As a bride-to-be, you have a lot of choices to make. From settling on stationary designs to staking out a venue, it’s no surprise that some details fall between the cracks. And that’s OK. But when it comes to a wedding-day hairstyle, most brides have no room for error. Hair artist Kali Chris of Kali Chris Hair & Makeup has been bringing bridal beauty visions to life for 14 years. Here, she shares common wedding hairstyling mistakes made by wide-eyed brides and how to avoid them.

Wedding Hairstyling Mistakes
Photo courtesy Kali Chris

SCHEDULING A TRIAL RUN TOO EARLY

Considering the backlog of pandemic-paused weddings, you should schedule a trial run six months to a year ahead of your wedding. But finicky brides beware: your tastes could change if you settle on a coiffure too early. Chris recommends testing out a style during your bridal photography session and allotting enough time on the day of your wedding for any last-minute tweaks. 

ARRIVING WITH STYLING PRODUCT IN YOUR HAIR

Achieving your dream bridal look calls for clips, pins and styling product. To avoid an overworked or, dare we say, greasy appearance, Chris recommends a thorough wash the day of your appointment. “Everyone thinks they need to come with second-day hair,” she says. “But layering product on top of old hairspray or mousse just ends up looking messy.” 

UNDERESTIMATING THE STYLE

Princess-like updos and wispy beach waves are common demands made by fashion-forward brides, but don’t be fooled by their effortless appearance. “Most styles you see on Pinterest or Instagram include hair extensions,” Chris explains. “A lot of brides don’t expect that when they come in for their appointment.” Don’t be deterred by a little extra hair; ask your stylist if they offer clip-ins you can reuse long after you say “I do.” 

SENDING YOUR HAIR ARTIST HOME EARLY

Between walking down the aisle and hitting the reception dance floor, no amount of hairspray can preserve even the most carefully coiffed hair all day long. Instead of tasking your bridesmaids with your updo maintenance, hire your stylist for hourly touch ups. “Keep a stylist around to remove the veil and make sure your hair is photo ready all night,” Chris advises.

KALI CHRIS

Owner of Kali Chris Hair & Makeup
kalichris.com

Wedding day hairstyles
Photo courtesy Kali Chris

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