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2010 bridal hair trends

<p>Bridal hair this year ranges from modern, easy versions of traditional hairstyles to structured hair-do&rsquo;s, which match the strong or sculpted clothing lines (pleating, origami, ruching) that are in vogue now.</p>

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Classic hairstyles such as the chignon (ballerina bun), French roll, pony-tail, loose curls and single plait are being updated for a softer and more natural look. These hairstyles are a stark contrast to the formal, up-do’s of years gone by.Many brides are also opting for clip-in hair extensions, in order to have more hair length and, therefore, more versatility of hairstyles to choose from.

Here are some tips for your wedding day hair:

• Begin planning your wedding hairstyle as soon as you have selected your gown. The type and style of the gown can lend itself to a particular hairstyle, for example a full ballgown may require a chic chignon, or a slim mermaid-styled dress may lend itself to a more voluminous type of hairstyle.

• Just as you would do with your make-up, have a trial hairstyle done prior to your wedding.

• Ensure your hairstyle complements the structure of your face.

• Consult with your stylist and decide on your hairstyle before you choose your veil, headpiece or hair jewelry.

• Ensure your hairstyle suits the degree of formality of your gown and the type of reception (eg, will your style be suitable for an outdoor wedding?)

• If you are confused about whether you should choose an up-do or whether to wear your hair long, you can select a “half-up” hairstyle, where some of your hair is worn up and the rest cascades. This style can be worked differently with the volume on the top or with texture on the sides.

• Invest in a good haircut; and have your hair cut every six weeks.

• Wear a buttoned-down shirt or blouse on your wedding day, so that getting out of your clothing will not interfere with your hairstyle or up-do (and your make-up), once your stylist is finished.

• Use a hairspray to set your style, preferably one that has volumising and/or anti-humidity agents.

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