So much emphasis on your big day is put on the ‘saying yes to the dress’ moment, when in reality the dress is nothing without the perfect wedding hair to go with it.  They don’t call it your ‘crowning glory’ for nothing. Thanks to Pinterest there is no end of wedding hair inspiration…but like most things it’s not that simple. There is much more to it than your finished look.  How many days before your wedding should you wash your hair? How do you choose the style that goes with the vision for your day? What hair tips will have your tresses in the best shape? At Victoria Hutchinson & Co we have put together your comprehensive guide to everything you need to know to look your absolute best and be picture (and hair toss) perfect.  

The Dress

The right wedding hairstyle won’t compete with your dress, it should complement it.  If your dress is simple, it’s safe to go with a more dramatic hairstyle. If you have gone on all out on a jaw dropping sequin gown, consider a more subtle updo. If all the detail is on the back of your dress, choose a side ponytail to show it off.  

The Weather

If your wedding is all inside or during one of the colder months, you have a lot more choice.  Gorgeous cascading curls will stay in no problem. But if you’re going further afield to a hot climate or getting married in the middle of Summer when it’s likely to be humid, consider an updo.  You won’t need to worry about frizz, curls dropping or hair sticking to your back. Beauty Works hair extensions are much more resilient to heat and humidity and will hold curl better than your natural hair.  

Your Natural Hair

It’s so easy to fall in love with a picture you’ve seen online, but do you have the hair to achieve it. Your hair may not be thick enough or the right texture.  At Victoria Hutchinson & Co we recommend a hair trial at least a couple of months before the big day. During your hour and a half appointment we will discuss what is and isn’t doable with your hair type and find you something that will make you feel out of this world. Your hair type also makes a difference if and when you are considering hair accessories. A heavy comb probably won’t hold in very fine hair but a small pin or some delicate flowers would be perfect.  

Veil or no veil

Veils don’t last well in soft, wispy updos; so if you are set on wearing a veil, especially a long one, a sturdier hairstyle would ensure you get the longevity you need.   Make sure you take that or your comb to your hair trial as placement is also key and you can get a real feel of the finished look by trying the hair and veil together.  

Bring Some Inspo… But Not Too Many!

It’s great to communicate with your stylist about the kind of look you want to achieve for your wedding hair.  This will help to avoid any mistakes or misunderstandings. One person’s view of soft and wavy may not match another’s. About 3 to 5 images is perfect, and will give them enough to work on whilst also being able to adapt the style to what is achievable with your hair type.  During your trial there will be time to try out a couple of looks and make sure you utilise the time…that’s what it’s there for! Don’t just be polite and say you’re happy with the first one. Try and couple out, get some pictures taken and make an informed choice from there.  

Can’t I Just Do My Own Hair?

At Victoria Hutchinson & Co you can take over the salon for the day and take part in our 1 to 1 Bridal Workshop.  Perfect the look you dream of for the big day and pick up some useful tips on up dos in general. Two people booking together get a 10% discount, and it’s a really good idea to do it with one of your bridesmaids or maid of honour so that they can lend a helping hand on the day.  It’s important to note that not all wedding hairstyles have to be intricate and complicated. Some of the most beautiful we’ve seen are simple and romantic and let the dress and flowers do the talking. If you are going to do it yourself, make sure you practice beforehand, and wear the style for the whole day to see how well it holds.  

Should I Get My Hair Cut Right Before the Wedding?

There is no middle ground here, it’s definitely a firm NO!  Any drastic changes in cut or colour are just too unpredictable and could end up seriously limiting your options when it comes to your wedding hair.  Instead, get a tiny trim a few weeks before to keep it looking tidy and healthy. Some brides skip this in a bid to preserve as much length as possible, but this will just end in split ends, flyaway hairs and bad blends into your extensions if you have them.  Keep your hair and extensions nourished and hydrated on the months leading up to the day with Beauty Works Pearl Nourishing Mask, formulated to restructure and restore healthy looking locks from root to tip.  

Stay True To You

Only you know how a hairstyle makes you feel.  If loads of grips make you uncomfortable or having hair round your face will drive you mad, say so.  Yes you want to look beautiful, but you want to be comfortable and look like you. If you have had a bob for years, don’t suddenly get extensions a few weeks before.  If you never wear your hair curly, don’t start on your wedding day. It’s a day to look like your best you, but it still has to be YOU.  

Consider a Hair ‘Outfit Change’

Some brides have a less elaborate dress for the reception or have a dress that can be adapted (ie. the train pinned up) when it’s time to party.  Why not do the same sort of thing with your hair? If you can’t keep your stylist around consider a tutorial and lots of practice for an up do to keep your hair out of the way while you dance the night away.  

Pick Your Stylist Carefully

Most of us have a very strong sense of loyalty to our hairdressers.  But are they the right person to entrust with this important task. Most stylists have a speciality, whether that be balayage, structured up dos or bohemian looks.  Choose the one who has done work that you love.   

We hope this has had some helpful information for our lovely brides to be, and if you have any questions or would like to book in for a trial please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  We would be honoured to be part of your special day. 

Shop around for the perfect hairstylist to match your vision

Some of us have been loyal to our hairstylists since we were in high school. Perhaps they know how to layer your hair just right or understand your hair’s texture when it comes to dyeing, to achieve that perfect balayage. Keep in mind, however, that hairstylists have their own specializations—if you’re looking for a bohemian, soft half up-do but your hairstylist is well known for glam looks, it may be in your best interest to give another stylist a try. Scout hairstylists in your area, peruse their work through Instagram, book a consultation, and don’t be afraid to branch out!

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Laura x


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