The six-month guide to getting your locks in tip-top condition for your wedding day
Following a specific bridal haircare routine in the few months before a wedding can make a huge difference to how a bride’s hair looks as she walks down the aisle. Bridal hair and beauty specialist, Anna Sorbie, reveals the key dates every bride should mark in her diary, to make sure her hair is wedding-ready, once her big day arrives.
Six months before
Change your diet
Include foods that will boost hair health and encourage hair growth. Salmon and organic eggs are both full of hair health-boosting protein and omega 3, and avocado, sweet potato and almonds will all help to improve the health and appearance of hair. There are supplements available at health food shops and online, which can supplement your diet with additional vitamins and minerals, if you feel you need some extra nutritional support.
Book a consultation with your chosen hairstylist
This will be the stylist or team who will help you to choose your bridal style and will style you on your big day. Ideally, choose a stylist with experience and expertise in bridal styling. Remember a good stylist will be booked up months in advance.
Take plenty of inspirational photos and ideas to your appointment, plus photos of your wedding dress and venue. Go with an open mind, be open to suggestion, but don’t be afraid to tell your wedding stylist if a look doesn’t feel right.
Consider any long-term hair issues
If you are trying to grow your hair, Kérastase has an excellent range of products you can use to stimulate the growth cells on your scalp, so it’s worth investing in these to help with your problem. If you would like significantly longer hair on your big day, now is the time to book a consultation for hair extensions.
Three months before
Start using a weekly deep-conditioning treatment
This will ensure hair is in optimum condition and full of natural shine once the big day arrives. Depending on your needs, include a good hair oil or restructuring product as part of your haircare routine.
Cut your hair
If you are opting for a change of cut, now is the very latest you should leave it; if you are sticking to your current style, book a trim 12 weeks before the wedding day, and once again the week before. In between trims avoid the over-use of heated styling products.
Four weeks before
Fine-tune your colour
If you usually go for a full head of colour or highlights, or are contemplating a change of colour, a month gives the colour enough time to ‘settle’ in the hair, while leaving enough time for any colour correction that may be needed.
Invest in a treatment
A professional hair smoothing treatment can boost hair condition, while reducing frizz and taming unmanageable locks. While the treatment can be a lifesaver for those who suffer from very curly, frizzy or coarse hair, allowing a month between treatment and wedding day will ensure that hair can still be styled with plenty of volume and body on the day itself. If you’re planning on sporting an up-do when you say ‘I do’ this will also ensure that hair isn’t too sleek to hold the style.