Are you that person who’s been planning out every detail of their wedding via Pinterest just waiting to make that dream wedding board a reality? Now that your significant other has finally popped the question, it’s time to put your bridal vision to the test. One of the most essential components of wedding planning is having a beauty regimen in place.

Today our focus is on hair health and how to achieve beautiful wedding day hair. This requires a lot of TLC that takes place months before your wedding day. For instance, if you’ve had a dream updo pinned for quite some time but know that your hair is currently too short or thin to achieve the desired look, we’re here to provide you with tips on how to grow your hair faster while also making it healthier.

Hair health should be part of your daily beauty routine, however, if you’re someone who is not currently following a hair regimen, now is the time to do so in order to ensure flawless locks on your big day!

Consuming the right nutrients

Rear shot of Phoebe and hairpieceYou are what you eat, and this goes for your hair as well! Your food choices can ultimately make or break your overall health. Eating a well-balanced diet packed with the right nutrients will help promote healthy, strong and shiny hair. Essential fatty acids and proteins are necessary for not only your hair but your skin and nails as well.

Foods high in fatty acids:

  • Walnuts and Almonds
  • Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna
  • Spinach
  • Eggs

Foods high in protein:

  • Oily fish
  • Meat
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Dark leafy greens

Hair loss has also been linked to nutritional deficiencies. Causes of these deficiencies can be attributed to a diet you’re currently following that eliminates certain foods or may also be due to a food allergy. Taking a daily vitamin is a great way to ensure your body is obtaining the nutrients it needs to boost your overallhealth. Biotin is a water-soluble found in B Vitamins creating red blood cells that carry oxygen to your hair follicles which is critical for hair growth. There are many brands out there that offer biotin supplements or gummies specific for hair health. Starting a well-balanced diet and taking supplements is something you should consider doing well before your wedding day as it will take some time to see any difference.

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Growing your hair can be quite the process and requires a lot of time and patience. It’s important to treat your hair like you would any other part of your body. Pollutants in the air, using heat daily and sun damage all play a role in hair becoming brittle and dull. To achieve your ideal wedding day hair try introducing the following tips to your beauty routine.

  • Avoid washing your hair every day
  • Rinse your hair using cold water to shrink the pores on scalp adding luster and shine
  • Let your hair air dry
  • Try to avoid using heat on your hair daily when styling
  • Consider wearing a hat or using a product that will protect your hair from sun damage
  • Bonus tips, especially useful for curly hair: Use a microfiber hair towel when drying, and sleep on a silk pillowcase. Both will ensure minimal breakage and keep your hair from getting too dry.

Another fun fact to consider is washing your hair the night before. Dirty hair is better when styling because of the natural oils. If you wake up and find that your hair is too oily no worries, dry shampoo will be your best friend.

Holly and Blake Tilden Park Botanic Gardens wedding photos - 43 - bride hair style flower pinSchedule a Hair Trial

The day of your wedding is going to be very busy leaving little time to make any adjustments to your hair or makeup. It’s recommended that you set up a hair and makeup trial with your stylist a month or two ahead of time. This will give you and your stylist an idea of what you like and don’t like. Utilize Pinterest and go to your trial armed with photos of what you want the front and back of your hair to look like.

If you’re thinking about cutting or changing up your hair color, it’s best to do these 3-4 weeks before so the color has time to settle but still looks fresh for the big day.

Wedding Day Scheduling

In our experience, hair and makeup tend to run late, especially when the entire bridal party is involved. There are often last-minute issues to work out or changes that need to be made. You want to look perfect on your wedding day, so make sure that this part of the day is as relaxed as possible.Robyn and Hugh's San Francisco wedding - Pier 7 - photo 12

We always tell brides to allow for a huge buffer of time between getting hair and makeup completely done and when they need to be ready for the next thing on the agenda. For example, if you need to start getting into your gown at noon, don’t plan on having your makeup and hair done at noon. Have it done at 11 am, and communicate this to your stylists. An hour of buffer time usually works out perfectly.

By taking the time to get your hair (and makeup!) just the way you want it, you will feel so much more at peace at the start of the day. It will show in your photos, too. And your wedding photographer will thank you.

Last but not least, our number one tip…HAVE FUN! Planning a wedding is not easy and you could experience a lot of stress but before you know it the day will be here and then gone in the blink of an eye. Don’t let the stress take control. Give yourself some much-needed R&R and everything will eventually come together. Happy planning and may your glam squad be the best around!

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