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How to Get the Perfect Wedding Day Hair

  |  By Staff Writer

Photo by Lydia Turner on Unsplash

Next to your dress, your hair is probably the most important style issue you have to worry about on your wedding day. It's something you need to start thinking about at least six months before the day, and having a stylist in your corner who will be in charge of your hair leading up to the event and the day of is key.

We're loving these expert tips and inspiring styles. Get planning your big day's crowning achievement!


Hair growth and trim considerations

When you're planning ahead, keep in mind that hair grows approximately 1/2 an inch per month.

You'll probably need some trims before the big day, and trimming your own hair is not for the faint at heart. Tony Masciangelo is a hairstylist and co-owner of Alcorn Hair. He says, "I wouldn't recommend it, although if you have a fringe or bang, a tiny snip of the ends would be ok. Never ever cut your bands horizontally and ALWAYS chip the ends away vertically as this technique will keep the ends soft and should avoid any hair disasters."

bride with gorgeous hair holding a bouquet Photo by Alvin Mahmudov on Unsplash


Does heat styling help or hinder?

Masciangelo says heat styling does not help hair growth but can hinder it. Hair growth comes from inside your body, so what you do to the hair on your head will not affect regrowth. A healthy diet combined with a regular exercise regimen (that brings fresh oxygen to your cells) will ensure healthy hair growth.

There is absolutely a new no-blow-dry movement occurring. Partly because of this pandemic we are in. We are living in a much simpler time now, and women are beginning to embrace a much more natural or raw vibe. So, if you love the way your hair looks air-dried, do it!

bride getting ready for her big day Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash


DIY styles to try and avoid

Kirsten Klontz is a Toronto-based stylist and ambassador for Hot Tools Professional. "Some of my favourite looks are the 'undone bun,' soft waves or a French twist. These are all looks which are easily achievable from home, done with just a few simple steps and are absolutely wedding worthy and look fabulous with a veil or accessories."

"I would suggest avoiding anything super intricate; keeping it simple will be key."

bride and groom hugging Photo by Samantha Gades on Unsplash


Essential tools for a DIY bridal look

Klontz recommends: "No matter what bridal look you are trying to achieve, having a reliable curling iron or flatiron will be essential. One of my favourite brands to work with is Hot Tools Professional, [whose] Black Gold series adds an incredible amount of shine to the hair. If you are planning on wearing your hair up, their 1-inch curling iron is perfect for building a tighter texture. If you're imagining a classic glam look or soft beach waves, try the 1.25-inch iron, which will help you create those beautiful loose curls.

"Hot Tools also has a unique flatiron with a rounded edge which is ideal for someone looking to smooth frizz and create curls at the same time. These three tools are my absolute essentials for creating any look because of their performance and versatility. Another bonus is that they have dual voltage in case you are planning a destination wedding. All of these tools can be ordered online or through curbside pick-up at a Chatters Hair Salon near you."

bridge getting her hair done Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash


Essential styling products for DIY

"You will want to start by adding products to will give you hold and all-day control," says Klontz. "You should have a volumizer, smoothing cream and hairspray on hand."

bride getting her hair done Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash


Style tip: Book consultations and trials

Eric Del Monaco, official hair artist and colourist for L'Oreal Paris and the creative genius behind the runway looks for Toronto's LG Fashion Week, weighed in.

"I recommend booking at least three months in advance before your wedding to share any pictures of styles that have inspired you for your wedding day style. Also, bring along a picture of your dress so your stylist can see the style of it and the neckline and any hair accessories you may wear—this will direct your look. Plus, bring along an image of the hair accessory or veil - if you plan on wearing one - so that the stylist can see what they have to work with. Book your hair trial at least one month in advance to test out looks."

woman getting her hair styled Photo by Baylee Gramling on Unsplash


Style tip: Maintain your colour

Monaco says: "Whether you colour at home or at a salon, be sure to keep your colour looking fabulous in advance of your wedding and on the big day. Nothing looks worse than roots or grey hairs poking through!"

bride getting her hair done Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash


Style tip: Dress the part

Don't wear a t-shirt for trials or day-of styling. Monaco reminds brides-to-be: "Always wear a button-down shirt that you don't have to lift over your head—you don't want to mess up your pretty style!"

beautiful bridal hair Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash


Iconic inspo: Sweet upsweep

A tousled topknot is an easy style that's very au courant. Hair is haphazardly gathered into a loose pony and then pinned loosely into place to create a perfectly undone' do. Give hair added styling oomph by using a texturizing primer.


Iconic inspo: Braided beauty

Hollywood lovelies like Nicole Richie and Rachel McAdams have rocked this style, and it's one of our favourite ways to add interest to a classic ballerina bun. Keep your braid sleek and secure by packing a travel-size hairspray in your beauty kit.

Photography courtesy Carlyle Routh. Styling by Tara Williams. Hair and makeup by Michelle Rosen for TRESemmé Hair Care/

Iconic inspo: High tail it

A classic pony is one of the most simple and elegant ways to dress hair up. This classic style matches almost every type of dress neckline, from high to scoop to strapless. Be sure to keep your pony sleek by taming flyaways with a smoothing serum applied pre-styling.


Iconic inspo: Get knotty

Want a super-dramatic style? Double your fun by having your stylist create two chignons— one in front and one in back. This look is perfect if you're a fashion-forward bride who's not afraid to express yourself on your wedding day. Finish this glamorous look with a slick of cherry red lipstick.

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