If there’s one thing many brides have in common, it’s a desire for long, luscious locks for their wedding day. If you too are dreaming of Rapunzel-worthy hair cascading down your back as you walk down the aisle or a full, intricate updo, you’re probably counting the months – and the centimetres of growth – as you try to grow your hair as long as possible before that wedding day deadline.
The good news is that, no matter your hair length or type, there are a few things you can do to help your tresses along on their way. Here are our top 10 tips – along with some devastatingly gorgeous long-hair bridal inspiration from the Make Me Bridal pros!
10 Pro Bridal Tips to Grow Out Your Hair
Enjoy these tips from our Make Me Bridal pros, and get your hair the length you want it to be on your big day!
1. Start Early (Yesterday, Ideally!)
Growing your hair out takes time, so the earlier you start, the better. Aim to begin your hair-growth journey at least a year before the wedding – around the same time you book your venue! This gives you ample time to reach your hair goals and allows for trims to keep your mane as healthy as possible.
2. Say 'I Do' to Healthy Eating
Nutrition plays a big role in hair growth. Load up on foods rich in biotin, like eggs and nuts, and add in veggies packed with Vitamins A and C for a healthy scalp. Remember, you are what you eat! The good news is that this nutrient-rich eating will also help you feel great as you navigate the stress of wedding planning.
3. Hydrate Like a Boss
There’s plenty of champagne to be sipped during your bride season, but it’s also important to drink lots of water to keep your hair hydrated from within. Proper hydration helps your hair stay strong, shiny, and less prone to breakage – all the things you need to achieve the length you want.
4. The Mane Event: Hair Care Routine
Treat your tresses like the VIPs they are by using a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair clean and moisturised. Consider using a hair mask or oil treatment once a week to pamper those strands.
5. Be a Trim Queen
It may seem counter-intuitive, but regular trims are your friends. They keep split ends at bay, ensuring your hair looks healthy and vibrant as it grows.
6. Style with Caution
Put down that straightener! In the months before your wedding, limit heat styling to special occasions, and when you do use heated tools, make sure to apply a heat protectant beforehand. Air drying is best, so embrace those beachy waves and chic messy updos whenever possible.
7. Go Easy on the Colour
While your inner unicorn might be tempted by rainbow hair, remember that excessive colouring can weaken your hair. If you must dye, opt for ammonia-free products or temporary colours that are gentler on your locks.
8. Supplements and Hair Vitamins
This is a matter of choice, but some brides swear by hair growth supplements and vitamins like biotin or collagen. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding these to your routine to make sure they're right for you.
9. Embrace Hair-Friendly Hairstyles
Protect your hair by avoiding tight ponytails and harsh elastics. Consider loose, protective hairstyles like braids, buns, and twists to minimise breakage. (Plus, they look adorable!)
10. Stress Less; Rest More
Wedding planning can be stressful, but remember to take breaks and practice self-care. Stress can impact hair health, so yoga, meditation, and plenty of beauty sleep are your secret weapons in the hair growth game!
Remember, there's no magic potion for instant hair growth, but with patience and the right care, you'll be walking down the aisle with the hair of your dreams. Start early, treat yourself well, and pamper your hair with a little TLC, and in no time you’ll be rocking your wedding photos with your stunning, natural, long locks.
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