Your wedding day beauty is something that will be documented by your family, your friends, and yourself. Making the wrong hair styling decisions for your wedding day can be just as embarrassing as making the right one can be rewarding. The days leading up to your wedding are extremely stressful, which means that you are more likely now than ever to make an impulsive decision for your hair.
Before you rush into any decisions, here are some of the most important wedding hairstyle do’s and don’ts that all brides need to follow.
DO: Have a hair trial run!
Before your actual wedding day, talk to your stylist about doing a trial run. This is something that a lot of brides do before their wedding day and stylists are more than happy to work with you to set it up! If you are doing your own hair, take a day to practice. You don’t want to get up to your wedding day and mess up your hair so badly that you can’t salvage your hairstyle.
Whether you’re doing your own hair or having a stylist do it, the trial run ensures that you are making the right decision. It ensures that your hair is the correct texture for the style, that your hair is long enough to work with, and also helps your stylist to ensure they have the right tools with them when they bring it to your wedding venue if you aren’t visiting the salon. Because of how early you typically book your stylist, it’s recommended to have your trial run about a month before your actual wedding, in case you need to make any changes.
DON’T: Impulsively cut your hair!
The days leading up to your wedding are one of the worst times for brides, as far as stress goes. Many brides will make an impulsive decision because it feels “freeing” at the time…but is regrettable on your wedding day. While dying your hair blue might match your wedding colors and can easily be fixed in a day, cutting off an entire foot of your hair is a little more difficult to deal with.
If you’re a bride that has picked her hairstyle months in advance, cutting off your hair could also change your entire wedding look. This is especially a bad decision if you have already had a trial run with your stylist. If your stylist is expecting your hair to be waist length and she walks into you having a bob, your stylist is going to have to make a lot of decisions on the fly and your new wedding day look isn’t going to be the same one that you had in your head. Make sure that you carefully consider the consequences of your actions before you make a big decision like this!
DO: Consider extensions!
Clip in hair extensions are perfect for a bride who wants an ethereal wedding look. They are easy to remove and they will protect your actual hair from the damage that extensive styling and heat will have. If you’ve been saving images on Pinterest, your models probably are already sporting these extensions for their looks, which will help you to get much closer to what you want.
Extensions will give you the freedom to change your look after the wedding, as well. They can be dyed and cut, just like your real hair. And they are also helpful if you have pulled a major “don’t” and chopped up your normal daily look.
DON’T: Assume your stylist knows what you are describing!
There is no standard language when it comes to hair. You can tell three different stylists that you want a “big bun”, an “updo”, or “soft waves” and receive three different interpretations of what this means to them. Make sure that you bring pictures to your appointment and, also, that you take pictures at your trial run. This ensures that all parties will be satisfied with the final outcome of your wedding day hair.
DO: Bring lots of reference pictures!
While some sites suggest picking one to three images for your stylist, most stylists actually say to bring more! Bringing one image for your stylist gives them very little to work with. One photo provides your stylist with one angle and a very small view of what your wedding day vision and preference is. Choosing multiple photos help them to know you as a bride and give you the best wedding day look possible.
DON’T: Set unrealistic expectations for your own look!
Bringing in ten pictures of Taylor Swift is great… but, you are not Taylor Swift. Wedding day stylists have a pet peeve with customers who bring in pictures of celebrities on the red carpet and become dissatisfied with their final look because they aren’t a mirror image of the picture. The best advice stylists have for their customers is that the customer should know their own hair.
Everyone’s hair has different textures and every person has a slightly different face shape. Know what looks better on you and your face, rather than a celebrity.
DO: Plan ahead!
Make sure that you schedule your appointment with your stylist with plenty of time left to make it to your wedding venue. Make sure that you are wearing a button-up dress or shirt that won’t have to be removed over your amazing new hairstyle. And make sure that you have one to two people with you to keep you on track. Giving yourself the correct supports on your wedding day will relieve your stress and help you to keep your look intact for your big entrance.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Making sure that you are prepared for your beauty routine that day is essential to relieving your stress and keeping yourself on track. To get the best hair for your big day, follow these steps and you will not have to worry about looking like a vision for your big interest.