A wedding veil is a traditional, beautiful accessory, which is why so many brides choose one for the big day. If you're planning on wearing a veil, you've likely selected a big-day hairstyle that complements the style you've chosen, ensuring that your accessory looks great and stays put during the ceremony and your portraits. However, what happens when it's time to take the veil off and party all night long? How do you prevent a major hairstyle fumble?
There's no need to worry—with a little practice, help, and know-how, you'll be able to effortlessly remove your veil and celebrate the night away, beautiful hairstyle and all.
Consider the position.
There are many ways a veil can be situated on a head, and it all depends on the look you're going for, as well as the hairstyle and type of veil you've chosen. Katherine McCall, event coordinator at Facetime Beauty, says the positioning is the most important thing. "A trick to placing the veil for easy removal is to position the comb slightly on the top of the hair and secure it with two large bobby pins crossed over each other," she explained. "This way, when it's time to remove the veil, the bobby pins can be removed and the comb easily slipped out."
Use bobby pins.
Forget diamonds—bobby pins are a girl's best friend. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, and can be invisibly placed into your hair to hold its shape and hold the veil in place. Mallory Sailors, a stylist with Bombshell Creations, agrees, adding that you'll want to keep a supply of these tools on hand throughout the day, too. "Keep extra bobby pins on deck in case you mess a little something up," she advised.
Never do it yourself.
As with most things on your wedding day, asking for help is important. "If you can leave the veil removal up to the professionals, that is usually the very best option," McCall said. "Have someone on hand to help you." Sailors agrees, adding, "It's a lot easier to take out without messing anything up with four or six hands than it is two." In fact, even if you choose to do your own hair, always ask someone who has done it before to help, such as your mom or married best friend. It's hard for someone who has never worn a veil and updo to really know the ins and outs of the delicate work.
Bring your veil to your trial.
We all know the importance of hair and makeup trials. What most people don't realize, however, is the importance of bringing all of your hair accessories with you to show your stylist. "Bring your veil to your trial run or have your hairstylist show you how to take the veil out," Sailors advised. It's important that your stylist sees the length, material, and style of your chosen veil so that she can advise on the effectiveness of your hairstyle and how it will hold up.
Be conscious about how you remove your veil.
No matter the style, there is a specific way that your veil should be removed in order to preserve the hair underneath it. Don't just pull and hope for the best! "The best trick is to quickly pull out the veil while gently holding the hair underneath," McCall said. "If any flyaways occur, these can usually just be smoothed out with a hand or using a little hairspray." Sailors advises doing much the same. "Have someone hold where your updo is (the majority of your hair), and gently slide the veil out or down, depending on where it's located."