The morning after my fiancé proposed to me, I was woken up to sweet kisses and him telling me that we should start looking at venues, because he wanted to get married in October (a mere six and a half months from our engagement.) Of course, any girl would be happy to have a man that was that excited to marry her, but my mind (and the hairstylist within me) immediately went into a panic thinking about my hair.
Being a hairstylist, I must admit, I have been hard on my own locks. Boredom and the constant access to new products in the industry makes messing with your own hair too hard to resist. Also, being a hair-obsessed chick, I had always imagined having mermaid hair for my wedding.
So, now what to do now? My hair seemed to be stuck in this just-above-the-boob no-man's land for a couple of years now, and some major changes HAD to be made. Below is my current bridal hair boot camp! I will be doing a follow-up blog right before the big day to show you all of my progress!
1. Less heat, less washing. I have opted to wash my hair every 2-3 days (I am using a moisture masque as a conditioner EVERY time), and I am not blow drying my hair at all. I am either embracing my natural wave, or going in and adding some more uniform curls with a flat iron for a more polished look.
2. Vitamins! I am currently taking 500mg of biotin every day, along with fish oil, b12, a women's probiotic, and drinking ten drops of Biosil (which is a liquid form of collagen).
3. No coloring whatsoever! Back in January, I had my lovely assistant Britt paint some very gradient and tiny highlights to connect my blonde hair to my dark roots. I have vowed to embrace the grow-out and not touch my hair with color until right before the wedding. I think limiting hair-stress will be key.
4. No cutting whatsoever! My hair is not breaking off, frayed, or overly processed, so trims are completely unnecessary. I want optimum length on my big day, and trimming it regularly would definitely stunt the process.
5. No tight pony's, headbands, or messy buns! I had a serious mishap about six months ago where I wore a tight headband that had a knot in it for an entire busy day of work, and once I had removed it, I had a bump on my head where the knot was (right smack dab in the middle of the front of my hairline). The bump scabbed for some reason and the hair fell out in that spot! I am literally growing out this little spot of hair because of a dumb headband! Braids are the way to go girls! Don't kink and break your hair with headbands and hair bands!
I have found that growing out your hair, for the majority of the population of my clients, tends to be really hard. I hope that in 3.5 months from now, I can follow you all up with some positive results from this hair journey of mine!