Wedding Prep: The Perfect Hair

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Searching for the perfect wedding ensemble can quickly become overwhelming. Between flipping through bridal magazines, searching online, and listening to your mother (and your mother-in-law-to-be) harangue you about what you should choose when it comes to your dress, accessories, makeup, and hair, you might be ready to hang yourself with the veil. But take a deep breath and relax.

If you’re on wedding-plan overload, just take it one step at a time. Focus on the dress first and then use it as a springboard to choose the shoes, jewelry, and veil. Then decide on the makeup you want to pair with it.

And finally, starting thinking about the hairdo that will perfectly match the whole shebang. If you want to finish your wedding look with the right coif, there are a few things you’ll need to do leading up to the big day.

For starters, you need to consider the style you’ll go with (up, down, half-up, and of course, the details). This might seem like the last thing you should do, but really it’s the first. The reason that you need to choose the style before attending to other details (cut and color, for example) is that it may determine the treatments you decide to get before the wedding.

So set up an appointment with your stylist at least several weeks early to talk about possible styles. Bring a few photos if you like, but be sure to listen to the advice of your stylist (providing she has not steered you wrong in the past). During this appointment, plan to have her try out several styles on you, both up and down, so that you can see if the ones you like will work for you. Make sure to bring your veil or hair accessories so that you can see them in the mix.

During this session you’ll want to take photos for later reference. This will allow you the time and opportunity you need to get opinions from family and friends and settle on the perfect style long before it’s time to have it done. Plus, you can return to your stylist with the photo of the hairdo you have chosen in order to ensure that it’s done exactly as you like (your hairdresser may need a little refresher to remember exactly what she did before).

Next, make an appointment for a cut and color at least 1-2 weeks before the wedding. It’s important to do this early for a couple of reasons. For one thing, you might not like the color, necessitating a change before the flashbulbs start popping.

If you’re a couple weeks out, you’ll have plenty of time to remedy the situation. Also, having a little growth at the crown make the color look more natural (it provides some depth) while growth on the ends will temper the severity of a sharp scissor-cut.

Finally, you may want to arrange for a hydrating treatment a couple of days before you go in for your perfect wedding-day ‘do. You could try a home treatment like a mask, but if your hair is super frizzy from chemical treatments, you might have to go for something a little more serious, like a Keratin treatment that will strengthen, shine, and restore your hair.

If you’ve had a lot of processing done, though, make sure to avoid treatments that include formaldehyde. And when you get to THE day, just relax and let everyone else do the work. You can stay calm and cool knowing that all the decisions have been made and the professionals you’ve been working with will have you looking perfect for your trip down the aisle.