You’ve found the perfect dress and the perfect headpiece. All you need to complete your look is the perfect hairstyle. After seeing 30 years of weddings and witnessing first-hand their successes and disasters, I can tell you it is very easy to overlook this one tiny thing and regret it later.
Remember, you will be photographed more times in this one day than you can imagine and you will want your hair to compliment the gown, the headpiece and your face. Keep these tips in mind when you begin to think about hairstyles so you don’t wind up with pictures you can’t bear to look at because you didn’t plan ahead.
Schedule your first appointment a few months before your wedding. Be very clear about what the appointment will entail. Is this a consultation or an actual trial run?
Pick a Hairdresser you trust. This is not the time to try out a new stylist – make sure you have someone who’s work you like.
Take tons of photos with you. You cannot imagine how hard it is to describe a haircut. Take a ton of pictures with you so you can describe in great detail what you like and don’t like.
Keep the headpiece and the gown in mind. Don’t overpower a simple gown with a giant hairdo or confuse an already busy gown with too much going on.
Get a deep conditioning treatment a month or so before so your locks will be luscious.
Don’t make drastic changes. One month (or God Forbid, one day )before your wedding is not the time to decide you want to go blond or cut all your hair off. You will be scrambling for a solution. There are solutions to everything but, they can be costly.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with a hairstyle you like but think won’t work. There are extensions, hairpieces, lifts, all kinds of things to make your hair thicker and fuller looking.
Don’t forget to take your headpiece to your hair appointment. It is vital to the overall look.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You will never be sorry.
Don’t try to look like someone else. You will, and you won’t like it.
Don’t get stuck in a time warp. The big bangs and over-permed hair looked great in the 80’s. I know, I had it. Today’s brides have a more natural and sophisticated look. Stay current!
-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago