or is it just an unnecessary expense? My advice is get it and use it! You won’t achieve a flawless finish or makeup that lasts without it.

What’s more, invest in both a face and eye primer – don’t just use one for both jobs. They’re both total must-haves and contrary to popular belief, a regular primer won’t cut it for perfect eye makeup.

Wash Your Hair the Night Before

 

You may like the idea of having freshly washed hair on the morning of your wedding, but the truth is that just washed hair is very difficult to handle, particularly if you use conditioner. Hair washed the night before actually looks better too as it’s usually more settled and less fluffy.

Make your DIY wedding hair styling way easier with this simple trick – you won’t regret it!

DIY wedding hair. Natural bridal makeup and bridal low bun hairstyles for mature brides with medium length hair. Plus makeup by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley in London.

False Lashes

 

For flirty, fluttery eyes false lashes are an absolute must! Even if you’re going for a very natural look, false lashes make all the difference to the end result, especially in the wedding photos.

Strip lashes can look a bit too big and fake, so go for individuals for a more subtle look. These are quite fiddly to apply, so make sure you practice until you’re really comfortable using them.

Use Natural Daylight

 

A huge mistake many people make when doing DIY wedding hair & makeup is to do it in a place that is too dark. You have to find an area with lots of natural daylight to use as your work station – attempting to go ahead with that can lead to disaster!

Avoid bad colour choices, patchy makeup and obvious hair pins by making sure that you’ve got plenty of light to work in.

Use Heated Rollers

 

Rollers aren’t just for curly hairstyles, they’re also fantastic for creating the perfect foundation, full of natural looking volume, for almost every hairdo.

Learn how to set heated rollers correctly (you’ll find out all about this on my makeover masteclass!) and leave them in for around 20 minutes, or until completely cool, before starting on your DIY wedding hair. The extra bounce, volume and movement will make a world of difference to the end result.

As a bride to be, you’ll probably have heard the term ‘Trial Run’ when researching wedding hair and makeup artists but you might not be so familiar with what a trial run actually is.

 

When you’re deciding who to choose to do your all important wedding day hair and makeup, there’s no better way of find out if a bridal hair/makeup artist is for you than by spending some time with them and trying out some different looks.

 

I always insist on trial runs with my brides, as should every bridal hair and makeup artist. If you find one who doesn’t offer this or tell you that it’s a must, run a mile! The trial run is a key part of the process that all results in you having the perfect wedding day.

trial run. Beautiful natural bridal hair for the bride by Pam Wrigley. Plus messy low bun with braids wedding hairstyle for long hair by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist in London.

What is a Trial Run?

 

A trial run is when you meet with a bridal hair and makeup artist to find out if you’re compatible and to try and find a hair and makeup look that you absolutely adore. There are no strings attached when my clients come to me for their trial run, there is no obligation to book at all.

 

How Long is a Trial Run?

 

My trial runs have no time limit, just as long as it takes to find that special look, but as a rough guideline you should expect it to take at least 3 hours so we can try lots of different ideas together. However, this isn’t always the case with other hair and makeup artists, so it’s always best to check first.

trial run

What’s Included?

 

My trial runs always include both hair and makeup for a complete look – right down to the individual false lashes! We’ll have a good chat about all the things you love and all the things you don’t; if you’ve got some inspiration images we’ll go over those together too to try and establish what sort of thing you are drawn to.

 

As well as listening to all of your needs and trying out everything you want to have a go at, I will also offer my professional advice on what I think might work for you. You would be surprised at how many people end up choosing a look they never would have pictured! Sometimes you just have to try before you know. The final look will always be what you want though, and we’ll work together to find it.

 

What’s The Next Step?

 

Once your trial run is finished, there is no need to book there and then, although a lot of brides-to-be do like to put down their deposit for their wedding day hair and makeup right away to secure their date!

 

You can take your time deciding and get back to me whenever you’re ready, but the sooner the better to avoid your wedding day being booked up by someone else.