Friday, June 20, 2008

Summertime Weddings

I was recently flown to Georgia (my home state) for a very VIP wedding; my sister's. The wedding was held at beautiful Chateau Elan, and I can't tell you what a fairy tale wedding this was. Not only is she the most beautiful bride I have ever seen (am I partial?), the entire ceremony was right out of a story book. With that in mind, I recognized that as hot as it is, weddings are still going on this summer and I thought I'd share a few tips on summertime hair, and somehow staying "cool" throughout it all.

1 - Have your hair cut or colored a week or 2 before your event. This gives you time to get used to the color or cut, gives it time to soften as it grows in, and allows time to correct any unforeseen instances such as a bad color job.

2 - The bride's hair should be the featured hair. For example, if she is wearing it up, her bridesmaids should find other styles to wear.

3 - Be sure to consult with your stylist well in advance. Any time I do a wedding, I spend weeks collecting inspiration photos and positioning them onto a vision board that I present to the bride, and take with me to the suite when styling her hair. It makes a great reference point, and gives everyone style inspiration.

4 - Keep in mind freshly shampood and dried hair can have a tendency to get "frizzy". Up-do's ususally work better with what i call "day old hair." This means shampoo your hair 24-48 hours before your wedding. Styling is easier, shine is better, and the overall look is much softer.

5 - Accessories and more. If you are wearing accessories in your hair, be sure they are well coordinated and don't distract from you, your dress, or the overall ceremony. My sister created these classically beautiful pins for her hair and her bridesmaids. These were simple, elegant, and really topped off the styles for the day and created a fun theme.

6 - Hairspray - the fix all. I think hairspray is the answer for all of life's problems. Use this wonder potion for lift, lock curls in place, restore life to hair, and help flat/falling hair. Keep a small travel size spray on hand. A few bobby pins are also very helpful to have on hand.

While I only have 2 or 3 more weddings scheduled this summer, I have really enjoyed this journey, and send my very best to all the blushing brides. Many years of happiness.

Enjoy,

Billy Lowe

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