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Bridal beauty from head . . .: Flowing hairstyles replace elaborate ‚dos

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Hairstylist Keisha Lange of Bliss Beauty Center at Rancho Shopping Center often follows this theme when creating bridal hairstyles. Embellishments such as a blue rhinestone hair clip, an antique brooch from grandma or silk rosettes from mom's wedding gown can add something special to a hairdo.

"Brides want to incorporate family traditions in their weddings," she said. But the "something blue" theme becomes decidedly untraditional when the blue is the bride's painted toenails, something Lange is seeing more of.

When it comes to hairstyles, a bride "wants to look like herself, but she wants to look more special," Lange said. In vogue are relaxed hairstyles, what she calls the "California Cool" look.

Hair is natural and loose, not tied up in 'dos. Gone are the days of oversprayed hair and 300 bobby pins.

"Wearing your hair down with big curls has been the rage since the wedding of Brad (Pitt) and Jennifer (Aniston)," she said. This trend has lasted longer than their marriage.

To illustrate the trend toward the natural look, Lange created three hairstyles for the Town Crier to photograp the Aniston look with big curls, an up 'do and one that was half up and half down. The look in each case was soft and not contrived.

For the up 'do, she intertwined loops of hair in back to get a woven effect. "The key to a good up 'do is to tease it slightly," said Lange. "It will look better for pictures and will look more formal."

For the up/down hairstyle, she sectioned the hair and used a curling iron to roll the sections into chubby rolls that she fastened with pins - like putting your hair up in rollers. Then she brushed out the hair, swept some side pieces up and to the back and let the hair fall softly into curls.

The Aniston hairdo speaks for itself.

A bride's hairstyle depends on the style of her dress. But nearly as important is whether she'll be happy in 10 years with the way she looks in the wedding photos. "You don't want to appear overly done," Lange said.

She suggests doing a trial run on hair and makeup before the wedding. "The bride should bring in her veil when she comes for a consultation. Does her hair hold a curl? What is her face shape? How formal is her dress?"

Here are some other suggestions from Lange.

Don't shampoo every day. Every other day is recommended especially for women who color their hair.

For the wedding day, have second-day hair. It has a shiny look and the texture will hold the style better.

As soon as the date is set, a lot of brides start growing their hair long for the wedding. A little past the shoulders is just fine. Hair down to the middle of the back is hard to hold in a hairstyle.

If you need a haircut and color, do it a week or two before the wedding. The hair sits differently the day after a haircut. It needs time to relax.

For a destination wedding, always get recommendations for hairstylists and makeup artists in advance.

Lange will be practicing what she preaches because she, too, is a bride-to-be. She'll be married in Florida on March 16.

Lange got her career start in Orlando, where she worked across from Disney World.

"We did all the Cinderella brides," she said. "I learned to work on all different kinds of hair because of the tourists from all over the world."

Today she's turning local brides into Cinderellas for a day.

To find out more about bridal services at Bliss Beauty Center, 682 Rancho Shopping Center, call 946-6868 or visit www.blissbeautycenter.com.

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