Alissa is a blogger at The Adored Life where she writes about life, style and curly hair. Not necessarily in that order. Read on to find out how to style and perfect your curly hair for your wedding…
Hi! I’m Alissa and I’m a blogger, marketer, but more importantly, a “curly girl.” I consider my curls my trademark and wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. It’s been a journey to find my best curls—you can learn more about that here!
Have you dreamed about the dress, venue, flowers but groaned when you thought about what to do with your curly hair?
For most people, dreaming about a wedding day is fun and, well, dreamy. They think about their partner, the dress, flowers, the accessories… oh yeah, and the hair. For most of my life that I’ve thought about weddings, even when I was a bridesmaid, was my hair. What on earth do you do for your hair when you already have curly hair?
Many people curl their hair for special occasions, but ahem, I’ve already got that one covered. So what are curly-hair beauties supposed to do? Straighten their hair to get the same effect that straight-haired people who when they curl their hair? This was something I struggled with until I decided to take things into my own hands and figure out what I could do. (And Googling this topic was no help, all I found was other women asking the same thing!) Oh and if you want to know what steps I’ve taken to get my best curly hair, click here!
Curly Hair Wedding Tips
1. This goes without saying, but don’t get your haircut for at least two weeks before your wedding. It takes curls a while to adjust to any change, and I don’t leave anything up to chance when it comes to a wedding!
2. Listen to your gut about what your hair will do. If there’s a style that looked AMAZING once but hasn’t quite since, your gut will tell you if this is right for you. Just like when you are picking out your perfect dress, you will just know.
3. Don’t be afraid to make a whole night in of pampering your hair. I love a coconut oil moisturizing mask. A personal indulgence of mine is taking a shower and then soaking up the steam while conditioning my hair and having Netflix play in the background. You and your curls need a night off from wedding stress!
4. Use those curls! Duh! I realized that one of the benefits of my curls was being able to have a more refined and elegant look when I created a loose ponytail, pinning up some curls to hide the elastic and then pulling some small tendrils to frame my face. I did this when I was a Maid of Honor and it literally took me 10 minutes to do my hair from start to finishing spray. I loved that I was able to enjoy the day without worrying about my hair and looking back and photos, you had no idea I spent only 10 minutes on it.
5. Do not be afraid of doing your own hair. I am ALL FOR hiring professionals, let me repeat that. I am all for hiring professionals. However, sometimes, unless your gut says otherwise, you might have the best luck doing your own hair on your wedding day. I know, I know. It sounds crazy, but remember when I said trust your gut? You know if you are the best person to work with your hair.
6. At the end of the day, your natural beauty is going to shine and your hair isn’t going to matter. Your smile, your partner and your memories are going to stand out, not your hair. Remember why you are getting married during the moments of chaos and trying to manage those curls.
It can be a bit daunting to think about how to deal with your curls on the most important day of your life, but you can do it! Just like you’ve already learned being a curly girl, you have to be patient and have lots of bobby pins on hand on the big day.
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