We're adding on to our archive of wedding hairstyle tips with these ways to ensure that you aren't obsessing with your style all day long. Apparently we unconsciously think about our hair many times a day, and I'm thinking your wedding day is going to be on hair-fussing overdrive.
Protecting from the elements, having a backup plan, and going with what you know are all going to help make you feel more secure that your style will last. Let's talk wedding hair tips for all your offbeat wedding hairstyle needs.
Your hair, only better
Wedding hairstyles can absolutely be clean and simple, but you may want to take it up a notch to match your theme or just look a little more fabulous for photos. Don't stray too far from who you are so that your partner doesn't recognize you. But don't let that stop you from rocking a fun style or color if you're excited about it. Don't feel pressured to abandon your own style, either. Rock your victory rolls, purple hair, or mohawk.
A professional stylist or do your own?
A professional can definitely up your hair game and help it last the full day. They can also give you some backup tips in case it falls or you want to pull it back or up for dancing or late night shenanigans.
Friendors can be awesome with hair since they probably know and respect your style already. If you're going with a friend, have them do a dry run just like a professional would. Make sure to do a trial run or two at least two weeks before the wedding day. Our directory of hairstyle vendors is a great resource if you decide to choose a pro.
Choose a pro who gets your hair
Have natural black hair? Naturally curly hair? Brightly colored hair? Try to find a stylist who gets your style.
Feel free to ask to see some samples or a portfolio if you're nervous.
Like with makeup, feel free to bring loads of photos of celebrities, other brides, or whoever is rocking amazing hair to your stylist for inspiration.
Also bring along a photo of your outfit and/or decor to give them a feel for your theme and style.
- Tip: Have short hair? Don't fret, my pet! We've got lots of ideas for you here.
Bring your hair do-dads
Don't forget your veil, birdcage, headpiece, headband, fascinator, flowers, or whatever accouterments you'll want in your hair so the stylist can accommodate for it. Also bring along any other tools or backup accessories for your late-night ‘do, if you need one.
Be product-free on the day
On your trial day and wedding day, have clean, dry hair. Avoid using a lot of conditioner and stay away from any silkening/shine/moisturizing products that weigh your hair down. If you're doing your own hair or having a friend do it, have some dry shampoo on hand to get it into a good texture for styling.
Have bangs? Have a plan
If you've got bangs, plan to bring a clip, bobby pin, headband, dry shampoo, and some tissues for when they inevitably get unkempt from rain, sweat, or wild dancing.
- Tip: Add these to your to your “oh shit” kit: hair clips, bobby pins, tissues, hairspray, dry shampoo, an umbrella, hair ties, and a scarf (especially for a winter wedding when it might snow).
Brighter colors need prep
Make sure you test your hair while sweaty/wet and while wearing light colors to make sure you don't ruin the fabric. You may want to leave this to a professional if you're not already a veteran.
The Big DON'Ts
Things not to do regarding your wedding hairstyle:
- Don't cut your hair too close to the wedding day. Do it well before your hair trials to avoid last-minute disasters
- Don't change your hair color too close, either. This can be really hard to fix if it goes wrong
- Don't try any new hair products or color near the wedding day: allergies can crop up and cause skin irritation
Where are you getting your hair inspiration? Tell us about it in the comments!