Hello, friends. Let’s talk hair, shall we?
I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to my hair—wash, air dry, straighten if I have time. Even if my hair is nice and straight, I often pull it back in a ponytail anyway. Part of this is because I’m typically engrossed in other things and don’t give much thought to my hair, and the other part is because I have pretty sensitive skin and so having my hair touch my shoulders, back, or face can drive me crazy.
Grainy photo from a Google+ hangout when Sparky was out of town. I had to take a picture because that was probably my best hair day EVER.
Apparently I insist on photographing all my good hair days. This one is sans straightening and with my fast-moving dog.
Just because I don’t spend a lot of time on my hair day-to-day doesn’t mean that I haven’t put a lot of thought into how I’d like my hair to be on our wedding day.
In an ideal world, there would be some way for me to have my hair half-down, half-up for the ceremony and then switched to a complete updo for the reception. I know that the reverse would be really easy to engineer, but I’m pretty sure the way I’d like it would be near impossible. OK, maybe not impossible but it would require more time and money than I’m willing to invest in it. One hairstyle it is!
I was initially drawn to the half-down, half-up hairstyles. I find them to be beautiful and I think they’d look lovely with my dress.
For reference—the neckline of my dress
Here are the styles I was drawn to:
From Project Wedding
I love the cascade of curls in this photo. It doesn’t scream “RINGLETS!” but it gives hints of them.
From Mrs. Hawk who, incidentally, chose to call her hair post the same thing I did.
I love the curls in her hair, and I love that she was able to incorporate her veil in such a lovely way.
I apparently like the half pulled back with ringlets look. / From Project Wedding
From Love Hair
Curls again, with the amazing thistle hair piece.
When I talked about my plan to do a half-up, half-down style, Sparky pointed out that I have thick hair and that I’d likely get way too hot during the reception when I’m dancing it up. I tried to argue but he did have a point—I would get hot, I would likely get sweaty, and I’m sure that I would end up putting my hair up myself. (I can only imagine how ridiculous that would look considering the insane amount of hairspray that typically goes into updos.)
With as much hair as I have, this is probably only a SLIGHT exaggeration. (Aren’t you mad jealous of my Paint skills?)
So, updo, then.
I was immediately drawn to Kate Middleton’s hair. She’s a pretty amazing woman and super fashionable. Plus, her hair is fantastic and I’m sure that I’m not the only bride who has been drawn to this style.
From The Daily Mail
While I love the combination of the braids and the curls in this updo, it’s still not exactly what I want.
From Freckled Fox
This one has a little bit more height and a balance between the braids and the curls. My hesitation on this is my concern about what it would like like from the front. I don’t like not being able to see my updo from the front—I feel like it makes me look severe. On a side note—MOH Tart has been teasing me about big hair. I’m decidedly anti-hair-bump (on myself—I think they look great on others), and she keeps joking that I’m going to end up with a giant beehive.
What I learned during my hairstyle search was that I apparently like the braids and curls. This one is pretty, but once again I worry about how it would look from the front.
I love the tendrils that hang down in this style. I feel like it’s romantic and elegant. In looking at further photos of this updo, however, I like it less. It’s too…big and poufy? Sort of like my Paint drawing above. Plus, the tendrils would probably brush on my shoulders all night and make me unhappy.
Image via Utopia Salon
Curls and braids again, with a side ponytail that is most likely visible from the front. I think this style is beautiful, but I’m not sure if it would be versatile with a veil or a hair piece. I’m not fully decided on which direction I’m going in (I’m leaning toward veil, currently) but I might do both (veil for the ceremony, hair piece for the reception).
Image via Pretty Designs
This one is just plain curls and I love it—it’s messy but sophisticated. This is actually one of the first styles that I pinned.
As of right now, I’m still trying to figure out what I’d like to do. My current direction is the Kate Middleton inspired style with some of the braided/tendrils mixed in. My hair and makeup trial isn’t until August, so I’m able to put some more thought into it.
What style do you like best? Did you go with an updo or some other style? Am I weird when it comes to specific instances about hair touching me?