If you’re looking to get incredible hair for your big day, celebrity hairdresser, Richard Ward, gives us his top tips for achieving picture-perfect follicles.
Since the Royal Wedding, I’ve definitely seen a huge change in bridal hair trends. Brides nowadays want to opt for a more natural look, rather than the structured, almost severe looks that were popular a few years ago.
Today’s bridal hair should have a relaxed quality to it, rather than having a very complicated finish. The general rule of thumb is that if you usually wear your hair down, then opt for a down do. If you wear your hair up, then find a soft updo that works for you.
Get into condition
You’ll need to start working on the condition of your hair about five months before your wedding, so treat yourself to some professional at-home deep conditioning treatments, to make sure your hair is in great condition before your big day.
To complement your twice-weekly deep-conditioning treatments, treat yourself for a monthly in-salon backwash treatment. In-salon treatments are more intensive and you’ll feel like you’re treating yourself, too! Regular trims are also a must to keep split, dry and damaged ends to a minimum. Think about visiting your hairdresser every six and eight weeks to keep your hair in optimum condition.
Choosing a style
The key to choosing your wedding day hairstyle is having an in-depth consultation with your hairdresser to discuss your requirements. Bring in pictures so your stylist has a visual idea of what you’re looking for. Once you are happy with the cut, condition and colour then book yourself in for a style consultation. Make sure you bring along any combs, clips, tiaras and flowers that you may be thinking of wearing.
At Richard Ward we recommend a consultation and trial with our specialist Bridal Stylists who will analyse your hair’s capabilities and discuss a bridal look to complement your gown, headdress and jewellery. We will also discuss your evening hair requirements to ensure you look spectacular the whole day and then quote you a price for your special day.
Think about your dress
In general, the simpler and more understated the dress, the simpler the hair should be to echo its look. For example, a very softly cut dress in a rich satin fabric should be echoed by a smooth chignon so the overall effect is sleek.
However, there is an element of your personality that has to come into it. If you always wear your hair loose and tousled, a sleek chignon wouldn’t be recommended for your wedding day as it’s too far removed from your signature look. Take into account the texture of the fabric, the style statement the dress is making and then add your personality into the mix when deciding.
Colouring your hair
If you want to change your hair colour, think about getting this done three months before your wedding. This allows for both you and your future husband to get used to the new-look colour.
When changing your colour, you should think about using it to create texture and add to the softness of your style. A good colourist should easily be able to assess your skin tone and work complimentary lighter colours around the front area on sections. Warm skins should go for honey or vanilla tones, cool skins for minky, mushroom beiges. If your colourist can’t tell you what colour you should be having, you should change salons!
Pre-wedding day trial
It’s crucial to road-test your chosen style, so don’t be tempted to economise and skip the trial run. Leave the finished style in place for a good few hours to assess the hold factor and feedback to your stylist ready for the big day.
Detailed consultation with your stylist is vital. A bride should not only feel beautiful, but comfortable, too. Make sure you feel 100% happy with your planned look and that you’ve tested your style to check its holdability before you go too complicated! You won’t want to keep redoing your ‘do throughout the day.
Veils and accessories
Most styles can wear a veil, whether they’re u dos, down dos or demi-chignons. If you’d like to wear a veil and you’re considering a down do, then your hairdresser will need to work a braid, plait or hidden braid into your hairstyle to give the fixing comb something to be anchored onto. Sewing the veil onto a braid is also an option.
Alternatively, hairpins and accessories look beautiful with down styles, especially if you want to create a more effortless finish.
If you’re looking for more gorgeous hair ideas, our Bridal Hair section has lots of great tips and ideas for getting picture-perfect hair for your wedding day.