6 Tips for a stress-free wedding day morning

Ensuring you have the best possible hair outcomes on your wedding day is actually not all about the hair! These tips are an essential guide to starting your wedding day of right. Beginning from the moment you wake up, creating the right atmosphere and setup ahead of time will ensure you have a stress free morning full of bubbly and girly fun. Get ready to take notes brides-to-be….

#1 Timelines are key 

Having a wedding day timeline is absolutely crucial to how your day will run, and it all starts with getting ready.

Ask your photographer what time they require beauty services completed by to ensure there is no confusion with timelines on your wedding day morning. If your beauty vendor does not provide a schedule for the services, create your own and allocate a time slot for each bridal party member. When you put your day-off timeline together, keep these time frames in mind:

  • Hair: 30-45 mins for each bridesmaids, MOB/MOG, attendants. Bride 60- 90 mins

  • Makeup: 30-40 mins for each bridesmaids, MOB/MOG, attendants. Bride 60 mins

  • Touch up time for all bridal party members at the end of services 10-15 mins

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#2 Prepare your space

The best rooms to get ready in are large enough for your bridesmaids, hair and makeup artists, photographers and anyone else who might stop by. Don't over look the importance of a room with great natural lighting, your beauty team and photographer will thank you. Try to prepare two separate areas for your beauty team, one close to a window for your makeup artist  and the other close to a power out-let for hot tools. Clear tables and have chairs ready for your team so they can set up and get started straight away!

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#3 Hang your dresses and veil

The wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses and veil should be removed from the bags to allow the fabric to settle and air first thing in the morning, This also makes for a cute photo opportunity!

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#4 Plenty of food for your crew

Everyone will be busy and focused on getting ready on the wedding day morning, put your MOH or bridesmaids in charge of pre-ordering nutritional food to snack on through out the day. And call ahead for your coffee orders to avoid waiting in queues.

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5# Create a playlist

Great tunes can set the perfect vibe, create a playlist that reminds you of the fun times you shared with your squad. And don't forgot to pack a speaker so you can get those tunes pumping!

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6# Steam your dresses

I have saved the best for last and this one is so often overlooked. Ladies steam those dresses before your beauty team arrives! No wants their hair done in a room full of humidity!

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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 Bridal Hair Trends for Spring/Summer 2018

The biggest bridal trends for spring/summer 2018? Bold up-dos, dramatic veils , tiny blooms, OTT jewellery, ball gowns, capes and so much more... From overstated accessories to minimalist waves this seasons bridal trends have left me  only wanting more! These are a few of my favourites:

Marchesa Notte

Marchesa Notte

Floral Hair Accessories 

Move over flower crowns and oversized blooms its all about the barley-there florals in your hair this season, And if you still can't part with the idea of an oversized crown consider the baby's breath wreath the new flower crown.

Reem Acra

Reem Acra

Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan

The accessorized bride

Gone are the days of less is more it's the more is more this season with feathered headpieces being teamed with floral veils and tassel earrings, there is nothing understated about this look!

Ines di Santo 

Ines di Santo 

Adorned up-dos

Bold up-dos it is the season of the up-do with show stopping beehives, adorned with individual pearls and bold lips.

 

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

Texturized chignons

There is always a place for minimalist bridal hair and this season brings a modern twist to the classic chignon. Middle parts with lived in texture brings a fresh modern feel to this effortless look, that is perfect for the "non-bridal up-do".

Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan

Waves

Hair worn down in natural waves (think beach waves) kept flat at the crown, with curls starting at the temples to create a lived in texture. Adorn this look with a headband or embellished veil.

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6 fabulous tips for brides with curly hair

After working in a salon that specialized in curly hair for several years I was always surprised at how many clients would come in that were at their wits ends struggling to control their curly hair or just trying to find someone that could style it. We often perceive curly hair to be easy to manage with a wash and wear approach,  although this may happen for some often it takes a lot more time and effort with a regular routine  to control unruly curls. Naturally curly hair is reliant on many factors to perform at its best including the right weather, product and a great cut! While many brides shy away from embracing their natural curls especially on their wedding day I love nothing more then working with a head full of natural curls. Taming and understanding how to get the best out of your curls for your wedding day can be a  journey and one thats worth investing time, money and patience in to achieve the best results refer to our following hairstyling tips:

 #1 Wash it less: Naturally curly hair is easy to over wash  and under nourish. Try to keep shampooing to a minim of once a week or less (this may vary for finer hair types) less is defiantly better when it comes to hydrating your curls. A great way to revitalize and restyle your curls with out shampooing is by re-wetting your hair in the shower or with a  water spray bottle and re-apply  conditioner to the mid-lengths and ends a couple of times during the week. Use a leave-in conditioning spray on fine hair to re-vitaliaze curls in-between washes.

#2 Hydrate your curls:  Caring for curls means giving them the moisture and definition they require to look there best! I love  the AG Recoil shampoo & conditioner its great for fine to thick hair types and helps to re-activate lazy curls along with providing intense moisture and anti-frizz control. Smoothing shampoo + conditioners are also a great option if your hair is naturally frizzy. Add a deep hydrating mask to your hair care routine  weekly if your ends are very damaged or monthly if your hair is in good condition.

#3 Trim those ends: I know my curly hair clients often tend to leave it a little too long between trims as once curls bounce up you can loose a little bit more length then you had bargained for! Trimming and shaping your hair in the lead up to your wedding should be top priority as your hairstylist will not be blow drying or flat ironing  the ends to make them appear shinny and healthy you will need to ensure they in tip top shape!. Curly hair can also  lose its consistency,  and ability to hold the curl formation if the foundation of a strong haircut is missing,  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 hairstyle allow at least a month between your last haircut and wedding day.

Photography by  Deanne MacRae Photography

#4 Tame your mane: Whether its waves, classic curls or kinky texture all  curls crave moisture and conditioner alone isn't going to cut for most sets of curls. Finding the right product combination can cut your morning routine in half. The products you use in summer may vary to the ones you require in winter, naturally curly hair often performs its best in one season either loving the humidity in then summer or the dryness of the wither.  If your curls are on the finer side look for products that are in a gel, mousse or liquid form Curl Trigger and Recoil are my go to ones! For coarser frizzer curls I recommend defining and hydrating cremes such as Moroccan Oil  Hydrating styling Cream mixed with an argon oil. 

 #5 Colouring those curls: Always cut your curls first before the colour so that the colour will enhance the style. Curly hair reflects light easily due to its volume, especially really curly hair this means you don't need to add a lot of hair colour to  see results. If you plan on trying a new hair colour in the leadup to the wedding be conservative  which means less chemicals and healthier hair.

#6 Let it shine: Keep your wedding day hairstyle simple don't over complicate it with to much "hair detailing" let your gorgeous curls do the talking and add a bit of sparkle or a flower crown if you want to add more contrast or detail to your hairstyle.

Photography by  Deanne MacRae Photography

If you enjoyed our  Curly Hair tips you may also enjoy our fabulous hair tips for brides with thick hair.

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.

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