Braids have become a special request of many brides looking to use their own hair as ornamentation, notes Susan Monahan, the go-to bridal stylist at the Warren Tricomi salon in Greenwich. She likes working a delicate braid into the hairline of brides who are wearing their hair down. The effect is ethereal and “has the effect of a pretty hair band.” Twisting a more dramatic one along the side of the head of a bride who is wearing her hair in a classic chignon is another option Susan adores. “Weaving a French braid along the hairline incorporates structure in a way that acts like an accessory, but it’s more subtle because it’s just your hair.”
And speaking of accessories, Susan is fond of popping color into hair with hairpins, barrettes and something old, as in antique family heirlooms. “I love it when a bride comes to me with her grandmother’s brooch and asks me to make it part of her look.”
Susan’s foolproof bridal hair tip: “Always have your dress before your hair consult. I have a lot of brides who worry so much about their hair they come to me first, but the dress should dictate your style and the overall look of your hair and accessories. Get the gown and then go see your stylist.” And bring a picture of it!