Wedding hair colour

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Wedding hair colourThis season sees blondes, light browns and coppers rule with different techniques to compliment every one. Here’s a guideline to both DIY and salon colour periods when changing your colour for your wedding.


This should never be done at home, especially if your intention is to remain subtle with the shade change. Trust a professional to assist you and do this at least six months before your wedding if you’re trying it out for the first time. This will give you a chance to experiment with the colour, see if you feel comfortable, measure how fast it grows out, needs to be touched up or if you’d like to change it to a more solid colour. Remember that the perfect colour for your hair is always dependant on the tone of your skin. If you have warm tones, stick to coppers, honey and bronze shades. This will make the colour blend instead of standout especially since your hair will most likely have lots of gold tones naturally. If your skin tone is cool, your hair won’t have as much red or gold shining from it naturally so stick to ash, cooler browns and medium blondes with violet under tones. This will ensure that the colour doesn’t end up being brassy.

Solid colours

This is very easy to do yourself. Most natural colours are easy to find at pharmacies or supermarkets and are very easy to apply. They come in a variety of application methods from gel, mousse and creams and can be done from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. Remember, if you decide on a colour that’s far from your own natural colour, visit your salon to ensure it comes out exactly the way you want. If you have regrowth and decide to go for a red shade, your roots may end up a shocking colour compared to your ends and these are problems that can be prevented at a salon. Your stylist will also be able to mix a specific blend of a certain shade to make sure you get the best out of your colour. It’s less mess and less problematic and will cost you a lot less to fix if something goes wrong.

Fashion colours

The new in thing for hair is ombre and balaiyage (dip dye) techniques, which have become the highlight of modern day colour. It’s a fun way to add expression to your hair without standing out like a sore thumb. There is a variety of ways to do this, but think carefully before you take the plunge. Do you think you’d be able to live with your wedding photos 20 years later and the trend has run its course? If you don’t see it happening, don’t do the colour! It might be a better idea for you to try the colour once the wedding is over and you have more time to experiment and avoid embarrassment.

Remember to treat your hair well in advance. This ensures that your colour will come out perfectly without your hair being damaged or without spending too much at a later stage to repair it.

Image: Kyrylo Grekov/

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Adele Ross is a senior stylist at Spoilt Hair and Beauty Salon based in Green Point, Cape Town. Her love for hair started when she was a little girl, and has been in the hair dressing trade for roughly 10 years, working as a professional stylist and a make-up artist. Spoilt Hair and Beauty Salon is a boutique hair and beauty salon specialising in cutting and styling, colour, hair extensions, hair and scalp nourishing treatments, manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. Call 021 434 7112 for more info.

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  1. Glamista

    You should be the most beautiful you on your wedding day!

    6 years ago •

  1. Abby

    My sister went blond for her wedding but she has been a brunette all her life, I don’t understand why anybody would change their hair colour just for their wedding.

    6 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Most solid colours come out the best :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Solid colours for me Wedding or not a wedding…
    Highlights must be done professionally… I had a disaster doing it at home…

    6 years ago •

  1. Hansen

    Treat your hair well in advance not three days before

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I definitely wouldn’t do anything too crazy for my wedding. :)

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Proper hair Treatment is a must! Great Tips :-)

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Informative article, not only for brides but for everyone!

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    My friend’s wedding this month and she wants to dye her hair… says she hates the brown colour…but hasn’t decided on a colour…

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I had highlights. But it was quite a while back.

    6 years ago •

  1. CharlieW

    Great article. Classic is always better for your wedding hair and make-up – you don’t want to look back and think ‘what was I thinking??’!

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Useful tips. I’ve tried highlights at home once and it wasn’t too much of a great idea.

    6 years ago •

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