Here are some instructions to get your locks looking runway-ready.

Prep

Aim to wash your hair the night before so it’s nice and clean and dry (unless you’re having a blow-dry service in which case you may arrive with wet hair) without any product. Avoid using any hot-tools like straightening irons unless you have super curly hair (see ‘Curly Hair’ instructions below). On the day I recommend wearing a button-up top, something loose fitting, or a gown to avoid damaging your hair when getting dressed later.

Cleansing

I recommend doing two really thorough shampoos, making sure you scrub all of your scalp with your fingertips. Follow with a small amount of conditioner, leaving for five minutes before rinsing. Avoid getting any conditioner near the roots of your hair. It’s important to rinse your conditioner out really thoroughly so your hair has good holding power.

Drying

If you normally use a hairdryer to dry your hair, I recommend drying the roots with your head flipped upside down. This helps with volume and prevents strong part lines. If you prefer to let it air-dry, rake your hands through the roots regularly and change your part line as it’s drying. This creates a similar effect.

Curly hair

If you have very curly/coily hair it’s a good idea to put a small amount of smoothing cream or leave-in conditioner on the ends of your hair after you wash it. If you are having an up-style and don’t want your hair styled with its natural curl, please straighten it in advance so that it’s ready to go on the day. If straightening isn’t possible, just let me know so that I can allow some extra time for you.

More advanced prep

It’s a good idea to book any cut or colour appointments for 1-2 weeks before your wedding or event. You want to allow enough time that you can wash your hair twice between your colour appointment and the wedding or event day. Avoid making any radical changes at this stage.

I also recommend booking in a professional treatment during the month before so that your hair is as healthy as it can be. This is also the time to make sure you’re using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. If you colour your hair regularly, I highly recommend incorporating a clarifying shampoo into your routine to remove product build-up. Product build-up causes your hair to drop easily, go static and limp. If you’re not sure what products you should be using, I’m always happy to help.