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On the Seventh Day of Christmas: Wedding Hairstyles in 2019/2020

(Photo courtesy of Blush & Adore)

‘Tis the season to recollect on a year’s worth of wedding trends and what’s to come after the calendar year ends. To a “12 Days of Christmas” tune, we’re revisiting what big day details we saw in 2019 and what’s sure to appear in 2020. (Spoiler alert: No partridges in pear trees… but a pheasant or peacock, maybe.)

By Becca Jones

Wedding decor, dresses, even bridal hair… it all changes with the times. Don’t believe us? Take a peek at mom’s old wedding photos! Here, Brenna Larsen, hairstylist at Blush & Adore, chats about hair highs and lows of 2019 and what wedding hairstyles we can anticipate seeing more of in 2020.

In 2019, bridal hair moved away from stiff, sprayed tresses to the increasingly popular bohemian look. Loose waves and pulled out braids photograph effortlessly, Larsen says. “Just-don’t-care hair” also lends itself to the wear and tear a bride endures on her big day. Boho brides don’t fret over loose ends. They embrace them, because they enhance the desired look.

Larsen predicts the boho trend will stick in 2020 but become even more effortless. “We have done many trials for 2020 and the looks are still pretty similar,” Larsen says. “The messier the better!” Some brides go as far to request “no-dos,” where it looks like their hair hasn’t been done at all, Larsen says. “One bride specifically said, ‘I want my curls to look like I did them yesterday.’” When brides do their hair on the natural side, they feel more like themselves, Larsen says. So, 2020’s bridal hair buzzword? Effortless.

In 2020 Larsen hopes more brides opt to throw their tresses up, as it’s where hairstylists can get the most creative. She does, however, recognize brides might leave their hair down for confidence’s sake: loose waves, either fully down or partly pinned.

What Larsen also sees as trending up? Hair accessories to bring the look together. “Hair accessories are icing on the hairstyle,” Larsen says. In 2020, she anticipates fresh flowers and cathedral length veils. Larsen thinks if a veil fits your look, every bride should wear one. “They are stunning and photograph so beautifully with any hairstyle.” Flowers as hair accessories, on the other hand, are just going to get bigger in 2020, as many brides will go for the effortless, undone look.

To Larsen and her team, hair is a bride’s most important vendor. A bad hair day is a bad day, Larsen says. Stylists want brides feeling confident and have noted this often happens when brides pick soft, lived in, and even messy hairstyles. 2020 is just the year for this.

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