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Wedding Hair Trends, Half-Up Half-Down

The half-up, half-down wedding hair style is becoming very popular lately. More or less the main wedding hairtrend of 2009. There is a good article on this on the Trully Wedding Blog. It says:

If you are wearing an off-the-shoulder bridal gown, one of the best wedding hairstyles is half-up, half-down.

If you are considering this look, check out this video, where hair stylist James Warner puts together this glamorous style on a beautiful bride-to-be.

Has a very cool video too! Click for the full article.

Choosing a Wedding Hairstyle

Your appearance on your wedding day is your top priority. This is the day you have been dreaming of since you were a little girl, so you should not compromise on anything. Feel free to skimp on anything else at the wedding so you have enough money in your budget to truly look and feel like the princess you deserve on your special day. You want to have professional hair and makeup in addition to your dream dress. Luckily, there are plenty of Canadian hair stylists who will travel to your home on your wedding day to style your hair.

photo credit: Michael, in Vancouver

There are several important factors to keep in mind in order to choose the perfect hairstyle for you. Do you know what they are?


Your dress will really help you determine your wedding hairstyle. If you have a high collared wedding dress then you will definitely need to wear your hair up. If you have a strapless dress, then you can wear your hair up or down depending on your preference. If you have another dress style experiment with different styles to find the one that looks best.


Your veil should look good with your hairstyle. Always have a "practice run" with your hair, veil, and dress to see if it looks the way you imagined. If so, you can relax and wait for the big day. If not, you still have time to fix it!


The style and length of your wedding hair will play a role in the style you choose for your wedding day. If you have extremely long hair an up-style will almost always look best. If you have lots of layers then a half up-style will probably work in your favor. Experiment with your hair and the style you want to ensure you really are the beautiful bride you dreamed of on your wedding day.

Story by Laura Rupert

Wedding Hairstyles

Your bridal hairstyle is a very important part of your wedding day attire. It will complete the dress and the veil and will bring together all the key elements of your look. Whether you have long hair or short, there are a few key styles that have surpassed the test of time and come back season after to season to adorn brides everywhere. Here's a list of a few of those enduring and classic bridal hairstyles.
  • The Bun: this style is pulled tight leaving no loose strands around the face or neck. It can be worn plain or adorned with flowers, crystals, and pins.
    Bridal Bun


  • The Up Do: this style, too, is pulled tight but the end result is usually far more elaborate than its bun counterpart.
    Bridal Updo


  • The Messy Up Do: unlike the bun and the traditional up do, the messy up do is not pulled tightly back and there are usually lots of loose strands around the face and neck making this style very soft, romantic, and sexy.
    Messy updo
  • The French Twist: the hair is twisted to the back of the head in a vertical line or along the side of the head in a horizontal line. It is a tightly held look with no loose ends.
    French twist


  • The Chignon: this style is the French twist's cousin. Both styles are pulled tightly back but in this case, the ends are not twisted in a vertical or horizontal line. They are arranged in a knot formation at the nape of the neck or on the side of the head.
    Chignon bride


    Both the French Twist and Chignon are very elegant styles that should be reflected in the wedding dress.
  • The Half Up/Half Down: this style allows for the hair around the face to be gathered up while the back part of the hair is left down in flowing curls. This look is very popular since it works well with most faces and with most dress styles.
    Half up bridal hair


  • The Long Wavy Do: this style tips the sexy scale as long, wavy locks are left to brush against the shoulders and neck. This style works great with a strapless dress and no veil.
    Long wavy wedding hair


  • Part of the fun of finding the right hairstyle for your wedding day is to spend lots of time with your hairdresser trying on different looks. Who doesn't enjoy a day at the salon?