'How long before wedding to colour hair' is something we're sure all brides-to-be who dye their locks will type into Google soon after getting engaged.
When it comes to getting your wedding hair looking its thickest, glossiest, most vibrant self, the timing of your hair appointments is everything. Leave your last appointment too long before the wedding and you risk root growth and dullness, too soon and the colour may not have 'settled' (plus, you're stuck if you don't like it).
To get the low-down on when to get your hair dyed before your wedding, plus tips and tricks to get it looking just the way you want it, we spoke to Camilla at Taylor Taylor London.
'If you know you want to change your hair colour before your wedding, a year isn't too soon to begin the transition,' says Camilla. 'Ask your colourist for a consultation to work out a plan to get you where you want - and how.' If you want to go blonde, for example, it could take 3-4 applications to get to your desired colour, and to maintain good condition of the hair you'll want to leave it 2-3 months between applications.
The optimum time to get your hair dyed before the wedding? Seven days. 'After a week, your colour is still fresh but it gives the colour a chance to settle a little after a few washes. But a week also gives you time just in case you are not perfectly happy with the result.' Camilla also recommends getting your hair cut on the same day it's dyed, if possible. That way your colourist will know exactly how your locks are going to look and you'll avoid the colour being chopped off the ends.
Inspiration is key! Often, what a bride considers to be blonde may differ entirely to what a stylist thinks is blonde. Print off hair styles that you like, plus different tones, so you can talk through exactly what you like - and don't like. It's also important to consider how you might want to wear your hair on the big day, for example, 'if you want to wear your hair up but book highlights, you may be left with a darker colour underneath,' says Camilla. Similarly, are you going to want your hair slicked back into a classic chignon or kept soft and loose? This can help your colourist decide which techniques to use.
Getting married in 2018 and wondering what's going to be hot in
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highlights, balayage and ashy shades. Next year is all about
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Finally, it's really important to find a stylist you can trust - otherwise you could be left in a flap like one of Camilla's usual clients. 'A recent bride who regularly travels to me was so stressed about her wedding she went somewhere local,' she tells us. 'They messed up her colour so she had to come back in.'