Hair : Adorn Yourself
by Angela Ranee
Hair styling techniques and hair accessorising can be seen as far back as ancient Egypt. The Pharaoh’s and the Egyptian commoners are all believed to have decorated their hair with adornments and accessories.
When looking back through the centuries, hairstyles and their accompanying adornments were sometimes gargantuous, often requiring several hours work on the part of the hairdresser to create. Fantastical coiffures such as those in the late 1700’s were adorned with ships at sea, landscapes and even tiny villages! These vast creations were padded out with huge amounts of false hair and kept in place by grease or pomade.
An era we often refer to for bridal inspiration today is the 1920’s to 1940’s. Jewel-adorned ribbons and headbands were popular trends and, interestingly, tiara’s and ornamental combs were in vogue following the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1923. And how can I not mention the iconic scrunchy and banana clip of the 80’s when I recall some of my favourite hair accessories of the past!
Today the tiara and banana clip have taken a backseat. On-trend pieces such as bridal fascinators, box veils, vintage hair pins, combs, fresh floral garlands, and the simple veil are at the fore of bridal fashion. Whether it’s a piece to flatter your wedding gown or something unique to take centre stage, there’s an adornment to fit your personality, bridal style, and budget.
Dress designers such as Vinka design and Natalie Chan have a wonderful selection available to purchase, and can also custom make pieces such as veils and fabric flowers to match your dress. Anita at Vinka design caters for every bride with accessories priced from $30 to $600.
Natalie Chan says her most popular piece is her bespoke silk rosettes that can be worn on their own, as a cluster, or matched with a veil. She is currently finding the “Bohemian Chic” look very popular with brides and hair adornments are reflecting this trend.
Millinery specialists like master milliner Caroline Gibson of Le Chapeau can custom make your bridal piece from any fabric, feather or gem. Personal elements such as granny’s broach, lacework and beading can be incorporated in one-off designs.
Another emerging trend is fabric or fresh floral hair garlands (from around $100). The added beauty of fresh fragrant flowers arranged into a hair garland for your wedding day has a special charm. Kelly of Blush flowers says the look is growing in popularity and that we will see more of these in the coming seasons. Always popular and timeless are single blooms, especially roses, in the hair (a cluster of three roses is around $60). When choosing single flowers, remember to communicate with your florist and your hairdresser the best way to attach them into your chosen hairstyle. Wired single blooms will last longer. Also, consider the season and what flowers will look their best the whole day. Roses, orchids, lisianthus, freesias and baby’s breath are usually the hardiest.
With all this in mind, adornments can take the place of an elaborate bridal hair-up and can be a welcome feature for brides with short hair. You also needn’t be limited with shorter hair by how you can wear the accessory. Even a veil can be placed successfully into a short cut with backcombing, hairspray and the right know how.
Brides with long hair, who love the look of a beautifully crafted hair-up, should remember that simple accessorising can be that added extra that wows your guests. Popular options are single diamanté or pearl pins that can be scattered throughout the hair-up and placed between curls.
Vintage jewelled brooch clips can be tucked into one side of the hair, or at the back of the crown. Both Diva and Lovisa have a good selection of inexpensive options.
For some bridal adornments, the hair needs to be styled around the feature piece. This is often the case for floral crowns, bridal fascinators and headbands that need to be placed into the hair first – then the hair-up takes its shape around it. It’s thus important to have put some thought into your chosen adornment in advance of your bridal hair trial. If undecided, ask your hairstylist to advise you on accessories that best suit your chosen hairstyle.
It’s always helpful to collect images of hairstyles you love that have incorporated accessories.
Share your inspiration with your hairstylist, dress designer, milliner and florist. You may be unsure how all of your ideas can come together as one; it’s certain your team of professionals will know the right approach and talk you through your options. ♥
Angela Renee is an experienced freelance hairdresser and makeup artist as well as forming part of the team at www.bridalbeauty.co.nz
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