The Do's & Dont's of Wedding Day Hair

A Q&A with Erica Arroyo of Trendsetters Salon

If you’re the bride, are there any styles you should stay away from?

Not necessarily, but I would recommend considering whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors, and also the weather forecast if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Humidity and heat play a huge factor in curls staying put, so for an outdoor ceremony, I would suggest a full updo. This is especially the case if your hair doesn’t “hold a curl.”

What products are a Do?

Very, very hard-hold hairspray. This isn’t the occasion for soft, touchable curls! We want your style to last all day.

What styling products are a Don’t?

Trust the stylist’s craft on that one! If you have slippery, silky hair, you might consider opting out of conditioner that day. Freshly washed hair is okay, but avoid oiling it up with creams and leave-ins. Dry, gritty hair is best. If you typically only need to wash your hair once or twice a week, you can wash your hair a day in advance rather than the day of. The key is you want hair that’s easy to work with.

If you’re in the wedding party, are there any rules on hairstyles?

Do what the bride wants! If she doesn’t have a preference, find a style that you’ll feel comfortable in, keeping weather and location in mind. Also, if all the other bridesmaids are getting the same style, don’t be the only one who gets something different. It’s also important that you don’t decide at the last minute to do your own hair. Stylists book out a certain amount of time based on how many heads of hair or faces of makeup they were requested to do. This is time that she can’t give to another client last minute, especially if she’s providing services on-site rather than in her salon.

When should you do your hair on the big day?

Many brides say they want to go last so their hair and makeup are “fresh,” but it’s generally not the best idea. Wedding days almost never go to plan, and something always ends up causing a delay or time crunch. With all the stress of the day, the last thing we want is a panicking bride being rushed through her own hair and makeup to be ready in time. We’d much rather take our time with her, and if we need to rush at all, let it be on someone else.

What are your top Do’s and Don’ts?

Don’t make any major beauty changes right before the wedding. For example, if you’ve always been a brunette, don’t go platinum blonde a week before the wedding—you might not love it. Any changes should be made at least a month or two beforehand. Hasty beauty changes right before weddings are often regretted.

Do consider lash extensions. They make a huge impact on your look, and you’ll wake up feeling like you’ve already got makeup on—a terrific perk for your honeymoon. If you’ve never had them and want them for your wedding day, schedule an application of a full set at least a month in advance. That gives you plenty of time to make sure you like them and that you’re not allergic or sensitive to the adhesive. Get a “fill” at two weeks prior and then again a few days prior. That way your lashes will be nice and fresh, but you’ll know what to expect and won’t have any eye redness on your big day.

Don’t show up on the big day with wet hair, as it puts the stylist behind schedule. When a bride is given a timeline of the beauty services for the wedding party, we take into account the amount of time it takes to curl and style. Adding a blow dry adds considerable time, not to mention the fact that it’s an extended service. Wet hair can’t be curled, so show up with it dry!

What mistake do brides often make when it comes to hair?

Not speaking up if something hurts or doesn’t feel right. If a bobby pin hurts even a little bit now, it’ll hurt a lot later. Say something so we can adjust it. Also, speak up if you don’t like something. It’s your day, and we want you to love your look.

MEET THE EXPERT: ERICA ARROYO

Erica Arroyo is a lash artist and hair stylist who manages Trendsetters Salon alongside owner Annette Myers. Erica is passionate about church and family and loves providing customized beauty services to her clients. She’s also incredibly grateful to have such an incredible salon to call home.