HAIRSTYLISTS EXPERT GUIDE FOR OUTDOOR WEDDING HAIRSTYLES

 
Photography Corryn Fowler 

Photography Corryn Fowler 

With the hot humid months of summer now upon us  taming our manes can be more challenging then ever! But we have got you covered with expert tips and solutions on how  to keep your hair looking amazing through those hot summer wedding days and nights...

1. Hydrate

Having an outdoor wedding means that you will be dealing with humidity and hair that has the potential to frizz or become fly-away! Hydration is the secret to conquering frizz and fly-aways. Tame your mane in the lead-up to the wedding by topping up the moisture levels with weekly hydrating treatments, and leave-in moisture creams and  oil based serums. Stop the moisture routine a week prior to the wedding to ensure your hair won't be weighed down with extra moisture.

2. Bedhead

Waking up your wedding day morning with a serious case of bedhead is not the best start to picture perfect hair especially when you will also be dealing with the outside elements. Invest in a hair-friendly silk pillow case to help reduce static, frizz and to preserve your fresh blow-out which is the foundation for your wedding day hairstyle.

3. Updos

All hair types come with limitations and the location of the wedding day should be a factor when choosing a wedding hairstyle. Updo's especially braids are fantastic for the warmer humid months and out door celebrations as they will stay in place all day leaving you with one less thing to worry about.

If updo's aren't for you consider your natural texture and try to work with it. If your hair is naturally frizzy or fly- away consider a beach wave texture or hairstyles that are undone and imperfect like a textured pony or half updo.

Photography Eighty fifth Street Photography 

Photography Eighty fifth Street Photography 

4. Be prepared

We are all about preventative measure and one of the best ways you can prepare the hair for an outdoor ceremony is with the right products. Your outdoor survival kit should contain a mini hairspray that does not contain water, there will be plenty of moisture in the air and hairspray that is water-free is and will help combat frizz. A few bobbie pins, Anti-humidity spray is a must for those hot humid days and last but not least a bounce dry sheet always comes in handy for static fly-away hair.

 

Photography Joanna Dass

Photography Joanna Dass

Our expert tips for outdoor hairstyles along with other Canadian hairstylists are also featured on  bridesmade.ca this week!

6 fabulous tips for brides with thick hair

Part 2 of our Fabulous Hair Tips for Brides is here.... Lets face it who doesn't long for a few extra strands of hair when a thick head of gorgeous hair bounces past you in the street! Yet the struggle is real when you have been blessed by the thick hair gods, with more effort, time and product often required to tame the abundance of hair. In this post I am sharing some tips on how to help you mange your thick hair in the lead up to your wedding to ensure you  get the most out of your wedding day hairstyle.

Deanne MacRae Photography 

Deanne MacRae Photography 

#1 Brush with ease: I recommend utilizing a minim of 2-3 brushes to achieve the best results when detangling and styling your hair at home. The Tangle Teaser or a Wetbrush is great to use after the hair has been shampooed & conditioned and will make removing knots a quick and easy experience. Blow-drying thick hair with is a paddle brush allows you to work through the hair in large sections and keeps volume to a minimum. Lastly if you are want to add volume to your style  finish with a large round brush, these brushes are designed to create volume in the hair.

2# Hydrate your hair: Invest in professional shampoo & conditioner that is highly concentrated so you don't need to use a lot. Choose a hydrating conditioner that is rich in moisture such as the Kerastase Nutritive range avoid volume shampoo. Each week add a deep hydrating mask to your hair care routine if your ends are very damaged or monthly if your hair is in good condition.

#3 Shamppoo less: Washing your hair to often strips it of the natural oils it needs to be healthy and gorgeous. Washing less will allow your natural oils to condition and hydrate the hair naturally, I recommend washing thick hair 2-3 times a week.

Corynn Fowler Photography

Corynn Fowler Photography

#4 Trim those ends: I often see brides that have spend six months to a year growing their hair forgoing regular trims to ensure they have an abundance of hair for their wedding day resulting in damaged and shapeless hair unable to hold the tightest of curls! Depending on your hairstyle choice thick hair will often need to be layered or thinned regularly to be able to hold a soft wave or curl. Too much length and thickness can also make an updo appear out of proportion or shape if the hair is  too long. Discuss your haircutting options with you bridal specialist in the lead up to your wedding to ensure you have enough time to cut and tweak your haircut at least twice before your wedding day.

#5 Tame your Mane: If you have naturally coarse, thick or unruly hair you often have to deal with humidity and frizz! Humidity can often make your hair even bigger especially in the summer months. When choosing a wedding day hairstyle consider the time of year and location of where you are saying I do. If you are wanting to maintain some sort of control over your hairstyle. Wearing your hair in an updo will always ensure long lasting results a half-upstyle is also a great option if updo 's are not your thing! Rather then carrying a tin of hairspray have a Anti-hummity spray on hand to re-apply though out the day.

#6 Add some sparkle; Adding an accessory, flower or head piece can often divert the eye and add contrast and balance to the hairstyle.

If you enjoyed our Fabulous Hair Tips you may also enjoy 5 wedding Day Hair Hacks Every Bride Should Know.

Six Bridal Hair Tips you need to know from our Bridal Hair Expert

You've got the dress, now its time to consider the finest ornament of all your HAIR! We are sharing our expert tips to ensure your bridal hairstyle looks perfect on your wedding day.

#1: Don't stray too far from the real you.

Start by researching pictures of yourself that you like. When does your hair look its best? How do you commonly wear your hair - is it always up in a top knot or down? Take note of the way your hair is styled in the pictures is there a part - side, middle or none at all! Looking at hairstyles that you have worn in the past will help provide you with a good starting point for your likes and dislikes, you can then move on to pinning pictures of your dream hairstyle. You don’t want to look back at photos of the special day and wonder “who is that?” 

#2: Select a style that is timeless.

Try to think ahead 10- 15 years, it is very easy to get caught up with the latest trends and although you want to be current you also want your wedding day style to be timeless. Consider adding trends as subtle touches rather than having a braided crown at the front of the style add a smaller braid at the back!

#3: CHOOSE AN EXPERT.

You want your wedding day to be stress-free and run as smoothly as possible to ensure this happens you must hire professionals who are experts at their craft! Time after time I have brides calling me with less than a month before their wedding day with stories of how they verbally confirmed a family friend for their wedding day hair services and now they are unavailable or cannot be contacted! Check your vendors out what are real brides saying about them do they have current reviews on credible websites like Google or Weddingwire, do they have a website, Instagram, Facebook page and do you like what you see? Wedding professionals who work in the industry day in and day out have priceless advice and experience to offer you on your wedding day so seek us out well in advance.

#4: Be aware of start times.

If there was ever a time in your life when your hair needs to look flawless, it’s your wedding day. Working to achieve the perfect look needs to start at least 6 months before your big day to ensure your hair is in peak condition. Consult with your bridal hair expert/hairstylist to determine a colour, haircut and treatment plan in the lead-up to your big day and if you are considering adding hair extensions to your hairstyle this should also be discussed before your hair trial.

 #5: CONSIDER THE DRESS.

Your hairstyle should complement your dress and shouldn't compete with it. Look at the neckline and style of your dress and choose a hairstyle that will allow both of them time to shine in their own right!

 

#6: Come prepared for your trial.

Come prepared to your bridal trial and try to provide a maxim of three inspirational photos you love and one you dislike, pick hairstyle inspirations that have a similar hair colour and texture as your own. Providing refined pictures of your likes and dislikes will help your bridal hair expert to better understand your vision and replicate your desired hairstyle.