Bridal Hair Trends in 2016

Brides, relax. If you’re walking down the aisle in 2016, you can leave your OCD behind. Bridal hair trends in 2016 are all about being messy and undone.

Alayne had the honor of spending two days styling for the Kleinfeld’s Bridal Show in NYC recently, one of only about a dozen stylists hand-picked by lead hairstylist and celebrity stylist David Medelye. The powerhouse has worked with Miley Cyrus, Katie Perry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elle, GQ, Vanity Fair, The Oscars, The Grammys, and The Golden Globes.



Alayne and MMF lead hairstylist, Angela Wakefield represented Make Me Fabulous, working alongside Medelye at the Pnina Tornai and Mark Zunino New York Bridal Fashion Week 2016 runway shows.  They were thrilled to watch their “brides” walk the runway in front of such celebrity bridal experts as Martha Stewart, Kevin and Danielle Jonas, Randy from ” Say Yes To the Dress” and representatives from The Knot, Wedding Channel, Glamour, Vogue and former QVC host Lisa Robinson.

A bridal expert in her own right, Alayne says her schedule wasn’t nearly as strenuous as a real wedding.  Alayne says she was surprised the pace wasn’t more hectic. She credits the organization and professionalism of the stylists, models and staff of Kleinfelds, Pnina and Zunino for the smooth flow. Everyone knew what they should be doing and when.

In fact, she spent as much time networking and learning as she did styling. Dinner in NYC with makeup and hair professionals provided an excellent opportunity for sharing business tips and trends Alayne will incorporate at Make Me Fabulous.

The hair on the brides, however, looked more like organized chaos. They were messy, but with flowing movement. They were all about being undone; more like Sunday morning hair than Saturday wedding hair.  She predicts perfection will be a thing of the past, at least for this year. Alayne is bringing back her experience from the Kleinfeld’s runway shows to upstate and is currently working closely to create the cover looks for the upcoming bridal issues of Her Life New York and Simply Saratoga.

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Photo credit Matt Ramos Photography

Surprisingly, creating that haphazard look without ending up with hair that looks like it wasn’t styled at all isn’t as easy as it may appear. Professionals did carefully labor over that hair, but instead of using heat, went to work with more traditional tools like combs, brushes, and their own hands, adding texture and that imperfect feel.

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Photo credit Tracey Buyce Photography

Perfection, or anything close to it, was forbidden throughout the two-day Kleinfeld show. When a bride walked out with hair that was anywhere near perfect, Medeleye sent her back to her stylist for a redo. Though it was contrary to what most brides ask for when they walk into Make Me Fabulous at 32 Front Street in Ballston Spa, Alayne finds it to be more in keeping with her own personal beliefs that things should be perfectly imperfect. She likes her brides to have a touch of, “Oh that’s beautiful- and it just fell that way!”

Photo credit Tiffany Wayne Photography

Expect to find these bridal hair trends in 2016, at least in part, and especially here in the Adirondack area, which is all about natural beauty. Alayne agrees, it will be refreshing to see brides less focused on how perfect their hair looks and more about just letting the wedding and their inner beauty unfold naturally, a look that will be forever fabulous!

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