12 Tips from a Hairstylist for Choosing a Wedding Hairstyle that's Perfect for You


12 tips to choose the perfect wedding hairstyle
How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Hairstyle for Your Big Day

Choosing the right hairstyle, is just as important, as choosing the right dress, on your wedding day. We spend so much time, focusing on the dress, the venue, the decorations and not enough time on our hair and makeup. I see so many women, come in and book appointments last minute, not touch up their color, they don’t do a practice run and they don’t think about how important their hair is on their wedding day. Everyone sees your hair and makeup, just as much, as they do your dress. So why wouldn’t you put just as much focus into that, as you would everything else? So here are a few tips, to help you make sure that your look is complete, from top to bottom.

1. Choose a Hairstyle that Fits your Personality, Veil, and Dress
Don’t have a mermaid style dress and your hair in a bun. It just doesn’t make sense. Keep your veil and any hair accessories in mind. Don’t try to add too much to your hair. Your hairstylist can help you choose the right style to complete your look. We are not afraid of pictures!

match your wedding hairstyle to your dress
2. Start a Pinterest Board of Hairstyles for Inspiration
Start researching different types of formal and wedding hairstyles. Make a Pinterest board of at least 25 different hairstyles that you love, to show to your hairstylist. Be flexible. Your hair may not be able to do exactly what you want. So listen to your stylist and what they suggest would be best for you. If you come prepared, then your stylist will be able to help you pick a wedding hairstyle that you not only absolutely love, but also compliments your hair type and wedding dress.

3. Consider the Time of Year and Location of Your Wedding 
Are you getting married in Florida, in the middle of July and you have coarse, curly hair, and you want it straight? That’s probably not going to work well for you. Humidity is evil on hair! If it’s extremely humid in your area, you probably want to have most of your hair up, and sprayed down really well, anything too loose, can and probably will frizz! If you are in a dry climate, or it’s cooler weather, you’re most likely safe to do whatever your heart desires. Again, just remembering your hair has its own limits. Hair stylists are miracle workers, but we are not Gods!

don't forget location when picking wedding hairstyle

4. Take into Consideration what Type of Hair You Have
If your hair is extremely fine, you’re not going to get a decent updo, even if you’re hair is long. You would want to consider adding extensions, for fullness or leaving your hair down and just having it curled. A little teasing and texture powder goes a long way.

5. Think About the Second Hairstyle of the Evening
Are you planning on changing up your hair? Or just removing your veil? Make sure your hairstylist knows your plans. Sometimes she can even loosely pin curls, so that you can wear your hair half down, for the reception, when you remove your veil. There really are so many options. You don’t have to be stuck with one style, all night. So why should you be?

6. If Your Hair Isn’t Long Enough, Consider Using Extensions

Is your hair not growing fast enough? Or maybe you need it to be a little thicker to achieve your desired style? Then using hair extensions is definitely something to consider doing. When it comes to hair extensions, the options are endless! It’s a good idea to do your research and consult with your stylist ahead of time. Temporary extensions, such as Shaggy Loxx clip in extensions, are going to be the easiest and most economical option. They can give you enough thickness and length, to achieve any look. They can add up to 20” of length to your hair, while the cost is significantly less, than other types of permanent hair extensions. Permanent extensions, such as tape in, or cold fusion extensions, can easily cost in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Which isn’t even including, what the regular maintenance and upkeep it’s going to cost, if you want to keep them looking good.

It really depends on how much you’re willing to spend on purchasing the extensions, as well as how much length and volume you need, to add to your hair. The great thing about extensions though, is that they will make your style possibilities endless. You can put your hair all up, half up, or have long luxurious locks.  You should definitely consider using extensions and ask your stylist about your options and see what’s best for your budget and situation.

hair extensions for wedding and formal hairstyles

7. Always Do a Trial Run Before your Wedding and Make Sure Your Stylist is a Good Fit
Unless you have the ultimate trust in your stylist, you should do a trial run with them. Make sure your hairstylist is comfortable with updos or formal styles. If they are not, can they recommend someone who is?  If you’re booking with a new stylist or salon, make sure to book your trial run ASAP. Give yourself time to find the right stylist for you. Take pics at this trial run. This hairstylist is not going to remember what she did in 3, 6 or 9 months. You should take pics of every angle.

8. Don’t Forget to Think About Your Bridesmaids Hairstyles
It’s good to have an idea of what you would like your bridesmaid's hair to look like. Take it from a stylist, insisting they all have the exact same hair, is not practical. One might have 6 inches of hair and another, 2 feet. Please don’t expect your stylist to make them look the same. A good salon knows to keep the bridesmaids simple, so they don’t upstage the bride.

choosing bridesmaids hairstyles

9. Book Your hair Trial and Wedding Appointment Well in Advance
Book your appointment ASAP. You may not like what they do on the trial run, so you may need to shop around. Wedding seasons fill up fast. Some hairdressers may book up a year ahead, on a popular weekend. May, June, and October, depending on where you live, are popular months. Special dates are popular also, like 8/18/18 or 9/9/99. Be aware of these dates. They get crazy!  If you’ve had trouble finding a venue, chances are your stylist could be booked also. Call now girl!

10. Don't Change your Color Drastically Just Before your Wedding
You don’t want to cause unnecessary damage to your hair right before your wedding. If you do want to go lighter, talk to your stylist about the healthiest way to achieve your desired results, within the time frame of your wedding, to avoid any unnecessary stress and headaches.

11. Don’t Wash or Style your Hair the Morning of your Wedding
Please don’t go into your appointment with your hair up in a bun. This makes it hard for the stylist to style your hair in the right direction. Wash your hair the night before and add something for texture, like mousse. Nothing too heavy though. This will help your hair hold curl. Don’t worry, if you don’t have anything, your hairstylist should have something for texture on hand. Be sure to wear a shirt that buttons up.

12. Don't Forget to Relax and Enjoy your Special Day!
I know this sounds like a lot of information. Don’t make it more stressful than it needs to be. Just make sure you find the right stylist, let them suggest what you need. Book your appointment well in advance, so you can sit back and enjoy the ride, without having to be stressed out, about every detail. You’re about to embark on a beautiful journey, to the best day, of your life.

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Images credits: portdouglasmarriages.com.au modernbridesinc.com the urbantwist.com

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