Wedding Hair

When Should I Wash My Hair Before My Wedding Day? 

September 15, 2022

As you meticulously plan every detail of your big day, one question that often arises is: "When should I wash my hair before my wedding day?" Your hair plays a vital role in your overall bridal look, and getting the timing right for your hair wash is crucial for achieving that picture-perfect style! There has been a myth circulating the hair world for years, and that is that dirty hair is best for specialty styling. We’re here to tell you, that’s not necessarily true! Continue reading and let us guide you through the considerations and offer expert advice to help you make the best decision for your hair and your most special day!

Consider Your Hair Type and Texture

The first step in determining when to wash your hair is to consider your hair type and texture! Different hair types have varying needs when it comes to washing and styling. For example, if you have fine hair that tends to get oily quickly, washing it the day of your wedding might be best! Do keep in mind that if you go this route, you will most likely need to either blow dry your hair or upgrade your wedding hairstyling services to include a blow out!

On the other hand, if you have coarse or curly hair that tends to hold styles well, you might want to wash it the day before your wedding! If your hair has a natural curl to it, think about whether you want to maintain or remove your natural curl pattern on the day of your wedding! If you are looking to keep your natural curls on wedding day, we recommend you wash your hair the day before your wedding. This way your hair will have ample time to dry prior to your day-of hairstyling! If you do not want to maintain your natural curl pattern on wedding day, consider waking up a little earlier on wedding day and giving your hair a thorough washing. We recommend adding a blow-out to your hair styling services! This way your hair will be completely smooth and ready for additional styling. 

If your hair is in between fine and dense, base your hair washing decisions on your comfort level! If you’re comfortable skipping hair washes, go for it! If you absolutely must wash your hair every morning, then you should wash your hair on the morning of your wedding.

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Pre-Wedding Hair Trials: Your Hair's Best Friend

Hair trials are like a dress rehearsal for your locks! They offer you and your Updos For I Dos hairstylist the opportunity to experiment with various styles, assess your hair's response to different products, and determine the optimal washing timeline.

During your hair trial, engage in an open conversation with your stylist! Share your hair washing habits, the products you typically use, and your envisioned hairstyle. This dialogue will help your stylist customize their recommendations based on your hair's unique characteristics! 

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The Day Before: To Wash or Not to Wash?

Opting to wash your hair the day before your wedding has its perks! Mostly being, you can (hopefully) sleep in a little later on the morning of your wedding! We love to recommend our brides receive a specialty blow-out the day before their wedding. This way, you have fabulous bouncy locks for your rehearsal dinner AND fabulous day two hair on wedding day! Additionally, think about including your mom, sister, maid of honor, or other bestie for this appointment! You’ve spent a very long time planning for this special time, you deserve a little extra pampering!

If you do opt for a pre-wedding day blow-out, ask your stylist to avoid using heavy styling products that could weigh your hair down or make it appear greasy. Did you know that our Updos For I Dos artists are also available for rehearsal dinner styling? If you’re interested in receiving rehearsal day hair and makeup services, fill out our form here

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Washing Hair on The Morning Of: Pros and Cons

Washing your hair on the morning of your wedding will leave you with fresh, clean locks that are ready to be styled exactly how you envision! There has been a myth circulating for as long as we can remember that dirty hair is best, and we’re here to tell you that is totally not true! Clean hair is actually best for styling! Your Updos For I Dos hairstylist will be able to “dirty up” your hair prior to styling to achieve a perfect grit so that your hairstyle holds all night long. 

If you are planning on washing your hair on wedding day, please factor that into your getting ready timeline. Consider the density of your hair, how long it takes to dry, and if you are planning on self-drying or upgrading your day-of hairstyling services! Keep in mind that your hair needs to be completely dry before your stylist begins! 

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Expert Hair Care Tips Before Your Wedding

Plan Ahead

Start thinking about your hair washing schedule well in advance! Mainly consider factors such as your hair type and what you’re comfortable with. 

Communicate with Your Stylist

Your hairstylist is your ally in achieving the perfect bridal look! Discuss your hair washing routine and preferences during your hair trial, and be open to their suggestions.

Use High-Quality Products

Invest in high-quality, professional hair care products leading up to your wedding day! If you are unsure of what products are best for your hair, chat with your Updos For I Dos hairstylist during your hair trial!  Shampoos and conditioners formulated for your hair type can help maintain (or even improve) its health and shine!

Avoid Drastic Changes

While it might be tempting to experiment with a new hair color or treatment close to your wedding day, it's best to avoid drastic changes that could potentially backfire! Stick to what you know works well for your hair, and leave the experimenting for after your big day!

Manage Stress 

We know, we know… This is easier said than done! However, stress can affect your hair's health and appearance. Practice stress-reducing activities like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing to keep your locks looking their best!

Stay Hydrated and Eat Well

A balanced diet and proper hydration contribute to the overall health of your hair and skin! Incorporate nutrient-rich foods and plenty of water in the weeks leading up to your big day.

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So, When Should I Wash My Hair Before My Wedding Day? 

Deciding when to wash your hair before your wedding day is a decision that should align with your hair's needs, your comfort levels, and your getting ready schedule! Regardless of whether you opt for a pre-wedding day wash or a fresh morning cleanse, careful planning, effective communication with your hairstylist, and personalized care will ensure you dazzle with your bridal hairstyle! Remember, it's not just about the hairstyle – it's about feeling your best as you embark on this beautiful journey of love and commitment! 

If you're ready to say "YES!" to your dream on-site hair and makeup team, don't hesitate to get in touch with us today. We're thrilled to be a part of your big day and can't wait to make your wedding hair and makeup visions come to life!