10 Pre-Wedding Hair Care Tips For Luxurious Locks
Your big day is just a few months away and of course, every bride wants beautiful healthy hair to steal the show so taking care of those locks is a must, especially if you want more hairstyle options. A mane that looks like straw is pretty much destined for an up-do.
To help you keep your hair looking beautiful and healthy in the months leading up to your big day, I have put together these 10 pre-wedding hair care tips for luxurious locks just for you!
1. Don’t Do Anything Drastic
We’ve all been there. A frustrating bad hair day that leads to a drastic decision and one minute your hair is flowing down the middle of your back and the next you are sporting a very bad bob. So make a pact with yourself that leading up to your wedding day you won’t do anything drastic that you will regret, especially as you stand in the mirror making final preparations to walk down the aisle and you are near tears at the hair-do that could have been.
2. Limit Hair Tie Usage
The longer your hair the more need and convenience there is for messy buns and ponytails, I get it but hair ties and elastics place stress on the hair fibers and cuticles, which weaken hair and can cause breakage. As you prepare for your nuptials, try switching up your hairstyles to incorporate braids or wearing your hair down more. When the need calls for a hair tie, try not to put the hair band in the same place each time.
3. Limit Coloring and Highlighting
We all know that hair coloring damages and dries out the hair. Be mindful of how often you are coloring your hair in the months leading up to your wedding day. Try to stretch out your hair appointments and now is not the time to experiment. One botched session with your hairdresser and you could be spending the next year trying to grow it out so play it safe. You can go for that funky shade of bright copper after the wedding.
4. Test Your Hair
I find that most women who are frustrated with their hair don’t understand the importance of knowing their hair porosity. If you have no idea what I am talking about, no worries you can check out my How To Test Your Hair Porosity blog post where I share the importance of knowing your hair porosity and how to test it (it’s very simple and easy). I bet you never look at your hair the same way again!
5. Find a Regimen and Stick To It
The hair products we use every day can create a lot of build up so finding products that work best for your hair and using them consistently for 30-60-90 days is key so if you are the type of person who picks up a new product every time you run out, you won’t see optimal results.
Based on the results of your hair porosity test, I highly recommend a hair care system in order to see a true transformation, one that will help remove all the gunky buildup from your hair, out of your scalp and follicles in order to experience the best results (new growth, old residue flaking off scalp, adjusting to the products that work best for your hair type etc…).
Once you figure out your “hair cocktail” you are good to go!
6. Use A Comb
Did you know hair is much weaker when wet vs. when it is dry? Never use a brush on your hair when it’s wet, always use a wide-tooth comb (a high-quality wooden one if possible as it’s better for your hair than plastic). Spritz with a good detangler to prevent breakage and reduce fly-aways.
7. Ingredients Matter
Many hair care products sitting on store shelves (and even in salons) use sulfates and salts in their formulas which are extremely harsh to your hair. Be sure to choose sulfate-free, salt-free products for extra gentle cleansing that won’t rough up cuticles or strip your hair of its natural oils.
If you color your hair it’s important to use products specifically designed for color-treated hair without salts or sulfates.
We can put our hair through a daily beating with washing, drying, curling, straightening and exposure to things like the sun and chorine treated pool water. Properly protecting your hair is another crucial step in maintaining a healthy head of hair. Heat can fry the hair, leaving it frizzy, dry, damaged and broken over time. So it’s important to create a protective layer with deep conditioners like a hair masque that not only protects the hair but makes it buttery soft and products that can help rejuvenate the scalp and prevent oxidative stress in order to walk down the aisle with shiny healthy hair.
9. Stretch Out Washings
Excessive washing can strip our hair of the oil it needs to stay conditioned. Daily washings are usually formed out of habit but most of us really do not need to wash our every single day. As you prepare for your bridal portraits and official wedding day, try to stretch out your hair washing, going from every other day to every 3 days when possible. Using a high-quality dry shampoo can help soak up oil from the scalp and no one will even know it’s been 3 days since you washed your hair!
Be sure to look for dry shampoos that don’t contain talc. I personally love The Champ Dry Shampoo as it contains rice powder instead of talc so it’s healthy and no white residue. Stylists also rave about it to use on clean hair to build texture for an updo or a poofy bump.
10. Take an Omega-3
Nutrition also plays an important part in how your hair looks on the outside. Taking an Omega-3 fish oil is a great way to nurture your hair from the inside out. Talk to a knowledgeable health practitioner at your local holistic wellness center or health food store to find out the best brands to buy to ensure you are choosing a high-quality fish oil free of mercury and other harmful chemicals commonly found in fish.
If you are looking for a well-rounded supplement with components like collagen, keratin and ActivAloe I love this one as it’s gluten free and Non-GMO.
Getting married is an exciting time that can also be stressful but your hair should not be one of them. With these tips your hair will shine (literally) for your special day and for years to come!
P.S. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know if you found these pre-wedding hair care tips helpful and if you have a friend who would also love it, I would be so honored for you to share.