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Advice on how to prepare your wedding hair - 

From Donna Jones Hairdressing

Isle of Wight wedding hair styling

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So as you have seen previously in this blog Marianne and Katie don’t profess to know everything about hair and beauty for weddings (or day to day life), but we do know what we would like to know before our time comes. Wedding hair styling is essential as it is going to be photographed more than your wedding ring on the day, more than your bouquet and more than many other parts of your day. You will be the centre of attention and the main star of your wedding day photographs so having a good think about hiring a professional for your hair and make up is a must.

The other thing is preparation – it won’t all happen in one sitting on the morning of your wedding. If you want Cheryl Coles locks or Jennifer Lopez’s up do then the starting point has to be pretty healthy too. Think about how you should be treating your hair, how often you will need it cut, when it should be coloured before your wedding day and when you should wash it. It should definitely be washed, but when? Oh the many questions we put onto the wedding planning list and await some pearls of wisdom.

Well we have brought you the wedding hair advice pearls of wisdom from Donna Jones Hairdressing. A mobile hairdresser specialising in wedding hair and vintage styling, who can come to the venue of your choice the morning of your wedding. Donna offers the following advice to her clients, which shows her attention to detail and thorough service. Read on for some tips on how to prepare your hair.

Donna at work photographed by Emma Watts Photography 


Donna Jones Hairdressing Wedding Hair Advice Sheet

Find a stylist you trust and feel comfortable with - Firstly the best advice would be to find a stylist you trust and feel comfortable with. Be organised! Make booking a trial and your wedding day hair and make up top priority.

Gather ideas - What type of bride do you want to be classic, romantic, vintage? Look through magazines and search the internet for ideas. Get your stylist to design an inspiration board based on your ideas. Take pictures to your trial so your stylist can have an idea of what you are expecting.

Match your hairstyle ....to the dress, makeup, theme and even the place you are getting married. Will it be a beach wedding, church, or a civil wedding at the registry office?  Remember, a hairstyle can make or break confidence so it is vital that you take into consideration all the elements before choosing your final look.

It’s all about the silhouette - Make sure the style suits your face shape. What’s your height with shoes on in relation to the groom? Scale and balance must work for the ‘total look.’

Have a trial run, possibly a couple - A trial run ensures that you and your stylist are on the same page. Ideally this needs to be booked at least a month before the wedding day.  Allow at least two hours. You could bring a trusted friend or family member with you and have them take photos of the hair (front, sides and back). Have in mind a hairstyle when choosing a headdress/veil. Take any hair accessories to your trial run so you can see how your finished style will look.  Always give your honest opinion. You will want to feel completely comfortable and at ease on your big day.

Your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to have a one off hairstyle - that you have always dreamed of. Don’t panic if your hair isn’t quite the length needed for your chosen style. Your own hairstyle can be adapted. By adding hair extensions or a hairpiece you can add volume and length and completely change your look.

Take care of your hair! You should already be doing this anyway but if your hair is in poor condition then it can take months to bring it back to full condition so you can't start too soon. Have regular visits to your hairdresser and ask their advice about products that will help get your hair in great condition. If you wish to colour your hair then you should have it topped up 2 weeks before your wedding to make sure that any roots are concealed and any stains are gone. This may be also be a good time for a final trim.

Will your hairstylist come to the place where you choose to get ready? Having your stylist come to you will save you time on the big day so you can sit back relax and enjoy being pampered.

Follow your stylist’s advice on washing your hair, the use of products and styling before the wedding day. Hair is better to dress when it's settled down so try and wash it at least 24 hours before the time of your wedding.

Will your style still look great at your wedding reception? Will your hair have longevity from the ceremony to the party? Ask your stylist for tricks to help maintain the style throughout the day, and can they recommend the right products that will keep the style looking fresh all day.


Fantastic advice from Donna that makes for a great starting point when thinking about how to prepare your hair for your wedding day. Something as essential as your hair should be left in the hands of a professional. Definitely advice we will be printing out and referencing one day.

For more information on what Donna’s mobile hairdressing service can do for you and your wedding day, go to the Donna Jones Hairdressing profile in the directory and use the enquiry button to ask more questions.

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