I am a featured vendor on theknot.com, and they have recently asked for my advice on the 10 beauty mistakes to avoid on your wedding day. Here are my suggestions!
10 beauty mistakes to avoid
1- Not making room in your budget to allow for professional hairstyling. Many women would like to keep their costs down, and think that doing their own hair or their bridesmaids hair on their big day is a way to do that. Having a professional hairstylist do your hair on your big day allows for less stress, confusion, and keeps you on time. There is nothing worse than thinking you can accomplish a pretty hairstyle and have it backfire the day of.
2- Not booking a trial before the wedding day. Hairstylists love to get to know their brides and see what they will be working with as well as get a sense of style and timing down before the big day. I recommend having a trial at least a month in advance of the wedding date.
3- Changing the color, style, or texture of your hair close to your wedding day. You want to look like a more polished you on your big day, not like a different person. If you want to experiment with color or styles, plan far enough in advance to be able to change the color or grow out your hair before your big day.
4- Having over processed, frizzy, or dull hair. Talk to your stylist about deep conditioning or clear gloss treatments you can have done to optimize the shine and health of your hair. A clear gloss is a demi-permanent color treatment that creates amazing shine, and improves the texture of your hair by filling in and sealing any rough patches, allowing light to reflect off the smooth surface of your hair. You can have a color added to the gloss for a more vibrant natural color, or keep it clear for added shine. You should also start deep conditioning your hair at least once a week a few months before your wedding for optimal moisture and strand health.
5- Not trimming your ends before the wedding. There is nothing worse than seeing a head full of split ends, so make sure you get regular trims in the months leading up to your wedding to remove splits and breakage. A half inch every 2-3 months still allows for hair growth while keeping the ends healthy.
6- Choosing a style that doesn’t suit your face shape, dress style, or theme. Having dated hair with a modern dress, or big and wild avant garde hair for a conservative ceremony just doesn’t work, so pay attention to styles that flatter your face, dress and work with your overall theme.
7- Not taking care of your insides. What you put into your body is reflected in your hair and skin, so make sure you drink lots of water and eat a balanced diet to maintain hair luster and overall beauty.
8- Letting your stylist push you into a style that you don’t love. Remember, this day will be immortalized in pictures and possibly on film, and if you don’t feel confident or happy with the way you look, it will be reflected in those pictures. Make sure you come prepared by having a clear idea of what you do and do not like, and bringing in pictures of hairstyles you like, whether it be the whole hairstyle, or a single bit like the bangs, or the back. Giving your stylist a clear picture of what you would like to see allows them to create a style that is flattering and makes you feel confident and beautiful. If you don’t get the right style in your first trial, ask for another one and come prepared with pictures or ideas to help them along.
9- Not having an emergency kit. Make sure you are prepared with bobby pins that match your hair color, and a small can of hairspray to tackle any drooping styles or wayward strands after your stylist has left. You can also schedule touch up services with many stylists, and have them stay through the ceremony to make sure your hair is perfectly in place before the reception. This is also a good time to have them tweak the style so it is a little different for the reception. An updo from the ceremony can be taken down for loose flowing locks at the reception, or something similar. Ask your stylist what their rates are for touch up services.
10- Letting the nerves or stress get to you. Relax, this is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, and if you allow all of the little things to get to you, you won’t be able to enjoy the hard work and long months of planning. Remember that you will be the only person who knows if something doesn’t go just right, so don’t sweat the small stuff and let things be. If a few curls slip from your style, or a pin falls out, find a quick fix or let it be a more natural look.