(Closed) When to get hair highlighted?

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am planning on starting my coloring about 4 months before the wedding – will have 2 colors and then a final color & trim 2 weeks before the wedding. That way the color & cut settles down a bit before the wedding, but doesn’t grow enough to see roots.

Post # 4
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I actually got my highlight/color 5 weeks in advance. My stylist/SIL said that a LITTLE bit of roots adds depth to your face and that with the teasing/curling, you wouldn’t notice anyays. It takes a couple weeks for highlights to settle on my face. Last time i was toned too much and had violet highlights and those took a week to fade, so I didn’t want to risk that again. Also, they can trim your curls so you have fresh ends in your updo. I’d start getting highlighted now so you get as much as you want before the wedding. I always find that when i go from dark to light, it takes about 3 sets of highlights/colorings for me to get the amount of color I really desire.

Post # 5
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m getting my highlights touched up 2 weeks before the wedding.  I will also get a trim if I due for one. 

Post # 6
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m going two weeks before.  It give me tiem to adjust to the new cut and let the color settle in.

Post # 7
3331 posts
Sugar bee

I know a lot of people plan further in advance, but I actually got my hair colored and cut 4 days before the wedding.  My hair stylist is a personal friend (and someone I’ve worked with for a long time) so I knew that she would do everything perfect for the wedding. If I had had any doubts about the stylist/cut or color, I think I would have given myself time in between to adjust before the wedding.

Post # 8
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m a stylist, give your self 2-3 weeks just in case. That will give time for color to settle, and for you to adjust, and God forbid something happen, time for your stylist to fix!

Post # 9
2680 posts
Sugar bee

I get my hair highlighted every few months, but I did my last appointment 1 week before the wedding.

Post # 10
512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would say get your highlights about two months before so you have a touch up due about 2 weeks before the wedding. The first time people get highlights it seems to be a bit shocking on natural hair so give it time to grow out a bit and then get your touchup coloring about two weeks before the wedding so you have time for it subtle a bit before the big day! I cant wait till after my wedding to go back to highlighting my hair and cutting it since I have auburn all through out now but dont want to mess around with it just in case! Im hoping to have my auburn with blonde streaks back or dark brown with auburn highlights and shorter hair for the post wedding  chop!

Post # 11
618 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I got highlights and a trip 1 week before the wedding.  I’ve been going to the same girl and getting the same color for nearly 6 years, so we’ve got the process down!  She says the color looks best after about 3 days.  I understand giving yourself more time (just in case) if you’re not used to highlights or your stylist. 

Post # 12
4 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

As a hairstylist I recommend that if you’ve been getting your hair highlighted by the same person and you love it then get it done 7-4 days before the wedding. This is because the toner for highlights usually fades by the first wash so no matter what your color will look fresh in the pics.


 If you haven’t been getting highlights or are currently about to try someone new start 3 months in advance just in case!!! This allows you to get 2 color services before the wedding. Just in case you get something your not to happy with you have enough time to correct it. 


hope this helps!

-Clarissa Malek

Post # 13
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

1-2 weeks before an event is what I do!

Post # 14
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I started getting my highlights in March and plan to keep up the “every 3 months” routine until the wedding. I think I will get my highlights redone 2-3 weeks before to let the color settle as someone mentioned above. Even though I’m going to the same lady, I’m nervous about her screwing up the color. I have very dark hair, so on the blonde highlights (I have blonde and red) sometimes they put too much toner. I will probably get my hair cut sometime after.

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