If you thought scrolling through Instagram for hair-spiration is enough to come out with a gorgeous bridal hairstyle on your wedding day, think again. Hairstylists are in big demand for a reason. They are pros at multitasking, work with crazy timelines and have the aptitude for dealing with stressed-out brides (and their sisters and mothers!).
So, yes, choose the hairstyle you want, but trust your hairstylist to bring it to life. That, of course, is easier said than done. That’s why we are here to bridge the gap between you and your stylist. Aanal Savaliya, Creative Director of Ahmedabad-based Orange The Salon, gave us some insights on what your bridal hairstylist wants you to know before your big day.
Psst...she also has some trend tips for this ‘shaadi’ season, so you can start scouting for bridal hairstyles RN?
- Avoid handing your hairstylist a Pinterest photo
- Pay proper attention to your hair care routine
- Take your time when choosing your stylist
- Choose a style based on your personality and hair
- Don’t forget the basic rules of hairstyling
- The trick to removing your bridal hairstyle at end of the night
Avoid handing your hairstylist a Pinterest photo
Aanal says, "Following trends blindly and actually doing stuff that's not ‘you’ is the worst mistake you can make on your wedding day. There’s no point following #trending. You want to look like you on your wedding day and not someone else."
A good hairstylist won’t ask you to show him/her a picture of what you want. Instead, they would work with you to come up with a look that suits your unique needs, face shape and ability to maintain a haircut. Don't get lost in elaborate styles that won't suit you.
Pay proper attention to your hair care routine
A bridal hairstyle requires your hair to be its healthiest in order to handle all the heat-styling sprays, pins and braids it is subjected to. Pay close attention to the kind of products you are using and steer clear of paraben and sulfate-based shampoos and conditioners.
Aanal recommends, “As you will be getting a lot of styling, curls and waves done on your hair, make sure the ends well-nourished. And of course, eat well, sleep well and get regular hair spas or deep conditioning done. You can actually get a few treatments to boost the ph level in your hair too.”
Take your time when choosing your stylist
When choosing a bridal hairstylist, do your homework. Check out their Instagram pages to see their past work on different kinds of hair. You should also get a trial done before cementing your decision about a particular stylist.
According to Aanal, “Keep a track of the hairstylists that you already like. You should consider one who matches your personal style best and who does hair that makes your heart go aww!”
Choose a style based on your personality and hair
Aanal’s top tip for choosing your final bridal look is “Follow your heart; if you are someone who likes girl-next-door hairstyles, go ahead and do that with small additional details to update it.
” Also keep in mind what haircut you have (eg: fringes or an A-line cut), and then figure what’s possible realistically. The last thing you want to do is to go for a haircut a week before your big day. If it goes wrong, your whole look will suffer and nobody wants that!
Don’t forget the basic rules of hairstyling
Apart from not washing your hair on your wedding day, there are some things you should keep in mind. “Ask your stylist to use a lot of heat protecting spray and make sure to wash your hair between functions.”
The trick to removing your bridal hairstyle at end of the night
Nothing can ruin the wedding mood more than a hairstyle that destroys your mane. Aanal says, “First, use a lot of conditioner so the poof and all the backcombing comes off easily... then rinse it off. Now shampoo to clean the scalp of all hair styling products. I know it sounds twisted but it works every single time; conditioning before shampooing!” How neat is that!