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Non-Bridal Hair: 5 Alternative Looks for the Big Day!

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 09:26

Weddings are all about being the perfect bride, well... almost! Not every girl wants to glide up the aisle with a classic up-do. Bespoke bridal headwear and jewellery designer, Anna Sorbie, gives us her take on 5 non-bridal hair looks that will really turn some heads!

Many modern brides prefer to look more effortless than tradition dictates; as far as hair goes, they're invariably looking for a style that's 'non-bridal'. Anna Sorbie, bridal headwear and jewellery designer reveals 5 options to avoid creating a bridal style for your client that looks too formal and traditional, and instead create a wedding style that looks thoroughly modern and fresh: 


The best modern bridal styles are those that are a revised version of a conventional wedding day look. Ballet buns, chignons and braids are all beautifully classic looks that can be tweaked to look fresh, modern and more relaxed. Bring a halo braid into 2018 by teasing wisps of hair out of the braid; opt for a low-do instead of an up-do; and make your ballet bun messy and textured, rather than neat and ‘prom’ like. 


Embracing a trend is a great way to guarantee your client’s wedding day style is more modern and less conventional. Slicked-back wet-look hair has been very on-trend for a few seasons, and has become a huge bridal trend for 2018 – it was spotted at numerous shows at Bridal Fashion Week Autumn/Winter ‘18. You could also try switching up a parting for something more seasonal: a deep side-parting, and a severe mid-parting both look very fashionable right now. 


Embracing natural texture, length and style is very now. Forget using a hairpiece or clip-in extensions to add length – find a style that makes the most of your client’s own cut instead. Naturally curly-haired brides should forego straightening and smoothing out their curls and opt for ‘disco curls’ instead. Making the most of what you have is a very modern way to approach styling, so is sure to make your clients’ bridal look appear as stylish as possible. 


Keep your client’s hairstyle simple and add statement accessories for a fuss-free look that is still eye-catching. You could thread a string of pearls through your fishtail braid, for example. It will draw everyone’s attention, without looking too fussy.


Accessories don’t need to look typically bridal for a bride to pull them off stylishly – in fact, the most modern looking bridal details are the ones that shun convention and bring an element of fashion to a look. Black ribbons look striking and stylish against a traditional white dress – they’re an unexpected detail that add a contemporary twist – and a piece of black or white lace placed over the hair looks delicate yet unique. Jewelled clips and comb-pins look striking and modern and are the perfect alternative to tiaras, ideal for evening weddings and dressy events.

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  • Hair: Anna Sorbie

  • Hair: Anna Sorbie

  • Hair: Anna Sorbie

  • Hair: Anna Sorbie

  • Hair: Anna Sorbie

  • Hair: Anna Sorbie

  • Hair: Anna Sorbie

  • Hair: Anna Sorbie

  • Hair: Anna Sorbie

  • Hair: Anna Sorbie

  • Hair: Anna Sorbie


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