DOs and DON’Ts for Bridal Hair

We want every one of our brides to look and feel amazing on her wedding day, and hair plays a huge part. Here we talk to Laura Meredith from Hairtrade, who shares her  expert advice on getting picture perfect locks. 

From experimenting with colour and styles ahead of the big day to handling whatever the weather throws at you, this guide will help you avoid any wedding day hair disasters.  

“There’s so much to do and think about when you’re planning a wedding. The dress will always be the number one priority and making sure your hair works with it is really important to your overall look,” advises Laura. 

Here are Laura’s DOs and DON’Ts for having pretty silky soft tresses on your wedding  day whatever the hairstyle:

DON’T  go for a drastic new style 
Chopping off your gorgeous long locks in favour of a chic pixie cut just weeks before your wedding might not look like you imagined and it gives you less options for updos. 

If you do decide to go for a different look, there are a few things you need to think about: will your dress work with a different hairstyle? What about your hair accessories and veil? Have you taken advice from your stylist? And if you hate it, is there a way you can rescue your hair before the wedding?

DO have a hair rehearsal
Whatever you do, don’t forget to book at least one rehearsal with your stylist well before the big day. During wedding season stylist Saturday appointments are like gold dust – you need to book your appointments for the actual day and the practice run at least four months ahead.

Practice runs are vital. Your stylist can try out a few different looks with your hair accessories and veil and you can agree on the one that works best. That way, on your wedding day, making sure your hair is picture perfect will take no time at all.

DO protect when heat styling
Blasting out your hairdryer or using straighteners every day can damage your tresses. So invest in a good heat protection spray to guard your locks against damage or lay off the styling a week before the wedding. 

DON’T experiment with colour
Trying out completely new colours is a big no – if you do want to experiment with colour, then do it three-six months before the big day. That way you’ll have time to decide if it works for your wedding day look and if you love it, simply refresh it a few weeks before the wedding.

DO prepare for all weather
The one thing you can’t control on your big day is the weather – but you can be prepared for it. If it’s going to be windy make sure you have plenty of extra hold styling products, if it’s humid, keep those unruly locks tamed, and if it’s pouring with rain, invest in a gorgeous see-through umbrella!

DO plan washing your hair
Believe it or not, it’s best to avoid washing your hair on your wedding day. Your style will hold much better if hair is washed the day before.

DON’T forget the hairspray
Remember to have hairspray close at hand for the reception so you can freshen up your look and make sure your do stays in place. There’s nothing worse than stray locks, so keep them under control!

DO remember your bridesmaids 
Throughout all of this, don’t forget the wedding party – your mum and gorgeous bridesmaids. Make sure their dos work well with yours and emphasise their outfits.

For some inspiration on wedding hairstyles, check out our Behind the scenes post here.