In honor of the recent royal wedding, we share insider tips and the top product recommendations for how to achieve your dream bridal hair. Counting down from six months to moments before the big day, we show you how to master the all-important wedding hair milestones, from pre-wedding haircuts to night-before hair masks…
6 Months Before
Whether you plan on wearing your hair up, down, long or short, the condition and health of your hair is the secret to a great ‘do’ on the day; now is the time to invest in professional haircare products that will help get you there.
Try: Infused with antioxidant-rich rooibos tea and argan oil, Windle & Moodie’s Nourishing Treatment Shampoo promotes healthy growth, while the potent active ingredients in argan oil deliver strength and shine.
Always protect hair from thermal styling with a heat protection spray, such as Oribe Balm d’Or Heat Styling Shield and significantly cut down on drying time by gently drying damp hair with a moisture-wicking hair towel from Aquis.
Try: Rossano Ferretti Vita Rejuvenating Hair Mask – a rescue remedy for hair that’s lost its shine and personality. Apply to the lengths and ends of towel-dried hair and leave to work for a few minutes before rinsing out.
If you plan on growing your hair for your wedding, while it may seem counter-intuitive, regular haircuts are essential. Be sure to book in with your stylist for a quick snip every 8 – 10 weeks in the build up to the big day.
Note: now is not the time to get distracted and try something new. Think very carefully before making any rash decisions, such as getting a fringe or going for a drastic cut.
4 Months Before
Pinterest is a great port-of-call for hair inspiration. Start by creating a bridal hair board and try to narrow it down to a specific style or look, so that it is easy for your stylist to help recreate it.
Attend a hair trial and speak openly and honestly with your stylist about how you envisage your hair looking. Ask them to experiment and create several different variations so you can see what suits you. Think about the time of year you’re getting married, if it’s going to be hot you might prefer to have your hair up and out of the way. Or if it’s raining, and your hair is prone to frizz, braiding could be a good option. Will you be wearing a veil? Or a flower crown? If so, your stylist will need to plan around this.
1 Month Before
If you color your hair, now is the perfect time to get a final touch-up done – four weeks gives you just enough time for the color to settle down and feel like you, but it’s not too long that your roots will be showing. While you’re at it, make sure you get a final trim – especially if you plan on wearing your hair down. Even an inch off the length will ensure no split ends and keep it looking fresh.
This is also a great time to confirm bridesmaids’ hairstyles with your stylist. By this point, you’ll have hopefully decided on their outfits and accessories, so you will have a good feel for the type of style you want. Have a think about whether one style will suit all, or if you’d prefer variation on a theme. It’s a good idea to chat to your bridesmaids too, to make sure they are comfortable with your decisions – this will alleviate any unnecessary stress on the day.
Make sure your stylist is clear of the timings and running order on the day and that they have clear directions to your venue and contact numbers.
The Night Before
If you’re having your hair up it’s advisable to wash it the night before as freshly washed hair can be slippy and difficult to control, especially if your hair is fine. Try and take an hour or two to yourself, run a bath and have some ‘me’ time before getting an early night. You probably won’t get much sleep, so try to relax as best you can.
If you really can’t resist and hate the idea of walking down the aisle with anything less than fresh hair, dry shampoos and texturizing sprays are a quick and efficient way to add extra grip to an updo.
The Big Day
It’s finally here, the moment you’ve been meticulously planning and waiting for. The most important thing you need to do today is enjoy yourself. All the hard work has been done, so sit back, have a glass of Champagne and let everything fall into place. When it comes to your hair, make sure your stylist starts at least three to four hours before the ceremony and allow half an hour per hairstyle, as this will allow ample time for any last-minute tweaks.
Avoid wearing anything that needs to come over your head, buttons or a robe are preferable. Hair fragrances are a lovely finishing touch for a special occasion. We love the delicate and bohemian Diptyque Eau Rose Hair Mist.