Planning the Perfect Wedding Hairstyle

As a friend to unDONE Salon owner, Kimberli Denton, and a soon-to-be-bride with an upcoming wedding in Oregon this summer, I thought I would take a moment to write about my own experience planning my wedding. With only a couple of months on hand to prepare everything, I have discovered that planning a wedding is BIG BUSINESS. But from booking the venue, to picking out my dress, I think that deciding on how to do my hair for my wedding is one of the hardest tasks…

You see, I have REALLY long hair and am torn between different bridal hairstyles. Do I have it up, or do I leave it down? I still haven’t quite decided but it’s important for me to figure out, and SOON. With so many beautiful looks to choose from, it’s hard to choose just one. Not to mention there are a million different things to consider when choosing a particular style. So upon doing my research, I have decided to list a few bridal hairstyles along with some of their pros & cons:

Bridal Hairstyle Ideas:

All Down – Having your hair all down can be gorgeous, especially if your hair is extra long (like mine). Not to mention comfortable because there are no bobby pins, and it’s movable. However, having your hair all down is one of the least predictable wedding hair styles. Since I wear my hair down all the time, I need to factor in that I will need to make time to touch it up several times throughout the day. I know from experience that if I don’t, it can end up looking ratty and messy.

Half Up – Having your hair half up, half down gives you the best of both worlds by keeping the look of long hair (or curls) while still having the security of bobby pins! Since the top half is pinned up, you have a higher chance of securing its shape and body for the whole day. However, since half of it is down, it can still end up looking messy and out of place.

UpDo – Who doesn’t want to look like a princess on her big day? An bridal updo is the perfect style that comes with so many options. The best part? It will hold it’s shape all day so that you don’t have to worry about fussing over it. Not only that but it will look perfect for pictures. Keep in mind however, some wedding updos can be uncomfortable, especially if you have really heavy hair (thankfully mine is light). The recommendations I got were to make sure you really love your updo from all angles, and keep it soft around your face.

To the Side – This is a beautiful style that I LOVE. Long and side swept, it’s just like the half updo in the sense that you get to keep the length while having the security of bobby pins. Not to mention it will look amazing in pictures. However, from what I’ve heard is that it can be uncomfortable because, having an updo right at the base of your neck by your ear can be annoying after a while. If you do decide to go with this style, it’s important to make sure you know what side of your hair will be facing the audience and photographer and to try and always have the side with the updo facing the camera.

Additional Boise Hair Salon Tips:  

  1. Choose a style that makes YOU feel beautiful.
  2. Communicate with your Boise hair salon stylist and ask questions. Don’t be afraid to reach out…
  3. If something hurts, speak up! Don’t wait until after your hair is in an elaborate updo to tell your Boise hair salon stylist that a hairpin is painfully jabbing your scalp. It’s easier to correct little missteps during the process than after it.

In the end, while planning my wedding, I can honestly say I don’t know how I’m going to pull everything off, but with each day that passes, I find myself working out the details. While it can seem overwhelming at times, it’s important for me to remember to take into consideration the worst case scenario – we have a lovely, intimate beach side ceremony with a handful of friends and family to help us celebrate. It’s also nice knowing that the Boise hair salon stylists at unDONE (especially their coordinator, Alexa Greg) is there to help me once I decide on a wedding hairstyle…

Wish me luck!
Katie Olsen


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