Tak­ing stress out of the tresses on per­fect big day

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - FASHION/BEAUTY - Paul Stafford

Wed­dings are stress­ful oc­ca­sions — cakes, dresses, lo­ca­tions, guest lists... It would seem the eas­i­est as­pect would be the hair, af­ter all that’s the one thing the bride-to-be has some pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence of. Yet the pres­sure of the big day can change any ra­tio­nal woman into bridezilla with a flurry of phone calls to hair­dressers, ex­ten­sion­ists and hair growth spe­cial­ists de­mand­ing to have waist length hair for the forth­com­ing wed­ding of the cen­tury.

Be­fore I get hate mail ac­cus­ing me of be­ing un­sym­pa­thetic to the plight of the soon-to-be princess, sorry, bride, here are some tips to make that big day a lit­tle less stress­ful.

If you al­ready have a stylist you love they will ease the pres­sure by telling you when you should have tri­als (yes, we need to prac­tice), when you should have your colour, what treat­ments you will need in the run-up to the big day and most im­por­tantly the plan for the day it­self. How­ever, a lot of stylists sim­ply don’t do wed­ding hair and many sa­lons don’t cater for wed­ding par­ties so if that’s your prob­lem what do you do? Act quickly — there may be a stylist with the sa­lon who does spe­cialise and this can make for an easy ac­com­mo­da­tion be­cause your reg­u­lar stylist can con­sult them on some in­sider knowl­edge on your hair.

Find­ing a wed­ding spe­cial­ist out­side your reg­u­lar sa­lon is tricky be­cause ul­ti­mately you’re trust­ing some­one you don’t know with your crown­ing glory on the big­gest day of your life. Fear not — wed­ding spe­cial­ists are the ultimate in tact and emo­tion; they will have seen it all be­fore. Look for one at the best wed­ding fairs which usu­ally at­tract the best peo­ple. Lo­cal wed­ding mag­a­zines use wed­ding stylists to cre­ate the looks for their shoots. They can be ex­pen­sive but you’re worth it! And sa­lon stylists who don’t spe­cialise will hap­pily rec­om­mend some­one they know.

Now, what about the hair ? Take two Kates ... Mid­dle­ton and Moss. Both are cel­e­brated for their in­di­vid­u­al­ity and sense of style and what made them beau­ti­ful brides was they played to their strengths. Mostly fa­mous for hav­ing long hair worn down, Kate Moss (above) wore hers in trade­mark boho rock chick style... ef­fort­less, un­struc­tured and a lit­tle wild, it oozed sex­i­ness and edge.

Kate Mid­dle­ton (above) went for a groomed, pol­ished slightly pulled back but not overly re­stricted look that was un­der­stated glamour — her sig­na­ture style. The point be­ing that your hair should re­flect you in its most beau­ti­ful sense. If you wear your hair down, do so on the day and you’ll feel more com­fort­able and con­fi­dent. If you pre­fer to wear your hair up why would you change that on your spe­cial day? If you have a short hair cut or beau­ti­ful bob, then em­brace that if that’s how like to see your­self rather than grow it into some fan­tasy princess hair that when you look back at pho­tos in years to come you won’t recog­nise your­self...

Hav­ing a plan is es­sen­tial to avoid dis­as­ters. Once you’ve cho­sen your stylist, try a few tri­als for for­mal events. You need ad­vice and they should be forth­com­ing with­out prompt­ing. Show them pics of how you like to look and of looks you like and let them know the style of wed­ding you are plan­ning, which will help them get a bet­ter idea of your per­son­al­ity.

If you are us­ing a make-up up artist/man­i­curist/nail tech­ni­cian cre­ate a group chat so there are no clashes of colour ideas. Ex­per­i­ment early, per­fect later.

Oh, and do not change your mind on the day, it rarely works and will put your stylist un­der ex­treme pres­sure... and stylists rarely work well un­der that type of pres­sure. Most of all, en­joy your­self.

Tip: Ex­per­i­ment early, per­fect later

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