Taking stress out of the tresses on perfect big day
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