I adore down styles with loose waves and barely any bobby pins. Teased with a little volume and polished to perfection, this look is one men seem to love and it is very natural. The one thing I will say about this look is that if your hair tends not to hold curl this is not the style for you. Also during the summer months, between non holding curl and humidity, it could be a disaster area. December to April and September to December brides, this look is best for you. If you do not mind your hair falling into more of a beachy wave textured look go for it. There are no products than can hold or tame this look during those summer months. The down styles look amazing pinned on one side or all down with a beautiful headband or nothing at all. Just be aware of how your hair reacts to certain conditions.
You can also pair a veil easily with a down style. Clip in extensions or tape in extensions also help in length and volume if needed.
I love a bohemian relaxed hippie glam bride. Sometimes we leave the hair down center part with natural waves maybe throw in a flower wreath.
I created these hairstyles for brides who love braids but don’t want to look too trendy. The styles I try to stay away from are the braided updo’s that start at the beginning of the part and are braided around the head into the back. This is very hard sometimes for brides that do not have the hair thickness because It takes away from the actual updo as there is so much hair needed for just the braid. Needless to say this is a great style for people who have hair on the thicker side. Incorporating braids such as a regular one or a fishtail and kind-of piecing or pulling it apart creates a softer feel. For this style I feel flowers are a better hair piece to use or nothing at all because its so ornate.
One of my all time favorites, the vintage bride. Such an elegant timeless look which can range from the 20′s to the 50′s. This look is perfect paired with a softer, lighter shade of shadow and nice eyeliner and a red or dark red lip. You can also go more natural, I don’t think you can go wrong. This hair is such a statement piece.
Pin curls, old Hollywood glam waves and faux fingerwave’s exude this look. Hair generally collar bone length and above is better for this look because its easier to mold and not heavy and the hair thickness isn’t an issue. These hairstyles look fab paired with a vintage veil, hairpiece or bird cage veil. My favorite vintage hair piece designer is Treats For Tresses. I think this look will never grow old and it’s not one of the trendier looks.
Intricate styled updo’s are amazing! Hair on the thicker side and longer than shoulder length are needed. Clip in and tape in extensions aid in this or a lovely hair insert called a doughnut.
These styles can be romantic and loose or more polished and no wave. Any hairpiece can go with these looks. Either a side swept soft bang a down the middle with loose prices falling cheek bone level or an all back with volume front are beautifully paired with this look.
They are very detailed and do take quite a bit of time but the outcome…WOW!
Usually if you bring a photo and like the front of one and back of another we can tweak to fit your face shape and style. Be prepared to pull out a lot of pins. These styles go with any dress are classic yet unique to the person and hair type. Wavy hair or curly hair looks amazing with this type of updo because of the texture it brings.
Side updo’s are beautiful and youthful if done correctly they can really make a statement. I create side updo’s that are either soft side pony but not rubber banded I think this pulls us away from an actual pony tail and lends more to a sophisticated appearance creating more of an up with it. To more intricate side updo’s still keeping the hair low on the neckline and staying more side back than side. Then there is always the very romantic pieced unkempt side do that has a very natural appearance but still dressy. I love to pair all of these looks with hair pieces vintage or floral and a veil still works perfectly. Keep in mind pulling all of the hair to one side you need more hair to work with so it’s balanced. Hair on the thinner side may require clip or tape in extensions which I work with regularly and can be hidden nicely.
Charlotte Belk, a South Carolina native started her career in Charleston in 2001. Since then her career has taken off in the beauty industry. An obsession with hair and make up since her early childhood meant it was only natural that she would open Elysium Salon with her husband in 2004. At the same time she expanded her business into Charleston’s niche wedding industry, providing superior hair and make up services to brides and wedding parties.
In 2012 Charlotte created the Wedding Hair By Charlotte Agency representing hair and make up artists with over 150 weddings in 2012 and 2013. During this same year she also created the Elysium Agency representing hair stylists, make up artists, photographers, videographers, and wardrobe stylists. The Elysium Agency in its first year have worked for and contributed to; The Ford Agency, Talbots, American Express, Fox News, Weddings Unveiled, Southern Wedding Magazine, Marie Claire, Bed Bath & Beyond to name a few.
Charlotte is a freelance hair and makeup artist working on runway, editorial, commercial and TV projects locally and Nationally.
She is married to husband Kevin Belk and they have two daughters Avery & Hayes.