Wedding Hair Tips for Your Wedding Weather

by Kate Wood

You might have a dream bridal hairstyle in your mind, but let's face it -- if it doesn't work with your wedding day weather, you may be in for a bad hair day. A better bet is to come up with a plan for your hair that'll work with Mother Nature and fit with your wedding style. After all, you don't want to be fussing with your hair at the altar -- it should be the furthest thing from your mind.

The Weather: Hot and Dry

What you're worried about: Dry, dull, damaged hair

How to deal: Unless you're prone to greasy locks, in the weeks before the wedding, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner (look for ingredient words like "humectant," "glycerin," and "panthenol"). No matter what type of hair you have, do a deep conditioning treatment once a week to restore moisture. If your hair is oily, be careful to avoid your roots and condition only the length of your hair. You should also avoid heat styling as much as possible -- even if you can only bear to let your hair air-dry a couple times a week, any opportunity away from the blow-dryer will do your tresses good. And of course, trim, trim, trim -- dry heat will only worsen the dull appearance of damaged or split ends.

On your wedding day: Prep your hair for heat styling with a protective serum, which will prevent blow-dryers and irons from sapping moisture out of your locks. Finish your style with a misting of shine serum (for hair that's naturally oily) or a smudge of moisturizing pomade (for normal to dry hair). If you are wearing your hair down, you may want to add a little more to the ends.

The Weather: Damp and Humid

What you're worried about: Serious frizz

How to deal: No matter what your natural hair texture is, you're going to need to work with what you've got. This is not the time or the place to try to make a curly mane stay straight -- chances are you'll wind up with a total mess. Frizz is caused by hair trying to grab moisture from the air -- the rougher your hair cuticles or outer layer is (whether your hair naturally has a coarse texture or is damaged from coloring or styling), the worse the frizz. Prep your locks by regularly using a frizz-fighting serum. Comb a few drops through soaking wet hair to be sure it gets distributed evenly.

On your wedding day: The last time you wash your hair before the wedding, gently blot-dry your hair with a towel to get rid of excess moisture. Don't rub -- you'll rough up any broken or damaged hairs, increasing the chance of frizz. Apply your de-frizzing serum (or for more intense results, a strong-hold gel) to damp hair and comb it through evenly. When you finish blow-drying, don't forget to use the "cool shot" setting on your dryer -- hot air opens the hair cuticle, while cold air closes it. Finish your dry style with a second application of frizz-fighter (pomade or gel works best). You might want to keep a little on hand throughout the wedding day for smoothing down any hair that may curl up.

The Weather: Cold and Dry

What you're worried about: Dry, staticky hair

How to deal: Cold saps hair of its moisture, so unless your hair is naturally oily, make a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner part of your prewedding routine. Though you're probably blow-drying your hair (who's going to sit around with wet hair when it's snowing outside?), try to limit your use of other heat-styling devices (hot rollers, curling irons, or flat irons). Crispy, over-processed ends are much more likely to respond to static. Also, be sure to use a deep conditioning treatment (once a week is ideal -- and if you color or relax your hair, it's a necessity).

On your wedding day: Apply a heat-protecting cream before you blow-dry (prep with a leave-in conditioner if your hair is particularly rough). Use a light touch when applying -- you don't want to weigh down your hair, you just don't want your hair to bear the brunt of the heat from the dryer (especially if you're dealing with dry, indoor heat). Avoid hair sprays or gels that contain alcohol, which will dry out your mane. Finish your style with a pomade or styling cream. Then you'll be ready to put on your veil and go!

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