Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life so you want to make sure everything is perfect, including your hair.
Most brides have a hard time deciding on a look for their big day so here are a few inspiration ideas for fantastic wedding day hair.
Before the Big Day
Get Ideas: Once you have chosen your dress, you can decide whether you want to wear your hair up, down, or something in between. This may be dictated by the type of dress you will be wearing, the season you are getting married in, or by your hair length or type.
It is important that the hairstyle you choose is comfortable and will last through the entire day. For example, if you are having a beach wedding, a tight updo might not make it through an entire day of beachy breezes. Search for inspiration from bridal magazines, hairstyle magazines, online, and from pictures from weddings you have attended.
Go for a Trial: Once you have narrowed down the choices, book a trial with your hairstylist to make sure the style is what you want. Keep it in for the entire day to see how comfortable it is and what it looks like by the end of the day. Be sure to ask your stylist if your hair should be washed right before coming in, as some stylists prefer to work with second-day hair.
Remember to bring your veil, if you are wearing one.
If you choose to do your own hair, practice a few times to make sure you have it exactly right. No matter what hairstyle you choose, or who will be doing it, you want to feel confident that your hair will look great that day.
Book Your Appointment: Book your wedding day appointment about three months before the wedding. If your bridal party will be using the same hairstylist, book their appointments too. Make sure to reconfirm the week of the wedding.
Maintain Your Hair: Get a trim approximately one month before the wedding to ensure healthy looking ends. This is not the time to change your style drastically. If you color your hair, aim to do it about one to two weeks before the wedding. Do not let it go until a couple days before just in case you have an unexpected hair disaster. And again, this is not the time to experiment with color. You can save any big changes for after the wedding.
Wedding Hairstyle Trends in 2016
Choosing a hairstyle can be a difficult decision since there are so many hairstyles that are worthy of your wedding day. Here are a few popular options:
Side Fishtail Braid
This hairstyle is very versatile and is a great choice for a more casual wedding. It works best with long hair, and you can incorporate ribbons, hair buttons, or flowers to tie in your wedding colors. Or, choose a blue adornment for your “something blue”.
Braided Side Bun
If you cannot decide between a bun and a braid, do both! For a bride who wants a traditional bun with the added texture of a braid, this hairstyle is the perfect choice. Braid the hair into a side bun and add flowers to the bun for a special touch, if desired.
Waterfall Braid with Curls
This is the ultimate romantic look, which works best with longer hair. Hair is braided across the back of the head, for a fresh feel, and then the remaining hair can be curled for a dramatic hairstyle. If your dress has delicate beading or lace across the back, this might not be the best choice because you won’t be able to see it. Plus, your hair might get caught in the detailing.
A twist is a very traditional, classic look. If your wedding gown is formal as well, such as a ball gown, then this hairstyle is a good fit for you. When done right, you can’t tell where your hair ends so if you want your hair to look longer than it actually is, this is an option. You can opt to do one at the nape of your neck, or try a French twist. Either is a good choice if you want to keep your hair off of your face.
Half-up Half-Down Curled
Can’t decide between up or down? This hairstyle, which incorporates both, works with short, medium, and long hair. You can use a hair accessory to hold the sides back, or consider doing two tiny braids from the side that meet in the middle of the back of your head. Curl the remaining hair. This look works well with a strapless wedding dress.
If have long, beautiful hair, wearing it all down is an option. Try long, cascading curls for a timeless, pretty look. You may choose to wear your veil for the entire day if you have your hair down for a really romantic look.
If you have a modern dress or a pantsuit, you might want to go with a sleek ponytail. You can wear it straight or in loose, smooth curls.
Short hair can go glam too. Think about growing the top a little longer so it can be curled. You can also add a decorative hair accessory to take your hairstyle up a notch.
The Day Of
If you are choosing to wear your hair down, make sure it is locked in place with a humidity-proof hairspray. Heat and humidity (not only from the weather outside, but from working up a sweat dancing) can cause curls to droop. Keep a can of hairspray on hand for touch-ups throughout the day if needed. Whether your hair is up or down, once it is done, don’t touch it. The moisture and heat from your hands can cause it to frizz.
Your wedding day hairstyle should reflect you, your dress style, and your overall wedding theme, as well as work well with your hair length and texture.