Bridal Hairstyles for Long Hair

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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.

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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.

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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!

There is so much to think about when planning your big day and what’s more, there’s so much that you need to think about in relation to each other. When you’re rifling through wedding day inspiration, pinning like mad and coming up with your dream theme, colour scheme and décor, remember that all of your choices will also have to reflect in your final wedding dress selection.

 

When you’re finally taking the plunge to choose your wedding dress, the pressure is on to get it just right – you do only get to wear one after all! Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to browse different designers and styles and don’t forget that the average wedding dress takes around 6 months to make once you’ve found it, so you’ll probably want to start the hunt 8-10 months in advance.

 

With so many things to take into account, it can be tough to know where to start. Follow my top tips on wedding dress shopping to find out how to choose your wedding dress and know it’s the right one…

wedding dress. Bridal makeup for a bride, plus bridal hairstyles for brides with long, thick, heavy hair by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley at the St Ermin Hotel

Consider ALL factors

 

There are so many things that play a part in selecting the perfect wedding dress for your big day, some of which are not so obvious. As a bridal hair and makeup artist with over 20 years of experience, I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds (maybe thousands?!) of brides-to-be so I’ve heard just about all wedding dress dilemmas!

 

When you’re making your decision, here are 3 key points to think about:

Wedding Dress Comfort

 

Yes, you want to look drop dead gorgeous, but whatever you do, don’t let that come at the expense of your comfort – you can have the best of both worlds! You want your day to be nothing but pure joy, and wearing a wedding dress that makes you feel uncomfortable in any sense (whether that’s down to restricted breathing, tripping up on long skirts, the feel of the material or wearing something that just isn’t really ‘you’) is one sure-fire way to put a downer on your wedding day.

Find a wedding dress that not only looks fabulous, but feels fabulous too.

wedding dress. Wedding makeup and bridal hair in a soft low bun hairstyle. By Pam Wrigley wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist, Richmond, London.

The Groom

 

I’m not just talking about finding a dress that your fiancé will think looks beautiful, you also need to factor it what he wants to wear (it’s his day too!) and almost more importantly, his height and stature. Shoes and hairstyle also play a big part here! If you and your groom don’t have much difference in height but you would both rather have him looking and feeling taller than you on your big day, then you might find a smaller dress works better. You should also consider his outfit – is he going to be wearing a suit? Or perhaps a kilt or other traditional dress?

To look your best together as you say your ‘I dos’, stay well coordinated in both colour and style.

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Venue/Destination

 

Always settle on your venue or travel destination before making a final decision on your wedding dress. It may seem obvious to some, but it is so easy to get caught up in that dream wedding dress idea and end up going for something that, when it comes down to it, is totally inappropriate.

If you’ve always been dead-set on wearing a huge, ball gown wedding dress with a cathedral veil, then perhaps it’s time to say goodbye to getting married on a beach in the Maldives. Decide what is the most important aspect to you and go with that, but whatever you do, make sure that your dress is suitable for your venue, don’t try to make something work that in your heart you know won’t – trust your instincts!

wedding dress. wedding makeup and bridal hair in a soft low bun hairstyle. By Pam Wrigley wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist, Westminster Abbey London.