2018 Bridal Hair Trends

I just love a wedding, and I can honestly say that I am never more honoured than when I am asked by a bride-to-be to make her look fabulous on what is one of the most important days in her life.

For those readers who may not know, I am well established in the bridal Industry.  I head up the prestigious bridal team at Michael Van Clarke, and have had the opportunity to work with many brides-to-be – including a sprinkling of celebs – in creating a hair style that makes them look and feel amazing on their big day.  I am also priveleged to be invited to regularly style the hair for the bridal runway shows of some amazing designers such as Jenny Packham, and to contribute to Conde Nast’s Brides magazine, providing them with comment on upcoming trends.

So I thought it might be useful if I were to share with you the bridal hair trends that I have seen coming through for 2018 in the hope that it might provide inspiration for any brides-to-be out there.

The first thing to say is that 2018 has been a very interesting year when it comes to the hair trends on the runways of the bridal shows.  Looking at shows from the likes of Zuhair Murad (here), Carolina Herrera (), Elie Saab (here), Jenny Packham (here) and Berta (here), we can see that the designers are shaking things up and showcasing some new and exciting hair!

One of the big tips I can give for brides of 2018 is to not be scared to experiment with their hair.  Obviously, a stylist’s first priority should always be to work with the bride to focus on complementing her dress.  But during this exciting process, here are some of the trends we are seeing coming through for 2018 that you and your stylist might like to play around with for your big day:

Plaits, Waves & Texture

This is one of the biggest trends we see for 2018, and it’s a versatile one that you and your stylist can experiment with.  What I mean by this is that you can have your hair either high or low by adding a plait and really pulling it out; the same goes for adding in waves/texture too.  What I particularly love about this trend is that it can add an ethereal and even quite dramatic look to the bride.  For 2018, texture is definitely key, and you can go as dramatic or as low-key as you like with it.

 

High Hair

Another big trend on the bridal runways is very high hair.  Now this is one of my favourite styles because it really elongates the face, showing off the bride’s beautiful neck and I think it’s really sexy, but also girly and fun.  I am a firm believer that a little bit of cheekiness on your wedding day is really important!  So don’t be afraid to lift up your hair to really open up your face to show off all of your fantastic and beautiful features.

 

American Chignons

Now I know high hair is not for everybody.  So perhaps the American Chignon is one to consider.  For me, this style is super classic and elegant.  I always remind clients that the more classic they go with their style, the more timeless their photos from the big day will be – and wedding photos are going to be with them long after the wedding!  If this is too classic a style for you, work with your stylist to add texture with a bit of a wave, or make it a little softer by having pieces of hair falling around the face.  Doing either or both of these will add interest to the final look.

 

 

Ribbons

Another huge trend coming through is the use of ribbons.  Instead of more classic jewelled head-pieces, we are seeing the use of, for example, velvet ribbons.  I think this look is such a statement, and I love it when clients come to me, requesting a big pony-tail for the reception, which I love finishing with a velvet ribbon.  It gives such an elegant and under-stated but really impressive look!

Personally, I love any type of accessory in the hair.  However, if you want to be bang on trend for 2018, you might like to consider accessorising with ribbons as an alternative to anything jewelled.  If you choose to go down this route with your stylist, my advice is to make it velvety, make it lush, make it inviting and make it sexy!

 

Rapunzel Plaits

Now we may have seen this trend on the bridal runways, but I think the jury is still out regarding whether we will actually start seeing clients requesting this style for their wedding.  For me personally, to carry off this look, you must be either a very editorial bride, or wearing a dress that is very simple and plain to really make this hair work for you.  If you are a bride that wants to keep their dress very simple, but who wants to make a statement with their hair instead, this is the look for you.  I love this look and there are different variations of this style that you can use to work with your dress.  It needn’t be overly dramatic and can be softened with the pinned hair up and twisted around more gently to create less of a statement or editorial look.

 

My thoughts…

Now if the above trends do not appeal to you, and you like your hair to be flowing, don’t be afraid to experiment with having your hair down, and to play with different textures through it.  Here are a few options you might like to consider:

Half-up-half down (…as I like to call it)

I think this look is stunning and definitely one to consider if having your hair up completely is not for you, and you like your hair to be loose and flowing.  For a finishing touch, this style looks great when dainty flowers, such as Gypsophila, are woven into the hair.

Low side-plait

I recently created a look for one of my clients who did not want her hair up by plaiting it to one side to produce a beautiful shape through the lengths.  It tumbled down one shoulder and looked absolutely stunning on her.

Centre-parting

If you want to show off your stunning features, but do not want to have your hair pinned up and off the face, my advice would be to consider a sleek centre parting, with the hair pulled back off the face and tucked behind the ears.  One of the things I will often advise my clients is that ears are the ornaments of youth and they should not be afraid to show them on their big day.  If we take a look at celebrities on the red carpet, they rarely have their ears covered and will usually have one or both ears showing – precisely because it looks youthful and fresh to do so.

One of the styles I love on my clients is to tuck the hair behind both ears and to give the hair at the back a slight wave.  This is a look that is popular with the likes of Kendall Jenner and is so elegant and sexy, it is also perfect for your evening celebrations!

My final thoughts…

I think so much time can be spent on the planning of the weddings that a lot of brides become so stressed on their wedding day, they find it hard to have fun.  So my advice is to have fun experimenting with your hair, your makeup and your wedding dress in the run up to the big day, and to really make them work for you.  And then when you arrive at your wedding venue, forget about it, have a shot of tequila or a glass of wine, dance with your partner and enjoy the party.  If you have a good team around you, remember you have nothing to worry about!

So I hope the above provides you with some inspiration for your big day.  I would love to know which of the trends appeal to you, so please do let me know in the comments below.  Or tag me in your photos (put your Insta tag in here) so that I can share your fabulous creations!

 

I hope this helps you find the perfect style for your wedding day. If you have any questions or want advice, please let me know.

 

Gx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you want to look young forever?

As a fond follower of all things fashion and fabulous, I know how important it is to take the best care we can of our skin to keep looking fresh faced and youthful.
Stay tuned for my own daily skin care routine.
Over the years I have tried many products, ranging from traditional to cutting-edge and through all price points with varying degrees of success. When you’re making your product choices I can definitely recommend ensuring that the ingredients in the product are of a high quality.
So what do I recommend?
Natura Bisse Cure Serum – Perfect as a night time treatment to freshen the skin, even after a great night out you look clear and bright in the morning.
Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Eye – I love this product. Unlike some eye creams, this soaks in so easily and leaves the skin feeling plumped and hydrated.
Kiehls Reviving Concentrate – I always try to avoid using products with any silicon derivatives in them, and this is my absolute favourite as an alternative to a regular cream based moisturiser. As a dry oil you need only a few drops to moisturise the whole face, and you can really feel the skin just drinking it in.
Repêchage Hydra 4 – pure hydration, I apply this at the end of my skin care regime to lock in all that lovely moisture.
Tips for applying eye-cream:
The skin directly under the eye is very fine, so eye cream should be applied with a light dabbing motion using the ring finger along the cheek bone line. As the product soaks into the skin, it will travel upward towards the eye through the fine skin. No more tingly eyes as your eye cream travels!

Sun damaged hair

 

Hi there, and welcome back to my channel!
Growing up in sunny South Africa I used to love being outside soaking
up that glorious sunshine… as we all know *now* though, the sun can be
damaging to our skin.
But what about our hair? Should we be concerned about sun damage?

Absolutely!

In today’s video I’ll talk about how the sun’s rays can damage our
hair, and what that damage means for those of us with colour treated
hair, and how we can protect ourselves from the sun and keep our hair
healthy and looking just gorgeous.

I’ll show you a couple of my absolute favourite products for sun
protection a bit later so stay tuned for those, but for now – what
actually happens to hair when it goes in the sun?

I often talk about how important hydration is for keeping hair healthy
and feeling fabulous. But the sun’s rays can have a seriously drying
effect on the hair

It’s all down to how the hair holds on to moisture. Cuticles that run
the length of the hair that ordinarily hold onto the moisture are
damaged by the sun’s UVA and UVB, meaning they open up and lose their
moisture, drying out the hair.

Have you noticed your hair feeling drier in summer? Do you have any
favourite tricks for keeping your locks looking luscious when you’re
out in the sun? Let me know in the comments below.

Hydration aside, even the colour of our hair can suffer from being out
in the sun. Unlike our skin which turns darker as we tan in the sun,
our hair is bleached by the sun making it turn lighter. And this
bleaching effect increases as the cuticles of the hair open up more.

Colour treated hair often has the cuticles of the hair left open,
making them even more susceptible to being bleached by the sun.

What can you do to protect against the unwanted changes in colour of your hair?

Well – here are my absolute favourite products for protecting your
hair from the sun’s damaging rays.

As always, these really are the products I use, I’m not endorsed so
you’re getting my honest thoughts. I’ll add links to them both in the
info below

For me, you can’t go wrong with either the 3 More Inches Lifesaver
Spray with UV Protection or the Philip Kingsley Sun Shield.

Both can be applied to either wet or dry hair and left in without the
need to wash it out. Not only do they both protect against the UV in
sunlight and salty sea water, they can also be used as a styling aid
by scrunching into the hair to leave a really sexy wavy Giselle
Bunchen kind of beachy look.

Top tips for healthy hair

There are so many myths around good hair. The question is: do they actually work, or are they just talk?

Can mayonnaise really help your hair will crushing avocado into your locks really make it absorb all that fabulous nutrition to be truly healthy?

Watch my video to find out. If you do like the video please subscribe and like my channel.

Do you struggle to get your hair long?

Do you dream of having long hair, or even just healthy hair. The Question is do you know what you are putting on your hair and how it is effecting it? Would you want to have fine, thin and dull hair that keeps breaking
and doesn’t grow long? No?

We spend so much of our time and money on keeping ourselves looking
fabulous. Are we doing what’s best for our hair though are we in the
dark to what the hair companies are doing to our lovely locks.

THE RENAISSANCE HOTEL

We recently attended a one-night-only bridal event at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, hosted by Brides Magazine. It was amazing!
The venue is one of the most romantic buildings in London, and when you step through the doors, you can understand why so many brides-to-be just fall in love with the place. It really was an evening of luxurious wedding inspiration.
Here are some behind-the-scenes pictures from the evening:

Read the full article here or watch the youtube video.

 

FLORAL FANTASY

Add drama to your wedding hairstyle with a fresh floral headpiece – the perfect switch up from a traditional veil or hair clip.

Pretty floral crowns are a super cute way to add a little boho cool to your big day. From blousy peony filled blooms to delicate twists of wax flower, there’s so many different styles to choose from. And not just for bohemian brides, there’s heaps of designs whatever your big day theme. Our tip for picking the perfect headpiece? Choose something seasonal that not only compliments your style and dress but mirrors your floral theme: If you’re an ethereal, Temperley type bride getting hitched in the Spring, opt for a statement crown jam-packed with sweet pastel-hued flowers in all sorts of sizes and textures: The palest pink roses and peach ranunculi intertwined with cream florals and greenery is the perfect dramatic addition to a trad headpiece. Alternatively, if you’re an Oscar de La Renta type city-chic bride getting wed in the winter months, a floral crown can still look seriously stylish: opt for a wreath of earthy evergreen and tiny white spray roses intertwined with pearls – pair with a red lip and fur wrap for the perfect contemporary nod to floral styling.

Check out our gallery for more gorgeous floral crown ideas.