To grow or not to grow?

My Wedding - - HAIR | BEAUTY - By An­gela Re­nee Pho­to­graphs by Laura Evans

Or­gan­is­ing your bri­dal en­sem­ble can be one of the most plea­sur­able as­pects of your wed­ding ar­range­ments. One de­tail that should be con­sid­ered well in ad­vance is how you would like your hair to look. There's no limit of eye-catch­ing op­tions. 1940s fin­ger waves, brushed out barrel curl sets and vic­tory rolls are all cur­rent bri­dal trends that can be achieved with shorter hair. Ac­ces­sories like dia­manté slides or a satin band are a great way to dress shorter styles. Am­ple vol­ume is a must this sea­son. I rec­om­mend ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent blow wav­ing and set­ting op­tions while in the salon and ask­ing the ad­vice of your hairstyling pro­fes­sional well in ad­vance of your wed­ding date. Grow­ing an area of your hair, such as a longer sweep­ing front, can be a wel­come change.

Flow­ing curls or a clas­sic up-style?

If you usu­ally wear a shorter hairstyle, do you han­ker af­ter long hair? When flick­ing through the pages of a bri­dal mag­a­zine you'll find end­less hair in­spi­ra­tion – from beau­ti­ful clas­sic up-styles to el­e­gant flow­ing curls of vary­ing tex­tures. Con­sider styles seen on the cat­walk, on style icons or your favourite stars. Cre­ate your own look­book with im­ages of hair­styles that ap­peal and you'll soon see a com­mon thread. I love that bri­dal trends and fash­ion are merg­ing - ev­ery­day gar­ments are more glamorous; fab­ric such as lace has hit the high street; we're ex­posed to a broader source of el­e­gant looks to suit your in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

Start by talk­ing to your hair­styl­ist about hair­styles that suit your face shape and hair tex­ture as this will in­flu­ence your op­tions. Many brides do choose the tra­di­tion of length, and some see the grow­ing process be­fore the wed­ding as a new op­por­tu­nity to have long hair.

Steps for grow­ing your hair

Ev­ery­one's treat­ment plan is dif­fer­ent - talk to your hair­styl­ist about your in­di­vid­ual needs. We usu­ally be­gin with a regime of eight-weekly light trims to man­age the split ends as we en­cour­age growth. You need to al­low at least a year be­fore the big day for the grow­ing process. Start your jour­ney with a pro­fes­sional pro­tein treat­ment to for­tify and strengthen the hair, then fol­low up with a fort­nightly mois­ture mask that helps seal the ends and hy­drate the hair, pro­mot­ing nat­u­ral shine.

Flaxseed oil, vi­ta­min B, zinc, and se­le­nium are all great sup­ple­ments to add to your diet to help to pro­mote healthy hair growth, and a healthy scalp, too. A one-year plan should evolve - in sum­mer add a UV pro­tec­tion spray; sham­poo and conditioning prod­ucts need to be reassessed reg­u­larly as your hair's con­di­tion changes; and don't for­get colour! The need for a long-term plan that com­ple­ments the cut, shape and con­di­tion is a must.

Al­ready have long hair?

If long hair is your trade­mark, keep in mind it may be time for a very big trim or re-shape. Some hair-ups are best cre­ated on your wed­ding day with a cut that is suit­able in shape.

The right style for you

Ul­ti­mately you need to wear a hairstyle that makes you feel amaz­ing and suits your per­son­al­ity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity. Your wed­ding hairstyle will need to com­ple­ment your dress and the set­ting. Don't be afraid to chal­lenge the bri­dal norm. Any length can work well and most hair-ups can be fash­ioned to suit your face shape and hair type. There are plenty of on-trend styles, long or short. A great team of pro­fes­sion­als can of­fer ad­vice and make it all hap­pen for you.

Bri­dal Trend re­port - Knots, braids and flo­ral whimsy

Braid­ing and knot­ting - what bet­ter way to bring a twist (ex­cuse the pun) to your bri­dal hairstyle than by adding one of th­ese? Ver­sa­tile and ro­man­tic, a braid can be fash­ioned into any shape to work with your theme. Worn low in the nape of the neck, it evokes a 1920's feel. Or try a global French braid with float­ing wisps of hair. Knots add a touch of rus­tic, an emerg­ing trend with bri­dal themes this sum­mer.

Adding some flow­ers is el­e­gant and tra­di­tional. Small and sub­tle or big and bold – a flo­ral hair wreath in­ter­twined with your hair is ro­man­tic, time­less and fash­ion-for­ward.

If th­ese trends aren't your thing, they can be a won­der­ful way to in­di­vid­u­alise your brides­maids or flower girls. Talk to your florist and per­sonal hair stylist about in­te­grat­ing fresh botan­i­cals with your hair. An­gela Re­nee is a free­lance hair spe­cial­ist and is also part of the team at www.bridal­

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