A three-month-and-more countdown to beautiful wedding hair

I’m sure most of you will have an idea how you’ll wear your hair a long time before the big day comes around: from the first dress fitting you’ll picture how your locks will look… or at least imagine yourself as the gorgeous boho bride with loose locks, or the elegant vintage girl with fabulous curls and lippy to match… right?

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So I expect you’ll also have chatted to your hairstylist in plenty of time before the big day. (Could any girl not talk about the wedding in a routine hair appointment?! I know I’ve spent hours talking to my hairdresser about her sister’s wedding!) Maybe you’ve already booked your pre-wedding hair appointments and trials, or maybe you need some advice before you do… so here’s some expert help!

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Getting gorgeous wedding hair isn’t easy – you need to pre plan, book appointments well in advance and make sure your locks are well nourished ready for the big day. The style team from hair care experts have put together their wedding hair timetable to make sure every bride has picture perfect locks.

“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, trialling new styles and booking up appointments should all happen early on too.

Hair care expert Laura Meredith from 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. The 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 give you a helping hand in knowing what to do when to make sure your hair looks gorgeous on your big day.”

Three months

It may seem ages until your wedding but it’s really important to have your 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 website 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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Well-nourished, healthy locks don’t just happen, so treat your hair to it’s own pamper session. A hair mask will moisturise, repair and add shine. It’ll revitalize dull and lifeless hair leaving it feeling gorgeous.

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

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.

Go armed with the styles you like, your veil and any hair accessories – just as you would on the day.

Two weeks

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

One week

The final countdown in 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. Do it too close to the wedding and your hair may be too soft for your hairdresser to work with.

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Your wedding day

The day has finally arrived. First thing to do is think about what you wear for your hairdresser’s 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.

Make sure you take everything you need to the hairdressers and once you get there, sit back, relax and enjoy.

It’s also worth packing a few grips, styling products and anything else you may need to refresh your hairstyle into a small bag. These will come in handy at the reception if your locks need a little TLC.


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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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