There are a few people we trust implicitly when it comes to big-day beauty, but as far as hair is concerned, Christophe Robin tops our list. Not only is the French colorist and stylist the creator of one of our favorite brands, but he's also worked his magic on celebrities like Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Catherine Deneuve, and Vanessa Paradis. Needless to say, he knows exactly how to create a healthy head of hair that seems—dare we say the word—truly effortless. We asked him to share his best wedding-day tips, which (spoiler alert!) require little hairspray but much hair care.
For naturally gorgeous wedding waves, focus on hair care first.
So many brides want romantic curls or waves on the wedding day, but leave it entirely up to their stylist to make the look happen. That, he says, is the wrong thing to do. Instead, focus on getting your hair in great shape before the wedding, then worry about the style later. "It's important to have healthy-looking hair, so proper care in the long-term is essential to get the most stunning result," he says. "Good care preserves volume and density, making your style seem fuller." Try a nourishing hair mask weekly, or use lavender oil as a multipurpose treatment. "It can be used as a protective treatment before sun or water exposure, and as an intensive pre-treatment conditioner before a salon appointment," Robin explains. "You can also use it as a styling product to give hair definition, moisturize, and protect it from ultraviolet rays." Bonus: It will also keep your hair from turning brassy in the sun.
Plus, what you eat will also impact the quality of your locks. "I always recommend a lot of omega fatty acids," he says, as these can help increase shine, thickness, and elasticity of your strands. Another tip from Robin? Pile your plate high with seasonal fruits and veggies.
How you do your hair should depend on your wedding dress.
According to Robin, your big-day hairstyle should complement your wedding dress, not compete with it. "If you're wearing a spectacular gown, go for a more undone hairstyle," he explains. "I love it when the hair is let loose. It's very romantic." Similarly, if you've chosen a minimalist wedding dress, Robin suggests going for something a little more ornate. Just make sure it still feels natural. "Make sure your hair is never too sticky," he adds.
Wash your hair the right way on the wedding day.
First and foremost, make sure you're rinsing your hair really well. "I think people never rinse well enough," Robin says. "That's one of the main causes of oily scalps. If the hair is not well rinsed, the products coat the scalp and don't allow it to breathe, making it greasy." If your hair doesn't tend to get too greasy, he recommends washing your hair the day before the ceremony and letting it dry naturally, then adding a volumizing mist and creating a few waves with a flat styling iron on the morning of the wedding. But if your scalp tends to get oily fast, wash it the morning of instead.
Treat your hair depending on the weather.
Your hair needs to be cared for differently depending on the time of year. In the winter, Robin explains, the dryer air means hair is prone to static. "Use oil-based products to lock in moisture and tie your hair with a silk scarf or sleep on a silk pillowcase," he suggests. "And never go outside with wet hair!" In the summer, take advantage of the warm weather and give your locks the chance to air dry. But avoid foams and other alcohol-based styling products, advises Robins, as these will open the hair cuticle as they evaporate, washing out any color you may have.
If you want to color your hair, do a trial.
Just like you'll schedule a hairstyle trial, make sure you plan a hair color trial, too. No matter what you're planning to do for the wedding, make sure to try it way before the big day. Your last color should be about two weeks before. Also, remember that hair often appears darker when styled, Robin says, so accentuating it with lighter shades can make it look more multidimensional.