- A long veil allows for both updos and loose hairstyles.Hand touching a bridal veil image by Elena Vdovina from Fotolia.com
The bridal veil dates back to ancient Rome. Brides wore veils to fend off evil spirits as the bride and groom joined together in matrimony. Veils also symbolized purity, as did the white dress. Brides continue to wear veils today. There are many great hairstyles that work well with long, flowing veils.
- A chignon literally means "nape of the neck" in French. The style is a loop bun at the nape of the neck, with either the hair pulled back in a side part or pulled straight back. The hair can either be flat to the head or can have waves flowing back to the bun. This style works well with a long veil since there isn't much to complicate the veil comb's placement.
- An updo is a classic wedding day hairstyle. It entails wearing all of the hair in the back and having it curled, layered, and pinned down to the back of the head. The front of the hair is swept back. This is a great style that is also sturdy. Updos work well with longer veils because they add lift to the top of the veil. Or, the veil can be placed below the style to create a cascading look. Be sure to have an updo tested with the veil before the wedding day, since sometimes veil comb placement can be tricky with intricate styles.
- A half-up, half-down style can look beautiful on any bride. The style is very versatile and can be worn straight, wavy, or curly. To give yourself a really romantic look, be sure to have volume around the top and crown of the head where the hair is pulled back. This helps draw the eye upward, making your face look thinner. Place the veil up near where the hair is secured.
- Long veils complement simple hairstyles very well. A great simple, romantic hairstyle is flowing curls. This look can be achieved with hot rollers or a curling iron. Once you have curled your hair, run your fingers through it to give your style a flowing, fairytale look. Place the veil comb near the top of the crown of the head.