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The BIG Day is almost here! A time for the bride and groom to start dressing up and preparing for the big day. Family, friends, and so many memories. Too many brides begin to add hairstyles to their worry list. But embracing curls and waves can be a first step in not worrying about a hairstyle.

Don’t forget--your curls are a part of who you truly are.

Don’t forget--your curls are a part of who you truly are. So why not play up another beautiful part of you on the biggest day of your life?

1. Choose your dress before you select your hairstyle.

While you think you have the perfect style bookmarked on your Pinterest for your wedding hairstyle, it might not match the dress that you actually end up choosing. Having a basic idea of what you want is always a good idea, but don't set your mind to a specific ‘do until you have THE dress in hand.

2. Visualize it.

It is important that you create a unified vision well before the day, as your hairstyle will need to fit into that look and feel. Create a vision board with photos of hairstyles you would like to try using Pinterest, Google, Tumblr, or bridal magazines. This will give your hairstylist a clear idea of what your expectations are.

3. Find someone who specializes in wedding hairstyles.

Just because your hairstylist can cut your hair well on a regular basis does not mean they are experienced in updos or formal styling for special events such as weddings. If you have a unique hairstyle in mind, do research and find out who has established a reputation for skills in wedding hairstyles in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your new stylist during your consultation to feel them out and get clarity. Our curly salon database is a good place to start your search as it is filled with reviews from other curly haired women.

4. Try out new products at least two weeks in advance.

If you are using new products before the big day, give yourself plenty of time to test them out. Two weeks prior to the wedding day, you should have a good idea of how your hair will respond to the products. You will also know if you need to change things up within your current regimen to get the hair you want.

5. Avoid washing your hair on the day of.

We have all been told that day-old hair works better than clean. While you might be tempted to wash your hair because having perfectly clean hair makes you feel better, do not! Stylists agree that day-old hair works better for a reason--the natural oils in your curls will help the stylists shape more naturally, unaltered.

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6. Using hair accessories? Keep extras on hand.

Your hair accessories can break, get lost in the travel to your stylist, or left at the hotel. With that being said, buy 2 of the exact same accessory.

7. Be realistic AND flexible in your hairstyling options.

Be realistic and flexible: The weather can change in instant. If you have a summer wedding, high humidity may be at play.  Just as you need a backup plan for your venue, you also need a backup plan for your hair. Ask for options from your stylist  and find 2 or 3 that work for you.

8. Include your hairstyle in the dress rehearsal.

You might have an idea of what your hair is going to look like but you cannot be sure until you have done it. This could be the most photographed day of your life and you need to know that your hair is going to be exactly the way you imagined.

9. Change hairstyles between the ceremony and reception.

This might seem bothersome, but updos can feel tight or heavy the longer you wear them, so more and more brides are turning to this solution. You will feel more relaxed and potentially avoid pain at the reception. It will also give your wedding photos more versatility. Teach one of your bridesmaids beforehand on how to assist the quick hairstyle change.

10. Don't forget the veil (if you have one).

Inspiration wedding photos can provide plenty of ideas, but they do not always include the veil. If you have chosen to wear a veil, keep this in mind as you search for hairstyle inspiration because this will have an impact on your hairstyle.

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