The venue’s booked, you have the dress, next on your wedding to-do list is making sure your locks look perfect, and we’ve got top tips from haircare experts, Hairtrade.com to tell you how…

Getting gorgeous wedding hair isn’t as easy as waking up on your big day and shampooing – you need to pre-plan, book appointments well in advance, and make sure your locks are well nourished ready for the big day. From a consultation with your hairdresser, to hair trails, and the final cut and colour, there’s plenty to do.

So here is Hairtrade.com’s ultimate wedding hair timetable to make sure you have picture-perfect locks!

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Tip top

Making sure your hair is in top condition should start up to three months before the big day to ensure gorgeous locks which work well with your dress, veil and hair accessories. Consultations with your favourite stylist, trialing new styles and booking up the appointments should all happen early on too.

Haircare expert, Laura Meredith from Hairtrade.com said, “Perfect wedding hair doesn’t just happen – it takes time and plenty of preparation to make sure your do looks amazing.

The tricky part is knowing what to do and when. Key is to plan well in advance so everything’s in place. By the time you’re in the final countdown to the big day, you know you won’t have to stress about how your hair will look.

Our wedding timetable will do just that. It will give you a helping hand in knowing what to do and when to make sure your hair looks gorgeous.”

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Here’s the Hairtrade.com guide to achieving picture-perfect wedding hair…

Three months

It may seem ages until your wedding but it’s really important to have you style consultations early just in case you’re planning any drastic changes. If you want to chop off your long hair, try out a new colour or have a go with hair extensions, now’s the time to do it.

If you change your mind, then you have time to put it right, and if you love your new do, perfect, you’ve found a new look for your wedding.

It’s also a good time to get appointments booked for you, your bridesmaids and mum too. Wedding hair takes time, and chances are if you leave it until the last minute, you’ll be fighting with other brides for those Saturday morning, pre-wedding appointments.

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Two months

Two months before the big day, start browsing magazines and websites to see which styles will work best with your dress, veil and any hair accessories. Cut them out, print them off and keep them altogether to show your stylist when you have your wedding hair trial.

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One month

Well-nourished, healthy locks don’t just happen, so treat your hair to its own pamper session. A hair mask will moisturise, repair and add shine. It’ll revitalise dull and lifeless hair leaving it feeling gorgeous.

If you’re short on time, try Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask. You only need to leave it in for ten minutes and it’ll leave you hair shiny and soft.

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Three weeks

A trial with your hairdresser is a must. This means you both know what to expect on the day, how much time to allow, and gives you a chance to experiment with a few styles, especially if you’re going for an up-do.

Two weeks

Make sure that the final cut and colour happens a couple of weeks before the wedding. Two weeks gives plenty of time for you hair to adjust to the colour and cut – and keeps any grey strands and split ends at bay.

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One week

The final countdown is on! Confirm all your appointments with your hairdresser just to make sure it runs like clockwork on the day. Treat your hair to another hair mask too. Don’t do it too close to the wedding though, as your hair may be too soft for your hairdresser to work with.

Your wedding day

The day has finally arrived. First thing to do is think about what you wear for your hairdressers appointment. Don’t wear anything you have to take off over your head – if you have an elaborate ‘do, you don’t want to mess it up. And remember, you’ll leave your hairdressers with your veil and hair accessories in so make sure you take everything you need to the hairdressers, and once you get there, sit back, relax and enjoy!

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It’s also worth packing a few grips, styling products and anything else you may need to refresh your hairstyle, into a small bag for your bridesmaids to carry – part of your wedding emergency first-aid kit! These will all come in handing at the reception if your locks are in need of a little TLC.

We’ve got loads more tips for your wedding hair and make-up, too – have a look!

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