I've been doing wedding hair for 7 years, and have experienced firsthand the things that work wonders- and those that absolutely do not. In addition to these experiences- I have been tracking my most asked questions from brides, and compiled a top ten list of need to knows before your big day!
1. My MOST asked question is "should I have clean or dirty hair?"- and to be honest, it's kind of a loaded answer. My rule of thumb is this- if you generally wash your hair once a week- washing it the day before is ideal. If you are a daily or every other day kind of gal- absolutely wash your hair the day of. A little bit of grit is so good for styling- but there is FINE LINE between a little grit and heavy oil. If your hair is oily, your style will suffer. Thankfully, for those who do have to wash their hair the day of- we have so many texture products that can give you that "one day dirty" feel with ease. When in doubt- wash your hair the day of.
2. ALWAYS, ALWAYS DO A TRIAL. Believe it or not, I have a handful of brides every year who say they don't feel the need to do a trial. I often find myself explaining the importance of a practice run. It's SO helpful to know the texture, dimension, and length of a brides hair prior to the big day. There are always things that I learn about a bride's hair in a trial that helps me to better serve them on their wedding day.
3. Another big dilemma I see is from brides who can't decide if they should do their hair up or down. There are pros and cons to both. If your hair holds a curl really well- down always looks gorgeous from all angles and can be a soft way to finish your glam. If your hair tends to get stringy and flat- always go up! That way you don't have to re curl it or be worrying about it all day long. If your hair is long- do a boho braid as a compromise. Braids are awesome because your hair is still down around your face, but its all tied together enough to not have the hassle of it being all over the place.
4. For my thinner hair brides, ALWAYS get clip ins. Clip in extensions can add length or even just volume if you have them cut to the same length as your natural hair. Thinner hair often doesn't get the big braids or nice full updos without extensions- so my advice is to go for it! You won't regret full and voluminous hair on your big day.
5. Add an accessory. Whether you finish your hair with some greenery, fresh flowers, or some bling- I always say do it! It's your one day to go big or go home- and how many other times will you get to accessorize your hairstyle with fresh flowers or sparkle?
6. Another tip is in regards to makeup. As a general rule- I recommend that the bride gets her makeup done before hair for two reasons. First reason being that generally a makeup artist has to clip back your bangs or face framing to keep it from getting in your face- and if you've had your hair done already this can often leave clip marks or generally just mess with the volume of the front of your hairstyle. The bigger reason, though, is because most women wont love their hair without having make up on. It's similar to when you get your hair colored at the salon with no makeup on- all you want to do is get home and spruce up your face to get a better feel for how you'll like your color.
7. Getting ready timelines are STRESSFUL. My biggest piece of advice for your morning timeline is to give yourself a lot of buffer time. There is nothing worse than being rushed on your wedding day. I have also found that some brides forget to leave a chunk of time (between glam and getting in their dresses) to take photos in their robes or matching morning outfits. The more time you have, the less stressful you and your vendors will be-this will ensure a much smoother morning.
8. To my curly hair brides and bridesmaids- if you want a smoother style, blow dry your hair as smooth as possible with a round brush, or get a blow out the day before. Most wedding timelines don't have the luxury of extra time to smooth out wave patterns and then style- so you may not be fully satisfied with the final product if you're expecting a 1.5 hour service in a 30 minute time slot.
9. I always recommend leaving some hair out around the face to frame your hairstyle and give you some softness from the front. With that being said, getting a face frame from your hairstylist prior to your wedding will ensure that you have enough shorter pieces in front to hang down without being overwhelmingly long on your wedding day.
10. Believe it or not, hair color is super important for hairstyles. If you've ever been on pinterest- the styles with dimension in their color always look more intricate and whimsical. Especially with a braid or a twist, having some highlights or low lights to weave through will really make it stand out.
I hope you find these tips helpful, and best of luck on your big day! <3