“This exquisite style is perfect for hair that sits just below the shoulder,” says Jo Plant of Exile Hair Design in Auckland. “Very short hair would make this tricky to achieve: a skilled stylist – and perhaps hair extensions – would be essential, albeit worth it. Long-haired brides would find their final look might have a little more volume than pictured above, but it would still be beautifully elegant,” she says. For this ’do, Lisa curled the hair from mid-lengths down, and began a classic chignon by pulling away side sections and creating a low bun, before pinning sections into the bun to create the desired shape.
Diamond earrings by Carats, dress by Martina Liana from Alma J Bridal Boutique.
Natalie Houston of Floramay Flowers says requests for bridal flower crowns are constant. “Some brides are wearing them for their reception only, and choosing a traditional veil for the ceremony.” In her stunning creation (right) she’s used white lisianthus, eucalyptus, gypsophila, ruscus, and white corn flower.
A defined part with height at the front and a down-do wave (opposite page) is a look that lends itself best to an indoor ceremony – in other words, it won’t do well in wind or rain. “While you may be set on a certain hair style for your wedding day, it’s really important to be ready to adapt or change it if weather circumstances are not in your favour,” says Lisa. “Additionally, you’ll need a hair trial to ensure your hair will ‘hold’ a look like this,” she explains: thinner, straight strands might fall flat too easily. “And finally, you’ll need a lot of great hair prep – think curling and moussing – to pull it off.”
A sleek pony positioned to one side is often a style chosen by brides who have an intricately detailed dress and don’t want to overshadow the fabric and form of the design. Depending on hair length and the type of layering, a look like this is not as simple as it seems. “To keep this style perfect all day, it’s all about the preparation,” explains Jo. “Start off with beautiful soft curls for volume, before beginning the style. It then requires plenty of back-combing and supporting clips to create a sophisticated look that will last the distance – and hair spray to finish is a must!” To subtly accessorise this look, Jo suggests a classic vintage piece. “Unique, handcrafted metal clips and really soft miniature flowers add old-style glamour to this look.”
Dress by Martina Liana from Alma J Bridal Boutique, earrings by Carats.
“Plaits and fishtail looks are pretty big,” explains Lisa. “But the trick for a good fishtail is to do a tight plait to start with, then add some texture powder – which gives the grit you need for the body and messiness, as well as keeping the plait shape. Then, pull the plait apart with your fingertips. It doesn’t have to be perfectly tidy – the look is meant to be a little deconstructed.”
Unlayered hair works best for this look (otherwise you’ll have the shorter pieces of hair popping out from your plait), but layered ladies don’t despair: your hairdresser may be able to work their magic for you. One of the best things about boho-style hair is, if you do get a windy day and hair gets all messy, it doesn’t matter. It’s a lot more forgiving in New Zealand’s unpredictable weather.
Dress by Martina Liana from Alma J Bridal Boutique.