Nicola Peltz and Brooklyn Beckham just tied the knot… and did you see the bride’s next-level hair? An homage to supermodel Claudia Schiffer in the ’90s, the half-up half-down style was created by pro hairstylist, Adir Abergel, a longtime friend of Nicola’s (the pair met on the Transformers tour in 2014). “She’s like my little sister—she annoys me all the time, but she’s also the best,” Abergel tells Vogue from Florida. “She’s been sending me all of these rad images of early Claudia Schiffer—including pictures of her with bangs—so they inspired us, plus the dress, which is just beautiful.”
The dreamy half-up half-down style was the perfect look to anchor the heavy and “incredibly long” veil Peltz wore on her wedding day, and it also lent an undone, cool-girl vibe to the carefully planned bridal look. Not only did Abergel channel ’90s Schiffer, he also cites Brigitte Bardot’s voluminous half ponytails as an inspiration. “It was all about keeping her hair beautiful, soft and smooth,” he says. “Think luxe, polished texture, but with fullness and movement to it.” He also took her hair colour lighter and brighter ahead of the big day.
One threat to that beautifully luxe finish was the humidity and wind in Florida, home to the Peltz family’s sprawling beachside estate, which served as the wedding venue. “Nicola actually has quite wavy hair—it has a lot of texture in it—so to make sure it’s protected from the humidity I’ve had her using the Virtue Restorative Mask all week,” he says. “One thing I’d say to all brides is that one of the most important parts of good hair is to ensure it is super-hydrated before the big day arrives.”
After that, it was all about prepping the hair with smoothing formulas, like Virtue’s Healing Oil and Un-Frizz Cream, to seal it in before doing a “really good blowout.” “The secret to perfect bridal hair is to use another source of heat after you’ve blow dried it,” Abergel says. “I used a large barrel curling iron to give it that high finish. I ran it over the hair and created little bends in it so her hair felt a bit more undone.” Meanwhile, Abergel’s assistants were tasked with doing Nicola’s bridesmaids’ hair. The inspiration? “A minimal ’90s Kate Moss.”
This story originally appeared in British Vogue.