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Your wedding-day hairstyle might get all of the attention, but how you treat your hair leading up to the big day is equally important. Not only are you going to be the center of attention at many wedding-related events, but we're guessing you're trying to grow it out — or at least ensure you have shiny locks when you say "I do." From shampooing and conditioning to brushing and styling, there's a right way to care for each hair type. Follow our tips to getting the best hair of your (newly-engaged) life and beyond. Who knows? You might even start to like your natural hair texture.
In the Shower: Your main battle stems from dryness, since spiraled strands don't let oil travel down the hair shaft quickly. The good news? You can — and should — get away with shampooing less frequently. Shoot for every three days, using gentle, sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners.
Styling: Don't fight your curls, embrace them. If you need inspiration, check out the envy-inducing locks at Chanel's recent resort show. After showering, get rid of excess water by gently squeezing tresses with a paper towel. (Twisting your locks into a towel turban can lead to frizz.) Gently detangle with a wide-tooth comb, starting at the end and working your way to the root. Finish with a leave-in conditioning cream and let air dry.
Your Secret Weapon: Give your locks a surge of moisture with a once-weekly deep conditioning mask containing olive and nut oils. To really let it soak in, apply it on dry hair, leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse. Try Brides Live Wedding sponsor Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask.
In the Shower: To achieve the perfect medium between sleek and coarse, look for smoothing shampoos and conditioners. How you shampoo is also key: Massage your scalp with shampoo, working it through to the ends of your hair. (Tip: Brushing your hair before you step into the shower can also leave you with silky, Rapunzel-worthy strands.)
Styling: To achieve the perfect wave all you need is a bit of finessing — no flat iron required. Let your hair fully air dry before going outside, or help it along by blow drying it on low heat until it's halfway dry. Make sure to hold the nozzle six inches away from your head. Amp it up a bit with either dry shampoo or texturizing spray to add just the right amount of definition.
Your Secret Weapon: A drop or two of light — keyword light — oil applied daily to wet hair will maintain hydration and create soft, tousled locks minus the frizz.
In the Shower: Washing your hair daily won't hurt you. In fact, you should! Try volumizing shampoos and conditioners, but use conditioner only on the ends. You can also look for products containing keratin protein to strengthen locks and add fullness. Once a week, swap your standard shampoo for a clarifying shampoo to remove buildup. Try Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo.
Styling: Don't pile on the products — it will just weigh down your hair. Instead, work a lightweight mousse into damp locks. Blow dry with a medium-sized round brush, flipping your hair upside down when it's almost dry to add lift. Since straight hair tends to get oilier faster, brush your hair a few times a day to redistribute oils, add shine and volume. And stop running your fingers through your hair — you're just adding more oil!
Your Secret Weapon: A scalp toner or serum applied weekly rebalances locks, absorbs excess oil and helps maintain volume at the root. Healthy, voluminous hair, after all, starts with a healthy scalp.