fo­cus on colour

My Wedding - - VINTAGE BRIDAL TRENDS - By An­gela Re­nee

Tof­fee blonde, choco­late brown or smoul­der­ing cop­per. You may be com­mit­ted to your nat­u­ral colour tone or change your hair colour with ev­ery visit to the salon. What­ever re­la­tion­ship you have with the colour of your hair, this is one area that needs some time and thought with your wed­ding date on the hori­zon. The ques­tion to ask your­self when it comes to any of your pre-wed­ding beauty prepa­ra­tions is “how do you see your­self on your wed­ding day?” Start by re-eval­u­at­ing. Talk to your hair­dresser - they know your hair best and will be able to as­sess your op­tions, or keep you on the right track with your cur­rent plan.

Ask your­self-“is it time to re­turn to a more nat­u­ral colour or do I need a colour restyle to tie in with my bri­dal theme and aes­thetic?”

You will need to con­sider your colour 6-12 months be­fore your wed­ding day if: • You are go­ing from a darker colour to a lighter colour • From blonde to a depth 2-3 shades darker • If the con­di­tion of your hair is chal­lenged • If you choose to have a fash­ion shade such as red and cop­per. • Any­time when the colour is go­ing to be a big change for you.

Of­ten colour needs time to set­tle in the hair and some clients can ex­pe­ri­ence the best colour re­sults af­ter 2-3 ap­pli­ca­tions, es­pe­cially if the end re­sult is a darker or brighter tone. Ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent - ask your per­sonal hair­styl­ist for ad­vice.

The place­ment of your colour is very im­por­tant for your wed­ding day. It needs to be co­he­sive with your cho­sen wed­ding day hair style. Ev­ery foil needs to con­sid­ered with spe­cial at­ten­tion to the back where some hair-up styles can show­case the ef­fect of the colour in the back, as much as in the front.

Colour place­ment can re­ally in­di­vid­u­alise your wed­ding day hair-up. High­lights and low­lights in the right ar­eas can en­hance the de­tail of curls, mar­cel waves and tex­tured hair-ups beau­ti­fully. On the other hand, a rich block colour with the fo­cus on shine rather than colour variation can put the wow into a sim­ple low bun or soft vin­tage vic­tory rolls. Your colour needs to be thor­ough and thoughtful with its ap­pli­ca­tion with the wed­ding day in mind.

Are you get­ting mar­ried in the high sea­son - Easter or just be­fore Xmas? If the an­swer is yes, make sure you’re booked, not only for your wed­ding day hair but for your pre-cut and colour, too. It’s a busy time on the salon and makeup artist/hair stylist cal­en­dar so book all your ap­point­ments well in ad­vance!

A great time to wrap up your pre-wed­ding cut and colour plan is with your fi­nal ap­point­ment 1-2 weeks be­fore your wed­ding day. Take note of when you LOVE your hair fol­low­ing pre­vi­ous vis­its. It may be af­ter the sec­ond sham­poo, week three, or per­haps you find it best the day you step out of the salon. Go with this as your guide and know that most hair has a set­tling in pe­riod.

When it comes to prod­ucts and your colour, it’s more than likely your pre-wed­ding treat­ment plan will be put in place with your colour in mind. I rec­om­mend adding a treat­ment to the menu on your last salon visit. This will give your fi­nal colour a wel­come boost by smooth­ing the cu­ti­cle shut and lock­ing in the colour molecules, pro­mot­ing shine.

Hair that’s in great con­di­tion de­liv­ers beau­ti­ful colour re­sults. Shiny healthy hair gives you long last­ing colours that re­tain their depth and vi­brancy and the re­sults will be no­tice­able in your wed­ding al­bum. If your wed­ding is in sum­mer be sure to add a SPF anti-colour fade prod­uct to your rou­tine to help pre­serve the colour pig­ment from fad­ing in the sun, not only pre-wed­ding, but also on the beach dur­ing that is­land hon­ey­moon.

Im­ages: cut, colour and makeup by An­gela Re­nee

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