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How to Ensure You Have the Perfect Hair Color for Your Wedding

This article comes from Byrdie.

How to Ensure You Have the Perfect Hair Color for Your Wedding

Hair alone requires a few different considerations, so we’re here to help you map out your wedding #hairgoals and ensure you not only have the best color on your wedding day, but an overall healthy mane for one of, if not, the most photographed days of your life.

When to Get Your Color Done

If you’re working with highlights, you want to aim for two to three weeks before the big day. At that point, it will still be fresh without appearing too bright at the roots or around the face.

For a rich, all-over color on the darker side, you’re safe to go in as close to one to two weeks before the big day. Typically, darker colors will fade faster the more shampoos it’s gone through, so that enables you to push things up a little closer to the date. That applies to lowlights too—if you’re adding any sort of temporary color (like a pop of something more heavily saturated or even a semi-permanent color) these will also fade with every wash, so be mindful of using things that aren’t permanent.

Two weeks is really the sweet spot when it comes to coloring your hair before your wedding: You’ve had a few shampoos since you left the salon, but not so many that it’ll show wear. It’s just enough time to acclimate to any changes.

Which Risks NOT to Take

Don’t try a deep conditioning treatment that you’re unfamiliar with a week before the wedding. I once had a client try this on her own before her wedding day and her hair was beyond oily because the product wouldn’t come out after shampooing multiple times.

Another last-minute change you don’t want to make is switching up your colorist. Don’t try a new person or new look weeks before your wedding day. Every hair colorist has their own techniques and you won’t know if they’re talented with your hair until it’s too late. If you’re looking to make a big change to your color (like going from light to dark, or dark to light), make sure you graduate into those color changes. Do not expect to have it happen overnight because you can’t always change your mind at the last minute without compromising your hair.

How to Care for Your Color

When you combine color-preserving shampoos, scalp scrubs, color-safe conditioners and cool water, you’ve got yourself the perfect cocktail for the ideal color care. Now let’s break this down.

Color-preserving shampoos are self-explanatory. They’re created without sulfates to avoid stripping your strands of their newly inhabited tone, and instead have conditioning agents to help your cuticles stay silky smooth.

Scalp scrubs are going to keep you from flaking or getting dandruff, and they’ll do this without compromising your color. Their purpose is to rebalance the scalp and eliminate any unwanted buildup. Massaging a good scrub to the scalp beneath your tresses will treat the skin without affecting the color of your strands.

When to Get a Haircut

Haircuts are a foundational component of your wedding look. Not only do they provide those perfectly face-framed wisps in all the right places, but a good haircut will assist your colorist with a fresh and ready canvas.

Prior to your pre-wedding haircut appointment, be sure you are totally confident in the wedding hairstyle you’ll be wearing. Will it be up or down? Will you part to the side or in the center? That way, your stylist and your colorist can ensure that what they’re creating is a collaborative effort and in full-on support of your wedding day look.

If you’re feeling bold, a haircut change like a blunt bob or some fresh bangs can totally work as a wedding hairstyle all on its own, but be sure to get that new ‘do before you go to your colorist.

Schedule a Hair Trial

This one’s a biggie. Meeting with a stylist beforehand doesn’t just secure a good look for your wedding day, it’s a part of ensuring you’re bringing in the right energy. Plus, we don’t always want what we think we want. There’s a tendency to be drawn to things that are outside of our own comfort zones. Trying on as many styles as possible will not only ensure your confidence in the chosen look and stylist, but the way your hair color plays into things as well.

Getting a fresh batch of highlights and then switching up your natural parting for a side-swept look might not be the most flattering move for your freshly-painted strands. You want your color to look its best in the chosen shape and structure of your wedding style, and if you decide to use extensions to elongate or plump up your wedding tresses, you’ll want to consider taking your hair wefts into your colorist so he or she can match them specifically to your color.

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