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Bridal hair: Our top 11 tips
Bridal hair: Our top 11 tips | New Zealand Weddings Magazine

Bridal hair: Our top 11 tips

The old adage ‘hair is three-quarters of a woman’s face’ still holds true, so if there’s one day you want your tresses to be looking extra fab, it’s your wedding day. We rounded up our top 11 musn’t-forget points so you can nail your bridal ‘do.


  •  If your tresses are short or fine, add length or volume with hair extensions. Clip-in extensions are cost-effective and easily removed, while glued or weaved varieties offer a longer-lasting solution. 
  • Consider hiring a stylist who specialises in hairstyling for special events. Just as cut and colour are particular skills, so is styling. Not all hairdressers are comfortable with constructing elaborate updos or using accessories, so determine whether or not your regular hairdresser is the go-to person.
  • Schedule a trial about one month before the day. Be prepared with information such as your wedding location and dress style, and share any photos of hairstyles that appeal to you. If you’ve opted for a hair adornment such as a veil, fascinator, fresh flowers or hair jewellery, bring it to your trial. Once you decide on a look, take a photo that you can refer to on the big day.
  • Consider your dress design – a timeless chignon lets intricate back detailing or a standout neckline be properly exposed. 
  • If you choose a style that requires a lot of pinning, hide the pins with a diamanté slide, tiara, or small fresh flowers. 
  • When hunting for hair accessories, don’t limit your search to hairpins – brooches, necklaces or even chandelier earrings can make striking additions to an elegant hairstyle. 
  • Limit chemical processing, heat styling, sun, surf and rough handling in the lead up to the big day. 
  • If you want to change your colour for your wedding, start early and do it slowly. Start experimenting six months in advance as it could take that long to achieve the exact effect you’re after. Schedule your final colour a week before the big day so your tone is fresh and your hair is in top condition. 
  • Those with dry or damaged hair will greatly benefit from weekly deep conditioning treatments, starting at least a few months before the day for maximum benefit.
  • If you are prone to an oily scalp, use a shampoo that cleans hair but doesn’t strip it of natural oils, apply a conditioner only to the ends and keep heavy styling products to a minimum so you don’t weigh the hair down. 
  • Manage split ends with regular cuts every six to eight weeks. 
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