Your wedding hair is the crowning glory of the whole wedding day ensemble, and while much of the gorgeousness of the look relies on what you decide to do to it on the day, your preparations in the lead up are equally important.
So we have asked Organic Haircare expert Tabitha James Kraan to give us her top tips for the run-up to you big day for gorgeous wedding hair on the day itself.
Tabitha James-Kraan has been pioneering organic hairdressing since 1999, and delivering high quality services for brides and their wedding parties. Her Stow-on-the-Wold salon has a private bridal suite that offers a niche organic wedding service – including hair, skincare and bridal make-up.
#1: Think Ahead
Most brides want to look their best naturally, so it pays dividends to start your wedding day planning well in advance, working up to the date with your hairdresser, and planning cut, colour, and condition so that everything synchronises perfectly.
Firstly, spend the time leading up to your big day doing everything you can to get your hair in gleaming good health, naturally. Three months of the following new hair care routine is enough to show good results, but the longer in advance of your wedding day you can start, the better.
#2: Ditch ‘frequent washing’
Hair has a natural layer of oil (sebum) that moisturises and protects the hair, and gives it its gloss and shine. But it can also build up at the roots and give the hair the feeling of being dirty. A natural response to an oily parting is to wash the hair using a detergent based shampoo which effectively removes the natural oil leaving it, temporarily, clean and shiny. But the hair follicles immediately start to compensate by producing more sebum, and we find ourselves in a never-ending cycle.
You can free your hair from the chains of frequent washing by using a small amount of organic shampoo that isn’t full of harsh chemicals, and by concentrating your washing efforts on the scalp, not on the ends. Give your natural oils a helping hand by also applying a hair oil. Apply a green pea sized amount to the palm of your hands, and warm it up by rubbing your palms together. Apply it to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair when wet, before using your chosen styling products. Your hair will be grateful for the help, and will reward you with natural weight, lovely condition, and will shine and bounce with joy! You will soon find that your hair needs washing less frequently, and looks more gorgeous between washes.
#3: Brush it clean
Glossy locks can be further enhanced by adopting a ‘brush your hair clean’ approach. You’ll need five minutes twice a day, a strong arm, and a good natural bristle brush. Start brushing right at the roots and finish at the ends. This distributes the natural oils all the way along the shaft leaving the hair glossy and bouncy. Within a few weeks you’ll see the volume of your hair increase dramatically, and you’ll acquire a positively lustrous mane! It’s great for growth and health too, and for helping increase the gap between washes.
#4: Don’t chop & change
Now for paving the way for your ‘look’ for the day. We like to build a relationship with our brides well in advance of the wedding so that, together, we can make a plan that comes together perfectly. Hair ‘mistakes’ in weeks or months leading up to the wedding date can mean dramatic rectification is required, so ‘gently does it’ is the best advice to avoid the necessity for damaging treatment. If you want to go for a change of cut or colour, do it well in advance so that there’s plenty of time to perfect the look, make subtle changes, or allow for re-growth.
#5: Practice makes perfect
If you stay with the same hairdresser in the lead up to your wedding, there’s lots of opportunity for trying out different looks, rather than just relying on a ‘trial’ immediately before the day. If you want an ‘up-do’, you may need to gain some length, so regular trimming can speed up the process. If your hair is slow-growing, taking a good hair supplement will help too. I recommend Florisene, a good natural food supplement, clinically proven to improve strength and make the hair grow quicker. And if you can’t achieve enough natural growth, there’s always the option of using hair pieces to give accentuation – some wonderfully subtle looks can be created, it’s really not necessary to look like someone off Big Brother!
For the big day itself, it’s often better for the style if the hair isn’t washed that morning. Just-washed hair is slippy and harder to manage, so the best results can be achieved on hair that hasn’t been washed for 24 hours. Your natural regime of less regular washing plus brushing/oiling will stand you in good stead.
Tabitha & her team offer a fully Organic hair and make-up service for any truly Organic Bride from the salon, or can travel all over the UK, to any venue, to suit clients who are looking for an organic wedding day beauty service.(Contact Tabitha James-Kraan for travel rates - www.tabithajameskraan.co.uk - 01451 831999)