By Ashley Peters
Hair accessories are one of those things that brides-to-be often don’t even consider until they are asked the question “Are you planning to wear a hair accessory?”. Then as if suddenly all of the options pouring in at once they’re frozen not knowing whether to answer yes or no, what is right or wrong and it all seems just to be too much. Let’s look at some of the things to consider and put those concerns to rest.
Q: “Why choose a hair accessory?”
A: Hair accessories can be the item to take a very standard, classic or even simple style and elevate it to the next level. Accessories can make your hair extra glam, an eye catching look, an extension of the vibe of the wedding and an extension of your personality. Accessories can also add details and visual intricacy amplified by dark or single toned hair. Now of course all of this comes down to preference and it is not mandatory by any means.
Q: “Is it possible to wear hair accessory if I’m planning to wear a veil?”
A:The answer is an absolute yes! Depending upon the type of accessory the veil can either cover it completely or the accessory can be shown while wearing the veil as well. It’s not a this or that option; you as the bride have all of the options for your stunning look!
Q: “Can I wear a hair accessory if my hair style is completely down?”
A:Yes! This is easily an option. You won’t see the structural support that the stylist will put in the underneath layers of your hair from where the accessory will be placed. It’s in these under layers of structure that give a great base to put the hair accessory in securely for the entire day and night while it will look like it is effortlessly staying in place.
Q: “How do I choose the right hair accessory?”
A: This is tricky because in my humble opinion there is no “right” hair accessory. One hairstyle could use 10 different types of hair accessories and they could all look stunning. It really comes down to preference. While this could open Pandora’s box of options think of it instead as you can’t go wrong.
Q: “ What if I don’t like bling?
A: That’s A-OK! There are so many accessories out there and they don’t all have bling. So if you know you want something but you don’t want the shine keep looking because there’s an option out there for you. Something such as flowers (real or artificial), are considered accessories as are vintage pieces that tend to be less blingy. If you like the jewels but not the shine a little aerosol dry shampoo or texture spray can knock down that extra reflective quality on the metal.
Q: “ Why is there such a HUGE price range?”
A: There are so many options and with that so many price tags. Sometimes you will get an amazing deal but be weary. If it’s a really amazing deal make sure there’s a return option available because it’s very easy for jeweled accessories to suddenly look very cheap and unfortunately this often happens with steals of a deal while their online listings have freakishly fantastic photos. The more detailed and intricate a piece is the more likely chance it should appropriately be more expensive because the painstaking time it took to make it.
Q: “ When should I get it?”
A: Personally I recommend as soon as you pick your dress you should start thinking about accessories as it is part of the whole packaged look. Bonus points if you know exactly what you want and have it in time for the bridal trial. As a bridal hairstylist I have a wide array of options available for brides-to-be to try on at their trial. This way they can see what their hair style will look like with various accessories. In general sooner rather later with an accessory is better but certainly make sure it has ample time to arrive.
Q: “ What are the specific concerns as a vegan?”
A: As we know we’re always on the lookout for animal products appearing and specifically when it comes to bridal accessories most commonly be on the watch for silk, leather and feathers. Silk is most likely going to be the item most prevalent. If it is attached to a vine, crown, etc ask the vendor if they can remove it from the accessory. If the manufacturers can’t the stylist surely can. It’s actually surprisingly easy to avoid these items. Now as mentioned and as you probably realize by now there’s a plethora of options out there. So many that it can be daunting and a bit overwhelming. One really neat option is through a company called “Hair Comes The Bride”. They have a program called “Try Then Buy”. In this program you select accessories you’d like to try and they send them to you to try out, (typically in conjuncture with your hair trial but it doesn’t have to be). You send back the ones (or all) that you don’t like. It allows you to try out various options and a huge benefit to those whose are visual but also spacial people. If this does interest you use the code : “TheStylistAbroad ” . You’ll be able to participate in the “Try Then Buy” program for free plus receive 20% off any order.
Still have questions, concerns or just need help? Don’t hesitate to reach out! Whether I’m personally working on your hair or not I always have time to make sure every bride looks their best.
*This article does contain an affiliate links however all opinions are my own.
Ashley Peters is an American based hairstylist, author and business owner. While many of her brides are stateside she is available for destination weddings worldwide. She is passionate about animal advocacy, connecting through travel, art and always learning something new. When her hands aren’t in hair you’ll find her on a hiking trail, with a good book or off on a crazy adventure with her husband, pups and soy vanilla latte in hand.