Now that we’ve given you various bridal hair options for your big day, let’s discuss how to ensure you have enough time to achieve your lovely locks! The following is a bridal hair timeline that I’ve been following for my big day!
5-6 months before:
- Plan to grow out your hair or try a new color or cut? Talk to your stylist and start experimenting now.
- Visit your hairstylist at least six months before the wedding to set up a hair care regimen.
- If you do not plan on using your regular hairdresser, make consultation appointments with potential candidates. Bring along pictures of hairstyles you like, even a picture of your veil and headpiece. If you want to wear your hair in an updo, discuss with the hairdresser how long it will take to grow out your hair so it’s the right length for your desired look.
3-4 months before:
- Consider extensions and hairpieces to add volume for special hairstyles, begin looking into this now!
- Begin planning special hairstyles for the bridal shower and rehearsal dinner.
- Decide on a hairstyle before you choose your veil or headpiece.
- Play with a few styles before finalizing your look.
1-2 months before:
- Bring your veil to your hair stylist for a trial run of potential big day ‘dos. (If you’re not happy, now’s the time to speak up.)
- Prepare a hair emergency kit for reception touch ups.
- Decide if you will remove your veil after the ceremony. You’ll need to adjust your hairstyle accordingly.
2 weeks before:
- Get your final haircut or trim. No experimenting here, just stick to the look you love.
- Touch up your existing hair color two weeks before the wedding.
- Talk to your hairstylist to set a shampooing and conditioning schedule for the days before the wedding. Pack a buttoned-down shirt to wear during your wedding day hair session.
The day before:
- Deep-condition your hair.
We’ve put a list of bridal hair don’ts! Please feel free to add to the list!
- Make hairstyle changes within three months of the wedding.
- Dye your hair at home.
- Change your hair color within two months of the wedding.
- Choose a style that’s too structured — it will be impossible to maintain.
- Go overboard on tendrils. If the curls droop, you’ll be left with messy hair.
- Choose a large or overly ornate headpiece. You’re the star; not your tiara.
- Use unfamiliar hair products on the big day — you could be allergic to them.
- Use accessories that are too heavy for an updo.
- Overload your hair with product.