Haircare Tips From Top Stylists

The importance of wedding-hair preparation.

Haircare Tips From Top Stylists

Photo: Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

Every bride wants a flawless coif on the big day, so we've asked some of the top hairstylists the best ways to achieve lustrous locks. With these helpful hints on everything from hair care to hair color and even extensions, you can quickly find the answer to your bridal-hair question. Read below to learn these valuable tips.

Photograph by Jay Lawrence Goldman

Justin Surh of Michael John Salon in Beverly Hills, CA has been styling hair for over 20 years and has trained with famed stylists such as Toni & Guy, and the late Vidal Sassoon. Justin is known for his expertise in blonde color management as well as precision cuts. "A wedding hairstyle or updo trial-run should occur 1-2 months before the [wedding] date," suggests Justin, "that way there is a good deal of time to share ideas." He also urges brides to have their hairstylist show them a few simple updos the day of the trial-run in case there are any hair disasters on the wedding day. "A know-how of a classic bun or sweet chignon will save you from going into emergency mode!"

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Britney Huinker owner of Argyle Salon & Spa in Los Angeles, CA has made a career of her love for the beauty industry, and has worked hard to help develop hair care treatments for salon professionals. She believes that the Brazilian Blowout in particular is great for wedding hairstyles, and can create extremely smooth and shiny locks. "Your stylist can customize the treatment to achieve the perfect extent of straightness and shine for you," explains Britney. She is also an advocate of hair extensions on the big day. "They create a fullness great for bridal updos or when wearing hair down." Britney adds that brides should make sure a hairstylist color-matches the extensions to your hair's hue.

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Sami Eid of Cristophe Salon in Beverly Hills, CA is known for her excellent ability to enhance the beauty of curly hair, and eliminate the frizzy, unruliness that naturally curly hair sometimes causes. Sami suggests that brides considering a color change should do so a couple of months prior to the big day. "At least two months time is best, because it allows time to correct any changes needed," affirms Sami. She also adds that brides should use a professional shampoo and conditioner made to add shine and volume, and for extra hair repair, an in-salon conditioning treatment could be beneficial. Sami says that the latest wedding-hair trends are long, flowing waves and ballerina-inspired buns.

Photograph by Elizabeth Messina

Opening photograph by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography