Bridal hairstyles for short hair

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Summer Wedding Hair and Make-Up for Beautiful Brides-to-be

Summer is almost here, which means wedding season is upon us!

For any bride, when thinking about your summer wedding hair and make-up you want to feel comfortable, whilst still feeling super confident. You want to find hair and make-up true to your natural style and that fits the vibe of your wedding, but you also want to feel like a goddess! If you’re feeling confident, it’ll shine through and make you look and feel even more beautiful.

It’s always fun to experiment, but leave that to the pros at your Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Run! This way, you’re sure to find the perfect look (maybe one you would never have originally thought of!) that makes you feel like the best version of yourself and that will work in those all-important wedding photos too.

There’s all sorts to take into consideration when choosing your summer wedding hair and makeup, aside from your personal preference. You need to think about where you’re getting married, details of the dress you want to show off, features your want to flaunt and those you don’t. Remember, all eyes will be on you!

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Boho Braids

A wedding classic! Boho braids are perfect for a summer wedding. They’ll keep you feeling cool on a warm wedding day whilst looking effortlessly chic.

Braids suit all hair types – long, short, straight or curly. You can keep them loose and romantic or give them slightly more structure and edge.

Deconstructed plaits are a popular choice with summer brides this year and adding flowers and other adornments can really give a seemingly simple style that extra something. The added bonus of braids is that when you take them out the end of the day, you’re left with gorgeous waves for the day after! Spritz with a salt spray like Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray and you’ll be good to go.

High Buns & Top Knots

If you’re getting married in the midst of summer and are worried about overheating, a top knot or high bun is the perfect solution. You can choose something elegant and neat, or relaxed and messy – whatever fits in with how you want to look on your big day.

Top knots high on your head are an excellent choice if you have a backless dress or back detail you want to show off. They can also add height and can help lengthen your neck, making them super flattering. Add plaits or flowers for something extra or keep it simple and let the dress do all the talking!

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Relaxed Up-do

For a hazy, summer wedding, a relaxed up-do is a great choice. Despite it’s easy appearance, finding a highly skilled hairstylist is essential for this sort of style, as the loose, effortless look can fall down very easily if not secured correctly! Just like Meghan Markle on her wedding day, if you love the idea of a few delicate pieces falling for added charm throughout the day, a pro will know how to do this deliberately rather than by accident!

Keep your loose up-do all natural or add real flowers for a sumptuous, summery touch.

This sort of bridal style is so versatile, with the option to go for true messy or a slightly neater version, whilst maintaining the relaxed feel.

If you’re planning a bohemian inspired wedding, this is the style for you. Curly, straight, short, long – a few cleverly placed pins will have you looking effortlessly elegant.

Curls & Waves

If you love wearing your hair down, you’re probably not going to feel comfortable with all your hair styled into an up-do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a beautiful wedding hairstyle.

Loose curls keep you looking natural and romantic – the ideal look for a relaxed summer wedding. Or how about defined Hollywood waves for a dreamy polished look fit for the red carpet?

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Flower Crowns

Flower crowns are a great way to add colour and texture to your summer wedding hairstyle – it can totally transform your up do!

There are so many different options to choose from. Go for an understated floral chain or a big and bold wreath style.

Choosing flowers that match your bouquets and decor is a wonderful way to tie your whole theme together. You could even pick a few wild flowers and make your own for a sentimental touch.

Half Up/Half Down

This is a great style for keeping your hair away from your face but still maintaining a hair down look.

Keep it simple and chilled with discretely placed pins or get intricate with the addition of plaits – a great look for a festival wedding.

The half up half down look is also a great choice if you can’t decide on up or down as you can un-pin and change it up when it’s time to hit the dance floor – it’s essentially a 2-4-1 style!

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Crown Braid

Another wedding classic is the crown braid. It’ll last all day and keeps your hair off your face and neck.

Like the other styles we’ve discussed, you can keep it super neat or use deconstructed plaits for a more relaxed look. Add accessories or keep it simple. The choice is yours!

If you want to go for a combination of this fab style and a half up half down look, a crown braid paired with cascading curls at the back looks incredible. There are so many options but all make for stunning wedding hair!

That’s summer wedding hair covered…now for the make-up!

Natural Radiance

Summer is all about that natural glow.

If you’re worried about a face full of make up on a hot summers day, a tinted moisturiser is a lovely, light alternative that is breathable yet buildable. It is possible to achieve great coverage while still looking natural, so don’t fret if you want both! You can let those freckles shine through and keep the look organic, but flawless all the same.

If full foundation is your thing, that’s still very doable in keeping with a light and effortless look – it just takes skill!

Match flawless, glowing skin with a flower crowned up do for the perfect wedding combo!

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Bright Lip

Summer is all about colour and a bright lip can add that perfect pop without going overboard.

If you’re keen to go for a vibrant lip, keep the rest of your face pared back and natural and choose your colour with caution! It must suit your skin tone or the result will be less than flattering.

You can be as brave as you want and don’t be put off by age! If you’re a mature bride who loves the idea of a bright lip, go for it! Be true to you.

Bold Eyes

The smoky eye is a classic wedding look but for a summer wedding, you might want to mix it up a little. There are two ways to add colour to your eyes. You can go all out and choose a bright and bold eyeshadow, super modern, daring and fun. But, if that is a little intimidating then opt for a coloured eye-liner for that pop without over-doing it.

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Dewy

You want to look like you’re glowing from within on your wedding day. You want to shine! You want to look like the best version of yourself and by choosing a dewy make up look you can go for fresh-faced and glorious without looking like you’ve tried to hard. Speak to your make up artist for tips for keeping you glowing all day.

Barely There

If you don’t usually wear much make up or are worried about feeling ‘heavy’ then go for the barely there look. This is ideal for a casual wedding or if you’ve opted for a more detailed hairstyle.

Concentrate on your skin: you want a beautiful base and natural shadow colours to compliment your eye colour. You can still use false lashes to make your eyes pop as individual lashes look very real!

This makeup style is all about looking like you’re wearing barely any make-up and instead just looking like the most beautiful version of you. You want people to think you’re radiating love and nothing more!

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Sun-kissed

Summer is all about looking sun-kissed and ‘glowy’ and this can be achieved with careful bronzer application in all the places you would naturally catch the sun. Highlighting and contouring can also help with this, but in both cases, less is more and blending is key!

Pair this with the top knot to really show off that warm, summer radiance, an elegant and beautiful combo!

Ethereal

Nothing says summer wedding better than a light, ethereal make up look. Light pinks, barely-there nudes and rosy cheeks for beautifully uncomplicated make-up.

If you’ve chosen the boho-braids then there is no better match! Adding a little highlighter in the inner corner of your eyes can really make the look pop.