Bridal Hair Crush: The Braided Bun (As Seen At Steven Khalil)

Heavenly hair - and how to DIY it (or get your stylist to)

by Rebecca Hanley

In case you missed this pic from bridal designer Steven Khalil’s couture show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia last week (and if you can manage to tear your eyes away from the dress), behold our latest bridal hair crush:

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Image: @steven_kahlil/Instagram

While it has been trending in beauty land for a while now, the humble braid has come a long way – and we’re loving this ultra-feminine, chic take created by Goodwill for the Steven Khalil 2015 Couture Collection Show.

Khalil described the hair for his show as “romantic but modern and clean”. Want to copycat? Models’ hair was centre-parted, trailing into a braid that finished with a fishtail-plaited bun at the nape of the neck.


Hair director Sharon Blain from Goldwell was aiming for an intricate style that still had a classic simplicity. “We wanted a design to complement the collection but not to overpower,” says Blain. “Steven’s gowns range from simple column forms to full skirts. It was important to have the hair work across the entire range.”

“The special highlight is the braid down the centre back working into a neat braid chignon at the nape. A modern take on the elegant chignon, much like Steven’s collection, which is an elegant take on couture style for the modern woman.”

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Image: @shiraleecoleman/Instagram

Want to rock this hair for your big day? Blain spilled her tips for re-creating the look:

STEP 1: Spray your hair with StyleSign Hot Form styling lotion and blow-dry the hair, using a paddle brush, to create a smooth finish.
STEP 2: Make a parting in line with the top of your ear, dividing the hair from ear to ear into two sections.
STEP 3: Work a three-strand scalp braid in a 5cm panel down the centre of your forehead, finishing at down to the back at the nape. Secure with a small band to hold. This can be lightly roughed for texture, but the braid should be tight.
STEP 4: Direct the sides softly back on both sides and secure at the nape. A light back-combing on the sides will help give body to finer hair.
STEP 5: Divide the ponytail into two sections and work a three-strand braid on one side to the end. Secure with a hairband. Make a loop out to the sides and secure the ends at the centre.
STEP 6: Repeat on other side, pin well and spray with a finishing spray to hold.

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