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How To Prepare Your Hair For Your Wedding Day Stylist

Your wedding day is one of the most cherished and memorable events in your life, and every detail, from the dress to the decorations, contributes to making it uniquely yours. Among these details, your hairstyle plays a pivotal role in completing your bridal look. 

While finding inspiration for your wedding hairstyle is easier than ever with the abundance of ideas on Pinterest and bridal magazines, there are essential tips and tricks that often go unnoticed. 

From deciding on the perfect hairstyle that compliments your dress and fits the weather conditions, to understanding the importance of a trial run and avoiding last-minute hair changes.

Your hairstylist will explain during your trial some ways to prepare your hair for your wedding, but this comprehensive guide covers all the crucial aspects of bridal hair planning. 

1. Picking the Right Wedding Hairstyle

We all have an idea of how our hair should look on our wedding day. From scrolling through Pinterest, flicking through bridal magazines or visiting wedding fairs, getting some ideas for your hair is the first step. If you get several styles you love then there are a few other things you need to consider. Think about:

  1. What will your dress look like?
  2. Will the weather be an issue?
  3. Can your hair length, volume and texture pull off these styles?
  4. Are you wearing a veil?

We explore each of these questions in more detail below.

Match Your Hairstyle with Your Dress

Your wedding dress is a central piece of your bridal look, and your hairstyle should enhance its beauty. 

If your dress is simple and understated, you have the liberty to opt for a more elaborate hairstyle, such as intricate updos or voluminous curls. Conversely, if your dress is adorned with embellishments and intricate details, a more subdued hairstyle, like a sleek low bun, can create a balanced and elegant look. For dresses with stunning open-back designs, side braids or ponytails are ideal to highlight this feature.

Consider the Weather

The climate of your wedding day plays a crucial role in deciding your hairstyle. Indoor weddings or cooler climates offer the freedom to wear cascading curls or loose waves without worry. However, for outdoor weddings in hot and humid conditions, updos become practical to avoid frizz and maintain the style. Hair extensions can be a lifesaver in such scenarios as they withstand humidity better than natural hair and hold styles longer.

Evaluate Your Hair Length, Volume, and Texture

Falling in love with a Pinterest hairstyle only to realise your hair lacks the necessary length or volume can be disappointing. If your hair is shorter or thinner, consider styles that suit your natural hair, or use extensions to achieve your desired look. 

Additionally, the texture of your hair influences the durability of certain styles and the types of accessories that work best. For instance, fine hair might not support heavy combs, making light pins or vines a better choice.

Decide on a Veil or No Veil

If you plan to wear a veil, choose a hairstyle that can support it. Veils can flatten airy updos, so a sturdier style like a low bun is preferable to maintain your look throughout the day.

bride and groom wedding veil

2. Do a Trial Run Ahead of Time

A trial run with your hairstylist is indispensable. It helps identify potential issues that might arise on the big day, such as whether your hair can be securely styled or if it holds the desired volume. It also provides an opportunity to see if the style suits your hair texture and face shape, allowing for adjustments well in advance.

Testing if the Hairstyle is Wedding Proof

During the trial, ensure the style lasts through typical wedding activities—dancing, and hugging (crying). This test run can reveal if additional products or techniques are needed to keep your hair looking pristine all day.

Compatibility with Your Hair Texture and Face Shape

A trial run allows you to see if the chosen style complements your hair texture and face shape. What looks stunning in a photo might not suit your unique features, and it’s better to make adjustments ahead of time.

3. Bring Visual References to Your Hairstylist

Bringing photos of desired hairstyles to your stylist is invaluable. It ensures clear communication and helps your stylist understand your vision. Everyone’s interpretation of “soft waves” or “elegant updo” can differ, so visual references are crucial.

Limit your selection to 3-5 images to avoid overwhelming your stylist and to provide a clear direction. Too many options can complicate the decision-making process and lead to confusion.

Finally, discuss the specifics of what you like about each reference photo during the trial. Is it the texture, the volume, the accessories? This detailed communication helps your stylist tailor the look to your preferences.

4. Avoid Drastic Hair Changes Before the Wedding

Avoid making significant changes to your hair right before the wedding. Drastic haircuts or new dye jobs can lead to unpredictable results, which might not align with your wedding vision. Any changes that you do make, tell your wedding stylist. They will be able to advise you on how it may impact your chosen wedding hairstyle. 

Schedule a trim a few weeks before the wedding to remove split ends and ensure your hair looks healthy. This timing also allows for minor adjustments if needed.

Maintaining Healthy Hair

Keep your hair nourished and moisturised with regular deep-conditioning treatments in the months leading up to your wedding. Healthy hair is more manageable and looks more vibrant.

5. Stay True to Yourself

Your wedding day is about celebrating your unique style. Choose a hairstyle that makes you feel like the best version of yourself, whether that’s a natural look or something more styled.

It is very easy to select a wedding hairstyle that is impractical on the day. The importance of a trial day cannot be understated. Steer clear of hairstyles that make you uncomfortable or are difficult to manage. Weddings can be long and eventful, and it’s important to feel at ease with your look.

Ultimately, the goal is to feel beautiful and confident. If elaborate hairstyles aren’t your thing, opt for something simpler that still makes you feel stunning.

wedding in nature

6. Consider a Hair Change for the Reception

Many brides change into a second dress for the reception; consider doing the same with your hairstyle. A simpler, more relaxed style can be more comfortable for dancing and socialising. Work with your bridesmaids to help you transform, that is what they are there for!

Keeping a Stylist on Site for Touch-Ups

We understand that weddings are expensive so this may not be practical in your budget, but it is useful to have a professional on hand. If possible, have your stylist available for touch-ups or a complete hairstyle change between the ceremony and reception. This ensures your hair looks fresh throughout the day.

7. Proper Hair Prep the Day Before

Discuss with your stylist how to prepare your hair the day before the wedding. Some prefer working with clean, blow-dried hair, while others might have different recommendations based on your hair type.

We have two recommendations for the day before your wedding:

  • Professional Blow Dry: For curly or frizzy hair, a professional blow dry the day before can create a smooth base for styling. For naturally smooth hair, simple washing and drying might suffice.
  • Avoid Flat Ironing: Never flat iron your hair before your wedding day styling. It can make it difficult for curls or other styles to hold. 

Overall, follow your stylist’s advice for the best results.

8. Pack an Emergency Wedding Hair Kit

Ensure you have travel-sized versions of the products your stylist used. This allows for quick touch-ups if necessary.

Your emergency wedding hair kit should include: 

  • Bobby pins
  • Extra hair ties
  • A brush
  • Dry shampoo
  • A small hairspray. 

Having an emergency kit provides peace of mind. Even if everything goes smoothly, knowing you’re prepared for any hair mishap is reassuring.

9. Shop Around for the Perfect Hairstylist

Not all hairstylists are the same. Look for one who specialises in the style you envision for your wedding. Don’t hesitate to try a new stylist if your regular one doesn’t specialise in wedding hairstyles. The right stylist will understand your vision and help bring it to life.

Research local stylists, check their portfolios, and read reviews. Schedule consultations to discuss your ideas and see if they align with your vision.

By following these tips, you can ensure your wedding hair is as beautiful and memorable as your special day itself.

At The Strand in Chelmsford and Shenfield, our professional wedding stylists in Essex are on hand to complete your perfect day!

Get in touch with us to discuss prices and how we can complete your wedding.