Thanks to Kate’s Royal Wedding, hair flowers are quite the rage. White wedding hair flowers have always been popular for wedding hair pieces but it seems they are more popular than ever since we got a glimpse of Pippa’s beautiful hair piece of white lily-of-the-valley flowers.
There are many sizes and styles of wedding hair flowers to choose from. The hair style will dictate which one will look best. If the hair style is arranged completely up, hair pins with flowers attached is a good choice. Also a hair comb is an excellent base to attach flowers and will hold them securely.
With a hair style that is partially up as with Pippa’s style, barrettes, bendini combs, or clips would hold the hair and flowers securely.
Barrettes, pony tail bands, bun wraps, head bands, clips, and bendini combs by scunci are good bases for hair flowers. Simple florist wire bent into a circle is the perfect base to make a beautiful flower girl halo. Small flowers and leaves are taped or glued onto the wire. A ribbon is a beautiful addition to cover where the ends are joined together.
To attach flowers to a hair accessory, they can be wired with florist wire, taped, or glued to any hair accessory available It is a very easy project and can be as simple as a single flower or as elaborate as a large arrangement of flowers wired together in the same fashion as a corsage.
The type of flowers used can range from silk, faux or fresh. Real touch faux flowers are so realistic it is hard to distinguish them from real flowers. If you choose fresh flowers keep in mind that some flowers such as gardenias, tuberose and lilies have a stronger fragrance.
Dendrobium and oncidium orchids make gorgeous floral hair pieces. They are very light weight and tend to stay in place well. If you are considering orchids as hairpieces, a good tip for saving on the cost if to purchase an orchid and cut the blooms. The plant will bloom again and make a wonderful house plant.
Keeping the floral hairpiece in place is easy if you remember a few techniques. For little flower girls who can be quite active, a tiny braid on each side of the head and attached in the back to form a circle makes a good foundation to attach the halo. Use small bobby pins or alligator clips.
Richard Ward and James Pryce (Kate Middleton’s hairdressers) created an ingenious technique to hold her tiara in place. The hair was backcombed on top with a tiny plait in the middle to create a foundation. The tiara was then sewn in place. This was an amazing invention. Sewing holds clothes and upholstery in place so why not use it for our hair! The important thing is to have the look we want with the least amount of worry. If it works, why not use it?
If you’re wondering what type of needle and thread to use, I would suggest a large tapestry needle and a strong thread such as upholstery thread in a color that matches the hair. Tapestry needles have a large eye for thread and a blunt end to prevent accidental punctures. If the hair is very long and heavy, tapestry thread could also be used.
White wedding hair flowers are definitely in fashion and there are so many wonderful variations to delight brides and their attendants.