Bridal Hair Accessories // Flower Crown

Bridal Hair Accessories // Flower Crown

If you're looking for a unique wedding hairstyle, you may want to consider a handmade flower crown as an alternative to jewelry hairpieces...

Here at Styling the Bride and Substance Salon, we love to have fresh-cut flowers every week by our brilliant florist from Vine and Branches, Damaris Melendez.


We have collaborated with Damaris to offer our brides beautifully handmade flower crowns that are truly the perfect accent to a wedding day hairstyle!

Traditionally, the flower crown was mainly recognized in a more Bohemian style wedding, but recently it has gained more popularity and is making an elegant impression to a broader fashion scene.

Add a little color to an all-white theme wedding! Try some of these beautiful pieces

Our stylists can incorporate fresh flowers into your look without getting in the way of your hairstyle.

Come into Substance Salon today, or call us at Styling The Bride to schedule your bridal trials. We will be happy to help you find the perfect flowers to add some fresh colors to your wedding!



Bridal Hair Tips from a Pro | Part 2

Bridal Hair Tips from a Pro | Part 2


Set up appointments in advance to make sure your hair stylist is available to cater to your hair's needs. Pro Hair Stylist Brooke says,

"Choose three trials to play with, but if you're confident in a style, schedule the trial 3-5 months in advance. You want to set it in stone, leaving room for any mind changes or ideas."


Brooke says,

"If it's color, we want to make sure you reach your goal healthy and slowly."

She suggests to keep up with trims, and ask for a hair treatment before each service to bring you insurance to keep your hair happy and healthy.


1. Utilize the correct products for your hair type. Pro Hair Stylist Brooke suggests using Unite’s 7 Seconds Leave In Conditioner because it contains heat and UVB protection to make sure you lock in maximum moisture with maximum protection from heat and environmental damage.

2. Shampoos and conditioners play a big part in keeping your hair healthy.  Make sure your shampoo has no sulfates, which tend to weaken hair over time and wash out the hair’s natural moisture.  Hair is prone to breakage from long-term use.  Look for more botanical-based products which are efficient and healthier for your hair.

3. Brooke also recommends deep conditioning two to three times a week to build strength and lasting moisture in the hair.


Bridal Hair Tips from a Pro | Part 1

Bridal Hair Tips from a Pro | Part 1


Pro Hair Stylist Kristy Post says,

“Book your trial a couple of months in advance with your hair stylist. Also, be prepared to bring hair inspiration photos along with a picture and/or description of your wedding dress. You should consider your hair texture, length, and your everyday go-to style when deciding your final look.”


Our pro says,

“If you wear your hair down all the time, you may not feel comfortable with an up-do swept away from your face.”

Your wedding day hair should compliment your natural beauty and enhance your features. Kristy encourages, “Comfort is key.”


Also, remember that every hair stylist does not do up-style/wedding hair, so ask in advance or ask for a recommendation. Another option is to ask family and friends for referrals.

Kristy Post says it’s important to remember,

“Trials are for trying different styles and playing with different looks until you fall in love with one.”


Keeping your hair healthy during the months leading up to your wedding is imperative.


1. Trimming the dead-ends every 6-8 weeks will prevent splitting and breakage.

2. Also, if you’re unfamiliar with glaze, ask your stylist for more information. Glazes boost dull, drab hair while adding shine. There are clear glazes or tinted ones to keep your color fresh and full of life. Glazes are my favorite way to vamp up hair.

3. Also, if you are a blonde or looking to lighten your hair worry-free without damage or breakage, Olaplex is insurance for the hair and will rebuild broken hair. It will strengthen your strands so that any lightening process is healthy.”


Don’t miss our next post on Styling the Bride Blog:
Bridal Hair Tips from a Pro | Part 2″


Fall 2013 Bridal Trends

Fall 2013 Bridal Trends

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Add texture and interest to any up-do by teasing or with twists, braids, crimpers, ridges, or rolls.

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Moving from the summer into the fall this year shows a move from the looser dos with pieces hanging about and framing the face into more taught yet still textured styles where the hair is pulled away from the faceWeather parted to either side, down the center, or slicked back entirely into a low or high placed style; this fall calls for textured up-dos.

Hot Summer Bridal Trends




Effortless low wavy up-dos are perfect for sometimes hot and possibly humid summer weddings.

Braids are back with a bang this season! Add braids to any style to create texture and add interest.

Wavy down styles are another popular choice for brides who prefer to wear their hair down but still want to show of their tresses with a beachy effortless feel

For this summer’s bridal styles whether done up or worn down; think wavy, beachy, braided, effortless looking styles.



Bridal Braids!

This year, braids are trending in the hair world, and they are even transitioning into Bridal.  Check out some of these beautiful new do’s… Our Bridal Specialists can make this new style work for you! Book you bridal hair trial with us today.

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Big Trend for 2013

Rustic Chic is quickly becoming all the rage these days. More and more brides are choosing to hold their ceremonies and even receptions in Farm houses, Botanical gardens and outdoor spaces apposed to the traditional ballroom location.

Are you looking for themes for your upcoming wedding?

Have you consider thinking outside the ballroom? You can celebrate your wedding in a Farm house like one of our recent brides did.

Now, styling the bride in a barn yard may sound strange but it sure looks amazing in photos!rustic chicFarm House wedding

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The bride’s hair reflects effortless beauty.

When Styling The Bride for this rustic chic wedding we agreed that a soft and natural make-up tone would work best with the beautiful outdoors.

Hair Styles for Rustic chic weddings


The bride’s hair was also carefully crafted by our bridal specialist to reflect effortless beauty.

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201 Bridal Event at Ramapo College!

We were so happy to be at the 201 Magazine Bridal event!  It was at Ramapo College and we got to meet so many new brides!  We had a lot of fun with the models, trying out beautiful bridal styles on their hair and makeup.  Check out the photos and leave a comment at the bottom. Styling The Bride

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New Spring 2012 Bridal Hairstyles!

New Spring 2012 Bridal Hairstyles!  Check out some of these fresh looks for this wedding season!

Half up half down with a slightly retro touch.  I love how the headband adds a little something sweet!
This style reminds me of Sarah Jessica Parker on an episode of Sex and the City.  It’s tousled and textured but the part is polished with a jeweled accent.  I love this for a really bold bride!

If you’re going up for the big day, looser, fuller styles can be a nice touch.  Sometimes too tight can be harsh.  I love how these two pics have volume and movement, but still look polished.  As i’ve mentioned in some of my last blogs, they would really be accentuated by adding some highlights!

Feathers are still awesome!!  They’re even more bridal when paired with silk flowers or jewels.
Braids have been a budding new bridal trend over the past few seasons.
They can make your look more unique and add intricacy when your do is otherwise simple.
The woven bun beats out the traditional bun anyday.  Its so much prettier and more interesting.  If you’re looking for a cleaner look, I’d go with something like this, really simple in the front, and slightly ornate in the back.
I love this for a compromise between up and down.  From the front angle it looks very clean with hair swept off the face and softly gathered back.  From behind you can see the long flowey waves, loose but still understated.
Full fledge loose waves are just gorgeous when you’ve got the length.  So many brides grow their hair so long and then resolve to put it up,  I say if you got it flaunt it!
I really like how fresh this look is on Carrie Underwood.  Off the face but slightly tousled with some height on top, she looks formal but not too serious.