How to Choose Wedding Hairstyles for Medium-Length Hair

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Brides-to-be with medium-length hair have many options when it comes to choosing a hairstyle for the big day. Shoulder-length hair offers enough length and versatility to experiment with updos, waves and curls. Because the options are so vast, it can be difficult to narrow down your choices. Choose the right hairstyle to complement your dress, theme and personality, because the memories and photographs of your wedding day will last a lifetime.

Research

  • Start by looking at a broad selection of wedding hairstyles in bridal magazines, blogs and online resources to get a sense of what you like and don’t like. Tear out or print images of a few favorite hairstyles to help focus your thoughts. When looking at images, consider the texture of your hair. If it’s naturally very curly, a sleek, straightened style may not be your best option, because it’s unlikely to hold the shape all day and night. If you have straight hair that doesn’t hold curls well, a loose wavy style may not look perfectly coiffed after a few hours. If you’re having a beach wedding, something unstructured and loosely pinned up will suit the beach surroundings and keep your hair free from your neck. For a winter wonderland wedding, a chic, neatly pinned chignon at the nape of your neck will stay put better in winter conditions than a loose and tousled style.

Dress

  • Your wedding hairstyle should complement your dress rather than compete with it. If your dress is strapless and you don’t want to show off too much skin, a loose medium-length hairstyle that rests around your shoulders will balance out your look. Curling your hair will make it appear shorter. If you want to show off a daring backless bridal dress, try pulling your hair into a loose chignon or side-swept ponytail to draw attention to the back of your gown.

Headpieces

  • If you plan to wear a veil, tiara or embellished hair pin, you’ll need to consider this before choosing a style. Combs and barrettes have better styling power in curly or wavy hair, because the texture helps the accessory hold better. If your medium hair is fine or straight, opt for headband-style accessories instead.

Rehearsal

  • It’s essential to have a mock tryout of the potential hairstyles before the wedding. You check that each hairdo suits you and also see how long it holds. Try to make your appointment in the morning so you can see how long the hairstyle will last through the day. Take several ideas and pictures to your stylist, who will be able to adjust the styles to suit your hair type and texture. Your stylist can also help you decide which one you'll go with for the big day.

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