This is a guest post written by various hairstylists from across Canada.
Choosing the perfect hairstyle for your wedding can be a lengthy process. It usually involves hours pouring over Pinterest, at least one consultation with a hairstylist and lots of perseverance!
When you add in the logistics of having to find a hairstyle you love but also a hairstyle that will keep you looking amazing all night in the summer heat- well, that's when you bring in the experts!
That's why we reached out to hairstylists all over Canada to give their top tips for bridal parties who are having outdoor weddings! These tips will help you find the perfect hairstyle for the upcoming outdoor wedding.
1. Be realistic
"A hair tip that I give to all my brides is to be realistic about their hair expectations. If you are having an outdoor ceremony in the middle of summer, you have to keep in mind the likelihood of humidity which can ruin even the most prepped hairstyles. Although hair down and curled is a popular pick among brides, it’s typically not the best choice if you know your hair doesn’t stand a chance against extreme heat."
"An alternative way to make for a longer lasting hairstyle is to do a loose up do. Having hair properly backcombed and pinned will give hair enough structure to last all day and night. Also using humidity resistant hair products including a setting hairspray will help keep the frizz at bay."
1. Beat the heat
"Summer in Toronto is incredibly hot, which is amazing for the beach, but not so stellar for getting dolled up. The stifling heat and humidity in mid August can leave some easy breezy styles falling flat. Your stylist will need to spray product liberally to avoid frizz and fallout, so be prepared for that. If you don’t want to worry about your hair throughout the day, summer is a great time to try a more structured updo. If you are going for a more boho vibe and can tolerate a little bit of organic texture, a down style with small details like braids might be for you."
"It’s important to consider not only the weather, but also your dress neckline. If you’re wearing a high-necked gown, consider an updo to give your neck length, and beat the heat. Strapless dress styles seem to scream for long cascading waves or bouncy curls, but you can easily pull those waves to the side with some pins! Keeping them off the back of your neck and contained ensure the curl lasts longer."
3. It starts at home
"A great hair style starts at home! Sun and heat can strip hair of it’s natural moisture so make sure you’re conditioning often. Skip hot tools and embrace your natural texture whenever you can. It’s tempting to grow your hair like Rapunzel for a wedding, but often I’m seeing long damaged hair in my chair. Regular trims are necessary to keep the hair shaft strong and healthy. Dead ends don’t smooth out during styling and can give your style a rough finish, so keep the trims up to date for results."
"A good base will ensure a great result! I suggest to most of my brides that they come in the day before for a blow out. Not only is having someone else do your hair relaxing, it help insures a clean, smooth and low product base for your stylist to work with the next day. Although this does add to the “day before stress”, it will give you peace of mind for the following day & not to mention you will look fabulous at your rehearsal dinner!"
2. The back up plan
"When you are getting married in the great outdoors, the only thing that is for sure is we can not control mother nature! It is key that when you come to your trial you consider what the weather conditions could do to your look. More often than not, wearing your hair down in an outdoor wedding ends up a frizzy situation. If your first choice is to wear your hair down for your big day, at your trial run through possible back up scenarios with your stylist (like possibly putting your hair up or half up). That way on your big day you are ready for whatever mother nature has planned!"
3. Look don’t touch
"The same way you would never want someone to touch your dress for fear of staining, as a stylist we do not really want you touching your hair, and here's why... Once your hair is styled, set, sprayed and shined, there is a fair amount of product in your hair to keep it perfect. When you touch your finished style whether it is up or down there is the risk of having sections fall out of place. Anything that is on your hands, from anything you touch is adding unwanted shine or frizz when you then touch your hair. Most of all once your stylist has gone over with a fine tooth comb that is the smoothest the hair is going to be. It is placed, laid and sprayed to perfection. Doing your best to avoid disturbing that layer will help ensure your style lasts!"
"Having an outdoor wedding means that you will be dealing with humidity and hair that has the potential to frizz or become fly-away! Hydration is the secret to conquering frizz and fly-aways. Tame your mane in the lead-up to the wedding by topping up the moisture levels with weekly hydrating treatments, and leave-in moisture creams + oil based serums. Stop the moisture routine a week prior to the wedding to ensure your hair won't be weighed down with extra moisture."
"Waking up your wedding day morning with a serious case of bedhead is not the best start to picture perfect hair especially when you will also be dealing with the outside elements. Invest in a hair-friendly silk pillow case to help reduce static, frizz and to preserve your fresh blow-out which is the foundation for your wedding day hairstyle."
"All hair types come with limitations and the location of the wedding day should be a factor when choosing a wedding hairstyle. Updos, especially braids, are fantastic for the warmer humid months and outdoor celebrations as they will stay in place all day leaving you with one less thing to worry about. If updo’s aren't for you consider your natural texture and try to work with it. If your hair is naturally frizzy or fly-away consider a beach wave texture or hairstyles they are undone and imperfect avoid very polished looks like vintage/glamour waves as they will become untidy or frizzy in humidity and windy conditions."
4. Be prepared
"We are all about preventative measures and one of the best ways you can prepare the hair for an outdoor ceremony is with the right products. Your outdoor hair survival kit should contain a travel sized hair spray that does not contain water (hairspray that is water-free is drier and will help combat frizz), a few Bobbie pins, anti-humidity spray is a must for those hot humid days and last but not least a bounce dry sheet comes in handy for static fly-away hair."
Photo by Corynn fowler photography
And there you have it, 6 wedding professionals' top tips for your outdoor wedding hairstyle! We hope you loved the insight from these wonderful Canadian hairstylists.
Lots of Love,
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