When it comes to big day beauty, hair colour is part of many brides’ to do list. Several choose to return to some version of their natural hair colour, while others opt for root maintenance or add a few highlights to add softness and brightness. Some bold brides even decide to make a drastic change. But whether you’ve been dyeing your hair for years or are considering it for the first time, and no matter your hair type and texture, there are some practical rules to follow to ensure you have vibrant, dimensional colour on your wedding day while avoiding any potential disasters along the way. Here are ten top hair colour tips for brides, along with some fabulous inspiration from the Make Me Bridal Pros, who show how to really highlight gorgeous hair colour with great bridal makeup and hair styling.
Work closely with your colourist, especially if you’re making big changes. The biggest hair mistake brides make is going in for drastic changes too close to the wedding. Hair colour is a process, especially if you’re going from light to dark or dark to light. It’s important to work closely with a colour specialist, who will be able to advise you on shades as well as timelines, so that your tresses are in great condition for your wedding day. Of course, you don’t have to make big changes to make a big impact! For example, tone-on-tone colour adds the kind of dimension that will pick up in photos while still looking natural. Whatever you want, talk to your colourist as early as possible (six months before the wedding is ideal) and be clear about the outcome you’d like to achieve, so that you can come up with a plan together.
Don’t colour your hair for the first time right before the wedding. If you’re a hair colour newbie, then it’s especially important that you don’t take the plunge right before your big day. Start a few months ahead of time and take it slowly, with just a few adjustments to your natural colour to begin with. This will not only allow the colour to settle, but you’ll have a chance to get used to your new look and ensure you really love it.
Book in for your final colour 1–2 weeks pre-wedding. Your timeline may vary depending on what you’re having done. For example, darker colours and lowlights or temporary colours will fade, so you may want to push things closer to the wedding date, On the other hand, highlights tend to look best after two or three weeks. But usually, you’ll want to aim for around two weeks before the wedding to book your last appointment. When deciding on this with your colourist, however, make sure you take into account your personal preferences. Do you love your colour most when it’s fresh and new, or when it’s settled in after a few washes? Be sure to let them know.
Get your hair cut before you get it dyed. A haircut is also probably part of your bridal prep. However, if the same person won’t be cutting and colouring your hair at the same time, it’s important to book the cut first. That way, your colourist will have a fresh canvas to work on, and none of it will be wasted.
Don’t switch colourist just before the big day. No matter how amazing a new colourist is, the weeks before your wedding aren’t the time to give them a trial. Stick with someone who knows your hair and how it responds to different treatments. This is another good reason why it’s important to get started early finding your go-to person and working closely with them in the months before your wedding.
Invest in good quality products to prolong your colour. There’s a lot you can do to keep colour looking as fresh as possible and that includes using good products specially formulated for dyed hair. These might include colour-preserving shampoos, scalp scrubs, glosses, and colour-safe conditioners. And avoid very hot showers, which can alter the porosity of your hair.
Work with your makeup artist to factor hair colour into your bridal makeup. If you’re making colour changes ahead of the big day, it’s important to keep your wedding makeup artist in the loop. Hair can make a huge difference to your overall colouring, which in turn will affect the makeup palette. Giving them a heads up will allow them to ensure they have exactly what you need on the day. And if you’re making a major change, you’ll need to schedule your trial for afterwards (or reschedule it if you’ve already had a trial).
Schedule a hair trial. Similarly, it’s so important to have a hair trial before your wedding. It not only allows you to try a few different styles, but it allows you to get comfortable with one of the people who will be with you at what can be an anxious time. Knowing the style you’ll have will also allow you to inform your colourist about information like partings, so that they can take this into account. If you’re using extensions, you’ll also need to be able to match them.
Don’t go too trendy. Remember: your wedding pictures are forever. You want to make sure that you love the style you choose years from now. So, even if a particular colour or cut is on-trend, if it doesn’t feel like you, don’t feel pressured to conform.
Don’t try to dye your hair yourself! While box colour may have been your only alternative during lockdown, your wedding day colour is definitely best left to a professional! At-home kits produce colour that is quite flat and also tends to lean towards the warm end of the spectrum, which doesn’t suit everyone. A professional colourist will be able to add highlights and lowlights that make the hair look more natural, and also take your natural texture and colour into account.