Everything You Need To Know About Planning For Your Wedding Day Hairstyle

Hair Styling for Special Occasions

Bridal Styling: Everything You Need To Know About Getting Your Hair Done For Your Wedding

04 June 2018
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

Being a bride is something of a wild ride. No sooner is the ring on your finger than you’re already mentally booking venus, plating entrees, and trying to picture how you’ll look sashaying down the aisle. How are you going to do you hair? It’s a high stress day for your mane, which will have to look beautiful in photos and last through every last song in the current Top 40.

Luckily, you’ve got Laura Dyer, Kérastase brand ambassador, on your team. The professional stylist is happy to walk us through the ins and outs of planning for your wedding day hairstyle. Grab a notebook—you’ll want to write these tips down.

Secure A Stylist

Before any pinning or curling can take place, you’ll need to make the most challenging decision of all: Who do you want to style your hair? We always lean toward an artist who’s known you for years. He or she will undoubtedly have an understanding of what you like and an ability to help you feel like yourself in the midst of giant, spinning wedding industrial complex.

However, it may be that you’re envisioning a very specific style that your chosen pro doesn’t have much experience in. If that’s the case, use social media and community review sites to zero in on an artist who specializes in bridal hair.

One enormous factor to consider is your budget. Stylists exist at all price tiers, which means it’s up to you to find one who won’t cut into your peony bouquet money. The decision might feel overwhelming, but Dyer recommends setting a top three list of spending priorities soon after getting engaged. If hair is in your top three, you’ll know it’s worth the extra money.

“Have reasonable expectations and you’ll know what you want to spend on your bridal style,” she adds.

Dyer says you should also take your wedding date into account. If you haven’t yet set one, now is the time.

Just like venues, hairstylists get booked up quickly. Be prepared to reach out to hair vendors anywhere from nine to 12 months in advance...Even if you don’t immediately book your trial, you can secure the date with a deposit.

Laura Dyer

Once your deposit has been processed, it’s time to start thinking about what you want. We recommend perusing social media, grabbing a wedding magazine or two—even give old movies try if glamour is the name of your game.

Prepare For Your Trial(s)

If you have tattoos, the process of bridal styling will seem very familiar to you. There’s a lot of back and forth, creative energy, and indecision about which updo to run with. Dyer says it’s all a normal part of the artistic process. The most important part is that you end up with a style that genuinely makes you happy. If you’re just pretending, neither the stylist nor you will make any headway.

Here’s the part where you break down the logistics of your ceremony and reception with your expert. If you’re concerned about humidity and frizz at an outdoor wedding or having your blowout revert into ringlets halfway through the night, let them know. It may mean a change in the products applied. If you’d like to hire your stylist to stay with you through photos for emergency touch-ups, bring it up.

Once you’re both on the same page about the final style, your pro can provide an update timeline for how much you’ll need to change before those wedding bells ring.

“Color and cut are definitely part of the bridal timeline, and your hairstylist can help you map out your services once you’ve got your wedding date secured and any other concerns [that] are on the table,” Dyer says.

A consultation also likely the time to discuss extensions with your stylist, as they’ll need to be color treated when and if you change your hair color. You’ll also want to cut them to match your ‘do. In many cases, practiced stylists have a preferred brand of clip-ins—but if you’re already in possession of your own set, ask about including them in the updo.

Extensions aren’t for every bride, but Dyer says they can add fullness and sense of dramas to updos that many women love. Plus, they can actually help hold your style in place until the early hours of the morning. If you’re a bride who’s worried about her ringlets falling flat, extensions may be the way to go.

“Be sure to have your extensions unboxed, washed—they’re real hair after all—and dried for your hair trial,” Dyer says. “They come packaged after being processed and flat ironed, so if you want them to act more like your regular hair, they’re going to need a good shampooing.”

Once all factors have been discussed, get to styling.

“One hair trial should be enough, because your stylist should be ready to try more than one style, especially if you’re unsure which direction to go,” she explains. “Make sure you try until you’re totally happy! Hairstylists appreciate honesty, and are more than willing to keep working until you’re completely satisfied and relieved to check one more thing off your wedding to-do list.”

If you feel like additional hair trials are in order, feel free to ask for them. In Dyer’s experience, it’s not uncommon to have a bride request more than one run-through.

Add On Treatments

If your wedding date is drawing near and you’re still not feeling like your hair is as shiny, healthy-looking, or beautiful as you’d imagined, it may be time to call in the professionals. Dyer often advises her brides to seek an in-salon treatment in the weeks leading up to their nuptials if their budgets allow.

“One service I always recommend for my brides is an in-salon Kérastase Fusio Dose treatment,” she says. “Brides should also consider taking home the Kérastase Home Lab so they can be a part of their hair journey.”

No extra cash to spend? Totally find. Keep using your regular product routine and consider adding on a weekly deep conditioner.

Relax—No, Seriously

When the big morning finally rolls around, know that your job as bride is done. As long as your hair is clean and dry (and your extensions are, too), stylists like Dyer are in the zone.

“My biggest thing is trust. If we have had a solid consultation and trial—or three!—the wedding day should be about relaxing and trusting that I have your best interests in mind. It’s your big day! I’m there to make you shine,” she says.

If an unexpected weather change means switching plans at the last minute, don’t worry. Your stylist has your back. Remember, you paid a professional so that you could relax.

When in doubt, let Dyer’s words echo in your ear:

“The biggest mistake I see brides making is trying to do too much on their wedding day. Either delegate, or let it go. It’s only one day, it goes fast, and I just hope you can slow down and enjoy every moment.”

Psst: Right now, you can enter to win a bridal prize package care of Kleinfeld. Click here for more information.

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