Hey Ladies! I’m so glad you decided to stop by my amazingly talented friend, Brittani’s blog! My name is Cassie and I’m here to give a few tips when it comes to wedding day hair. It seems like such a small thing but it has a big role on your big day. So here are some basic things to help prepare you!
- Don’t do anything drastic to your hair 6 months before your wedding (or if you have any inclination that a ring is coming soon). I know we all get urges, the kinds that tell us that our hair is boring, ugly, dull, blah blah blah. You get the idea. DON’T GIVE IN TO THE PRESSURE OF CHANGE. Any hair stylist will tell you long hair is best for any kind of wedding style; if you are trying to grow your hair out, I recommend drinking lots of water and taking hair, skin, & nail vitamins. You can find them at good ol’ Wally World. Let’s not forget about color; I always recommend my brides keep their hair it’s natural color for the day of the wedding. So if you’re thinking about chunky red highlights two days before the wedding, it’s probably not the best idea. Sometimes different is good, but for something as important as your wedding day, you’ll want something tried and true….something that is you.
Choose a good stylist. Lets face it, there are a billion hairstylists out there. Don’t settle. Find the one who will do what you want. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Ask to see pictures. You want to make sure you get along well because you will be spending most of the day with her. Look for a stylist who seems as excited about your hair as you are. No one wants to feel like an inconvenience on her wedding day. After all, it’s your day and it is perfectly ok to be picky about who you choose.
- Pick a style that compliments you and your dress. Whenever I have a bride book with me for a wedding, I usually have them look at different updos; I always recommend that they bring in pictures. Where do all of us lovely ladies turn to for inspiration? Pinterest. It’s one of the best places to find cool things…especially when it comes to hairstyles. However, and this is a BIG however, make sure you have all the angles (not MySpace angles ladies). Front, sides and back views of the styles are highly appreciated by any stylist. I’ll have brides sit in my chair and show me this extravagant hairstyle in the back, but when I ask how they want the front they have no idea. So, make sure you are thoroughly educated about the style that you want so you can get the look you desire! Below are some of my most recent wedding hairstyles that I snapped with my handy dandy iPhone…maybe you’ll find one that you like!
- Communicate Well. Make sure you you cover EVERYTHING with your stylist — from price range to dates, and what is actually going to happen the day of your wedding. Talk to your stylist and makes sure she knows how to do the style you want. Ask to do a run through; often time run throughs are scheduled for the day of bridal portraits, but sometimes it never hurts to have a run through even before you portraits just to make sure you get the hair style you’ve always dreamed of. Don’t be afraid to speak up; if you don’t like what she does in run through then you most likely wont like it on your wedding day. It’s your hair and you are the one who has to wear it all day and see it in your wedding album for the rest of your life. I always use contracts for my brides to sign just to be on the safe side. Contracts are great for both parties involved; they specifically lay out the details of the wedding, how many bridesmaids there are, what time everyone needs to be ready for their appointment, what the location will be, and the pricing information. Sometimes hairstylists will give discounts to brides if they book them for the whole bridal party. So ask…it never hurts.
- And last but not least, Don’t wait until the last minute to book. I was just recently contacted by a bride who waited too long to book with her preferred stylist and wasn’t able to get her wedding date saved. Fortunately, I was able to help her out, but honestly, it’s a lot of unnecessary stress for all parties involved if you wait until the last minute. I would say to book your hair stylist at least 3 months in advance. However, if you have all your ducks in a row, even earlier NEVER hurts. In fact, the earlier you book the better stylist you get. Booking your hair appointment is a super easy thing to get checked off your to-do list so before things start piling up, so why not go ahead and do it?
- Look after your hair! Pay special attention to your hair in the weeks leading up to your run through and your wedding. Communicate with your stylist if you have any questions about the best products to be using for your hair type. You definitely want your hair shiny & healthy for your big day.
- Be free. When your run through & wedding day arrive, have clean, dry hair. Avoid using a lot of conditioner that morning, especially a leave-in one. Stay away from any hair products that weigh your hair down and make it slippery to work with; no one likes working with extremely greasy hair. I always recommend my brides who have thick hair to not wash their hair on their wedding day, but instead have it be a little bit dirty so it responds better to curl and product. Once again, listen to your particular stylist; each of us have our own little quirks when it comes to this one!
- Don’t be afraid to accessorize. There are so many great hair accessories available to choose from & they will add a gorgeous accent to your wedding hair. Which accessory will you choose? It will depend on the look you’re going for. Some of my favorites at the moment are bird-cage veils, feathers, and unstructured fabric flowers. Your stylist will be of great help in this area as she knows which accessories will work best with the hairstyle you have picked out. Trust her to make you look your absolute best!
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Cassie Erdmann is a professional cosmetologist at Fringe Salon in Goldsboro, North Carolina. She is a giant kid at heart (literally…she’s 6 ft. tall) and enjoys playing outside, watching Disney movies, wearing big sunglasses, and riding with the windows down. She and her yellow lab, Story are best buds and are practically inseparable. When she’s not doing hair you can catch her and her darling sister watching midnight premieres, snacking on gummy bears & cheese, and sipping on apple juice.
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Photo by Brittani Schultze-Gardner.