Hair: Go Big

Pairing voluminous tresses with the perfect dresses

Last July when Kaia Gerber (Cindy Crawford’s daughter) took to the runway at the Valentino Couture fashion show in Paris, she heralded the return of big hair.

The legendary hairstylist Guido Palau created a ‘60s-inspired sky-high and ultra-thick look which apparently took 50 wigs, 250 color processes and 150 hours of prep to create.

So why is big hair back and how many hours do mere mortals have to devote to it?

Stylist to the stars, Sam McKnight says, “We have been embracing natural, undone hair for a while, it’s time for a change.”

It’s true.

For nearly 20 years, the predominant looks for every day and for weddings have been soft, natural waves, smooth blowouts and romantic chignons.

The new “Big Hair Energy,” as it is being coined, may have been inspired by the recent female empowerment movement. Big hair suggests self-confidence, and not being afraid to be noticed.

However it’s being embraced by brides who want to match their special dress with an equally special hairstyle, which radiates confidence and joy. Voluminous styles are also almost universally flattering, they soften out features and always add glamour.

Not all big hairdos, however, will complement every style of wedding dress, so think through the options. If a flippy, bouncy bouffant won’t work, consider a sky-high pony which cascades down your back. If you are set on an updo, a super-plumped, swept-to-one-side chignon will take your look to the next level.

If your mind is racing to worrying thoughts of 1980s perms, crimped hair and bad layered haircuts — stop. The new big hair is 1960s Hepburn-inspired and the essential arsenal consists of thickening spray, hairspray, Velcro rollers and a teasing comb.

Hair accessories can really finish off the look. Statement bows and ribbons, diamanté clips with initials or words, and natural flowers are all pretty ways to add a personal touch.

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