Wedding Day Hair Q&A

April 18, 2018

Today I am sharing a few tips from a wonderful cosmetologist - Amanda Smith! Amanda and I grew up going to the same church, and for the last several years she has been my go-to hair girl! She listens to what I want, and always gives me a great cut! She doesn't just do fabulous cuts, she also creates some amazing up-dos! I asked her to share some of her experience for a wedding day, and she kindly agreed! As I got ready to post this - I realized I don't have any pictures I'VE taken of any of the hairstyles she's done. So instead, I'm using pictures from my sisters wedding last April that Kira Ellen Photography took! 


Also, I've already got her booked for my own wedding! If you're in the Atlanta area, you'll want to connect with Amanda!



1. Should I wear my hair up or down for the wedding day? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each?


Aside from your personal preference several factors play into this: your dress style, hair type, and time of year you get married. Dress style would probably be the least important, but it will effect the total look that you’re trying to achieve. Your hair type is a little more of a consideration. For example, if you are wanting your hair down and curly, but your hair is long, fine, and doesn’t hold curl well, you probably should consider wearing at least most of your hair up to help it last all day. That also applies to hair that tends to “grow” or frizz with humidity. Or if your hair is super thick and heavy and tends to give you headaches, a lot of it piled on your head all day is probably going to make you miserable. Also, if you are having an outdoor wedding in the middle of summer (especially in the south!) or having a lot of outdoor pics, having your hair down will run the risk of it falling and/or sticking to your neck, while having it up will ensure durability and comfort. 


2. How far ahead of pictures should I schedule my appointment for? 


Probably plan on having your hair finished at least 30-45 minutes before pics start to give you time to get dressed after. And you usually want to allot at least and hour for hair to be styled. So... plan on starting your hair at least and hour and a half ahead of time. (It’s always a good idea to give yourself a bit of a buffer in case things run behind.) 


3. What are the advantages/disadvantages of going to a salon vs. having you at the venue on the wedding day? 


Getting it done in the salon can be helpful to keep you from having to deal with anything wedding related while you’re getting your hair done and motivates you to be more on time so your schedule doesn’t go crazy. The disadvantage to this is you still have to travel to the venue and that leaves a world of possibilities to contend with on the way there. However, having it at the venue ensures you’re already there and gives you the comfort of everyone going straight from hair to being ready then you’re done. And it gives you more room to spread out. The disadvantage to this is you might get distracted by or pulled into a project or problem that you don’t need to be dealing with. 


4. Hair or makeup first? 


Makeup first! You don’t want your hair to be in the way of the makeup artist! And you certainly don’t want your hair getting messed up by moving it out of the way.


5. Is a trial run that important? How far in advance should I schedule that? 


The trial run is VERY important! It ensures your peace of mind and helps your hairstylist to know more of what to do and not to do the day of. It will save you time and stress on your wedding day. 

It’s good to plan to do it about a month before. Your time gets too precious (and scarce!) any closer to the wedding than that. 


6. How much should I be ready to spend?


While it depends on your hairstylist and salon, you’re probably looking at least somewhere between $50-$95. 

I’m not really sure what updos go for in a lot of other places. One site I read they charged $100+ for wedding styles. 



7. Any do's or don'ts when it comes to my hair on a wedding day? 


Do wear a button up shirt to make sure you don’t have to pull your shirt over your head. Do have an extra can of hairspray and curling iron available for any needed touch ups closer to the wedding time. Don’t come with you hair wet or even damp! It takes up more time and your hair will be way too fresh and slick to hold the style. It’s best to wash your hair the day (or at very least) the night before the wedding. 


This picture is hilarious...but I just love the side view of her hair!! 





As my own wedding is coming up, I found these tips SO helpful! I hope they were helpful to you as well. Be sure to check out Amanda's work on her page


Happy Wednesday everyone!


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