Wedding Hair: Tips & Trends

You’ve got the man, you’ve got the dress, but what on earth are you going to do with your hair?

Wedding hairstyles have come a long way from traditional French twists and sculpted up-dos. Brides today are taking their inspiration from all around them, whether it’s a celebrity’s flowing curls on the red carpet or an intricate style they’ve spotted on Pinterest. So how do you get locks that look just as gorgeous on your Big Day? We took a trip to the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman to speak to stylist Halli Bivona about what brides these days are requesting, as well as ways to get your hair into tip-top shape in the months before your wedding.


The best foundation for a beautiful bridal hairstyle is healthy and well-maintained hair. Whether you’re heading down the aisle, standing up as a bridesmaid or merely getting dressed up to celebrate as a guest, these tips will help get your hair ready for whatever comes your way.

  1. Get consistent trims. Contrary to popular belief, skipping a trim could actually prevent your hair from growing out. Split ends curl up the hair shaft, so if you don’t trim them, your hair will actually look as though it hasn’t grown – any growth at the roots will be canceled out by hair curling back up at the ends. Halli recommends regular “dustings”, or incredibly minor trims, every eight weeks to keep split ends in check and make sure your hairstyle looks fresh.
  2. Condition at home. Deep-conditioning treatments, like the Shu Uemura Prime Plenish Vitalizing Treatment Masque, will help your hair maintain its strength while adding vitality and shine. Your hair will be strong, soft and voluptuous, ready for heat styling and products. Halli tells her clients to use a conditioning treatment once or twice a week, putting it in after they shampoo and letting the treatment sit for a few minutes before rinsing out.
  3. Make your diet work for your hair. Foods that are high in protein and folic acid are a great way to add shine and thickness to your hair. Conveniently, a healthy diet with protein and folic acid is also great for your skin!
  4. Don’t wait until the last minute. Get your last trim one month before your wedding, and don’t do anything drastic! Simply have your stylist freshen up your ends. If you color your hair, schedule a touch-up for two weeks before the Big Day. This will give your color time to settle, allow your hair to rehydrate and also give you time to adjust the color if needed.
  5. Hydrate the night before. Before you get your beauty rest the evening before your wedding, treat your hair to a conditioning mask to add extra shine and moisture.

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