Hair Accessories – For Brides, For Parties or Just For the Sake of It

Thanks to a huge range of hair accessories at affordable prices, no matter what your beauty budget may be, YOU too can have that celebrity look!! All it takes ladies is plenty of practises and some patience.

Here is a list of Hair Accessories and a brief summary;

• Hair clips

Ranging from the small and discrete to the big and bold. A hair clip can be the making of loose tumbling locks or give the wow factor to a simple but stylish up-do.

• Hair combs

Like the hair clip, a hair comb can turn the most simplest of styles into a piece of art.

Unlike the hair clip, a comb can create volume to your hair as well as decoratively holding a style securely in place.

• Hair Pins

They are very decorative and are perfect to adorn a French pleat or chignon.

Many Brides and Bridesmaids wear hair pins on their big day as you can find a huge variety of designs.

• Hair Slides

They are very versatile. You can use a hair slide to hold a style in place or scatter them throughout the hair and use them as decoration. Many wedding parties use hair slides due to their versatility and low cost.

• Hair claws

A hair claw may be a first on some of you but actually I expect you all have one or even two at home! It’s just the name you may not be accustomed to. Commonly known as the crocodile clip, due to the spiky and sometimes sharp set of teeth which grip and hold the hair each side. Again they come in all sizes and designs. I would recommend a hair claw if you are wearing your hair in an up-do.

• Hair Bands

I know many of you now have the image of your daughters scrunchy you have sent her off to school in, but please don’t be mistaken in thinking hair bands are only for children! This is definitely not the case. There is an enormous variety of hair bands out there, for women of all ages. Ranging from the large, velvet bands in an assortment of colours to the simple bands with a jewelled attachment. The perfect hair accessory to transform a ponytail from plain to super chic. And ladies…PLEASE do not use a hair band to solely hide a bad hair day or on those Sunday’s with your joggers! A hair band to match your shoes or hand bag is an essential part of your evening wardrobe.

• Concord Clips

Like the hair slide and hair pin, the concord clip is very versatile. It can be used to hold your hair style in place or simply as decoration. A concord clip is great to use in all hair types.

• Head Bands

A great come back for the hair band over the past few years! With many celebs being snapped wearing one. Like the hair band, the head band is NOT only for children. Brides and Bridesmaids alike are turning to the head band as a cheaper and sometimes more comfortable option as opposed to a Tiara. Unlike many other hair accessories, the head band can be worn no matter what your hair type or length is. In fact I seem to recall the odd footballer wearing a head band in its more practical use!

• Headpieces

Traditional head dressing but by no means a thing of the past! With a wide collection of diamante headpieces to feathers to pearls (and the list goes on..)…ideal to dress tumbling curls, a romantic chignon or elegant up-do. Another Bridal favourite!

• Tiaras

The ultimate in Bridal wear but please ladies, get your money’s worth and don’t just wear it on your wedding day! Dust it off and feel like the princess again. This hair accessory is far too precise to stay boxed at the bottom of your wardrobe.

TOP TIP for any hair Accessory;

Whether your purchasing a hair pin to a headpiece, please make sure it will be secure in your type of hair. The last thing you want is for your hair accessory to slip out, minutes after putting it in place. A head of fine hair will need a thin narrow grip to the clip, something wide and weighty will only slide out and when buying a hair comb, make sure the teeth are shorter and closer together. A lady with thicker hair will need a comb with longer, fewer and more spread apart teeth.

Selecting the Perfect Hair Style For Your Wedding Day

How your going to wear your hair is just one more thing to add to the list of to do’s for your special day. However, do not worry too much on which style you’re going to select because your decision should be based on the type of wedding gown and wedding accessories you will be wearing. The style you select should make you feel like the princess you so it is rather important to pick the one you truly are comfortable with and love!

Start by experimenting with different styles early so you can decide on how you would like to wear it during the wedding. Some hairstyles work better if your hair is washed the day before, while others work best if washed that day. These are some issues you should find out well before your wedding day so there’s one less thing to worry about. The following are some of the most popular wedding hairstyles:

* Loose & Curly Waves:

Many brides of today like wearing a textured look with highlights. If you want something other than having a straight hairstyle and you don’t want to wear it up, this may be the style for you. If you are thinking of getting highlights, ask your hair dresser when would be the best time to get them.

* French Twist:

Depending on your facial structure, this may be the right style for you. A French twist can be worn high or low, and pretty things such as a chain of small flowers or pearl pins can be added to extenuate this hair style.

* Cascading curls:

This is a beautiful hairstyle for many women and you can add a few small flowers through your curls.

* Chignon:

This style is pulled back and formed into a little ball worn at the neck. If you’re wearing a tiara or fancy comb or veil, this may be a great look for you.

Once you make up your mind what kind of hair style you want to wear for your wedding day, you should discuses a timeline on when to do what. Try your new hair style now so you can make sure this is what you want, then mark your calendar for when you need to make touch-ups and trims so you can have the perfect hair on your special day. Here is a timeline to help you along.

* Two months before your wedding get your highlights done.

* One month before have a dress rehearsal with your hairstyle and hairpiece.

* Two weeks to go before have your highlights touched up and your split ends trimmed.

* One week have your roots colored

# The day before wash & condition your hair. Your hair is easier to work with a day after a shampoo.

These are some simple tips to help you get ideas for your hair on your wedding day. The thing to keep in mind is to stay healthy because true beauty comes from within. If you feel you need to diet before your wedding day, have a sensible diet plan. Get plenty of sleep and try not to stress too much about getting married. Stress shows in your skin and in your hair so try to keep your stress levels low. If you plan ahead, your hair will look beautiful at your wedding and you will walk down the aisle being the most beautiful woman in the room; just as it should be!

Bridal Hair Accessories – Making the Perfect Choice

Preparing for your wedding day is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do, but, as you probably already know, there are quite literally dozens of tasks to take care of and to remember, causing many brides-to-be to forget about their hairstyle and the ever important hair accessories.

Whether your nuptials will be a formal affair and you’ll have your hair done in an up-do, or you’re opting for a more casual or romantic look with hair cascading around your face or shoulders, or any of the other different types of wedding styles in between, hair accessories can be the finishing touch that completes your entire look.

Today, there are many different hair accessories for brides to choose from, giving you plenty of opportunities to find just the right piece, or pieces, that will accentuate not only your hairstyle but your dress and other accessories like jewelry as well. But, with all of these choices available, how can you really know which accessories will best with the hairstyle you have chosen for your big day, or which one will complement your dress, but not overshadow it?

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when shopping for your bridal hair accessories so that you’ll have one less thing to worry about in preparation for the day.

First, as a general rule of thumb, it’s always advisable to keep your accessories as simple and elegant as possible. All eyes will be on the bride all day long and she should radiate a sense of stunning beauty, one that doesn’t need a host of embellishments to compete with.

With that in mind, although hats have waned some in popularity over the years for brides, there are still several different types to choose from ranging from the small and dainty to the large and rather noticeable. Or, there’s always the classic beauty of the stone-studded tiara well as the relatively new type of bridal hair accessory, the bun wrap to consider.

Combs and headbands, either plain or adorned with crystals and gemstones, are more popular choices as they not only add interest to the hairstyle, but they also help to hold it firmly in place all throughout the busy day. For a retro look, choose a wider headband while thinner bands work better with modern dresses and styles.

Hair jewelry, whether ornate and detailed or simple and understated, can be placed randomly throughout your hairstyle or arranged strategically around a bun or around the crown for creating the look of a tiara.

If you absolutely can’t decide on one accessory over another, a simple strand of pearls or sparkling cubic zirconium along with a few strategically placed hairpins can give you the chance to create your own unique look. Or, use fresh or faux flowers, or feathers, one of the newest trends in bridal hair accessories, attached to hair clips, barrettes, or combs.

Coupled with the right hairstyle, any of these accessories can be perfect for helping you to feel even more beautiful on your most special of days. Taking plenty of time to fully explore all of your options as well as knowing exactly what hairstyle you want will greatly help to ensure you’ll be totally happy with your finished look and choose the absolute perfect hair accessory.

What to Look For In a Wedding Dress

Most brides have an idea of what they want in a wedding dress, even if it’s only a little seed of an idea deeply embedded in our minds, so deep it’s difficult to articulate what it looks like until we see it. Sometimes it is easy to find our dream dress, and other times you may be searching for quite a bit of time until you find the right one.

You may or may not be aware of the other important things to remember and consider when shopping for your perfect wedding dress. It’s more than just falling in love with something that dazzles your eyes. It’s more than picking what type of sleeves you want or the cut and fabric of the dress–there are much more practical concerns to consider as well.

I wanted to give you a rough guide of what to look for the next time you wander into a bridal shop looking for “the one.”

Breathability & Move-ability

I’m sure you’ve all had the experience of wearing a dress or outfit in your lifetime that you practically had to hold your breath in. You wanted to wear it so bad you were going to take your chances and not move your arms up or down or bend the wrong way for fear of making a rip. Do you know what I’m talking about? On your wedding day, you don’t want this to be you. Whatever dress you purchase, you want it to fit so nice and perfectly that you could run a marathon in it and still feel great. Okay, maybe not a marathon, but you get the point. You want to be able to breathe in your dress. You don’t want it to be so tight and awkward that it hinders your ability to enjoy yourself on this truly special day in your life.

Sitting Down

When you try on your potential dream dress, try sitting down and getting back up. Is it easy to do? Because if it isn’t this isn’t going to be your dream dress. You should be able to move around (kind of goes with the above category of “move-ability”). Some dresses are just so big and bulky that brides can’t sit down and get back up without help.

Bathroom Easiness

Speaking of sitting down, you’ll definitely be needing to use the potty at some point during your wedding-probably at many points. How easy can you get your dress up and do your business? Does it require help? If you’re okay with having an army of helpers in the bathroom with you while you do your business, then no worries here. But if you want to be able to use the bathroom without an audience, take this into consideration when settling on a dress.

On and Off

Can you get dressed by yourself? This is not always a problem because it’s quite common for your mother and/or bridal party to help you get dressed. However, this is something some brides may wish to consider when choosing a wedding gown.

How Much does the Dress Cost?

A dress may be your dream gown, but does it fit into your wedding budget? I recommend figuring out exactly how much you are willing to pay for a dress and stick to those parameters. Purchasing a wedding gown of your dreams is a big deal, but remember that the wedding is only one day. You don’t want to have to spend years paying off a dress you wore once.

Congruent with Your Theme

Depending on where you get married and what the theme is, this may impact the kind of dress you get. If you’re having a beach wedding in the summer, obviously you may not want a long-sleeved gown with an extra long train, you know? You can figure out a lot about the style, fabric, cut, formal/informal dress that you buy based on the actual plans for the wedding.

Wedding Garters Are a Nice Tradition and Accessory

Wedding garters are known to be a traditional wedding accessory. They are designed with a piece of elastic, which is used to hold a stocking or stock. They have a traditional significance and yet many modern brides wear them on the day of their wedding. You can find skillfully crafted garters with nice designs and high quality.

These days, the tradition of tossing a wedding garter out into a crowd of single men at a wedding is a fun activity and a lighthearted custom at many contemporary weddings. However, this tradition is centuries old, and was once somewhat of a brutal and even dangerous practice for the bride. In the past, superstitions were widespread and were commonly believed by people of all classes. Back then life was harder, so any tiny bit of luck was considered to be a precious and valuable commodity that was aggressively pursued. One of these superstitions was regarding the newly married bride.

Brides, in those olden days, were considered to be pure, since they were known to have a “virgin status” and also represented a symbol of fertility. This is because shortly after most marriages, were the births of new babies. Brides were looked upon as being very lucky since they had found a mate and would soon change from being a virgin to a woman and then eventually a mother. As a result, everyone wanted a portion of this luck and so it became common practice for the wedding guests to tear off pieces of the wedding dress as token of receiving good luck.

Wedding garters were also linked to and associated with virginity and fertility. The act of a groom removing the chastity belt from a bride represented a transition from girl to woman or from child to wife. It was considered to be such good luck to hold these wedding garters, that wedding guests would many times attack brides so that they could possess this great luck. As a result, brides were often trampled during these attacks of drunken wedding guests. This is why the tradition changed into one where the groom removes the wedding garter first and then throws it into the crowd before they get out of control.

Single men wanted the wedding garters because they believed it would bring them good luck in finding their own bride. The lucky guy who caught the wedding garter would put it in his hat and wear it until he found a woman he wanted to marry. The he would give it to her to show her his intentions. Other times the man who caught the wedding garter would place the garter on the leg of a girl he was interested in right at the wedding.

However, the female guests at weddings also wanted some luck and soon the tradition arose where the bride would throw her wedding bouquet into a crowd of single women. It was believed that the girl who would catch the bridal bouquet would be the next one to find a husband. Other cultures believed that the girl who caught the bouquet and the man who caught the wedding garter would end up marrying each other. And so, maybe another wedding would soon follow!

Wedding Day Accessories

So, you just got engaged and you are not that into fashion. Or, you are completely into the dress, but don’t know what else you have to do. Well, here is a list of the items that you have to think about for your wedding day. Hopefully, this list will help you be prepared so you won’t have to scramble around at the last minute and buy something you don’t really want.

Wedding dress: First, you need to look for a wedding dress. This is a statement about you, the wedding, your own style. This is what everyone will see you in so make sure you try on a lot of different styles. There are long and short styles, A-line and princess cuts, off the shoulder, long sleeve, everything you can think of. So, be patient, look through the wedding magazines, and start trying them on. Also, don’t bring too many people with you when you make your decision. Everyone will have an opinion, but the most important thing is that you like the dress.

Wedding shoes: Do you want ivory wedding shoes or silver wedding shoes? What color is your dress? How high are your heels? The wedding shoes are the second most important thing to think about for the wedding day outfit, right after your wedding dress. So, think through the color, the style, the heel height and then go shopping. Also, make sure you bring them on the day of your fitting so you can get your dress altered to the right height.

Wedding hair accessories: This is another component of your outfit. You will need something to put in your hair. Or, you can opt for nothing. It really depends on what look you are going for. Some women buy a tiara so they can look like a princess. Some go for a headband so it is not too flashy. Others will buy clips and combs or put flowers in their hair. Whatever you choose, make sure you try it on with your hair stylist before the big day.

Wedding undergarments: What you wear underneath will affect how the dress falls and how you feel. If you have a dress with a thick material, this is not as important since it will hide granny pants as well as thongs. If you have a thin dress, make sure that you wear undergarments that do not have lines. Finally, think about whether or not you want to add Spanx to your outfit to make you look skinnier on that day.

Wedding jewelry: This is the final thing to buy. Wedding earrings, necklace and bracelet. Some of you may only buy or find one of these items. Sometimes, you can find the items in your own closet or your mother’s closet. Whatever you find, make sure you have it before the big day.