While your wedding dress will definitely steal the show as you walk down the aisle, the way you style your hair is the finishing touch that has the potential to elevate your outfit and pull all of the loose pieces together. Barreling waves and elegant updos are some of the classic hairdos that brides choose time and time again for their nuptials, but there’s another hairstyle trend that’s going to dominate the wedding landscape in 2024: veil hair.
What is veil hair, you might ask? This hairdo is essentially a hair-down version of the slicked-back bun. With this trend, the tresses on the top and sides of your head are strategically pulled and slicked back, but the rest of your hair is worn down (creating a “veil” around your face). Several celebrities, such as Kourtney Kardashian, Jenna Ortega, and Joey King, sparked this trend by flaunting this hairstyle on the red carpet. We anticipate that brides will follow suit by replicating this contemporary look on their big day.
According to Claudine Fay, owner of boutique-style beauty service Hair & Makeup by Claudine, this look is making waves because sleek, modern hairstyles are in fashion. “[It] exudes simplistic confidence,” she says. Plus, the hair guru explains that embracing this slicked-back look will frame your face, creating a “snatched” appearance. Not to mention, this hairdo works across all hair lengths. Brides with bobs and lobs who love the slicked-back bun, but might not be able to pull all of their tresses into a hair tie, can achieve the same idea effortlessly. If your style is edgy and fashion-forward or if you’re throwing a wedding with a modern aesthetic, this trend is made for you, according to Fay.
How to Get the Veil Hair Look for Your Wedding
Wondering how you can pull off veil hair at your nuptials? Here’s exactly how you—or your bridal hairstylist—can recreate the look for your big day.
- Fay recommends first straightening your hair with a flat iron before sectioning it into quadrants.
- Take the top section of your hair and clip it back (this will be used later).
- Next, spray the two side pieces with hairspray, brush it back with a dense boar bristle brush, and hold it in place with an elastic, per Fay. “The trick is to pull that ponytail tight to get that ‘snatched’ eye and cheek bone effect,” she advises. Keep the bottom section as is.
- Remove the clip from the top section, tease the tresses near your roots, and finish it off with hairspray.
If you’re thinking about trying veil hair out on your wedding day, Fay encourages you to pair it with minimal (or no) accessories—this bold hairstyle will be the focal point, and lots of jewels will only overshadow this look. She also recommends selecting a contemporary wedding dress that coordinates with this hairstyle and nailing your pre-wedding skincare routine. “It is truly a look that showcases your facial structure and texture, so skincare leading up to the day is important,” she stresses.