Bridal Club Magazine
Wedding Day Hair
"How will I wear my hair?" Every bride faces that predicament.
Your wedding day hairstyle is a significant aspect of the total
bridal look, worth some thought. If you have a bad hair day, the
photos to prove it will be around for years to come. On the plus
side, it's a great opportunity to do something really special with
The Test Run
Do a "test run" with hair and make-up, just the way you plan to
wear it on your wedding day. Have someone take several pictures
from different angles and with different facial expressions. Then,
look closely at the pictures. Do you like what you see? Is there
too much make-up or not enough? How do you feel about the hair
style--too much height or not enough?
If something doesn't seem right, start again and do another test
run until everything comes together. It's important to actually
take photos of yourself because it can give you a different
perspective rather than just looking in the mirror.
During the "test run," walk around with the hairstyle you plan
to wear to determine its comfort level. A good rule is: the
simpler, the better, since pins can hurt, and intricate styles are
often delicate and apt to fall. The photos, wedding and reception
could last as long as ten hours, will the hairstyle stand the test
So Many Styles
Consider the time of day and type of wedding when choosing a
style. Loose styles are appropriate for informal or daytime
weddings, while up-do's portray a formal, evening look. Strive for
balance. The hairstyle and headpiece needs to look balanced to the
dress and body type. Like a puzzle, all the pieces fit together to
make a lovely picture.
Remember some hairstyles can add inches to your height, and
shorter brides may want to use this to their advantage.
One option is to let the texture of the hair determine the
style. Thicker and coarser hair stays up the best, while slicker or
finer hair is better with the front up and the back down.
Will you be wearing a veil? If so, your hair style and your veil
must work well together. It might be a good idea to get your veil
first, or at least have some idea of the type veil you want.
Tiara headpieces continue to be popular. They look their most
elegant atop a romantic style updo. That way, you can choose to
wear a veil for the ceremony, but remove it for the reception if
you wish, and show off the artwork of your updo!
Schedule your wedding day hair appointment at least eight weeks
ahead. But, don't expect to get your regular stylist to do your
wedding hair if you desire an intricate updo. This is a specialty
service and best left for the resident expert, so request the right
person for the job.
Stylists and makeup artists do their best work in their own
environments with their own tools, so have your wedding party meet
at the salon a couple of hours before they need to be at the
ceremony for pictures. This increases efficiency, and usually costs
If you do arrange for them to work in your home, provide
adequate space with good lighting.
General Wedding Hair Suggestions
It's best not to go overboard with hair spray. "Helmet head" is
not an appealing look for any woman.
If your stylist tells you to show up with dirty hair for your
wedding day, don't be too surprised. Some styles work best when the
hair isn't too clean, depending on your hair type. Just washed hair
can be fly-away and less manageable.
Remember to wear a button down shirt when you're getting your
make-up and hair done. Otherwise it's either mess up your finished
look or cut off your shirt! When you're ready, step into your gown,
rather than pulling it over your head.
To ensure your hair looks healthy on your wedding day, take good
care of it in the months prior. There are plenty of affordable
deep-conditioning treatments available for at home use. But don't
use one the day of your wedding or your hair could end up looking
flat and greasy. The same holds true with chemical treatments. This
is not the time for surprises!
One of the newer trends is ornamenting your hairstyle. Check the
bridal section of your local craft store for creative options.
There are also many decorative hair sticks, barrettes and bobby
pins to add to your hairstyle.