Bridal Hair, Upstyling and Makeup

When it comes to special events such as a wedding, a ball, a formal or even a night out on the town, hair and makeup can play a big importance to the complete look and to how it can make you feel.

By consulting a professional stylist and makeup artist to help with all you needs for that special occasion, you are granting yourself a peace of mind and ensuring you will look and feel your best.

Getting profession hair and makeup is important because here at Marro’s Hair and Beauty we have a wide range of extensive knowledge and training to create unique and individual looks to ensure the client has a fun, stress free, relaxing experience, not only in the salon but throughout the evening.

At Marro’s Hair and Beauty when conversing with fellow clients, we explain the reasoning behind using such products and the difference between them, the results that will be achieved, leaving them with a feeling of guarantee they will remain flawless, fresh and the confidence that their hair and makeup will last throughout the day/night.

Here at Marro’s our extensive experience and knowledge as professional hair and makeup artist’s means that we can help guide our clients into what style/look will suite their face shape, texture of hair, also working with neckline and colour of outfit, accessories that come into play, and along bridal we work with veils, hair pins, headbands and consider the comfort above all for the client.

As hair stylist at Marro’s Hair and Beauty we are trained in using all the right techniques and styles so that no matter the angle, the upstyle always looks good. We also encourage our clients to bring in photos, because this can sometimes help the client in knowing what styles they like and so that we can get a better understanding of what the client is looking for and give recommendations to suit the client’s needs.

Here is a brief look into the history of upstyles, the importance it made to special events, the evolution on techniques, looks and accessories used, showcasing how styles and techniques can a comeback in fashion again and again.

Ancient Rome

Between 27 BC through to 476 AD a bride’s hair was divided into 6 parts and fastened on the top of the head with bent iron spears, known as a Tutulus. They also wore a wreath of flowers and believed these help to warn of evil spirits and negative energy allowing the couple to start their new life as husband and wife to be blessed and positive.

Middle ages

For most of the middle age era, 5th – 15th century, married women would cover their heads in various clothing or items such as veils, cloths, hairnets, hats and hoods or a combination to avoid their hair being on displayed. This was the start of veils that many brides these days consider wearing when getting married.


Around 1480 most women like Genoese noblewoman Simonetta Vespucci prided themselves on complicated upstyles consisting of various elaborate braids and headpieces adorned with pearls and gems.

The Enlightenment

This period between 1700 and throughout 1800 saw the rise of the upstyle. Royal and upper class females would have their hair piled high on top of the head, constructed with feathers, gems, fruits and rumour has it models of fully rigged ships. The upstyles were so complicated and took hours to design that some women would have the upstyle assembled the day before, slept overnight sitting upright and required servants to hold the upstyle as to ensure the hairs survival. Think Marie Antoinette.

16th – 19th Century Russia – 18th – 19th Century Norway

Many brides during this period wore elaborate crowns (known as a Kokoshnik or a Bridal Crown) made from silver or gold, embellished and embroidered with pearls, gems and ribbons and it wasn’t uncommon for all the brides in the family to wear the same ornament for centuries.

1901 – 1914

This was a generation of hair frames and hair pieces. Using these were able to give the bride extra volume, height and support for some of the very extravagant hats to rest on.

1920 – 1940

The beginning of “flapper” fashion and Coco Chanel, many females started to style their hair in short, blunt bobs, often with tight curls or finger waves. The Juliet cap was also a must have accessory and would influence the world for decades to come. When countries were stuck in recession, haircuts became expensive and woman turned that into a positive and changed the fashionable short blunt bob into what is now known as lob (long bob). It was less maintenance and was worn with a softer wave.

1940 – 1950

During WWII an upstyle was invented after inspiration from a plane manoeuvre called the Victory Roll. With its signature “V” shape, this upstyle has inspired many women and is quite recognisable and popular with the pin-up and rockabilly scene/brides.

After the war had ended, women started to wear their hair high on top of the head again, using a rolled up stocking as stuffing to help create height and volume. Professional hairstylists today use a similar solution when wanting to add thickness, height and bulk to upstyles. Using such tools like hair donuts, hair buns and bun crowns.

1950 – 1970

Ultra-feminine lace and cap veil made a huge comeback with bride’s fashion. The hair was worn in a short and soft curly bob. Later in the 60’s huge bouffant were in, taking volumes to a whole new extreme. Brides recalled getting their hair teased so high the day before, laying the stomachs to avoid disrupting the tease, and then upstyled the next usually with some more teasing, ensuring their hair would stay as high as possible throughout the day.

1970 – 1980

The flower crowns made a comeback as women went for a more natural, relaxed feel. Letting their hair down and going for soft, flowing natural waves.

1980 – 2000

After years of simple and natural upstyles, big hair made a comeback that would last for 2 whole decades. Plenty of teasing, backcombing, big perms, curled bangs lots and lots of hairspray.

2000 – 2009

Simpler styles came in and it became all about straight, straight, straight!! The Straighteners became very popular and brides were swapping big curls for smooth, straight locks. Brides also opted for a birdcage veil, instead big veils consisting of lots of material, which contributed to going for simpler style.

2009 – 2012

These were the days where the rules changed and anything was the in thing!! It became an era where girls and brides where doing and picking styles they liked, what suited them and their hair, anything was the go. Some girls wanted soft and simple like braids and soft waves were others wanted big and traditional like big bouffant or big curly textured buns.

2012 – Current

Styles became all about long long hair, wearing simple styles and soft beachy waves. Adding soft side braid or pinning side/sides up is also popular in taking a casual style and making it more formal. A current trend is the glorious Hollywood wave. Combining the famous 1920’s wave with the long styles of today, this look is very sexy and glamorous.