“Just be yourself” is the mantra for 2018’s bridal season. Hair and makeup are no exception, with the polished ’dos of a few years ago giving way to the fresh, natural look of today. Think sun-kissed beach waves, messy buns and fresh flower crowns. But a word to the wise – don’t think DIY! The right stylist can help you achieve your dream look for your wedding. After all, those photos will last for generations.
Award-winning hairstylist Dan Buccilli of Pure Bliss Salon & Spa in Flint advises to start well ahead of time, especially if you plan to change or enhance your hair color. “Don’t assume it can just be done two weeks before the wedding,” he cautions. “Six months is a good length of time for a full color change, and it will have to be maintained and freshened up before the wedding. Also, make sure to get it trimmed every six to eight weeks to promote growth and clean up the ends. Regular trims keep your hair healthy. And though the key is to look natural, there’s no shame in giving Mother Nature a helping hand. For added length and fullness, don’t be afraid to utilize hair extensions.”
Working with a stylist well before the big day is a must. “My advice to brides is to always book a consultation,” Buccilli says. “Look at photos of yourself where you think your hair looks nice. Decide on your hairpieces and veil. Bring your accessories, dress and color, with as much information as possible, to your stylist.”
Buccilli suggests that you have your stylist photograph you at various angles with your wedding hairstyle. The camera will show any imperfections so that you’ll know what to change and whether you feel comfortable with the style.
“A photo will give a better visual than a mirror,” he says.
As Buccilli recommends, don’t wash your hair, condition it or use any oil on it the day before and day of the wedding! If you do, your hair will be too smooth to hold its style. Instead, dry-shampoo it the night before.
As a bride, you probably know what you want, but your stylist is the expert on how to get it. Make sure you know your hair’s type and texture. Whether fine or coarse, straight or curly, there will be some styles that are a better fit than others, especially when you take your facial shape into consideration. You may want to try a few different styles and get the opinions of your wedding party too.
The natural trend extends to accessories and makeup as well. Simple veils and lace are in for hair accessories. Popular colors for dresses and accessories tend toward creamy and off-white rather than the pure, dazzling white gowns of yesteryear. Today’s wedding dresses are flowing and soft, rather than the princess ball gown with a long train that used to be de rigueur.
Like your hairstyle, your makeup should be practiced beforehand.
“With makeup, do it yourself if you’re comfortable,” Buccilli says. “If you know you’re going to cry, you can use waterproof makeup. Airbrushed is really the best.”
“My advice to brides is to always book a consultation.” —Dan Buccilli
Now that we’ve covered the bride’s guidelines, let’s move on to the ones for the groom. “For the men, it’s a lot easier, but they usually have no clue what to do about their hair,” Buccilli says. “Guys should consult with their hairdresser six months before the wedding as well. Don’t just go to a walk-in barber! You could end up with an inconsistent look if you go to a bunch of different barbers like most guys. Don’t get your hair cut too close to your wedding day. Have it [cut] at least a week before to look natural.”
Buccilli concludes, “Guys are pretty easy to style. They know what they want. But they don’t know about products and often just air-dry their hair.”
For men with facial hair, he recommends that it be trimmed to complement facial shape and to use beard oil for moisture and shine. Consulting with a stylist or barber six months or more in advance is best.
Guys who shave regularly, to make sure you don’t chafe your beloved’s face with all that kissing, make sure you have a close shave. Buccilli says that straight-razor barber shaves are a good option for the morning of the wedding.
With the proper preparation, neither brides nor grooms have to worry about whether they look fabulous on this special day and in family albums for generations to come.