For Better or Worse: The Best Updos for the Understated Wedding Gown

Understated: subtly restrained: achieving its effect through restraint, subtlety, and good taste. By no means does understated equal boring or bland. Think of understated, as it pertains to wedding gowns, as timeless elegance, sophistication in its simplest form. An understated wedding gown does not require lace, excessive beading or ruffles to promote its beauty – rather, its classic subtlety breaths the very essence of beauty through its simplistic silhouettes.

Below are some examples of understated wedding gowns:

This understated gown uses a simple silhouette with fabric detailing for added interest.

This understated gown uses a simple silhouette with fabric detailing for added interest.

Another example of a beautifully, elegant understated wedding gown.

Another example of a beautifully, elegant understated wedding gown.

What style of updo best suits an understated wedding gown? While an understated wedding gown quietly promotes its beauty, allow your updo to speak volumes, literally. Because a simpler wedding dress tends to be void of intricate detail, the contrast of a voluminous, dramatic updo proves to be most flattering. Updos or down hairstyles can both be worn with this style of gown – just be sure to try to incorporate lots of volume, curls or accessories to amp up the glam.

Here are some updos that would beautifully compliment an understated wedding gown:

An exquisite updo, accentuated with gorgeous blossoms will add dramatic interest to an understated wedding gown.

An exquisite updo, accentuated with gorgeous blossoms will add dramatic interest to an understated wedding gown.

Scarlett Johansson portrays a glamorous upswept updo with lots of volume. Paired with a sparkly hair accessory, flower, feathers or veil, this updo would be stunning with a simple wedding gown.

Scarlett Johansson portrays a glamorous upswept updo with lots of volume. Paired with a sparkly hair accessory, flower, feathers or veil, this updo would be stunning with a simple wedding gown.

Below are some examples of voluminous down hairstyles to flatter an understated wedding gown:

Here is a perfect example of a voluminous style, accessorized with an oversized flower, to beautifully flatter an understated wedding gown.

Here is a perfect example of a voluminous style, accessorized with an oversized flower, to beautifully flatter an understated wedding gown.

We love everything about Angelina's hair. Here, she depicts a down hairstyle that is wonderfully voluminous. Paired with an elegant, simple wedding gown, this look would be stunning.

We love everything about Angelina’s hair. Here, she depicts a down hairstyle that is wonderfully voluminous. Paired with an elegant, simple wedding gown, this look would be stunning.

Accessories are a great way to show off the lines of a simple wedding silhouette, as depicted below:

Feathers add vintage elegance to an understated wedding gown.

Feathers add vintage elegance to an understated wedding gown.

A birdcage veil is a stunning option when wanting to accessorize a simple wedding gown.

A birdcage veil is a stunning option when wanting to accessorize a simple wedding gown.

A jeweled headband adds appropriate glitter and sparkle to an elegant, understated gown.

A jeweled headband adds appropriate glitter and sparkle to an elegant, understated gown.

This draws us to a close on our series of wedding gowns and their corresponding updos. We hope that you’ve learned some guidelines to best suit the look that you are wishing to portray during one of the biggest days of your life. For hairstyles that flatter a glamorous, backless, and boho wedding gowns, please refer to our previous posts.

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Kate Middleton: Hair Icon and New Mother to the Royal Baby

The anticipation and arrival of the Royal Baby has swept the globe by storm. In honour of the newest Prince (George Alexander Louis, to be exact!), we would like to take a closer look at his iconic mother, Kate Middleton. Rather, we’d like to take a sneak peek into her hair care regime.

It is no secret that Kate Middleton has won the hearts of the masses worldwide with her sparkling, easy smile. But let’s be honest – while her popularity is known among all – what is the secret to her coveted tresses? No matter the in-climate English weather, or the excruciating pain of childbirth, Kate’s hair remains smooth and glossy, tumbling over her shoulders in deep brunette waves.

A mere 24 hours after giving birth, Kate greets the crowds, her hair a vision of absolute perfection.

A mere 24 hours after giving birth, Kate greets the crowds, her hair a vision of absolute perfection.

While we all wish that we were privileged enough to have a personal stylist on hand daily, today I would like to show you how you, too, can achieve Kate’s signature ‘do with the appropriate products. ELLE UK revealed some of the secrets to Kate’s hair and beauty routine here. Online celebrity beauty blog, Handbag.com, also affirmed here that the Duchess of Cambridge does, indeed, use Kerastase products to attain her gorgeous blow-out.

Let’s take a closer look at Kerastase, specifically Kerastase’s Bain Satin 2 shampoo (Kate’s favourite).

Kerastase's Bain Satin 2 - Kate Middleton's go-to shampoo

Kerastase’s Bain Satin 2 – Kate Middleton’s go-to shampoo

We, at Grotto Hair Studio, are privileged to be a Kerastase salon. Kerastase is a luxury haircare and styling line, designed to specifically target the needs of men and women with guaranteed results. Bain Satin 2 shampoo is a daily moisturizing shampoo which promotes softness, nutrition and shine into dry, sensitized hair. Kate, like many of us, colours her hair – a process that should be followed up with proper hair nutrition to prevent drying out of the hair fibre. As well, weather in England is known to be harsh and windy. Kerastase’s Bain Satin 2 will aid in preventing wind damage.

Kerastase also offers in-salon treatments to direct guaranteed results according to the client’s specific needs. These treatments can add volume, repair, add density, protect colour, restore protein, and much more. At Grotto Hair Studio, we are excited to also have the Fusio Dose Home Lab kits that are available for clients to purchase and use at home in between appointments.

Kerastase's Fusio Dose Treatments - part of Kate Middleton's hair regime. We are excited to announce that these are available to clients not only as in-salon treatments, but also as a take home Homelab kit!

Kerastase’s Fusio Dose Treatments – part of Kate Middleton’s hair regime. We are excited to announce that these are available to clients not only as in-salon treatments, but also as a take home Homelab kit!

Let’s take a closer look at some of Kate’s most iconic hairstyles:

Typically we see Kate with her hair down, however, she looks just as stunning with it swept into an elegant updo.

Typically we see Kate with her hair down, however, she looks just as stunning with it swept into an elegant updo.

Kate's classic brunette waves.

Kate’s classic brunette waves.

While it is apparent that the majority of us do not have our stylist on speed dial, armed and ready with a host of products and tools for our every hair inspired whim, it’s encouraging to realize that Kate’s hairstyle is something that we can achieve ourselves! True, we may not be able to relax daily with a cup of coffee and magazine while someone else primps and preens our locks, but we will be able to step out in public with hair that is equally as radiant and healthy.

Face Flattering Hairstyles: Part 7 – The Diamond Face Shape

This is the last of the face shapes to be discussed on “Behind the Chair.” And we have saved the most unique for last – the diamond face shape. The diamond face shape is actually the least common of all face shapes, however, the features of a diamond face shape are quite striking. When played up properly, the emphasis of the prominent cheekbones is quite appealing.

Those with diamond face shapes will notice that their faces are widest at the cheekbones and narrow at both the chin and forehead. Because of the narrow width in the forehead and chin, the diamond face shape can appear quite long. The main style aims for someone with a diamond face shape are:

– Create the illusion of a broader chin and forehead to balance out the width of the cheekbones.
– Shorten the length of the face.

Who are some familiar faces who share this face shape? Try Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Felicity Huffman, and Christy Turlington.

Below are some guidelines to keep in mind when addressing the proper hairstyle for a diamond shaped face:

1) A good rule of thumb when styling a diamond face shape is to be sure to add width to the style, rather than height. Extra volume at the crown of the head will cause a diamond face to appear too long. That being said, the volume in the style should always appear BELOW the cheekbones so as not to create unwanted width at the widest area of the face.

Here is an example of unwanted volume for a diamond shaped face:

This is a perfect example of how NOT to style hair for a diamond face shape. Thankfully, Jennifer Lopez has updated her look. Not only is this look out of date, it also has excessive volume which draws attention to the widest portion of her face - the cheekbones. As well, her bangs being pulled back add unwanted volume at the crown while emphasizing her narrow forehead.

This is a perfect example of how NOT to style hair for a diamond face shape. Thankfully, Jennifer Lopez has updated her look. Not only is this look out of date, it also has excessive volume which draws attention to the widest portion of her face – the cheekbones. As well, her bangs being pulled back add unwanted volume at the crown while emphasizing her narrow forehead.

This, rather, is a much more flattering style for Lopez:

While this style is much more current on Jennifer, it is also much more flattering for her facial features. Here, the side-swept bangs make her narrow forehead appear wider. As well, the volume of her hair is kept to the sides in soft waves falling below her cheekbones. Notice that there is no unwanted volume at the crown of her head, preventing her face from looking longer.

While this style is much more current on Jennifer, it is also much more flattering for her facial features. Here, the side-swept bangs make her narrow forehead appear wider. As well, the volume of her hair is kept to the sides in soft waves falling below her cheekbones. Notice that there is no unwanted volume at the crown of her head, preventing her face from looking longer.

2) As mentioned in the above caption, the fringe area (bangs) should sweep to the side, or even be worn straight across, as this gives the appearance of the forehead being wider than it really is. As well, wearing the fringe in such a fashion will shorten the length of the face.

3) Avoid centre parts. An off-center part is more flattering simply because a centre part will make the face appear longer.

4) Super short hairstyles should be avoided, as this will exaggerate the diamond shape of the face.

Here are two depictions of how not to and how to wear short hair with a diamond face shape:

We love how daring Rihanna is with her style, however, this style does not flatter her face shape. Notice how the extra volume at her crown and exposed forehead cause her face to appear longer than it really is.

We love how daring Rihanna is with her style, however, this style does not flatter her face shape. Notice how the extra volume at her crown and exposed forehead cause her face to appear longer than it really is.

While we aren't nuts about this hair colour on Rihanna, the hair cut itself is much more complimentary to her facial features. Gone is the volume that added extra height to her already long face. As well, the long side-swept bang adds width to her forehead while shortening her face. We also love how the one side of her hair is tucked to expose her beautiful cheekbone structure.

While we aren’t nuts about this hair colour on Rihanna, the hair cut itself is much more complimentary to her facial features. Gone is the volume that added extra height to her already long face. As well, the long side-swept bang adds width to her forehead while shortening her face. We also love how the one side of her hair is tucked to expose her beautiful cheekbone structure.

Well, this is it for the flattering hairstyles for face shapes series! We hope that you’ve enjoyed following along, and hopefully, you have learned a little bit about your own face shape and the styles that complement! Now, you should be able to approach your next hair appointment with more confidence and direction! If in doubt, remember to ask your stylist as they are trained professionals who can aid you in making style decisions.

And remember – hang around! We’ve got so much more to discuss here “Behind the Chair!”

Anne Hathaway’s Many Looks

Let’s talk about Anne Hathaway’s hair! I don’t know if we’ve seen this much dramatic change in any other celebrity this year! Here is the classic Anne we’ve known for the past several years:

 

Anne Hathaway's long hair

Anne Hathaway’s long hair


Then, she wowed us all with her pixie style, cut for her role in Les Miserables…which was amazing! Who knew that girl could sing?!

Anne Hathaway's Pixie Cut

Anne Hathaway’s Pixie Cut


Now, she has once again gone even more daring with her recently lighter locks! That’s right – Anne Hathaway is a blonde pixie! And not looking too shabby! Although, it’s still a toss up as to whether or not I like her better as brunette or a blonde…Tell me, what are your thoughts?

Anne Hathaway as a blonde

Anne Hathaway as a blonde


Anne Hathaway, styling her new blonde look in a more subdued, subtle fashion.

Anne Hathaway, styling her new blonde look in a more subdued, subtle fashion.

Does this beautiful summer weather put you in the mood to change up your look and go a little lighter? Tell us what you think!