There are a bazillion options for wedding day hairstyles. But here are five practical tips that I gathered from my own wedding experience:
1. Choose a style you know works for you.
If you normally wear your hair back, go for an up-do on the Day. If you’re used to wearing your hair down, leave your mane to roam free. And if you know your locks go limp after an hour, look into to dos with lasting volume. But most importantly, go with the style that you feel like your fabulous yourself in and wear it with grace.
2. Do a trial run.
When I read this suggestion in wedding mags, I scoffed. I really did not think this was necessary. Whoops! Although I was fortunate enough to have my hair turn out as I wanted, I ran into an unanticipated snafu. My veil was attached to a comb, but with all the pins holding my bun together, the comb couldn’t get all the way through. To my dismay, a few ‘memorable-moments’ photos were ruined by the view of the comb peeking out of my bun. I’m sure I was the only one who noticed, but still! I wouldn’t have been constantly shoving the comb back in during the post-ceremony photos if I had been smart and done a trial run.
3. Bring a photo to your stylist.
No matter how anti naff bridal magazines you are, you will undoubtedly be tempted to gloss through a few during your early wedding planning stages. In them you are will likely find a photo of the hairstyle you want for the Day. Supplying your hairstylist with a photo will definitely decrease the chance of any surprises (but a trial run virtually eliminates the possibility of terrifying tresses on your special day).
4. Take the weather into account.
If you know you tend to easily get the frizzes and you are planning an August wedding in say…Miami, an up-do just might be the way to go. If it’s an outdoor wedding, factor in the wind. I’m not suggesting you let the location dictate the hairstyle but simply take it in into consideration.
5. Get your cut/colour done at least a week before the Day.
As you all know, it takes about a week for your new cut/colour to settle in. Plus, in the week leading up to your wedding, no matter how under control you think things are, you will be busy with last minute details. It is highly unlikely (and not recommended) that you will have the time to get a cut/colour done on the day of the wedding. So make an appointment with your trusted stylist for 1-2 weeks before the big Day and let your pre-wedding pampering begin!
Ultimately you want to be comfortable with your hair, and you want it to last through lots of hugs, kisses, photos, cake-cutting, and dancing. Thank god for our stylists, who have tricks us lay people know nothing about.
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