You want it to be longer, shinier, thicker - here's how to make your big-day hair wishes come true…

Ed Miles

1. Upgrade your hairbrush

Use one with natural boar bristles, rather than plastic, which degrade and split, causing damage. Invest in a Mason Pearson brush - it even comes in pink! (From £44.90; www.masonpearson.co.uk)

2. Get familiar with hair oils

A bit like facial oils, these won't make hair greasy but instead boost vitality. They're packed with proteins to rebuild broken structural bonds, they prevent dryness andimpart shine. Use after every hair wash at least a month before the big day. We're using SHOW Beauty Pure Treatment Oil (from £50; SHOW Beauty at www.net-a-porter.co.uk) on the advice of founder Tamara Ecclestone. 

3. Exfoliate your scalp

Sounds horrid, but it's wonderful for hair. Before washing, tip your head upside down and polish your scalp with a brush. 'It unclogs sweat glands and increases oxygenated blood to follicles,' says LA hair expert Philip B. Start three months before the day.

4. Up your supps

Advanced Nutrition Programme Nail Science capsules don't only benefit your nails, they also give your hair an incredible thickness thanks to biotin, zinc and copper - all essential for strong hair growth. (£24.45 for 60 capsules; www.feelunique.com

5. Book a Micromist treatment

A nourishing hair mask is applied, then a space helmet-like device emits a warm mist for the mask to penetrate the pores. 'I recommend this to all my brides,' says hairstylist Gustav Fouche, of Michael van Clarke. (From £35; www.vanclarke.com)

6. Care for your curls

Curly hair is notoriously dry and tricky to make look healthy. New luxe brand Boucleme's silicone-, sulphate- and paraben-free products - the culmination of years of research - are made in the UK with British women in mind. Stunning shine and silkiness are just a couple of washes away.

7. Spray on some scented SOS

Not only does it veil your locks in a light, refreshing jasmine scent, Dior Miss Dior Hair Mist (£34; Dior Miss Dior at www.selfridges.com) is non-greasy - and we noticed fewer static flyaways, too. It's perfect for using on the big day.

8. Eat more protein

So says trichologist Philip Kingsley. 'Proteins are used to build tissue cells, including those in your hair,' he says. 'Eggs are the perfect source, because the whites are the most complete and easily absorbed form of protein for the human body. Within four weeks, your hair should feel healthier.' Don't worry about your diet: the cholesterol present in eggs is minimal. Alternatively, increase your intake of fat-free yoghurt, soya or lean poultry.

9. Seal your hair

You can't make hair grow faster, but you can prevent it from needing a trim if you're growing it. Try a nightly dab of Redken Extreme Length Sealer on the ends to reduce splitting. (£14; www.redken.co.uk)

Four brilliant new hair ranges to try NOW

10. ££££

The Résistance Therapiste range by Kérastase - serum, mask, shampoo and conditioner - is the best treatment you'll find for damaged hair outside a salon. Start using it eight weeks before your big day. (From £17.50; www.feelunique.com)

11. £££

Liz Earle's all-natural conditioners for normal, oily/fine and dry/damaged hair now contain Kalahari melon oil for added lustre. (£10 each; www.lizearle.com)

12. ££

Tame frizz with the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Forever Smooth range - it even wards off the effects of humidity. (From £6.39; www.boots.com)

13. £

Go for Pantene Pro-V Perfect Hydration to prevent moisture loss if you regularly use heat tools. (£3.99; www.superdrug.com)