Post # 1
Just wondering if anyone had their hair cut or colored before their wedding? How far in advance did you go?
This is gross but I haven’t had my hair cut in like….over a year. I’ve been trying desperately to grow it out as long as possible so that I would have plenty of options for our wedding day. It’s obviously a hot mess now.
I want to have some subtle highlights done before the wedding that I used to get every summer. It basically just lightens my natural color a little bit. When should I go for these?
Should I also get a cut before the wedding to lob off the dead ends? I want my hair to stay long but I don’t want it looking awful! How far in advance did you have your hair cut?
Post # 2
I did. Cut was fine, color was a DISASTER. I got it toned, and it was better, but still really brassy. Ended up getting it toned again the day before the wedding and it was perfect. But, slightly nervewracking. I ould definately go at least a couple weeks before, incase you need another visit so it’s what you want. Would also get a hair trim.
Post # 3
I would go for a hair cut ASAP, particularly if you plan to have a trial. It will neaten it up and promote growth. I genuinely didn’t have time to get my done until like 2 weeks before the wedding, and my hairdresser wouldn’t take as much as it needed off at that point as it would have been problematic on the day (so I went back after the wedding to have a proper cut). I had my colour done two weeks before as I have it done regularly by the same person so wasn’t worried about the results, and I wanted the colour to be fresh without any regrowth.
So,I’d go ASAP if I were you to make sure it’s healthy, and if you don’t usually get it coloured I would probably get that done too. I would then go maybe 2 weeks before the wedding for a very small trim/neaten up and to have the colour re-done/roots touched up.
Post # 4
I get my hair cut every6-8 weeks and only recently decided to let it grow out with only 4 months till my wedding what was I thinking. I say make an appt now and get it cut right before you do your hair trial.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2017 - Baton Rouge, LA
yeah definitely get it cut asap- then again like 4 weeks before the wedding. i also had all over highlights and low lights done 4 weeks before the wedding, and will go back 1 week before the wedding to get my roots touched up wiht just a few highlights on top
Post # 6
I”m planning on getting it done a couple weeks before the wedding. I don’t do anything crazy with my color, but I am making the transition to a “bronde”. I want to allow for some time in case I need to get it fixed. I’ll get a trim, but I won’t do anything crazy with my hair. After the wedding, I do plan on chopping it all off.
Post # 7
Hi! I’m a hairdresser!
I actually recommend that brides who currently do not color there hair but want highlights for the wedding to plan to have it highlighted TWICE before the wedding. The first time should be at least 10-8 weeks before the wedding and the second time a week before the wedding. There are some difficulties with highlighting virgin hair to achieve a desired look. Many times in pictures of other ladies whose hair we admire, these heads of hair have been highlighted many times over a long time period, and the slow building up and slight overlapping of highlights over time helps to give a softer, more natural and diffused look to them. A lot of times the very first time I highlight someone’s hair the highlights are very subtle looking and harder to see because they are only covering a small percentage of the hair. They can also look a bit flat, as naturally occuring highlights show a big range in different colored streaks, but the first time your hair is highlighted it will only be two colors, your base color and the highlight itself.
Doing it twice will also allow room for error and improvement, or will allow you plenty of time to change your mind and dye your hair back.
also if you are wanting very natural highlights that mimick what the summer sun does to hair I would seek out a hairdresser who is experienced with Balayage technique and request that technique specificall. It is gorgeous and subtle, and looks amazing on curled hair and updos.
as far as a cut goes I would get your hair cut at your first appointment 10-8 weeks before the wedding and then maybe a very very light trim a week before IF you plan to wear your hair down, if not I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 8
Eeeep! So sorry to hear about your color! Glad it was resolved, though. I’m not toooo nervous about the highlights because I’ve been going to this guy for like 10 years and he always knows how to do super subtle but lovely highlights that don’t like stripey. The cut makes me nervous, though!
Thanks! This seems like solid advice. The guy I get my hair done from usually isn’t the stylist that I’ve hired for the big day, so I wasn’t really sure what to do. My hairstylist for the wedding usually doesn’t do trials until a month or two out (so not until May or June!)
Maybe I’ll go have my hair done while I’m home over the weekend OR I’ll get it trimmed and highlighted the first week in April. Then mid June have it trimmed/colored again?
Thanks! My trial won’t be until May or June, should I still be going now? It seems a little early! I was thinking April? I have no idea how this stuff works, though.
Oof, I’m behind! This seems to be the consensus! Thanks! So maybe I’ll do a cut and color now, once before my shower at the end of May/early June, and once again about a week before the wedding at the very end of June.
That’s so funny — all of my friends that have been married recently also chopped all of their hair off after the wedding! I will probably take off 4 inches or so, but that isn’t too drastic considering how long my hair is right now.
Post # 9
AHH yes thank you! I was hoping someone with hair experience would chime in!
I think having my hair highlighted twice sounds great, especially because I will want the roots touched up anyway, but it sounds like I still have a little bit of time.
My hair is sort of naturally highlighted, though over the winter it looks a little more brunette and over the summer it looks a bit more dirty blonde. My hairdresser is great with highlights (he used to do them on me all the time) and definitely can do the more subtle look that I like. He normally just makes my hair look a bit brighter, if that makes any sense. I will look into that technique, though.
The deadline you gave makes a little more sense to me. I think perhaps I will wait until April then with my first appointment (as my wedding isn’t until June 27) and then go in again once a week before the wedding.
Thanks so much!
Post # 10
Hi Bees! I recently moved and have only been to my new salon once. The stylist referred me to her co worker to try the biyalage.
My wedding is 7/30/15. My last foil highlights were May 2014. I get my roots done.
I’d like to brighten it up but not get brassy. Any tips for time line?
Post # 11
I would start getting trims every 6-8 weeks. It makes your hair grow so much faster!! I also take biotin and pre-natals to get mine to grow. I also have started the hair coloring process. I started 4 months prior to the wedding to plan for 2-3 hair appointments to get it perfect. I will be having it colored/trimmed for the last time 3 weeks prior to the wedding.
Post # 12
I got my hair cut and highlighted like 2 weeks before my wedding. Hair always looks best with freshened color and trimmed ends.