Six Months To Your Dream Wedding-Day Hair

By Anna Lavdaras

Body+Soul

JULY 18, 2018

Full, healthy hair with a shine that translates in photos AKA a budding bride’s dream. Unfortunately, all the gloss sprays in the world can’t give your locks that lit-from-within glow (at least without turning it into a stringy mess). Shine takes time, patience, oh – and a great hairdresser!

We spoke with colour director and co-owner of Headcase Hair Vincent Nobile -who has been at the forefront of hair health for the past 20 years – about the vital steps to preparing your hair for your wedding day.

Six months out – establish a plan

“Make an appointment with your hairdresser and just talk it out; show them your outfit, venue, styling, and then evaluate the current condition of your hair,” Vincent explains. “You need to translate your hair goals, be it length, colour or just general health so your hairdresser can start to lay the foundations for getting you there.” This will guide the rest of your appointments in the lead up to the big day, including colours, cuts and treatments. It’s probably a good idea to get them in the diary today now to avoid missing out.

Five months out – lay the foundation

“This is when I would start the colour process that could set the client up for their final look,” says Nobile. “It is establishing a structure, which will continue to be built on in the lead up to the wedding date.”

Four months out – refine the detail

If you are on a journey to blonde, this is when you’ll have another appointment to add further depth and richness to your colour.” You’ll want to break up your appointments so you don’t put too much strain on the hair follicles, and incorporate nourishing treatments where possible to repair as you go.

One month out – touch up

This is when you would deal with any regrowth and perhaps a few final highlights to really make your colour pop. “A glazing treatment will give the hair a smooth texture and add a punch of shine, so if you can, tack that onto your appointment.

One week out – get a colour gloss

If you haven’t heard of a hair gloss treatment before, ask your hairdresser if it is right for you. “After all the colour and opening up of the hair cuticles, this treatment is ultra-acidic and closes the hair cuticle up”, resulting in a smooth surface texture that reflects light (read: shiny, glossy hair!).

One night before – D.I.Y.

“The night before your big day, use an at-home treatment (run this by your hairdresser ahead of time) that is silicone free for one final hit of moisture,” details Nobile.

Now you can sleep easy, knowing that you will wake up on your wedding with the best hair day of your life! You’re welcome.