Nobody likes bad hair. And one day you really can’t afford a bad hair day is on your wedding day. So how can you ensure your hair is just as perfect and beautiful as you want your wedding day to be? With these tips, of course! Keep these 10 bridal hair dos and don’ts in mind for wedding hair day perfection.
1. DO always book a trial appointment
Whether you’ve known your hairstylist for years or are booking with someone who came highly recommended, you should absolutely book a wedding hair trial. This is especially important if you’re trying out a new bridal hairstyle since something may look great in a magazine, but might look different on you! “You may need more than one trial and that is totally normal,”says Vanessa Fernandez,Butterfly Studio Salon Expert Stylist. Most stylists will offer a wedding hair trial discount if you book both a trial run and day-of hairstyle. And if you’re having a destination wedding, consider flying in a few months or days before the wedding so you can be absolutely sure this is the hairstylist for you. (For more tips, check out this post on everything you need to know about your wedding hair trial.)
2. DO be honest with your stylist
Your hairstylist wants to give you exactly what you want, so by all means, please speak up! It’s the best way to make sure you are 100% happy with your wedding day hairstyle, so be as open and clear as possible in your communication as possible.
3. DON’T try something that’s just not you
It can be tempting to try a hairstyle that’s totally fresh and different, but don’t go for something that’s just not “you”. “Don’t choose something completely out of character. Brides usually regret doing anything of that sort,”Fernandez says. Your wedding day is a day to shine and look like your best self, not someone entirely different that your hubby won’t recognize.
4. DO get the dress first
If you haven’t said yes to the dress, don’t settle on a hairstyle just yet! “I always suggest having the dress picked out before the hair trial,”Fernandez says. “Having the dress is a huge help on deciding whether to wear hair up or down and what kind of style would complement the dress.”
5. DON’T go drastic
Weeks before your wedding is not the time to schedule a drastic haircut or hair color change. Instead, make sure you’ve scheduled any needed hair maintenance at least a few weeks before the big day.
6. DO schedule your dress fitting the same day as your hair trial
There’s no better way to get an idea of the whole look than scheduling your hair and makeup trial the same day as a dress fitting! You’ll be able to see exactly how it all works together before your actual wedding day and make sure your hairstyle matches your wedding dress. Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures!
7. DO get a hair treatment
For shiny hair that’s in tip top shape, don’t forget to schedule a hair treatment a week before your wedding day. An in-salon deep conditioning treatment will help make sure your locks are in beautiful condition for your wedding day.
8. DON’T forget about hair accessories!
Even if you’re going with a classic bridal hairstyle, a beautiful bridal hair accessory is a gorgeous way to add a little pizazz to your look. Pins, headbands and floral hairpieces can bring that bit of bling to your wedding day. (Need some inspiration? Check out these bridal hair accessories you’ll love.)
9. DO take photos with you
Telling isn’t the same as showing, so bring as many photos as you can to your hair appointment! This will really help your hairstylist know exactly what you’re looking for, and he or she will be able to recommend ways it may or may not work for you and how to make the hairstyle even better. Magazine tearouts or your bridal hair board on Pinterest are great sources of inspiration!
10. DON’T overthink it
Sometimes, less is more. A simple, sophisticated hairstyle can look effortlessly elegant. And a glammed up version of your everyday hairstyle (maybe with a gorgeous hair accessory), can be quite beautiful. “I always recommend styles that won’t look dated as you look back on your pictures in the future. Classic looks are always a smart idea for creating an everlasting photo,”Fernandez says.