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.

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.

For Better or Worse: The Best Updo for Backless Wedding Dresses

Let’s face it – your wedding day is probably one of the biggest days of your life. And your wedding dress is likely the most beautiful dress you will ever wear. For such a momentous day, your hair will play an integral role in either complimenting or competing with your dress. Obviously, you would like your updo to compliment your overall look, so today we are going to discuss one of the most popular dress styles and its most favourable updos.

The backless wedding dress.

The backless wedding dress is a stunning style that is very popular currently. The point of a backless wedding dress is to show off your back. Therefore, an updo or side updo are the best options for this style of dress. If you choose to wear your hair down, you would be de-emphasizing the beauty of the plunging back of the dress. However, if you’re not such a fan of the more contrived and perfected looking updo, you can easily pull your hair softly to one side and incorporate a braid or loosely falling strands.

The deep back of this dress allows for emphasis to be put on a stunning updo.

The deep back of this dress allows for emphasis to be put on a stunning updo.


This is a perfect example of a side chignon that would flatter a backless wedding dress - without the updo looking too "perfect."

This is a perfect example of a side chignon that would flatter a backless wedding dress – without the updo looking too “perfect.”


While the model in this picture is stunning, the fact that her hair is left down takes away from the dramatic low back of her dress. Am updo or side updo would have been much more complimentary.

While the model in this picture is stunning, the fact that her hair is left down takes away from the dramatic low back of her dress. Am updo or side updo would have been much more complimentary.

Obviously, there are many other styles of wedding dresses out there, and a myriad of complimentary hairstyles. Over the next few posts, we will discuss some of the most popular dress styles and their corresponding updos. Stay posted to learn more!