Avoid the wild, snowy bridal look with 5 expert tips for perfect winter wedding hair

Morning everyone! We’re about to hit what I’m calling ‘proper Christmas’, and most of you will be thinking about non-wedding stuff for a while – so with that in mind I’m sharing some wonderfully bookmarkable posts from now on. Read now if you’re feeling weddingy, or save for later if you’re rushed off your feet with Christmas prep!

glamorous winter wedding hair

Scott and Daniella’s luxury Saddleworth Hotel wedding, with Pixies in the Cellar Photography

Today the English Wedding Blog is all about wedding hair. I’m no expert (think of me as an expert on anything carefree and windswept!) but I know someone who is! We all know winter can trash our hair on a daily basis so here are some brilliant tips to help you avoid the wild, snowy look on your wedding day.

Getting your hair right for a winter wedding isn’t as easy as it sounds. As well as having to deal with the wintry weather and central heating, you also need to think about the thicker, more luxurious fabrics you’re likely to wear and the design of your dress.

Hair care professionals at are often quizzed by brides to be on the styles they should consider for a winter wedding, and what they should do to make sure their locks are looking nourished and healthy. Here are their top winter wedding hair tips.

winter wedding hair

Daniella’s beautiful winter wedding hair was styled by Claire Ardern from Harry Jon. Image credit Pixes in the Cellar Photography | Dress designer Manuel Mota

1. Prep your hair for the winter weather – and start early!

Keeping your hair looking good over the colder months takes time and extra effort – but it’s well worth it.

In the run up to your special day, make sure you’re treating your locks to a deep conditioning treatment once a week. By the time you walk down the aisle they’ll be looking nourished and glossy.

On the day, use a lightweight serum to give it that added shine and gloss.

2. Work with your natural style, not against it

Hair can be more temperamental during the chilly months – so work with its natural style instead of forcing it into a style that could end up looking tired and unloved.

So if your hair is poker straight and you fancy curls, there’s the chance that windy, damp weather combined with central heating will cause the curls to drop.

Likewise, if your hair is thick and wavy, curls could leave it looking a frizzy mess.

3. Wearing your hair up is an awesome taming tactic!

Tying your hair up is an easy way to make sure its shape and style stays the same throughout your big day.

It’s a great way to tame unruly hair and perfect for keeping flyaway hair in one place. It’s also guaranteed to look amazing on your wedding photos.

4. Work your wedding hair style around your dress design

For winter wedding hair, you need to give more thought to what you’re wearing and how you work your hair around your dress.

Winter brides will often wear a fur stole or shrug, so a low bun could mean you’re constantly brushing your hair against the fabric. Instead, opt for a stylish, higher up do.

Think about the buttons on your dress too. If they come up to the back of your neck, then make sure your hair isn’t likely to get tangled around them.

winter bride

“One of my best friends is a Senior Creative at the amazing Umberto Giannini so he did the wedding hair of myself, all of the bridesmaids and my Mother in Law.” ~ Jenna | Hair accessory by Jenny Packham | Image credit Pete Henderson Photography

5. Accessorise with glitz and glamour to embrace winter sparkle

Winter hair is all about glitz and glamour so think about adding some sparkle to your do. Fascinators, clips, tiaras and headbands can all look amazing and will give your overall look that wow factor.

Your wedding day styling kit

Make sure you use some great styling products to help your do stay in place and to make sure it’s looking in top condition.

A good serum to give it gloss, a volumising spray if your hair is fine, a de-frizz treatment if it needs taming and a good quality hairspray should all do the trick and leave you looking picture perfect on your special day.

For more winter wedding hair inspiration browse through all the winter weddings previously featured on the English Wedding Blog. All of my beautiful featured brides have a different style and I know you’ll find inspiration in the archives of the blog!

For more bridal hair ideas, pop over to my Pinterest page and have a peek at this board full of gorgeous wedding hair styles!

winter wedding photography Pete Henderson

Jenna and Jak’s vintage glam wedding in Derbyshire, with Pete Henderson Photography – for full wedding, click the image!

Image credits: Pete Henderson Photography & Pixies in the Cellar

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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