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As a reflection to her coastal surroundings, hair stylist Anita Bauer captures the essence of Byron Bay with her coveted looks of relaxed updos, textured ponytails and soft glam waves. Her signature boho styling is shaping bridal hair trends for 2020, as she works her magic to create new looks that are romantic and relaxed.

While formalities and tradition are still important parts of wedding days, we’ve seen a shift towards more personalised weddings, where brides are inspired to embrace their individual style when it comes to creating their bridal look. The freedom to be relaxed and creative has led to a rise in boho bridal hair. This soft and effortless look is about creating movement and texture, with strands of hair escaping from buns, beachy waves, whimsical braids and floral detailing.

Anita is an expert in creating this look and we had the pleasure of collaborating with her for a recent photo shoot. We  loved seeing our LYRIC and BLANCHETT headpieces styled with her unique spin. If you’ve also fallen in love with this look, Anita is currently styling brides across Byron Bay, the Tweed region and Gold Coast.

She has also shared her tips for creating your dream hairstyle, tells us more about her signature style and discusses her favourite looks for the season.

What's your advice to brides who are deciding on their bridal hairstyle?

The most valuable advice: go with your intuitive feeling! The dream dress you choose will set the mood for the ‘overall look.’ Choosing a hairstyle to complement face shape and hair type is also really important. Keep in mind weather too! Based in Byron our warmer months are hot and beach weddings can be windy! A loose up style or textured pony are great options. Gather a collection of inspiration images to share and discuss the suitability with your hair stylist. Have fun with your style and enjoy being able to create a look that feels like you!

Do you think a hair trial is important?

Hair trials are an important part of the planning process! I love to team up hair and make up trials together which allows each bride to experience the ‘overall look.’ That’s the key, being able to see the visions from a picture translated to a look that complements and enhances the bride. It is the perfect time to try style options that aren’t worn on a daily basis, like an effortless textured updo or glam glossy waves. Experiencing the final style and feeling reassured that it is ‘The Look’, along with having spent the time getting to know your stylist, creates ease and confidence on the big day!

What are some of the main questions your brides ask you when they're working through their bridal look?

Being one of the most important day’s of a woman’s life, the most asked question when determining the hair style is “Does this look and feel like me?” Ultimately the style will reflect the bride’s personal taste, enhance her features and complement the aesthetic of the wedding day. Deciding whether a hairpiece will complement the style, whether it be fresh flowers, a veil, clips or decorative pins is also a popular question. What to do to achieve the look is an important consideration. This may require hair extensions, creating shape in the hair cut, freshening the colour or general hair maintenance.

What are some key hair trends you've been seeing across the board?

Soft glam waves, loose effortless half up styles, low textured updos and the new wave of the high buns are all in for the season. The pony is always a favourite and is worn low, either sleek or voluminous and textured. 2020 also brings hair details with pearls and soft petals, intricate hair pieces and statement veils to complete the modern day bride.

What would be your go-to bridal hairstyle? Updo, half up? Braids?

I love a textured up style that is soft, ‘done’ but ‘un-done’ and relaxed. The finer details are important which makes the style special. I do love a braid or twist and finishing off the style with anti-frizz gloss gives the wow factor!