Hi babes! I had the pleasure of doing my friend Chelsea’s hair for her wedding which took place at The Wayfarer Farm on Whidbey Island……..Absolutely beautiful place for a Pacific Northwest wedding.
Chelsea had come to see me at VAIN for a run-through of the hairstyle where we hashed out what she wanted and I figured out how to build it. She was going for something that would add a touch of rock ‘n roll to her very beautiful Cinderella farm wedding vibe, and she knew she wanted Air Plants incorporated into the style, (She is the woman behind Terrarium Trader😉
I wanted to show y’all how I did this style to illustrate the importance of having a plan when doing bridal hair, and of taking your time to build the scaffolding of the style first so that the look will be sturdy, and how that sets the base for a beautiful and long lasting wedding hairstyle.
First off, I need to take a minute to shout out to Dylan at VAIN for making Chelsea’s haircolor so dreamy and also to Shannon W at VAIN for doing a fantastic job on makeup, and for accompanying me on the trip up to the Island, and then of course Chelsea’s lovely mother and sisters who were with us in those crucial prep-time hours leading up to the ceremony.
Here is how I created this beautiful bridal hairstyle for Chels.
Tools: Crimper, comb, sectioning clips, boar bristle brush, large and small bobbies, hair pins, hair spray.
Time to start preppin.
I began by sectioning out her mohawk, which was basically 3.5 inches wide down the center of her head, from the front hairline to the nape. I clipped off both sides, out of the way for now.
Then, working down the length of the mohawk section beginning in the front I alternated between fishtail braids and crimped section.
Beginning at the front hairline, I took a section of hair that was about an inch and a half deep, with a clean parting, and I backcombed the hair from the back side at her roots, creating a nice thick base of volume in the front. I made sure to smooth down the front of her hair. Then, I fishtail braided this section and secured the ends with a small elastic. I layed the braid forward and out of the way.
In the next section below the braid, I parted out a second section of the same 1.5 inch width. I used my crimper on a high setting from her roots to her ends in this section.
Below this section, another section of the same width. This time, split the section vertically and created 2 smaller fishtail braids, for variation.
Another crimped section of the same width below that.
Another single fishtail braid below that.
Another crimped section.
One last braid.
Time to start building.
Okay, starting in the front, deconstruct your first fishtail braid by pulling it apart at the edges, widening and softening it.
In your crimped section, back-comb it tight and right.
Work your way down your mohawk section, deconstructing every braid, and back-combing every crimped section. Be sure that when you are back-combing, you make sure that the first inch of hair from the roots gets the tightest stack. This will make it easy to pin your hawk together tightly.
K. Now, starting in your first crimped section, take the entire section in your hand and roll in and tuck it in some creative manner, towards the scalp, creating a textural nest of hair with the ends tucked in and hidden. Use large pins to pin the nest into the head. Pin from several angles to secure.
Now repeat this with every crimped section. If you want, you can split the sections into smaller subsections, creating several small hair nests within that section. This will create a more intricate texture.
When you are done pinning in your crimped sections, it is time to braid your side sections. Take one section in your hand, and brush it straight back over the ear, at a diagonal with a boar bristle brush, as tight and smooth as you can. Gather it as far up on the side/back of the head as you can as if you were going to ponytail it. Now, with the hair in your hand loosely , walk around the bride to her opposite side. You will be braiding this section in this direction, called over-direction, over the top of her head. Fishtail braid this section tightly. This creates the nice smooth flat sides, but with more braid at the crown to build with! Now deconstruct your braid, and repeat on the other side.
Now it is time to get creative constructing with your braids. Beginning in the front, wind and tuck your first braid around and into your first hair nest. Keep in mind that it should look gorgeous from the front, back and both sides.
As you use your creative eye to wind each braid into and around your nests, pinning them securely and tucking in the ends, be aware of keeping the style balanced shape wise, and texture wise. Also, remember that once you have the hawk fully created and pinned into place, you can always go back and tug and pin it more as needed to keep shaping it to where you want it.
Pin your braids in and around your nests to perfection, building a beautiful tall, striking hawk of textural intricate looking hair piled together.
Fuss with it, add more pins, poke, prod and pull. Pull down some tiny baby hairs on the sides (Ladyparts!) and then spray the hell out of it when you and the bride are satisfied. Add Air plants along each side to garnish.