2013 Wedding Trends by: Ashley Stone

Bridal Trends for 2013

Besides all the holiday excitement December is one of my favorite times of year. Wedding season has slowed down and it allows for some time to blog, write for some magazines and beauty sites and do some research for the trends hitting the runway for the next year. Bridal trends are no different than other must haves and must do’s throughout the year that are inspired by, fashion designers, celebs, and the go to hair stylists and make up artists in the industry. Every year the trends are a piece of something new and innovative mixed with a touch of something classic and sometimes vintage. The beauty of Bridal trends I find are most are timeless and regardless of what’s hot and what’s not, Brides seem to always find the perfect look that suits their style. My best advice is be inspired by what you see. Anything can be tweaked to suit your needs, your hair, or your face.

Trends seem to come about from what your favorite celebs wear on the red carpet to the runway. I find celebs and stylists also get inspired by the movies they are working on. The Gatsby will be hitting theaters in 2013 and those 1920’s styles will be hitting the aisle as well.
Vintage brides grow in popularity each year but to have so much inspiration tangible on the silver screen I expect to receive many requests for soft waves, pinup style sets, and birdcage veils. To really give yourself a different look, a faux bob can be created to give you that downstyle with the hair still off of your neck without much fuss. Here are some examples of the styles inspired by the 20’s


If the styling from the 20’s is not your thing maybe you will get inspired by the accessories inspired by that era. Birdcage veils are always a classic piece to give that vintage touch but if you want to stray away from a veil, maybe flowers are a good option!  Headbands and fascinators can either be used for the bride or the bridal party as well.


I personally love these looks and am always excited when they make it back to the top choices we see when we travel. Waves are a great style for short or long hair. It gives you the most out of your length. A spiral curl however will make your hair appear shorter. Waves can drop over time but still remain to give you that effortless look that is also big trend this season.
Who doesn’t want effortless looking beauty?

Going into a more modern and very popular look are braids! We’ve all seen some beautiful ways braids can be worn thanks to Pinterest! Waterfall braids are one of the most popular I get requested and I don’t see that changing. This technique of braiding can also give that halo effect a flower halo can give that will be popular but also look amazing with the texture of the waves. here are some photos of some of our own work that was requested most recently:


Braids Can also be incorporated into an upstyle


Low buns will be very popular with a clean finish. For a more simple look you can have your style more centered. For a more modern look and to create softness around the face, you can have a style more off to the side.




Make Up  this season is also another timeless trend that I love to see. Softer nude looks with one focal point that gives a pop of color. This is a look I feel translates well on everyone whether you wear alot of make up or prefer something more simple. How you play up the eyes can really vary and can give a soft accented effect or a dramatic smokey effect. I was always told they are the window to your soul so what better day to play them up is on the day you marry your soulmate!


Lashes are the ultimate way to add some drama.
Keep in mind, If you play up the eyes I would recommend a softer lip or nude lip. The key is too look fresh and flawless.
Smokey eyes are always a popular request but smokey with color? Yes! Smokey eyes can be done with color. It adds a beautiful effect to the eye and really makes them stand out.


The nude lip really helps to not take away from that one focal point, the eyes!

If you don’t wear alot of eye make up then you can play them more natural and wear a bolder lip.


or just go with the “no make up” lookImage

No matter your choice or your taste the make up trend is a clean flawless look. Light contouring to enhance your features and a soft glow. You can have one focal point or just a clean soft pallete. Your choices should always be made with what you feel most comfortable with. I think these trends can satisfy any bride’s style and thats what I love as an artist. I love to have options for my clients that can be suitable for every girl. 2013 trends do just that! No matter your skin or hair texture, a timeless look is easily accessible and right on trend with what you see on TV and the magazines! Because who doesn’t want to look and feel like themselves and a celebrity on a day that all eyes are on you!


Ghouls Night Out

Thank you to everyone who attended Ashley’s RAW event last night at the Russian Lady!  You can also nominate Ashley Stone aka Blondie for RAW Hair Stylist of the year. You can vote daily until the 15th! Once nominated she will compete against other stylists and get the chance to represent CT! GO VOTE! http://www.rawartists.org/ashleystone

Our PINK Hair for Hope kicked off this month and so far it is going amazing.  If you have not yet, stop in to get your pink strand for only $10 and 100% of proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.  We are located at 32 Fenn Road in Newington. 🙂

Another way to help out the Breast Cancer Research Fund is to attend our next event which we get extremely excited about every year is our infamous Ghoul’s Night Out!  It is our 5th annual Ghou’sl Night and it is one of our favorite nights because we love seeing everyone’s amazing costumes and ideas!  Maybe you are dressing as a princess or emulating Natalie Portman’s look in Black Swan- either way, our hair and makeup team will be sure to perfect your costume.  Make sure to call us at (860) 667-7722 to reserve a slot! 🙂

October 26-27th

Friday 5-8pm

Saturday 3-6pm

  • $25 for hair OR makeup
  • $40 for BOTH hair and makeup

Bring in WHATEVER ideas you have and we will make it work!!  Just to get some creative juices flowing… a few inspirations we found below!

French Princess Costume

Healthy Hair

Best hair tips for keeping your hair healthy from our experts at Salon Alexander and Beauty Entourage:

  • Use a heat protector to protect your hair from blow drying, straightening, and curling.  If you’re not protecting your hair from the heat of your hot tools, you’re likely killing your hair with heat damage. Many heat protectors lock in moisture, prevent heat damage, and seal the cuticle down giving the illusion of super shiny, healthy hair.  KMS makes a great leave in conditioner/heat protectant called “Quick Blow Dry”. Some more great heat protect products at Sebsatian “Trilliant” and Goldwell “Hot Form”.
  • Get a trim on monthly or at least every 8 weeks to avoid split ends & unhealthy hair.
  • Try deep conditioning your hair to maintain healthy tresses. Owner Ashley Stone recommends Penetrait Deep conditioner by Sebastian is one of my favorites.  Also, Schwarzkopf Q10 has an amazing shampoo, condition, and leave in spray that reconstructs the hair.  Using leave in conditioners will keep moisture in the hair, even in the older months the sun can be drying and damaging.
  • Use a sulfate free sodium chloride free shampoo and conditioner, clarify every once or two weeks to keep hair free of pollutants and product build up
  • Do not brush wet hair instead use a wide tooth comb. Hair stretches up to 50% when wet so try not to pull it or put it into a tight pony tail either.
  • Healthy diet: In order to have healthy hair, it is important to maintain healthy diet habits with lots of water, fruits and vegetables.

Pink Hair for Hope

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is why for the ENTIRE month of October, you can get a pink hair extension for only $10 and 100% of the proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Stop in to Salon Alexander – 32 Fenn Road in Newington to receive your Pink Hair for Hope Extension and help make a difference in the lives of all women!  Show your support with a strand of pink!

To learn more about the cause, visit:     http://www.bcrfcure.org

Provocations RAW Artists, Oct 4th

Please join us at the Russian Lady October 4th for an awesome night of true RAW artists around CT. Salon Alexander & Beauty Entourage owner, Ashley Stone will be featured and we are so excited to see her work featured.  Hope to see you all there!

You can get your tickets here for only $10:

Get your Tickets!

Color Me Pretty

Colored streaks are so fun!  If you are bold enough, stop in and let us color you! 🙂  here are some bold inspirations!

Also, if you want something more subtle and adorable; ENTIRE month of October, we do PINK FOR HOPE. $10 for a beautiful pink strand and 100% goes to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.


Color streaks

Maybe red streaks in the fall?Katy Perry! and Bad ASS hair!

Boudoir ❤

Ladies, have you done a Boudoir photo shoot yet?  It is the perfect gift for a special someone in your life or even just to feel sexy and confident.  Many of our brides are giving boudoir photo books as the groom’s wedding gift and they also serve as the perfect  anniversary gift as well!  At Salon Alexander, we have some gorgeous classy & sexy looks for your boudoir shoot.  Call us today to learn about Boudoir makeup and hair  packages.  We had an amazing boudoir fashion show this year with Parsons Photography and the Salon Alexander team pulled off the beautiful and sultry hair and makeup.

Short Hair Rocks

So, last week when we posted the DIY hairstyles, we had some people request some looks for shorter hairstyles.  Ladies, don’t worry we love our “shorties” too!  Here are some great style ideas from owner, Ashley Stone.

  • Accessorize short hair.  Since short hairstyles tend to have fewer options when it comes to styling, accessorizing to match different looks can totally switch up your look.Headband with short hair

Short hair and headband

  • To switch it up, you can use clip-in or pin-in extensions!  We are a fan of extensions, especially if you want a dramatic look for a special occasion!
  • Mermaid Waves: I know it can be hard to curl short hair since there is not a lot of length, but waves are a beautiful option for normally straight short hair.

Short, wavy hair

Short wavy hair


Salon Alexander is doing an awesome REFERRAL CONTEST from NOW until the end of the year!  Refer a friend, family member, Facebook friend, or anyone you know that may need a stylist- and you will get one entry per referral to win free hair services in 2013.  How awesome is that?  Not only will you have the best looking hair in 2013, your “refer-ee” will be happy with a new look as well from one of our talented stylists. Good luck every one!