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Wedding Hair: 5 of My Favorite Tips

1. Picking the Right Hairstyle

2. When to Book your bridal stylist

3. The Importance of the Hair Trial

4. Hairstyles That Work with Your Dress

5. The Day of the Wedding

Picking the right hairstyle

Before you do anything hair-wise, you should pick your dress. A bride's hair should complement her dress, not compete with it. Your veil is different. If you choose to wear one, which not everyone does, you can actually choose a veil based on the hairstyle, or vice versa. Another good rule of thumb for selecting a hairstyle is to consider the wedding theme.

When to Book your bridal stylist

Start collecting photos of your favorite wedding hairstyles to show your stylist. The popular stylists can book up pretty fast for Saturdays, particularly in prime wedding season. Most brides choose their hair stylist and book them for their weddings about six to nine months before the wedding.

The Importance of the Hair Trial

Schedule a hair trial a couple months before the wedding. Trial runs are basically a run-through of your wedding day hair and sometimes even your makeup. Most stylists charge a fee for a trial run, but it's nominal, and the price is worth it for the peace of mind and knowledge you have locked down that perfect hairstyle. This is also your opportunity to bring in the veil and the pictures of hairstyles you love.

PRO TIP: Take digital pictures of your hair once it's done from every angle to see how you will look in your wedding pictures and to your guests.

Hairstyles That Work with Your Dress

  • Strapless dresses look beautiful with an updo or half-up/half-down hairstyles. Tight, pulled-back updos are not always the best, because all you can see is forehead and neck. Opt for a side part bang angled gently over the forehead. You might also choose a looser updo.

  • Big ball gowns look best with dramatic, formal updos.

  • A spaghetti strap wedding dress looks lovely with soft waves or a loose, casual updo. For a modern, romantic look, keep hair down and wavy.

The Day of the Wedding

On the morning of your wedding, you should be relaxed, excited, and ready to get glam! Having your hair set in curls? Hop in the hair stylist's chair before moving on to makeup. This way you can have your makeup done while your hair is setting, and then have your hair finished when you're done.

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