How to properly prepare your hair:
Be sure to bring your own hair products as changing brands could bring unexpected results. If you would like an “up-do,” wash your hair the day before and use little or no conditioner. Do not iron your hair if you would like curls or waves. If your hair has a hard time holding curl or is thin, add mouse from roots to ends while it is wet. This will make it hold the style better. If your hair gets too oily after one day, you can wash it the day of your wedding, but the idea is to have the hair a little dirty so it will hold better. Simply use your best judgment. And last but not least… unless you are having a blow out, it’s important that all women have their hair DRY when we arrive. Here are some more tips and product recommendations depending on length, texture, and density.
Haircare advice by length, texture, and density:
▪ Thick hair: After discussing with your stylist how your hair should be cut for your wedding style, he/she may recommend having it thinned out or layered so it will hold the style easier. On occasion, really thick hair is too heavy for an up-do, and will not hold wave without layers.
▪ Thin hair: Have it cut by someone who specializes in cutting thin hair. Purchase a root boost product, hair powder and volumizing foam made for thin hair. My recommendation: Schwartzcopf- Hair Body & Mouse & Dust It Powder, Bedhead- Root Boost.
▪ Straight hair: If your hair has difficulty holding curl and you want to wear it curly or in an up-do, I suggest adding a volumizing mouse after washing it the night before. Make sure to evenly distribute the product through roots and the ends.
▪ Curly hair: Have it cut by someone who specializes in cutting curly hair to frame your face and compliment the proportions of your body. Find a curl product that works for you. I recommend: Ouidad- Climate Control (controls frizz), Schwartzcopf- Curl Cream, Moroccan Oil- treatment, Oil & Curl Cream, Bumble & Bumble- Surf Spray (for thin to medium texture-not great for coarse hair), Devo Curl Product and Ouidad Curl Products.
▪ Fine hair: Always use a detangler! Brush it out using a paddle brush. Start at the ends and work your way toward the roots. Don’t rip through your hair. Be patient when brushing it, and never use too much heat! Having it lightened can add more texture and volume, but only if it’s in good health and with a good hairstylist.
▪ Dry or Coarse hair: Start getting deep conditioning treatments beginning 3-4 months before your wedding. Get your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks.
▪ Long hair: Try to keep it healthy. Get a good haircut every 6-8 weeks. Talk to your stylist if you are going to cut more layers or bangs before the wedding.
▪ Short hair: If you would like an “up do,” you may have to grow your hair out a little or consider getting clip-in extensions.
How to properly prepare your skin for your wedding day:
▪ If you have problematic skin start getting monthly facials regularly. 6-8 months before your wedding.
▪ Drink plenty of water—eight glasses a day.
▪ Have your eyebrows professionally shaped.
▪ Eat a balanced diet and select fresh fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants such as, kale, spinach, berries, pomegranate, legumes, walnuts, sunflower seeds.
▪ Take your vitamins! Multi-vitamins, zinc for acne prone skin, omega fatty acid for dry skin, and vitamin C to combat free radical damage. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol as these can dehydrate the skin.
▪ Avoid sodium as it causes water retention and puffiness.
▪ Stay out of the sun or use a good sunblock.
What to bring for your wedding day:
▪ Lipstick and powder for touch-ups
▪ Oil blotting papers