Wedding hair is normally one of the most important considerations for a bride-to-be, after the wedding gown. The aim for perfect wedding hair should be to create a lovely balance between your personality and style that will best complement the wedding dress you have chosen. That's why we've created a guide to achieving the ultimate wedding hair – following these steps to help you look and feel your absolute best on your wedding day.
Do your research
It is vital to plan ahead! The earlier you start the more likely your hair will be in the best condition possible on your wedding day. Start a wedding scrapbook with hair pictures that you love. Do your homework by browsing through bridal magazines and checking out the hundreds of wedding hairstyles available online. It is also a good idea to keep an open mind and explore many possibilities before ruling out a style. Ask family, friends and most importantly, your hairdresser, what styles are likely to suit you or what is not possible with your hair.
Practice good hair care
It might seem obvious but for great looking hair, it's not just about the style but getting your hair in top condition too. Speak to your hairdresser to ensure you are using the right type of products for your hair type. Do not do anything too dramatic with your hair in the approaching six months to your wedding – a poor haircut or a color gone wrong might not be fixable overnight! Commence weekly treatments 12 weeks prior to your wedding date, and try to give your hair a break from harsh styling methods. It is recommended that any haircuts are completed two weeks before and a color is done approximately 2 days prior. Do not wash your hair on your wedding day without instructed by your stylist, this should be done the day before, possibly with a relaxing home treatment if available, as your own natural oils will help keep your hair shiny and smooth on your wedding day.
Wedding hairdresser or DIY?
The first decision to make is to decide whether you will do your own hair on your wedding day or if you will hire a hair stylist. If you opt for a DIY hairstyle, make sure you practice first and choose a style that you find easy to create. If you will be using a hair stylist, ensure they are experienced in bridal hairstyles. Once you decide on a professional stylist, you will need to choose whether you attend a salon or hire a mobile service at your home. The advantage of a mobile hairdresser is that they come to you – you are not forced to rush around on the day. The disadvantage of a mobile hairdresser is that there is normally only one hairdresser and with a large wedding party this can often mean an early start! Also, some hairdressers may book out quite a long period in advance; so secure your wedding day and trial bookings as soon as you are able to.
Accessories can add a beautiful finishing touch to your perfect wedding hair; although choosing from the many types of hair accessories available can be difficult! Hair accessories include tiaras, silk flowers, fresh flowers, combs, fascinators, clips and your veil. Make sure you have any wedding hair accessories with you for your trial appointment so that you can deal with any unexpected mishaps before the big day.
Your wedding hairstyle
Your wedding hairstyle will depend on a number of factors. Firstly, whether your wedding ceremony is outdoors or indoors and how long you will need the style to last. An up-style is normally very sturdy and lasts the longest period of time. A half-half style will still be sturdy but depending on your hair may not last quite as long. An all down style may not be suitable for outdoor weddings if you fear the wind blowing hair onto your face. You also need to decide whether to curl your locks or have a sleek straighter look. Maximize your good points rather than deciding on a style that is not really you. Shorter brides might wish to add lift to their hair to add height; taller brides might opt for the opposite effect. You may also need to consider your wedding theme – romantic, glamorous, fairytale, modern? Be sure that your hairstyle looks good from both the front and the back – get someone to take photos of you from all angles after your wedding hair trial. If you have done all the research and are still undecided, it may be best for you to opt for a traditional and simpler wedding hairstyle that will never outdate. Make sure you wear a zip or button up shirt to your hair trial and whilst having your hair styled on your wedding day to ensure you will not have a hair out of place when dressing later on. Most importantly, you need to be comfortable in your style and feel beautiful!