The Beauty Bible: Luscious Locks For Your Wedding Day…
We all know at least one woman in our lives with perfectly groomed, non-frizzy, beautiful salon-worthy hair that could have bounced straight out of a L’Oréal commercial. She’s the one who gets up early to blow-dry her hair, applies regular leave-in treatments, wet combs rather than tears through her locks and won’t be caught dead straightening her hair to within a dry crisp of its life.
Much as we admire that woman (and slightly resent her), we could never be this woman. Our lives are too chaotic and busy, and we treasure our lie-ins far too much.
Great bridal locks require a little love and devotion. We all know that washing, blow-drying, and heat-styling on a daily basis makes for a messy head, full of split ends and “wispies” (those horrible little broken pieces of hair that stick up from your scalp!). Oh, and winter is just around the corner so that means windswept, knotty and dry hair!
Don’t worry… no matter what your hair type, check out the following simple do’s and don’ts for healthier, happier and more manageable tresses and banish bad hair days forever!
Wash Your Hair Two to Three Times A Week
How often should you wash your hair? It’s one of the most deliberated questions of the hair industry. Experts seem to agree that cutting back is a good thing – and washing every day is a mistake, no matter how much you might crave clean-feeling locks.
Your hair’s natural oils are designed to condition and protect your tresses. So, when you shampoo daily, it strips these vital oils away. It creates a vicious cycle of over-production of oils and, therefore the need to shampoo very often! Ideally, to keep your hair healthy, you only need to wash two to three times a week, max. Invest in a good quality shampoo – Pureology ones are fabulous! To keep your hair super smooth and silky don’t shampoo daily. Simply rinse and condition your hair every other day! Purchase a dry shampoo to keep hair feeling refreshed, smelling lovely and to retain all the essential moisture your hair needs.
Stock your shower.
On those days when you do wash your hair, add a pre-shampoo—yep, that is now a thing. It works like a sealant. It smooths the hair’s cuticle before it gets wet so there’s less damage! It also protects against friction from massaging in shampoo. Did you know that when your hair rubs together, the edges fray? We like Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner.
Regular Hair Cuts
Ugh, we all hate them! However, actually the salon is counterproductive to growing out your hair. The ends will dry quicker, therefore be more prone to splitting! So, your hair will just not be growing. No matter what look you are wanting to achieve on your wedding day, have regular trims to ensure minimal split ends or breakage. Ideally you should be treating your hair to a trim every six to eight weeks.
Fabulous Hair Starts From Within!
Start repairing your hair from the inside out. Experts believe that a diet filled with Vitamin B helps to bring out your hair’s natural shine (dull hair is actually a symptom of a Vitamin B deficiency!). Foods such as fish, nuts, and eggs will give you a great head start.
Have you ever thought about taking hair growth tablets or vitamins? Talk to a professional about what would give you the best results, your hairdresser or GP should be able to recommend products specifically for you. at The Wedding Affair we LOVE hair burst tablets, we recommend taking them at least 6 months prior your wedding for lovely healthy hair!
Avoid Hot Tools, Or At Least Use Protection
If you insist on blow-drying your hair every day, be smart: Don’t concentrate the highest temperature on your hair for a long time. Keep it moving on a cooler setting and lower velocity. It will take a little bit longer but a little more care and time will be beneficial to your bridal hair.
If you plan to curl or straighten, be sure to use a protective spray beforehand—that’s colourist Amelia Trammel’s number one rule for clients she sees at Bumble and Bumble’s salon in New York.
Deep Condition & Shower Temperature
This is a beauty tip that both hair stylists and dermatologists agree on. Try to incorporate a deep condition into your hair care routine at least once a week. Your hair will thank you for the extra moisture boost!
Yes, it feels great to take a hot shower after a long day, but that water does NOT do great things for your hair—it dries it out and, for colour clients, washes out the hair colour faster than cold water. Whilst a cold shower might not sound ideal, we recommend lukewarm instead —as a bonus, it’s also way better for your skin!
Switch Your Products Depending On Season…
As Autumn is just around the corner, please do make sure that you take the right precautions to ensure that your hair is fully looked after. While the idea that your hair can build up “resistance” to products is a myth, certain products are so much better for different seasons. In the winter, your products should be moisturising and super hydrating! However, in the summer you won’t need something so heavy, but do make sure that you use products that protect in the heat, otherwise you will end up with horribly frizzy hair! This one especially applies to those getting married abroad or in the summer months!
Brush The Right Way!
Those with healthy hair will avoid brushing their hair more than 2 times a day, this is because excess brushing stretches the hair and will break weak ends (the same goes for those who play with their hair!). Brush once a day, and opt for a plastic brush. Bristle brushes are particularly tough on hair.
At The Wedding Affair we love the Tangle Teaser Range, have you tried one? If not then its a must! They have designed them for every hair type going! Whether you have lovely long locks, Afro, or short hair, there will be one for you. Plus the colour range of the brushes are ever so pretty. Most importantly they work with your hair, rather than pulling and tearing.
Looking for a knowledgeable professional to look after your lovely luscious locks? Or a hair stylist to give you the perfect bridal hair and advice on how to look after it? You must have a look at our approved supplier list for some of the finest suppliers in the industry, believe us when we say that they really will take exceptional care of you!
Or, do you have any hair care tips and tricks that have worked fabulously for you? Do let us know below in the comments!
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