Wedding Hairdos…and Don’ts

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As a photographer, I get to witness, first hand, the transformation of a woman to a bride. As a guy, let me say that it’s impressive, especially the hair. I cannot imagine the creative possibilities that challenge the stylists. Luckily I won’t ever have to worry about such things but for those brides that do worry about making the right decisions (and avoiding the wrong ones), here’s an article from Sarah Title at WeddingWire that might help ease your mind.

Chris Humphrey Photographer-Hairdos and Don'tsWedding Hair Don’ts From the Experts

We chatted with wedding hair pros across the country and got the dirt on some common wedding day hairstyle mistakes to avoid!

Q: What are some common mistakes that you see brides make when trying to decide on a wedding hairstyle?

“A common mistake a bride can make is showing the stylist too many inspiration photos. Narrowing it down to 3-5 at the most will give the stylist a good idea of what the bride’s style is and will give the stylist room for creativity.”
-Jennifer Fernandez of Charleston Events Hair and Makeup in Charleston, South Carolina

“One of the most common mistakes I see brides do is pick hairstyles that do not go well their haircut or color, meaning that their hair versus the person in the photo’s hair is not a match. . . what in my opinion actually happens is that they fall more in love with the person in the photo and the way that person looks.”
-Renata Estepan of Renata Miami Hair & Make Up Artist in Miami, Florida

Q: What is a big misconception brides have about wedding hairstyles when they come into the salon?

“Unrealistic expectation. For example, I had a client with really short hair that wanted a hairstyle of an updo that requires a much longer hair length. Everyone has different hair length, texture, density of hair, so results will not always be the same as what they envision or expect.”
-Cammy Lau of Blooming Beauty by Cammy in El Monte, California

“Common mistake a bride makes when trying to decide on a hairstyle is that the bride considers too many opinions, mom, sisters, friends, fiancé. She should consider one person who has a similar style.”
-Jennifer Fernandez of Charleston Events Hair and Makeup in Charleston, South Carolina

“Sometimes when a bride comes in wanting their hair to look exactly like that actress from the red carpet photo at the Oscars, they are unsatisfied with the final product despite it being exactly what they asked for. No matter what hairstyle you have it’s a tall order to look exactly like Taylor Swift or Charlize Theron, so my best recommendation would be to get to know your own hair and what looks best on you.”
-Maria Sung of Behind the Veil, LLC in Severna Park, Maryland

Q: What is something a bride should do before she has her first hair and makeup trial?

“A bride before a trial should have her hair clean and blow-dried and ready to be styled! No flatiron!”
-Renata Estepan of Renata Miami Hair & Make Up Artist in Miami, Florida

“Keeping in mind the type of hair accessories and the gown. Will it complement or match well with the hairstyle you have in mind? And does your wedding have a theme (vintage, rustic, modern, etc) to match with the hairstyle?”
-Cammy Lau of Blooming Beauty by Cammy in El Monte, California

“Remember to be open-minded. Our stylists have done hundreds of weddings and if you allow them the freedom to expand on your ideas, who knows what amazing styles will result.”
-Maria Sung of Behind the Veil, LLC in Severna Park, Maryland

Related: How Should You Wear Your Hair On Your Wedding Day? >>

Q: Are there specific things a bride should not do to her hair the night before the wedding?

“A bride should not deep condition or color hair the night before. The hair could be too conditioned and slip out of the bobby pins and not hold the style well.”
-Jennifer Fernandez of Charleston Events Hair and Makeup in Charleston, South Carolina

“Don’t tie your hair or do anything to your hair that will leave kink marks on the hair, that can sometimes be hard to manage when styling the hair.”
-Cammy Lau of Blooming Beauty by Cammy in El Monte, California

Q: What should the bride do to her hair the night before the wedding?

“Giving the hair a nice brush through is great! It helps distribute the oils in the hair from the scalp and detangle before the big day.”
-Jennifer Fernandez of Charleston Events Hair and Makeup in Charleston, South Carolina

“The bride should not forget to wash their hair to rid it of any product from the days prior. Nothing else is really required, just don’t forget to take a deep breath and remember that we have it under control.”
-Maria Sung of Behind the Veil, LLC in Severna Park, Maryland

Q: Do you have any final tips or advice?

“I would recommend an updo in hotter weather and hair down in colder months. But also keeping in mind that having an updo will put you at ease because hair will not be all over the face.”
-Cammy Lau of Blooming Beauty by Cammy in El Monte, California

“Always bring any accessories you will be wearing and let your stylist know if any flowers are going in beforehand. This could add additional time into the schedule.”
-Jennifer Fernandez of Charleston Events Hair and Makeup in Charleston, South Carolina

“Give us an idea of what your bridesmaids desire and a hint at what type of hair they have. This will help our stylists come prepared on your wedding day making the whole process smoother and more stress free.”
-Maria Sung of Behind the Veil, LLC in Severna Park, Maryland

“I always tell my clients when picking a hairstyle to do something that makes them feel beautiful. To consider how their fiancé(e) prefers her hair. Also, be open to options.”
-Renata Estepan of Renata Miami Hair & Make Up Artist in Miami, Florida