focus on colour
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