Bridal season is upon us once again, and with it comes bridal trends that any bride-to-be will want to know about! While 2022 saw a shift towards more eco-friendly and sustainable weddings, 2023 promises to take things up a notch. With the world still reeling from the impact of the pandemic, many brides are approaching their big day with a renewed sense of gratitude and a focus on wellness. At Neuma, we’re proud to be leading the way in sustainable bridal hair care and styling. We are so excited to share our best bridal tips with you—including sustainable wedding ideas, some of our best bridal hair products, bridal styling tips and tricks from one of our very own Neuma Educators and bridal hair stylist extraordinaire, Jenna Bell, as well as an easy how-to bridal hair look you can do yourself! Let’s dive in.
Sustainability and Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas
One of the biggest trends we expect to see in 2023 is the continued rise of sustainable and environmentally-friendly weddings. From plantable invitations and responsibly-sourced engagement rings to upcycled wedding furniture and pre-loved wedding dresses, brides are finding creative ways to reduce their environmental impact without compromising on style or elegance – because for Mother Earth, weddings are part of an endless cycle, and it's important to create an event that's just as lasting for the couple as it is for the planet. With more eco-friendly options now so readily accessible on the market, sustainable and environmentally-friendly weddings are easier to plan than ever! Incorporating eco-friendly and zero-waste ideas into your big day is not only planet-friendly, but it will also inspire your guests to be a part of the change in various aspects of their own lives!
We believe that sustainability and glam can absolutely co-exist harmoniously! So, as brides continue to spread their wings in the realm of sustainability, our aim remains to provide them with an even wider array of eco-friendly, clean beauty options, as we've done since our inception over a decade ago, when we first committed to sustainability with products made with eco-friendly, recyclable packaging and green science-derived ingredient technology. With our high-performance, vegan formulas, eco-conscious brides can be confident in adding Neuma to their wedding hair line-up without having to compromise on beauty or sustainability.
BEST Products to Use in 2023 for Bridal Braids, Updos, and Overall Elegance
When it comes to bridal hairstyles, 2023 promises to be a year of timeless elegance and creative flair. Whether you go with a classic Chignon, Updo or Braids, they all share a common denominator: we want them to stay looking beautiful ALL. DAY. LONG. That means through the ceremony, photos, and whatever fun the reception holds. With this in mind, we have the perfect, synthetic fragrance-free products that not only do wonders for your scalp and locks, but also makes a positive impact on the environment and your scalp health! Here are some of the top products we recommend for brides and why:
First up is Re Neu Shampoo. This award-winning, clarifying shampoo is a great pick for brides looking to create a clean slate with a gentle yet effective cleansing solution that won’t harm the planet! As a non-toxic shampoo, it removes product buildup and promotes healthy hair growth with natural oils like peppermint, lavender, and sunflower that restore and revitalize the scalp as well as providing smoothing benefits + ultimate shine. Best of all, it's free from harmful chemicals like sulfates and parabens!
Our next must-have is best-selling Neu Moisture Instant Fix because it’s an absolute *essential* for prepping hairstyles with nourishment and protection while also offering detangling and lightweight hydration. Its plant-based ingredients won't weigh hair down or leave it feeling greasy! So go ahead and strut your bridal confidence knowing your hair looks amazing.
For a smooth and frizz-free finish, definitely reach for Neu Styling Smoothing Crème. This award-winning must-have effortlessly calms frizz and flyaways and its humidity-resistant properties keep you smooth even on balmy nights. Apply to damp hair and blow dry with a round brush. Once completely dry hit with cool air to set the style. We also recommend running a flat iron throughout to seal in smoothness. Our friends at Live & Wed recommend these as the best flat irons, for a silky finish.
And last, but certainly not least, Neu Moisture Masque! This is the perfect product for deeply nourishing and hydrating the hair. We recommend incorporating this into your routine a few weeks prior to help get hair in optimal hair health before the big day. It contains ingredients like Argan Oil, Shea Butter and Pea Protein, which all help to add nourishment and shine to even the driest of hair types. Simply apply to wet hair from scalp to ends, leave for two minutes, and rinse thoroughly to reveal silky, shiny locks that will last long after the wedding is over.
Hair Stylist Jenna Bell’s Bridal Faves
As a Neuma educator and bridal stylist, Jenna Bell has seen it all when it comes to bridal hair. She tells us, "I always make sure I have Neu Moisture Argan Treatment Oil on my hands while styling so that my hands glide through the hair so as not to create unwanted frizz...Neu Moisture Argan Treatment Oil is a great tool to use while styling hair. Its ingredients include pure Argan Oil, Green Tea and Rose Hip Oil, making it ultra-lightweight and perfect for smoothing the cuticle and frizz while controlling flyaways."
One of her other favorites is Neu Volume Styling Spray for creating a solid, voluminous foundation for any bridal style--its blend of oils and organic extracts, which add moisture, strength and shine, make it an ideal choice for brides who want to add instant bounce and body + heat protection!
Top Bridal Hairstyle How-To: The Sleek Bun
One bridal style that's expected to hold its high ranking in this year’s top bridal hairstyles is the breathtakingly beautiful bun. This style is romantic, elegant, and perfect for creating a timeless look! Here's how to achieve and style it with the right products so that it stays looking great from the time you walk down the aisle to the grand honeymoon exit:
Step 1: Start with freshly washed and towel-dried hair. Apply a generous amount of Re Neu Shampoo to gently cleanse and nourish both your scalp and locks. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat your hair dry.
Step 2: Apply Neu Moisture Masque to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. This ultra-conditioning treatment will restore moisture and give your hair a healthy, lustrous shine. Leave it on for 2 minutes and then rinse off with cool water.
Step 3: Using a fine-toothed comb, section off the hair in front of your ears and clip it away. Brush the rest of your hair back and gather it into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck.
Step 4: Take a hair tie and wrap it around the ponytail, leaving about an inch of hair at the ends. Then, twist the ponytail tightly and wrap it into a bun shape, securing it in place with bobby pins.
Step 5: Release the hair in front of your ears and pull it back towards the bun. Using a comb, smooth out any bumps or flyaways and secure the hair above the bun with bobby pins.
Step 6: To add extra shine and hold, mist your completed sleek bun with Neu Styling Flexible Hairspray. This lightweight spray will keep your hairstyle in place all day long, without weighing it down or leaving any residue.
If your special day is approaching, now is the time to start planning your perfect bridal look! Whether you're going for a classic updo or a more creative braided style, Neuma has the products and expertise you need to achieve a sustainable, gorgeous look that will stay in place all day long. From our commitment to the planet to our focus on performance, we are proud to be a part of your big day. Let's make your bridal dreams a reality in 2023 and beyond! Wishing everyone getting married this season much love and congratulations!