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  • Writer's pictureSara Jackson

Prepping Your Hair for the Perfect Wedding Day Hairstyle: A Bridal Stylist's Guide

Your wedding day is one of the most important and cherished days of your life. As a bridal stylist, I understand the significance of every detail, particularly when it relates to the realm of beauty. To ensure your wedding hairstyle looks flawless on your special day, proper hair preparation is absolutely essential. I like to say the outcome of your bridal hairstyle depends 50% on the artist and their skillset & 50% on how the bride does her homework in preparation for the style. But this is fun homework, because it's not math. In this blog post, I will share my expert tips on how to prep your hair for a wedding day hairstyle that will leave you feeling confident and beautiful.

An artist prepping client's hair
Kenra finishing spray

1. Start with clean, dry hair:

The foundation of any great hairstyle is clean, dry hair. Wash your hair the night before your wedding day and blow dry it either upside down or preferably with a round brush, elevating everything at the roots. This will ensure your hair has natural body going into the appointment, which is easy for a stylist to build off of. Avoid using heavy conditioners or styling products that can weigh down your hair or make it greasy.

2. Plan ahead for a professional blowout:

If you're not confident in your blow-drying skills, consider booking a professional blowout the day before your wedding and be sure to communicate to the stylist to use minimal product, if at all any. A skilled stylist can give your hair the volume, smoothness, and bounce needed for the foundation of a flawless hairstyle.

4. Avoid excessive styling products:

Less is more when it comes to styling products. Use minimal amounts of texturizing spray or hairspray to hold your hairstyle in place without weighing it down. Too many products can make your hair stiff and hard to manage. If you are having your hair done for your rehearsal, be sure to wash out the remaining product that night in order to prepare for your bridal style.

A bride having her wedding hair trial performed.
Bridal hair trial run

5. Extensions and accessories:

If you desire extra volume or length for your wedding hairstyle, extensions can be a game-changer. Consult with a stylist to find the perfect match for your hair type and color. We recommend the brand Bombay Hair, but be sure to place the order in sufficient time to allow the extensions to arrive prior to your trial run appointment. Additionally, bridal hair accessories like veils, tiaras, or flowers can add an elegant touch to your overall look.

6. Timing is key:

When scheduling your hair appointment, make sure to allocate enough time for prepping and styling. Here at Swoon Styles, we allot a standard 1 hour for bridal styling on the day of and 1 hour, 15 minutes for the trial appointment. Be sure to discuss with your stylist how long the process will take, so you can plan your day accordingly and avoid any last-minute rush.

7. Bring inspiration photos:

To help your stylist understand your vision and bring it to life, bring along inspiration photos of your desired hairstyle. It's helpful to search for photos with a similar hair color and length to your own. For example if you have dark brown, medium length hair you could search for hairstyles that fit that description via Pinterest. This will serve as a reference point during your consultation and ensure that you're both on the same page.

8. Trust your stylist:

Remember, you've hired a professional bridal stylist for a reason. Trust their expertise and guidance. They have experience working with various hair types and can offer personalized advice to help you achieve the perfect wedding day hairstyle, this isn't their first rodeo :)

Preparing your hair for your wedding day hairstyle is an important step towards feeling confident and beautiful as you walk down the aisle. By following these expert tips from a bridal stylist, you can ensure that your hair will be in the best possible condition and ready to be styled to perfection. So, relax, trust your stylist, and get ready to whoa your guests with a hairstyle that perfectly aligns with your unique individuality.


We hope this provided you with some helpful tips on how to prep your hair for your perfect wedding style! If you have any questions please feel free to email us at!

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