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Bridal Hair with Karma Hair Design

Karma Hair Design

With the wedding season in full swing it seemed there was no better time than now to share wedding specialist, Dorothy Taylor of Karma Hair Design's top bridal tips and hairstyles to suit all blushing brides. 

Recently a few of my brides have gone down the more modern route with their hairstyles, but the majority opt for a more traditional wedding. A classic, natural tone with a gloss shine will always look better and not date in photographs.

Vintage hair is always being asked for and we are using side head pieces which compliment these styles. Shabby chic is becoming increasingly popular too, so therefore we are seeing more fresh flowers in the hair. Veils of course are very traditional and a personal choice, but placement of the veil depends on whether or not the bride wants to wear it over her face for the ceremony. If this is the case it will be placed more to the front of the crown, and if not then it can be placed just below the crown which means it will also 'clear' the shoulders.

An up-style will last all day, although the royal wedding had a strong influence on brides to choose a down style with natural waves like Katherine's, and then possibly up-styles for the bridesmaids.

As hairstylists it is important that we see a photograph of the dress, because the style, shape and neckline will help determine the finished look. Strapless dresses are still popular but we are seeing more halter necks and one shoulder designs, so this will also influence the hairstyle.

Most brides want to look natural and not contrived, and the ones who normally wear their hair down tend to wear it down on the big day too - although it is possible to have both, up for the day look and down for the evening. 

We usually curl the hair before we put it up, and some of my brides realised after their trial that it was still very wavy when they took it down, so that's what they did on the day of the wedding.

A trial is imperative for the whole bridal party for many reasons. First and foremost to ensure the style is one that the bride absolutely loves and makes her feel beautiful, and also we need to know how long the style will take on the morning of the wedding. Then of course everyone can relax in the knowledge that their hair will be as expected.

The top things all brides must consider with their hairstyle:

  • Decide whether you want to wear your hair up or down, so you have time to grow it long enough.
  • Colour! Make your appointment way in advanced for root retouches and gloss treatments.
  • Condition! In the run-up to your big day, book a course of hydrating treatments so your hair is in tip top condition.
  • Book your hair trial at least eight weeks before your wedding day.
  • Take a picture of your wedding dress so your stylist can see it. That way they can get a good idea of the type of hairstyle that will work with your dress.
  • Collect as many pictures as possible of styles that you like, not only for yourself, but for the bridal party as well.                                                    This will help your stylist to see your vision.

Karma Hair Design

16a Main Street


County Antrim

BT39 9AB

02893 352 808