The True Hue

Hair Color Tips for Your Wedding Day

Hair color expert Min Kim of Butterfly Studio in Manhattan recently gave us the 411 on hair color for the big day. Take a listen as we share some expert hair color advice and tips to help get the best, truest hue for you.

In addition to being the resident go-to-girl for amazing color, highlighting and color correction (which she unfortunately does a lot of), Min's specialty is Bayalage, which actually means "sweep" in French and is a free-style hair-painting technique that gives hair a sun-kissed highlighted look and is perfect for brides.

Focus on the shine and health of your hair before your wedding day. This will make you feel confident when walking down the aisle. You'll also look fab in photos.

After 10+ years of coloring countless heads of hair, we're taking Min's word for it when she tells us to warn brides against making drastic changes in color. "It can lead to regret. You don't want to look at your wedding pictures twenty years from now and say, 'What was I thinking?' If you choose to add or change color for your wedding, I suggest a slight and subtle change that will really make your dress pop."

Perhaps this is something you can try out several months in advance to see if you like the results before you commit on your wedding day.

Styling and coloring your hair in a manner that stays true to who you are is best. Min suggests, "It's ok to add a hint of glam, but if you are simple then stay simple and elegant, there is no reason to go over the top and extreme just because it's your wedding." We couldn't agree more. There isn't a groom in the world that wants to see his bride coming down the aisle and wondering to himself… who on earth is that?

Min's pro tips include:

  • Focus on the shine and health of your hair before your wedding day. This will make you feel confident when walking down the aisle. You'll also look fab in photos.
  • If this is your first time in the hair color chair, make sure you have enough time to adjust anything before the big day, just in case.
  • Be realistic! Will the color flatter you or does it just look good on the model in the picture you brought in?
  • Don't try to be a kitchen beautician. The disasters are often more time consuming and expensive than talking to a professional about a realistic maintenance schedule that works for you and your hair color.
  • Keep in mind that you should look like a more radiant version of yourself. No matter what.
  • Make sure you use hair products (shampoo, conditioner, styling products) designed specifically for color-treated hair. This ensures that you get the most out of your color and shine.
  • Try not to over-use flat irons or excessive blow-drying.
  • Try washing or rinsing with cooler water.
  • Book treatments to enhance your color and keep hair from drying out.
  • See your colorist one to two weeks before the wedding.

Min's favorite new trend for hair color is Ombre. "It's all about Ombre, a form of Bayalage where the color varies from darker shades at the roots to lighter shades at the ends. It's easy to maintain and can look super natural."

We love this look, it's new and sexy and has the feel of natural color but with a more polished edge, perfect for brides that want to enhance what they've already got. Just take a look at Sarah Jessica Parker's lovely locks.

Other trends for brides go either romantic and ethereal or more architectural and clean. Brides who prefer a dreamy, romantic style should look for color that adds softness and a pretty overall feel. If a bride has a more modern vibe, color should be more simplistic and shiny.

Min recommends looking for a salon in your area that uses the popular INOA Color Program, which they use at Butterfly Studio. Developed by L'Oreal Professionnel, this revolutionary hair color system is short for Innovative No Ammonia and is the first ammonia-free permanent hair color using the Oil Delivery System instead of ammonia, which tends to be more harsh and damaging. The color lasts longer and hair feels better and more rich than it did before coloring. INOA also gives great shine as an added bonus.

The Hair Hit List

Who? TOP HAIR COLOR TECHNICIANS & SALONS

Where? SIX CITIES: Atlanta, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami & Dallas.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA:
Rumm Color Studio
5815 Windward Parkway
Alpharetta, GA
770-817-7866
rummcolorstudio.com
Colorists: Russell Baggett, Millie Baggett & Irina Palas
Pricing: Single process start at $45; Highlights start at $85
Salon offers INOA Color Program


WASHINGTON, DC:
O Salon
3212 O Street NW
Washington, DC
202-338-9100
osalon.com
Pricing: Single process starts at $90; Highlights start at $130
Salon offers INOA Color Program


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA:
Christophe Salon
348 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
310-274-0851
Christophe.com
Colorist: Nancy, Cameron
Pricing: Single process starts at $90; Highlights start at $130
Salon offers INOA Color Program


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS:
Free Nation of Beauty
45 East Oak Street
Chicago, IL
773-857-3662
fnbsalon.com
Pricing: Single process starts at $70; Highlights start at $150
Salon offers INOA Color Program


MIAMI, FLORIDA:
Olazabal
520 Biltmore Way
Coral Gables, FL
305-445-9691
olazabalsalon.com
Pricing: Single process starts at $55; Highlights start at $75Salon offers INOA Color Program


DALLAS, TEXAS:
Capelli Salon
19177 Preston Road
Dallas, TX
972-250-4565
capellisalondallas.com
Colorists: Younes
Pricing: Single process starts at $70; Partial highlights start at $100; Full highlights start at $140
Salon offers INOA Color Program

--Juli Alvarez

 
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