Top 5 Bridal Hair Insider Tips

Lauren Salapatek | August 29, 2013 | 11:17 AM

Top 5 Bridal Hair Insider TipsIt’s the Big Day. All eyes are upon the bride as they make thier way down the aisle towards a lifetime of happiness. The hair? With any luck…perfect. After all, this is the bride's one-shot opportunity to turn heads and make the most glorious bridal entrance ever. That’s the bride dream come true and you’re the stylist charged to MAKE IT HAPPEN! Talk about pressure.

With so much riding on this one day in the lives of so many women across the country and the world, it’s no wonder that a recent national survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Joico revealed that 73 percent of women reported their wedding to be the biggest “hair moment” of their lives. (Ready for this? One out of three women said they’d rather trip down the aisle than have a lousy ‘do at the ceremony!) And yet, even amid all that self-induced pressure, surveys show that most brides don’t plan their hairstyle more than eight days prior to the wedding.

To make things easier—no matter how far ahead brides start thinking about their ‘do--we turned to top hair pros and Joico Guest Artists, Chad Demchuk and Kim Bonadio to help you give the best look that will be getting all the looks as brides across America walk down that aisle. Here are their best insider tips for a flawless bridal look.


Top 5 Bridal-Hair Insider Tips:


Trial no error: It’s smart to have a hairdo run-through at least one week before the wedding; and once your bride has settled on a look, advise them to avoid making changes, advises Demchuk -- especially when it comes to color. “Your bride's style was designed around their trial-day hair color. Altering it [say, by changing highlights on tendrils that will be visible] could spoil the look.”

Shampoo…not! Unless they are going to be wearing a loose blowout, make sure they wash their hair the night before the ceremony; slippery-clean locks have trouble holding a curl or staying put in an updo. Recommend dry shampoo to combat with greasy hair.

Go big or go home: Pageant hair is big for a reason—hair appears smaller in photography and when viewed from afar (i.e., from a back pew). Another reason to try for size: Your style will likely collapse a bit in height and width as the day wears on.

Don’t rule out a hairpiece: Faux strands may not be your client's daily MO, but if they are marrying on a beach or in a humid climate--and are counting on straight hair--a few synthetic strands add-ons can be a brilliant way to compensate for waves gone rogue.

Go for a glam version of “you:” Create an updo that's reflective of your client's personality. If your client is chill and relaxed, a highly-structured, Hollywood updo is going to make them feel like an imposter on their wedding day; and people will read their discomfort. Says Demchuk, “Better to reflect a glamorized, beautiful version of how your client feels and who they really are.”

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