Wedding Planning

How Should I Prepare My Hair for My Wedding?

There is nothing more important than the bride’s hair on her wedding day. This article will tell you how to prepare your hair for your big day!  Some people have naturally curly or wavy hair, and others have straight locks that they can’t do much with. Luckily, there are a few ways to get what you want without having to worry about frizz all night long. We’ll talk about some different hairstyles and give tips on how to perfect them for your special day!

The first thing we recommend is rooting out any potential problems before it’s too late. Check out the things you should look at in advance so that everything goes smoothly on the big day.

With seemingly unlimited lines of products marketed everywhere, tons of so-called “experts” posting on the internet and a plethora of hairstylists selling their services and wares, it can be overwhelming to decide on a regiment for your hair in preparation for your wedding. All brides dream of looking their very best as they walk down the aisle, and hair is an essential element of the total package.

As a bride planning her upcoming fall wedding, we get it—you want to look like the absolute best version of yourself. And, after you find “the dress,” thinking about how you’ll style the look is up next. Accessories come first (you’ll need the shoes for your first fitting, jewellery at your second, and the complete look for the third), but beauty should follow suit and be dictated by your style, your neckline, and what will make for jaw-dropping photo moments.

Selecting your wedding hair look can feel daunting and is often a customised, individual process. Some brides opt for waist-length extensions, while others opt to shave it all off (like yours truly). Looking for a wedding hair stylist? Look no further, Cosmopolitan events has you covered 

The truth: There’s no wrong way to look at one of the most exciting and romantic days of your life. From picking the right hairstyle to figuring out when to touch up your roots, we tapped four mega- celebrity hairstylists for the best bridal prep advice you’ll ever receive.

Your Hair Health

If you’re still a few months out and think your hair could use a little oomph, try popping a daily vitamin with biotin. Hair vitamins are 100% worth the hype. You’ve got to get healthy on the inside, so you can thrive on the outside—the more lead time you have to load up on vitamins, the better.

You have to give it at least three months of consistently taking them to notice any difference. And try your best not to stress; stress can cause hair loss. Try not to overheat style either and focus on hair treatments. Even if you feel like masks and creams can weigh your hair down, trust us (and the experts): Your hair needs vitamins to continue to grow. 

Suppose you are hoping to grow your hair out. In that case, some techniques that inspire hair growth include taking vitamins and minerals that support hair health, using a microfiber towel to dry your hair instead of a regular cotton towel, only sleeping on silk pillowcases, being careful when you brush your hair (especially when it’s wet.

You may use a detangler to prevent breakage while you touch), only using non-damaging hot tools or avoid heat styling, avoid stress, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, massage your scalp to stimulate growth, use hair masks regularly, and use scalp nourishing oils like castor oil.

We encourage brides to “detox” their hair as well. You are doing a detox 2-3 times before your wedding day will help your scalp breathe. Your hair will shine, and you can see how your hair manipulates after the detox.

For example, you might want to do a detox two days before your wedding and then follow up with your regular shampoo the day of your wedding so that your hair will react to the curling iron, blow dryer, or updo the way you pictured it when you did your test run. 

Your Haircut

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Get a cut at least one month before the wedding. This gives your haircut a chance to settle and enough room to grow a tiny bit if you aren’t 100% happy with the cut.

While we support being as experimental as you please, most experts agree on holding off on drastic changes until after your wedding day. Right before your wedding is not the time to go for an extreme change. If you are set on having a big makeover, do it a year beforehand so you can decide whether or not you truly love the change you made. You can’t go wrong with a classic look on your wedding day.

If you are looking to go for the chop, do it because you know your soon-to-be spouse (and you) are sure to love it. Believe it or not, some brides (and grooms) love a bridal look without long locks. This is rare; a couple of brides have said their future husband loves them with a short haircut. [These brides] deliberately grew their hair out so they could surprise their [partner] with short hair walking down the aisle.

The catch? The bride always knew what she looked like with that cut—and had it all ready once before. She’s already thought it all out and purchased a dress to match the amount. In short: Go short, but only if you know without a doubt that it’s a look you love on yourself. Your wedding day is not the time to experiment.

But, we get it—things happen. If you hate your haircut, the world is not over; we promise. For those looking to correct a short chop, we would recommend extensions. This is the best quick solution for a bad haircut and exactly why we don’t recommend any hair changes leading up to a wedding. Your stylist should be able to work with clip-ins if you want a temporary solution for the ceremony.

Landing on Your Hair Color

Switching up or fine-tuning the colour of your hair sounds tempting, but it can be a nightmare when you’re just days away from walking down the aisle. We encourage brides to finalise their hair colour goals at least 6-weeks before their weddings.

This allows time for things to settle in and makes sure you’re confident that this is the hair colour you truly want for your wedding day. It will also give you time to try on your dress with that hair colour to make sure it’s right. This is sage advice, considering that hair colour can ultimately sway the styling and decision making surrounding your final bridal look and whether you choose to don a dress in colour for the reception, after party, or even the aisle.

But if you are staying consistent and keeping your current shade, plan on booking a hair colour touch-up a week out from your big day. You will have a lot on your plate, so your hair colour should be the least of your worries.

Try not to wash your hair too many times in the days leading up to the wedding to keep your tone the same. You can bring products like a purple shampoo and a hair mask with you to keep your hair looking fresh. 

Choosing Your Hairstyle

Your dress should lead the way to your hairstyle selection. You want to think about the silhouette of the dress to make sure your hairstyle compliments it. It would help if you also considered the lasting memory of the photo. Think about hairstyles you may look back on in 10 years and think—” what was I thinking?”

Your look’s fabrication is key to landing on a hairstyle choice. Ruffles and frills towards the neckline will likely catch on long hair, and beadwork poses its own set of considerations—you wouldn’t want your hair to get tangled into the beading.

It also depends on the neckline of the dress. If your gown is a high neck, consider sweeping your hair up. If the silhouette is sleek and minimal, complement that vibe with an equally slick centre part, hide behind the ears, or consider softening the look with loose waves. It’s also about what makes you look your best overall, and that doesn’t necessarily require an overwrought idea. Sometimes, something straightforward is compelling. If you look beautiful with your hair pulled back in a pony, and it makes you glow, why not do a sleek ponytail? If it’s more of a relaxed wedding, we would recommend the hair down or in a messy bun that also looks put together–almost like she did it herself, but there’s structure.

Given that it is a wedding, after all, it’s essential to consider elements of polish and refinement, even in no-fuss moments. It looks nice when there’s some nod to formality–[maybe] the top is pulled back, or there’s a slicked-back centre part, and the hair is tucked behind the ears, or it’s all down and groomed.

If you’re wearing your hair down on your wedding day, you’ll want to make sure your strands are prepped to combat the environment. Ask your stylist to prep your hair before styling and blow-dry the product into your hair. Adding mousse will allow your style to withstand the elements a lot easier than it would on freshly-washed hair.

Now that more brides are opting to don their natural hair down the aisle, caring for your curls (and maintaining hair health) is even more critical. Brides with curly and textured hair should prep their hair with leave-in conditioners and products that aid against frizz and humidity. Some starter ideas include a half-up look, pinning the sides back, or adding braids and flowers to complement your hair texture for those looking to style natural curls. For those looking for a little something extra, chic hair accessories aren’t just for straight locks and soft waves and are a great option to dress up and enhance textured hair.

Do the legwork and select a stylist you feel 100% confident working with. Start with your wedding planner (if you have one) for stylists suggestions.

Meet your stylist in person before your wedding day and do a hair trial (or two) in advance. Bring inspirational photos and listen to how they speak about their service to see if they feel confident about performing it. Also, ask for pictures of actual clients they have worked on before. Please pay attention to the way they handle your hair in the consultation.

Setting expectations is also crucial. You have to determine what the hair is for, if it’s just for the wedding day, the night before, the day after, lunch in between, etc. It would help if you had to take a lot of things into consideration for a wedding: the overall feeling and theme (ask yourself: Is it a formal event? Or more casual and relaxed?), if it’s indoor or outdoor, your gown(s) and neckline(s), if you’re wearing a veil or headpiece, and so on. Keep in mind that all these conversations and questions can happen in advance once you’ve chosen a gown and a location for your ceremony and reception.

Heed this advice, if nothing else: Book a hair trial. There should never be a situation where it’s the morning of the wedding, and you have no idea what your hair will look like.

A hair trial is critical and can save any major wedding day hair heartbreak. We almost always suggest a problem, so there aren’t any surprises and miscommunications the day of—unless you trust the person you are working with. This is your opportunity to express exactly what you want so you can focus on other things the morning of your wedding.

On the day of, consider booking your hairstylist on hand for all-day coverage, especially if you plan to change into a reception gown or after-party look that may require a different hairstyle. If you haven’t booked a hairstylist for the entire day, ask to have a few hair products nearby for touch-ups, and consult with your stylist on using those products during your hair trials. A little mini can of hairspray, bobby pins, and a smoothing brush can easily fit in a purse for touch-ups. Toss it in a pouch for your maid of honour, bridesmaid, or sister to have on hand; or, leave a full suite of backup products in your bridal suite. Check out our ultimate list of Wedding Hair Stylists here.

Wedding Hair Preparation 

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Months Prior


Great hair requires a little love and devotion. If you want your hair to look good, you must first start repairing it from the inside out. Vitamin deficiency can cause dull and brittle hair, and no one wants that on their wedding day! Taking a few supplements will make those problematic strands a thing of the past.

Zinc is suitable for your hair as well as your nails and skin. Food such as oysters, nuts, chicken and yoghurt is full of zinc (or you can take a supplement!). I also recommend eating food rich in Vitamin B, such as avocados, nuts, spirulina, eggs and quinoa. Vitamin B is responsible for keeping your hair thin, helping it grow and preventing it from breaking.


If you’re desperate to grow your hair before the big day, it’s recommended that you get a haircut – and keep getting them every 7-10 weeks. This will ensure that you don’t have any split ends at your wedding, helping you avoid that terrible frizzy look that no bride wants. The more breakage and split ends you cut off now, the less you will have to cut off right before your wedding.

Protect Your Hair

It’s essential to invest in a good shampoo and conditioner. It would help if you avoided shampoos and conditioners with harsh chemicals that damage your hair and leave it looking dry and dull. 

Hair Trial

A hair trial at your selected hairdressers should be done six months before your wedding. This will confirm that style, colour, and length and help you achieve the look that you want. If you’re going to test new hair colour, now is the time to do it – if you hate it, you have plenty of time to change it or grow it back.

1-Month Prior

Hair Cut

By this stage, your hair trials should be done; however, you should see your hairstylist for a trim so that you can be rid of any split ends. Don’t make any drastic changes to your hair – now is not the time for an impulse fringe!

2 Weeks’ Prior

In-Salon Deep Conditioning

If you’ve decided to wear your hair down or half-up, you’ll want your hair to look as healthy as possible. Treat yourself to an in-salon deep conditioning treatment. These treatments don’t just coat the hair. They push much-needed nutrients further into the hair follicles, restoring moisture.

If you’re wearing your hair up, you can skip the treatment; your hair is easier to work with when it’s more textured.

1-Week Prior

Final Colour and Trim

Get your final colour one week before your big day – not a few days before! This means that it will give your hair the time it needs to settle and give you enough time to make any changes.

Your hairstylist should give your hair a final trim a week before, taking away all the split ends without compromising the length!

Wedding Day


You should wash your hair the night before your wedding (not the day of), as the oils will help the style you have chosen hold better.

Shampoo and condition (a treatment may make it too soft, so best to stick with your conditioner) hair 1-2 days ahead of the wedding (depending on how oily your scalp is). Most hairdressers would prefer if your hair isn’t super clean on the day of the style. However, it can be worked around if need be. It’s essential to have your hair washed before you see your hairdresser on the day, though, as shampooing right before styling will take time and make the hair soft and more difficult to work with. Allow hair to dry naturally if possible. Do not straighten your hair after this shampoo as it makes curling or adding texture to the hair more complex, and your style may not last through the entire wedding day. Need a Wedding Hair Salon to perfect your already perfect look? Cosmopolitan Events has you covered.


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