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How to Plan Your Hair Color for your Wedding Day

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

wedding day hairstyle with blonde highlights
Some highlight techniques are better for updos than others!

Choosing the best hair color for your wedding day can be a daunting task. Whether you're planning on keeping your hair color natural or opting for a more dramatic look, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are some tips for planning your wedding hair color:

Your natural hair color

When selecting a hair color for your big day, it is important to consider your natural hair color. Especially if you do not typically color your hair. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a cycle where you are constantly visiting a hairstylist for upkeep. Haircolor that is not kept up will start fading or changing colors in six weeks. If you are considering going a few shades lighter or darker than your natural color, be sure to test out the new color first many months in advance. You don't want any surprises on the big day! However, choosing your natural hair color for your wedding day is a great choice too! Your hair will look amazing because it's the way nature intended. Plus, you'll avoid any harsh chemicals that could damage your hair.

Consider adding highlights if you are wearing your hair in an updo.

Consider adding highlights if you are wearing your hair in an updo. Highlights make an updo stand out and can really bring the style to life. They also add light, which brings forward features and makes them look brighter, while dark recedes features and makes them look softer. This contrast of light and dark creates depth and makes the details of your hairstyle more visible.

If you're considering highlights for an upcoming event, be sure to book your appointment well in advance - highlights typically require a few hours in the salon. Also, consider the application technique that you ask for. A balayage will have darker roots and lighter ends. However, this oftentimes makes your updo look two-toned. On your wedding day consider getting highlights done in a foil and having the color placed close to the root. Soften the look of the roots by asking the stylist to add a “shadow root”.

Wearing your hair down? Consider getting a balayage highlight.

Balayage is one of the coolest hair trends out there right now. It is a technique where the hair colorist sweeps lightener onto the hair by hand to create a natural sun-kissed look. One of the best things about balayage is that it grows out nicely and does not require too much upkeep. On average a client can go 3 months without a touchup, especially in the summer months. It is a great option for people who want a low-maintenance hairstyle. This technique can be used to add light pops of color around your face which will add interest and movement to your hair on your wedding day. If you are wearing your hair down, ask your stylist to frame your face and lighten your ends with balayage highlights. This will add some dimension and depth to your look.

What skin tone will you have on your wedding day?

A bride's skin tone is an important factor to consider when choosing her hair color. Many brides opt for a suntanned look because of the lightness of their dress. This is why it’s important to consider your makeup and skin tone on this specific day. Your hair color choice will matter! If you opt for a porcelain look, a darker hair color might be totally stunning! If you want to have a glow and look tanned, a lighter shade will make more sense.

Consider the big picture

When you imagine your wedding day look, you should imagine your dress, makeup, skin tone, hair color, style, and jewelry. All of these things together create a complete look that will make you feel beautiful on your big day. Your wedding dress is the centerpiece of your look, so it's important to make sure the other details complement it.

Picking the right hair color for your wedding day is important. You want to make sure it matches your look and your lifestyle. If you want to look and feel your best, make sure to work with a talented makeup artist and hairstylist who can help you achieve the look you desire. I encourage you to have a long conversation with these professionals about your plans. They will be able to give you some great advice based on their experience. By taking their advice, you can relax and enjoy your big day knowing that you look amazing!


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