You’ve stressed about every last detail of your wedding day and finally the attention has come back to you. What details will you use to stand out? All eyes will be on you and you want to put your best foot forward. You have your dress, you have your shoes, you have your bouquet, but now you need to put some thought into your hair.
Who are you going to trust to do your hair on your big day? Will you go for an updo or keep it down? Curly or straight? Braided or twisted? Which hairpiece will you choose? There are so many questions! Here are some wedding hair tips that will make it a little bit easier to choose which hairstyle will be perfect for you on your wedding day.
8 Wedding Hair Tips
1. Staying True to You
On one of the most special days in your life, be you. Your fiancé fell in love with you, so show your best self on your wedding day. Why switch up your appearance on a day where you are celebrating finding the person who loves you for you? If you typically rock an updo, consider having an updo for your wedding day. If you can always be found with a braid in your hair, go all out with a beautiful braid. If you are someone who is most confident and comfortable with their hair down, keep it down, girl.
2. Try Before You Buy
You don’t want the first day that you try something new to be the day of your wedding. Always try out what you think you want your wedding day look to be before your special day. If you’re wanting to go with a different hair color, try that hair color out before your wedding. If you like it, then go in for a root touch up before your wedding. The same goes for getting haircuts. We’ve all been there when we get carried away and tell our hairdresser that we want to go shorter.
They always end up taking too much off. You don’t want this to happen right before your wedding day! You should feel confident and happy with how you look. If you were imagining your hair to look a certain way in your wedding pictures, you may be upset if they turn out a little different than how you thought they would because you tried a new haircut too close to your big day.
3. Rapunzel, Rapunzel
If you’d like a little extra length in your ponytail or some extra body in a half up-half down do, ask your hairstylist about hair extensions. Decide if you’d like to wild with the length or stick to less dramatic hair extensions.
4. Choosing a Headpiece
There are so many different options for headpieces. There are veils, hair clips, headbands, halos, ribbons, tiaras and so many different styles to choose from among them! The time to pick out your headpiece is after you choose your dress.
You want to make sure the headpiece is an accent to your dress and not overpowering your dress. From there, you can think of a hairstyle that would best show off your headpiece. If you tell your hairstylist what your headpiece is, they may have some ideas of how they can best style your hair with it.
5. Adding Height
If you’re looking for a little extra height on your wedding day and don’t want to be waddling around in 4-inch heels all night, an updo can give you some extra height. Updos elongate your neckline and create an illusion that makes you look taller.
6. Classy Never Goes Out of Style
The unfortunate truth is that trends don’t last forever. Have you ever looked back at old Prom pictures and chuckled at yourself because of what you were wearing, or the hairstyle that went with it? That’s because all of it was a trend. Keep in mind that classy never dies. If you want to be able to look back on your wedding day pictures and not feel like you are stuck in a certain time era, definitely look into classy hairstyles. If you go with a timeless hairstyle, your wedding pictures will never go out of style.
7. Always Bring Extra
Basically any and everything that your hair stylist used to do your hair, go buy extra for your wedding day. Hair malfunctions are real, but you can quickly combat hair emergencies if you come fully prepared!
8. Clean vs. Dirty
Hair is most easily styled when it’s just a little dirty. You know your hair best. You know how it holds best and if it looks best a little clean or a little dirty. It’s always a good idea to talk to your hairstylist to see how they think your hair will hold best for the hairstyle you are asking for. Generally, if you have thicker hair and are planning on wearing it down, you should have it clean.
If you have thinner hair and are planning on wearing it up, you should leave it a little dirty. Some hairstylists also have a magic little tool that adds some oil to your hair (without making it look greasy) to make clean hair hold better.
Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Hairstylist for Your Wedding Day
Selecting a hairstylist to hire for your wedding day should be a guilt-free process. You don’t necessarily have to stick to the same person who cuts and styles your hair for a routine haircut. It’s important to know if they can travel to your venue, if they can style your wedding party’s hair, how much money you’re going to have to spend, and so much more.
1. How much do your services cost?
First, talk about money with your hairstylist. How much do they charge for a wedding party your size? Will they have extra help that’ll increase the cost? Ask if they have any discounts for wedding parties. What forms of payment do they accept? Ensure that you don’t have to put a deposit down. If a deposit is required, be sure to make that payment so they don’t book anyone else in your place.
2. May I call some of your previous customers?
There’s nothing wrong with asking for the phone numbers or names of some of their old customers. If they only have their first and last name, you may be able to find and message them on Facebook or Instagram and ask their opinion on the hairstylist you’re considering. It’s always a good idea to see and hear what you’re going to be paying for.
3. Do you have any pictures or a social media account I can look at?
Maybe you’re still trying to decide which hair stylist to go with or maybe you’ve already decided, but you want to see more of their work. Both are very acceptable reasons to want to see pictures of what they’ve done in the past. Most people nowadays have social media platforms to show off their work. Scrolling through some pictures of their clients may give you ideas on what you want your hair to look like. Don’t be afraid to ask!
4. Do you travel to venues?
This is a very important question to ask because it’s so much more convenient if you and your bridal party can get your hair done at the location of the ceremony. Running around from place to place may cause sweating and fall out, neither of which you or your bridal party want to experience before the wedding ceremony!
5. Do you also do makeup?
This is a great follow up question to ask if your hairstylist says that they’ll travel to your wedding ceremony venue. Sure, you and your bridesmaids can do makeup, but there’s nothing like someone else doing it for you while you all get pampered. Also, if you get your makeup done professionally, they’ll most likely have tools and makeup that nonexperts may not have.
6. Are you able to do hair and/or makeup for a bridal party my size?
This question should be answered when you ask about money, but in case it wasn’t, ask if your stylist can do hair/makeup for a bridal party your size. If they aren’t able to accommodate everyone, they may be able to put you in contact with someone who can.
7. Do you do trial runs?
It may ease your mind to have a trial run before your wedding day. Your hairstylist may be able to set up a day where she styles your hair to ensure that you like it. Note that if you decide to do this, it will probably affect the overall price. However, you just can’t put a price on peace of mind!
8. How long will it take you to do each hairstyle?
Time is of the essence and weddings require lots of planning. You don’t want to be rushed the day of, so if you’re able to plan ahead how much time it’ll take to do each person’s hair, you are going to feel a lot better.
9. By which date should I book my appointment?
Finally, if you know this hairstylist is the route you want to take, ask how far in advance you should book them for your wedding. If you have a wedding date already, go ahead and book them. If you don’t have a wedding date yet, make sure booking this person is on your priority list as soon as your wedding date is set in stone.
Your wedding day is your day to shine. You should feel nothing but confident when it comes to how you look and how you feel. Perhaps one of the last things that you are going to think about is how you are going to do your hair. Hopefully, with these tips you are able to better envision what you want your hair to look like on your big day!