Charley Montgomery


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As the head hairstylist for the Priscilla of Boston Bridal Group, Charley Montgomery has created runway looks for Vineyard Collection, Platinum for Priscilla of Boston, Melissa Sweet, Priscilla of Boston and Reverie by Melissa Sweet. Here, he chats with us about hair myths and misconceptions, the beauty product no bride should be without and how to create the perfect wedding day look. —Kathryn Papanek

Slightly dirty hair will create the perfect wedding coif, so you shouldn't wash your hair on the day of your wedding. Truth or myth?

Who wants dirty hair on the day of your wedding? From a hairstylist's stand point, it is a little easier to work with hair that hasn't just been washed, but your wedding should be about you and your needs. This is the biggest day of your life, so you should wash your hair and feel clean. The hairstylist will always be able to style it and make you look great...


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What steps should a bride take before the wedding to get her hair ready for the big day?

Don't let your hair be an afterthought. It's very important to think about your hairstyle long before the wedding. Find a good hairstylist who understands you and complements your personality. Then, work with that hairstylist to plan out how you want your hair to look. If you are growing your hair out before the wedding, work out a realistic plan with your hairstylist about the kind of look you would like to achieve. Also, be sure to get good guidance about how to take care of your tresses.

What is your favorite new hairstyle trend for brides?

Loose and natural hair is really hot right now. Whether it's pulled up or hanging down, the hair should have body and a little curl. A natural look is more timeless than overly-styled hair, so your wedding pictures won't look dated twenty years from now. Plus, you'll feel like yourself on the day of your celebration.

Is there a hair product no woman should live without?

I think Sebastian Shaper Hair Spray is the number one hair spray in the nation. It truly works on all types of hair. The spray is not overdone; it's very soft and natural. I always it to create the bridal runway looks. It's so versatile, you can use it to style your wedding day hairstyle and to create your everyday look!

How should a bride go about choosing a hairstyle to go with her wedding day look?

Make sure your hair completes your personality and makes you feel great about yourself. Your wedding day should be the best day of your life, so you don't want to look like someone else. Instead, choose a hairstyle that reflects your style and individual taste. Your hairstyle should also enhance, not overpower your dress. Your wedding should be all about you, not your hair! Each bride is different, so the same hairstyle won't work for everyone. To get a look that is right for you, consult with a hairstylist to find a look that naturally expresses your style and personality.

BONUS: What runway hairstyle did you have the most fun creating?:

Working with all the designers is a pleasure and an inspiration, but I especially enjoy creating hairstyles for Vineyard Collection. For their spring 2009 collection, I crafted natural hairstyles that had a very renaissance, organic feel. Designer Mark Brower gives me the ultimate creativity and really inspires me to be free with my looks. Before each show, I look at all of his sketches, and he asks me about my ideas. The way Mark puts it, he's the dress designer, and I'm the hair designer.

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