Wedding Hairstyles and Care Tips

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2008

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, and the hairstyle is a very important part of a bride's look.

Getting Your Hair in Shape for the Big Day
- Hair grows about 1/2 inch per month on average, so the longer you want your hair, the sooner you should start growing.

- Massage your scalp when you shampoo. It stimulates the hair follicle and assists in the growth process. You also want to use a good shampoo and conditioner, such as Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

- Don't use a brush on wet hair. This can cause the hair to stretch and break. Use a hair-friendly wide-toothed comb to untangle freshly washed hair instead.

- Regular trims are important to keep hair healthy and beautiful. Cut 1/4 inch every 4 to 6 weeks. Leaving hair untrimmed will result in split ends.

Choosing a Hairstyle
Once you get your hair in great shape, it's time to choose a hairstyle. Simple styles are perfect for a destination wedding. Think about the wedding location when choosing a look: For example, a glamorous style would be perfect for a European wedding, while a sophisticated but relaxed look would be wonderful for a beach or outdoor wedding.

Resources
Special thanks to jenniferbehr.com for providing hair accessories. Mary used a Wilhelmina brush from fihair.com. Mary can be found at m.mcleod hair at 131 West 26 Street, New York, New York; for more information, visit mcurranstylist.com. Get more great ideas with this collection of classic bridal hairstyles.

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