DIY 101: Should You Do Your Own Wedding Hair?

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Believe it or not, many brides are choosing to do their own hair and makeup for their weddings. There are simply too many horror stories out there of professionals mangling their own specialties, making the bride walk down the aisle looking like she came from the 19th century. Besides, this is also the perfect choice for destination weddings—it saves a lot of money—and small, intimate weddings on a budget.

Before you try to practice anything on your hair, make sure that you have the right products such as professional hair-cutting shears to cut off the ends of your hair in case of split ends and other hair damage. Buy quality products—the same ones you’re going to use on your wedding day—and check out if those positive reviews hold true.

Why Do You Want to DIY Your Wedding Hair?

It is not always about money—though it mostly is). Some brides prefer not to hire a professional hairstylist because they are doing a destination wedding and they don’t have the time to have a trial makeup with a destination hairstylist. They can’t also fly their own hairstylist from home. Some brides are too afraid of the horror stories they have heard from other couples. Some believe that only they can make themselves look good and that they know what’s best for them.

No matter what your reasons are, it is important that these are defined so that you can set your goals. If money is the issue, then there’s no plan B. You need to learn how to do your own hair. If you’re afraid that a hairstylist will botch your wedding updo, then maybe you just haven’t found someone you can trust? Your plan B can include searching for that one hairstylist who can wave those fears goodbye.

Prep Yourself for Disappointments

The first time you do your wedding hair will not be perfect. It will be far from perfect. Depending on how new you are in this whole DIY wedding hair thing, you might have to spend a lot of months before the wedding, learning about haircutting, curling, straightening, waxes, gels, mousses, and many more. It’s not going to be an easy route, and it’s certainly not going to be perfect the first few times you try it.

Take it one step at a time. Learn how to blow-dry your hair first before trying to tackle curls and French braids. Do not skip straight to the fancy updo. Learn the basics first.

Pick the Right Tools and Products

Happy newlywed in the wedding reception

There are far too many hair tools and products out there that it’s hard to pick the right ones to use on your hair. This is why you need a lot of time to do research, read reviews, and make your own conclusions based on that. If you have friends who use hair products, ask about their opinions about it. But remember that each person has different hair texture, so it’s important to use products that are made for the kind of hair you have.

As always, you can turn to YouTube for some great hair tutorial videos. It’s literally littered with loads of stylists and fashion influencers trying to turn their viewers into hair styling experts. You’ll learn that contrary to what many believe, hair styling is more about patience and willingness to learn that it is about God-given skills.

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