• <i>Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2015 issue<p>Hair by Menelaos Alevras<p>Photograph by Matthew Scrivens</i>
  • <i>Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2015 issue<p>Hair by Menelaos Alevras<p>Photograph by Matthew Scrivens</i>
  • <i>Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2015 issue<p>Hair by Menelaos Alevras<p>Photograph by Matthew Scrivens</i>
  • <i>Bridal Guide Magazine, May/June 2015 issue<p>Hair by Megan Lanoux</i>

Bridal Hair Tips for Wedding Season

Wedding season is upon us, which means brides-to-be are in the midst of perfecting every detail from guest lists to flower arrangements. When it comes to perfecting your wedding day hair look, there are plenty of ways to make your bride-ready beauty routine go smoothly. We turned to New York City-based hairstylist Megan Lanoux, whose work has appeared on numerous Bridal Guide Magazine covers, for her best hair tips for the big day.

1. Picture Perfect

"Once you've found your dress, browse through bridal magazines, wedding blogs and Pinterest to see what hairstyles spark your interest. Bring those images of your favorite looks, along with a description of your dress and wedding venue, when you meet your hairstylist for a trial session. Giving your hairstylist as much detail as possible about what you want will help determine what look is best for you."

2. Dress to Impress

"Different necklines call for different hairstyles. For example, if you have a strapless wedding dress, you can wear your hair up or down. If your dress has sleeves or a lot of detail close to the neckline, wearing your hair down may be too distracting."

3. Consider Your Location

"Where you decide to get married also has a big impact on the hairstyle you choose. Will your big day take place indoors or outdoors? If you're getting married at the beach or in a woodsy area, you could do effortless waves worn down or style it up with a bit of texture using Après Beach Wave & Shine Spray. If you do choose to wear your hair down in the outdoors, be open to possibly changing it on the day of the wedding, in case of unexpected weather, such as rain or wind. To be safe, stock up on Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray to help keep frizzy hair at bay."

4. Be You

"No matter what hairstyle you choose, make sure it resembles your personality and individual style. If you are someone who likes to wear your hair down with a lot of body, think twice before pulling it back into a sleek chignon—or vice versa. This is the day to be the best version of yourself, not someone else."

5. Snip Those Split Ends

"At your trial, your hairstylist can consult with you on whether you need to grow your hair out or how often you should be cutting it before the big day. If you are growing it out, I recommend a light trim about four to six weeks before your wedding, just to freshen the ends. In between, help repair your ends with Split End Seal Beautiful Color Treatment." 

6. Bigger is Always Better

"If the style you are trying to achieve requires more length or body, be open to wearing hair extensions. I'm not saying add 14 inches, but if you need two to four inches of length, go for it! For those with thin hair, adding a track of hair can give you the desired body to your ends. And to give your hair volume at the roots, use Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse. I like to section damp hair and apply it as close to the scalp as possible."

7. Clean or Dirty Hair?

"Your hairstylist will have a preference for second-day or squeaky clean hair on the day your wedding. If you're worried about oily hair, use Dry Texturizing Spray at the roots to absorb any oil and add body. For the ends of your hair, apply Soft Dry Conditioner Spray to freshen it up."

8. Treat Your Hair

"To keep your hair at its healthiest and shiniest, come up with a treatment plan a few weeks leading up to your hair trial and wedding. Using a hair masque at least twice a week will help with shine, split ends, hydration, hair repair, taming frizz and improving elasticity. My two favorites are the Gold Lust Transformative Masque and the Masque for Beautiful Color. After you shampoo your hair, apply the masque and let it work its magic for up to ten minutes."

9. Color Me Beautiful

"If you have color-treated hair, make your touch-up appointment about four weeks before your wedding. This will allow your hair to grow in and make it look more natural. Also, if the color isn't exactly what you want, you still have time to fix it. To maintain your color, use Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color. If your color is blonde, use Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color. On the day of your wedding, be sure to pack an Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray for any last minute fixes."

10. Accessorize Your Look

"When I work on a shoot for Bridal Guide, we have hundreds of hair accessories to pick from. They always add a gorgeous accent to your wedding hair—and the styles are endless: a Swarovski Crystal brooch, a floral crown of seeded Eucalyptus or an elegant veil. Some accessories need a little extra support to stay in hair, so wherever you want your accessory or veil, tease your hair and apply Superfine Hair Spray. The medium, flexible hold spray will let you brush your hair when you take your accessories out."

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