Bridal Beauty: Hair Care Leading Up to the Big Day

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Bridal Beauty: Hair Care Leading Up to the Big Day
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People always talk about the dress, but your wedding hair is just as important as the gorgeous gown you'll wear on the big day. Planning, perfecting and preparing your hair before walking down the aisle is a must if you want to truly feel your best. Jennifer Villacis of Sine Qua Non Salons in Chicago shares a few tips on things you can do leading up to your wedding to ensure that your hair looks amazing.

Make Any Drastic Changes Far in Advance
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Make Any Drastic Changes Far in Advance

Don't make any drastic changes leading up to the day. "You won't want to tightly pinch in another [hair appointment] in your busy schedule just before your big day if things go wrong," she says. Six to eight months is a good rule of thumb. This gives you time to grow your hair and re-cut, or re-dye without over-processing.

Related: Jennifer Villacis: Hairstylist at Sine Qua Non Salons in Chicago

Do a Test Run
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Do a Test Run

Schedule an appointment with your hairstylist around a month before your wedding. Make sure you bring several ideas with you (pictures or a detailed description of what you want), as well as any hair pieces, including a veil, that you'll wear on the big day. Test run styles to see if they work and practice putting in and removing accessories.

Use Products Consistently
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Use Products Consistently

For at least a month before your wedding, use the same products consistently. Switching up products shortly before your wedding can alter your hair's texture, so only use what you know works well. This gets more important the closer you get to your wedding day.

Deep Condition Regularly
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Deep Condition Regularly

You should already be deep conditioning at least once weekly, but really adhere to this regimen as your wedding day approaches. A few days prior, use a leave-in deep conditioner to add extra shine to your coiffure, advises Villacis.

Related: Jennifer Villacis: Hairstylist at Sine Qua Non Salons in Chicago

Touch Up Color Two Weeks Prior
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Touch Up Color Two Weeks Prior

Villacis also recommends touching up any color no less than two weeks before your nuptials. That means taking care of roots and/or dying your entire mane so it's especially vibrant the day of your wedding.

Related: Jennifer Villacis: Hairstylist at Sine Qua Non Salons in Chicago

Get a Trim
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Get a Trim

In addition to touching up your color, head to the salon roughly a week or two before your wedding for a quick trim. The goal is to do a little housekeeping on your current haircut, nix any split ends and have a fresh-looking head of hair as you saunter down the aisle.

Wash Your Hair The Day Before
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Wash Your Hair The Day Before

"Wash your hair the day before," notes Villacis -- not the day of. "Your hair will hold style better the next day." Washing the same day can leave hair a little slippery and therefore more difficult to work with.

Related: Jennifer Villacis: Hairstylist at Sine Qua Non Salons in Chicago

Pack a Touch-Up Kit
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Pack a Touch-Up Kit

The night before your wedding, pack a tiny touch-up kit so you can attend to any hair issues -- such as frizz or missing pins -- on the go. Villacis says a travel-sized can of hairspray is a must. "You can touch up any fly-aways in the bathroom after an evening of dancing on your big day," she explains. Also include bobby pins, a small brush and hair serum.

Related: Jennifer Villacis: Hairstylist at Sine Qua Non Salons in Chicago

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