Should You Do Your Own Wedding Hair?

wedding hairPlanning a wedding is both exciting as well as daunting. There are so many things to consider, guest seating plans, gift lists, bridesmaid presents – the list goes on.

But what about your hair? You are the bride and you deserve to look amazing. It is your special day after all.

Is it possible to have beautiful hair on your wedding day without paying for a hair stylist to come in and do it for you?

Yes, I think it is.

Top Tips For Styling Your Own Wedding Hair

1. Practise beforehand

Don’t wait until the big day to try out a new hairstyle. Practise a few times in the weeks/months leading up to the day. Time how long it will take to do, allowing for any things potentially going wrong. If you are doing an ‘up do’ see how long it lasts before you need to get it retouched.

If you are planning on straightening your hair you might want to test out some different straighteners, either ones you already own, plan to buy, or will be borrowing from a friend.

You might like to read my buying guides to hair straighteners and straightening brushes.

If you fancy going curly for the day, again test out how long those curls are going to last.

You might be interested in my guide to heated rollers.

2. Get ideas from magazines

There are so many places you can look for inspiration, from your favourite celebrity to your local hair dresser. Browse through hair magazines and look online to see what styles might work for you. Your local library is a great place to go to look through lots of different magazines without having to buy them all.

3. Ask a friend to help

This is probably the next best thing to having a professional hair dresser do your hair on your wedding day. By having someone else do your hair other than you will remove the stress of being responsible for it, allowing you to sit back and relax whilst your hair is transformed.

It’s probably best not to ask one of your bridesmaids to do it as they will be busy getting ready too!

4. Get a good cut beforehand

Try and time it so that you get your hair trimmed around a week before your wedding. This will ensure any split ends have been removed and your hair is looking healthy, and easier to style. Don’t be tempted to go for any changes of hairstyles so close to your wedding, if anything goes wrong you won’t have enough time for it to grow out to be restyled.

5. Deep condition

In the weeks and months leading up to your wedding it is a great idea to deep condition your hair on a weekly basis – in fact, if you don’t already do this on a regular basis, you really should! You can either opt for shop bought conditioners, or make your own at home.

You might enjoy my Homemade Hair Masks article.

6. Get some hair accessories

Treat yourself and your hair to some special accessories on your wedding day. Bridals combs, pins and headdresses can transform your hair into something of beauty on your big day. Just make sure you practise wearing them for long periods of time beforehand to make sure that they are not going to start hurting your head part way through the day.

7.  Eat well and stay hydrated

This won’t only effect your hair, but also your skin and energy levels. If you don’t already have the healthiest of lifestyles try and change things a little bit in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Drink lots of water as well as fresh fruits, vegetables and cut out the processed food. Your hair will thank you for it by shining brightly and looking full of life!


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