Wedding hair colour

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.

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