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Wedding Hair Styles

We recently did a photo-shoot that featured 3 different bridal/formal hairstyles. These gorgeous models were absolutely wonderful to work with and we were thrilled with how each of these wedding updos turned out.

First pictured is model MaKayla. MaKayla’s hair is parted on the side with a fishtail braid on side of the part. The back is curled,  lightly teased to add volume and a tousled effect and pinned. This style has an elegance to it that demands attention, but isn’t overdone. This style is versatile and would work well for a prom, wedding or other formal event.  IMG_6213 IMG_6212 SerenityHairDesign-MaKayla-4 SerenityHairDesign-MaKayla-5 SerenityHairDesign-MaKayla-6 SerenityHairDesign-MaKayla-7

This next updo, as seen on Tawnah (our model below), incorporates varied textures. The top is smooth, polished and side-swept. The hair was curled and pinned, cascading to the side for an asymmetrical balance. This updo was perfect for a birdcage veil. We actually made our own for this shoot by simply gathering and  pinning a section fabric at the base. We concealed pins and tied it all together by securing  a peacock feather hair piece at the base. Side-swept styles are great for weddings because they typically photograph well. You will likely not have pictures in which the hair style is completely hidden from the front, as you may with some updos that are centered in the back of the head. SerenityHairDesign-Tawnah-5 SerenityHairDesign-Tawnah-4 SerenityHairDesign-Tawnah-3 SerenityHairDesign-Tawnah-6

Last but certainly not least, we have Christine, who is modeling a classic, refined and simple bridal hairstyle. This updo is smooth and polished all over. We teased lightly at the base to create some volume then smoothed everything down into a low, side pony-tail. Next, we teased the hair in the pony-tail to create fullness, smoothed over the top and tucked it into place with bobby pins. We finished this look by placing a few simple orchids at the base. This is a great style for someone seeking timeless elegance. This style works best on people with long, thick hair. If your hair is not long and or thick though, your stylist can probably use extensions or hair fillers to create this style.

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A Day at Serenity: Bridal Party Hair :)

We had so much fun getting these lovely ladies styled for a wedding! Check out the hair…

Stylist, Ginger putting the finishing touches on the gorgeous bride!

Back view of bride’s style

Blair Waldorf?

Behind-the-Scenes Photo Shoot: Updos and Bridal Hair Styles

Check out what went on behind-the-scenes at our most recent shoot that featured updos and bridal hair styles. We had so much fun working with our awesome photographer and lovely models. Enjoy!

Model gift bags, tons of make-up, hairspray, bobbypins, and snack-time 🙂

Getting started… a lot of lacing/teasing was necessary to give this look volume and hold.

Fishtail Braid!

Stylist Erin getting model MaKayla’s hair ready for the shoot

Sittin’ pretty

Stylist/Maku-up artist Monica with model Christine

We think Monica looks like a model herself in this one!

Finishing touches to set this bird-cage veil in place. We used a small piece of fabric and a some peacock feathers to make our own birdcage veil for this shoot. We grouped the fabric together at the base, pinned it all in place, and then added the feather to finish the look.

Behine-the-scenes with photographer, Margot Roudebush and model, Christine.

We just LOVE how this smooth, polished bridal hair style turned out. So classic!

How to Tell if Bangs are Right: The Bang Quiz!

Bang Quiz: What Bangs are Best??? 

1.) I have a high forehead.

a) Yes. My forehead (from the hairline to the brow) is greater than equal distance when compared to the length from my brow to nose and nose to chin.

b) Actually, I have a short/low forehead. The distance from my hairline to brow is less than the length from my brow to nose and nose to chin.

c) No. My forehead is pretty average in size.

2.) I would describe my chin and/or nose as strong or prominent.

a) No. My chin and/or nose are not large/prominent features.

b) Yes.

3.) My face shape is wide.

a) No. My face is average width.

b) Yes. I would like to find a style that narrows my face.

c) No. My face shape is narrow or long.

If you answered all A’s: you are a good candidate for straight across bangs.

If you answered all B’s: you are a good candidate for side-swept bangs.

If your face shape is not too wide or too narrow and your forehead is not tall or short, then it is likely that you could pull off a wide variety of bang options from a full bang to no bang.

You may not have answered all A’s or all B’s though. That’s OK! In efforts to make things a little clearer, I am going to break down why I put each question in the quiz and give you some things to consider when thinking about what type of bangs to get. I strongly suggest asking your stylist at your next appointment. He/She will know best how to give you the most customized answer to this question.

The Break-Down: 

1.) High/Low Forehead: Side-swept bangs help to elongate a low forehead. Heavier bangs (like a straight-across bang or a full coverage sweep) help to conceal taller foreheads. If your forehead is average in height you will likely have more options when it comes to choosing your bangs.

2.) Strong/Prominent Chin or Nose: A full or straight across bang can emphasize a strong chin or nose. If this is already a prominent feature it may not be flattering. I would suggest a side-swept bang if you have a large nose and/or chin. However if you do not have a prominent nose or chin, you may be able to pull off a full bang.

3.)   Wide Face Shape: A side-swept bang will help to narrow a wider face. Straight across bangs and middle parts do not typically flatter wider face shapes. If you have an average to narrow face, a side part and/or sweeping bang will likely be a flattering choice.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s side swept long faux-bang elongates a shorter forehead.

Hayden Panettiere’s middle part is less flattering for a wider face shape. A sweeping side bang or wispy full bang is a much better choice.

See the difference? Christina Ricci has a tall forehead. Full-coverage bangs are a much better choice.

Blunt bangs are edgy and add or emphasize definition and structure to the face.

There are several factors to consider when trying to choose the best bangs for your face shape. So feel free to ask questions and look for more article to come on this topic!