BRIDAL HAIR INSPIRATION
Wedding season is upon us! If you're getting ready to say "I do" and you're looking for inspiration for the big day, look no further than these two incredibly elegant and glamorous bridal styles for long or mid-length hair.
This year it's all about braiding, and this side fishtail braid is a romantic , boho style that's particularly well-suited to sunny days. Here's how to make it work.
* Prep your hair:
Apply a little styling mousse to add texture and hold, then blow-dry your hair. Brush your hair to tame your tresses and make it easier to divide into sections.
Recommended products: Mousse au Lotus volumatrice, Boar-bristle hairbrush
* Separate your hair in two sections:
Sweep your hair to the side and section off in two equal parts from the top of your neck.
Take a small strand from the back of one of your two sections and bring it over the top to join the second section. Repeat on the other side. Continue the process until you've braided down the length of your hair, making sure you pull each section tight. You can loosen your braid later if needed by gently pulling the strands of each section outwards.
* Tie your braid:
Tie your braid using a hair tie positioned as low or high as you like. Conceal the tie by wrapping a strand of hair around it. Keep the hair tie in place and ensure your braid holds throughout the day by applying a little hair spray to the tie.
Recommended products: Laque souple
For an untamed effect, just like in the photo, leave a few strands of hair free, letting them softly frame your face and fall loosely from the braid.
The ultimate traditional bridal style, an up-do will draw attention to your face while adding a soft, regal feel to your overall look. We suggest trying a crisscross bun with beautifully interwoven strands for a more contemporary feel:
* Prep your hair:
Smooth, shiny hair is a must if you want to get this style right! Blow-dry your hair after applying a heat-protecting, smoothing product.
Recommended products: Lait Luminescence
* Make a bun:
For this version, we'll be using all of your hair to make the bun. You can leave a few strands of hair loose at the front if your hair isn't long enough, or for a more natural effect.
Sweep your hair backwards into a mid-high ponytail and secure with a hair tie. Choose a hair donut as close as possible to your hair color and slide the ponytail inside it. Divide your ponytail into three or four sections depending on your hair thickness, and roll the first strand around the donut, holding it in place using a bobby pin pushed through the donut. Do the same with the other sections, making sure you start from a different angle each time so the strands cross over one another and add texture to your bun.
Apply a light veil of hairspray to your style to ensure perfect hold.
Recommended products: Laque souple or Voluforme
Now you're ready to get practicing! The romantics among you may like to accessorize your buns with a few all-natural finishing touches, like a cut flower in your bun or woven into your braid. If you feel safer in the hands of a professional, the Leonor Greyl Institute is on hand to make sure you look stunning for your big day.
Photo Credit: Paco Morales for the “L’Adresse” salon in Barcelona
Hair by Damien Ducorney using Leonor Greyl products