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How to Wear that Hair

  |   By Alison McGill

It’s one of the things we women obsess about most: our hair. I am at the front of the class, meticulous about maintaining my cropped, fiery red tresses religiously every four weeks. I don’t think there is a more stressful hair occasion in a girl’s life than her wedding day. We get TONS of questions, queries and beauty 911s at WB asking us for advice about what to do with the ’do. I decided it was time to call in an expert, and I nabbed one of Canada’s best: Martin Hillier, co- owner and artistic director of Vancouver’s The Lounge Hair Studio and international artistic director for Senscience Hair Care Products by Shiseido. Renowned in the industry for his colour work and expertise in long hair, British-born Martin always has his well-groomed finger on the pulse of what’s hip and haute for hair—here are five thoughts he shared with me for you to ponder for your wedding-day look.

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How to Wear that Hair

1. Great lengths. “Both short and long hair works with today’s wedding fashions so don’t feel you have to grow your hair to suit your dress style or to look like a bride,” Hillier says. If you’re used to having a pixie cut, keep it and rock it out on your wedding day—you’ll feel and look more like you!

2. Making the cut. Hillier backs the bob as a great style option if you want a very modern look. “The great thing about this cut is you can wear it short or long, it’s extremely fashionable and works superbly well for most hair textures.”

3. Colour 101. When it comes to hair colour, don’t make a dramatic shift leading up to your wedding—you can make adjustments to your normal hue, just don’t try to go from blonde to brunette! Also, never have your colour done the day of the wedding—Hillier suggests having it refreshed a week before, as the last thing you want is colour rubbing off on your gown or veil.

4. Accessorize! There is never a better time to play with hair accessories than on your wedding day! Hillier says flowers (real or silk) are big this season, as is a little bling in the hair. He recommends trying some dainty crystal pins or clips. One thing to steer clear of: large, loud headpieces! “Avoid these at all costs because they not only detract attention from your gown, but more importantly, you!”

5. Keep it real. Hillier is definitely on the same page as us at WB when he says it’s integral to have your day, your way! Be sure your hairstyle and colour, your gown and accessories make you feel utterly beautiful. If it all works, it will help make your day that much more joyous and help you relax and enjoy it.

This article was originally published on Jul 16, 2007
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