Short hair styling tips for brides

I’ve had so many requests for ideas on how to style short hair for weddings, and as I’ve recently cut my hair again, thought that it might be a good idea for a post.

If you’re not a long-haired girl, and never will be, don’t be tempted in growing your hair because it’s ‘expected’ of a bride to have long hair.  With a bit of product, and a few tools, there’s no need to feel that there’s nothing you could do with short hair!  I know there’s not a lot of inspirational pictures for short-haired brides in wedding magazines and the like, so hopefully this could help some cropped beauties!

Eliza Cummings via Fashion Gone Rogue

For the bolder bride, why not try a quiff?  After using mousse for hold and volume (try Redken’s Guts 10), lift the roots with a round brush.  Use a curling iron to add more movement if your hair needs it, make sure the sides and back lies flat.  Set the look with hairspray or a strong hold gel, depending on your hair.

 

Scarlett Johansson via Fashion Gone Rogue

For a more subtle, sleeker look, use a soft blowdry gel like Redken’s Velvet Gelatine in damp hair, blowdry with a paddle brush, keeping the sides and back sleek, and manipulate the fringe to the side.  Set with a light hairspray.

 

Agyness Deyn

For a bit of a tousled look, roughdry your hair using your fingers only.  Again, use straighteners to add movement if your hair is super straight, then use the magically wonderful POWDER.PUFF by Kevin Murphy on your roots for a gritty volume that will last all day – perfect for fine hair!  Just ruffle your roots when you need extra volume, et voilà!

 

Charlize Theron

If you have slightly longer hair, try glamorous waves.  My personal preference would be more worn-in and tousled than Charlize’s. For a great video to show you how you can create this, click HERE.

 

Color.Bug, via refinery29.com

I know the dip-dye effect will probably be on it’s way out at some point, but why not have fun with your hair on the day?  Even if it’s just for the reception?  Another Kevin Murphy product, COLOR.BUG is perfect for this, just make sure you cover your dress before you apply, and it’s not advisable for high necklines.  It looks fabulous on all hair colours, and washes out immediately.

Hope this have inspired some of you, feel free to ask me for any hair/make-up related advice on twitter!

4 comments on “Short hair styling tips for brides

  1. Corinne on said:

    I love the Charlize Theron look, absolutely gorgeous and with a great retro feel.

    • Elbie - Hair and Make-Up Artist on said:

      Maybe we can use that as inspiration for when I’m styling your hair? :)

      • Corinne on said:

        I think it would be perfect inspiration.

        My sister has always have very short hair (cropped) and did grow it a little for her wedding but it was still short and she looked stunning and more importantly looked and felt like herself. I actually styled her hair on the day as her hairdresser couldn’t, but he gave me a tutorial the week before. Luckily it looked great!

  2. Georgina @Rubyweddings on said:

    Great post – thanks Elbie!

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