You know you really shouldn't chop off ten inches or dye your hair purple right before the big day, but did you know that dirty locks and leave-in conditioner are huge no-nos as well? Chances are, you didn't. We hit up a bunch of bridal hairstylists to get the scoop on the not so obvious pre-wedding hair mistakes too many brides make. Be honest, are you guilty of any of the below?
1. Picking the wrong hair accessory...
For your style of dress, wedding and/or hairdo! The right accessory will glam up your whole look, while the wrong one can be gaudy, misplaced and ruin everything, says wedding beauty expert and founder of A Bridal Piece, Keka Heron. "Take the time to shop around, and consult with your stylist for the best piece for your desired look."
2. Using a leave-in conditioner or doing a deep conditioning treatment right before
Soft hair, do care! Depending on how often you wash your mane, the bridal stylists at Eva Scrivo Salon suggest doing a deep conditioning treatment no sooner than one to two shampoos prior to your wedding date. "Otherwise, your hair will be too soft to work with, which will affect the longevity of the style," they explain. As for leave-in conditioner, steer clear of it the wedding week. "Leave-in conditioner tends to leave your locks looking oily and dirty for a few days afterward so if you're planning on giving your hair a last minute rejuvenation, make sure you do it at least a week in advance," warns bridal hair and makeup artist Jordan Mae.
3. Purchasing clip-in hair extensions last minute
Get them for your trial, not just the day of! As Brittany Lo, Founder of Manhattan-based beauty service company Beautini, points out, many brides fall in love with a hairstyle on Pinterest only to discover that it looks totally different on them at their trial. So they purchase hair extensions last minute to fix it. The problem with this? Extensions often need to be cut and color matched, cautions Lo. "We've had brides show up with hair extensions they want to use that are a completely different color and poor quality." If you decide to use hair extensions, she highly recommends splurging for 100% human (Remy) hair and avoiding the synthetic kinds.
4. Not washing your hair
Turns out, dirtier isn't better! A lot of brides show up with dirty hair because someone once told them it's better for their style, notes NYC hairstylist Amy Moscowitz of Cutler Salon. "On the contrary, if the hair is too oily it can be very hard to manage. Instead, arrive with clean, dry hair so that your stylist can prep it with the proper products."
5. Skipping cuts and trims for the sake of long locks
Big mistake, brides! Most girls want their hair to be as long as possible so they avoid haircuts and trims until after the wedding, tells Moscowitz. "This is a bad idea because the ends will split and continue to split until they look horribly damaged. This will definitely show if you're wearing your hair down," she warns. I recommend a small half-inch trim every 12 weeks for a bride that is growing her hair. This will keep it long but healthy."