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Today might just be one of my favorite days on SMP New York. Because we are going to be talking all things Bridal hair with none other than Linsey of Face Time Beauty Concierge. That’s right, she is dishing all the deets on ways to master your mane on the day you say I do. And trust me when I say you will want to file these tips away for ever and ever (because they totally apply to your daily ‘do too)…

Choose your hairstylist wisely. You will know from the first correspondence with your potential hairstylist if they are “the one” as long as you trust your instincts. Ask yourself these questions. Did he/she respond to your email or your call in a timely manner? Were you comfortable with them right off the bat? Did they make you feel at ease and confidant that they would not only be able to make your hair look like a million bucks but also show up on time? Remember that you can always work with the hairstylists to make minor adjustments to your hair but you cannot change their personality. If you feel uncomfortable from the get-go, find someone else.

Don’t fight the overall aesthetic. If you are getting hitched on the beach, don’t go for a ballroom hairstyle. Your hair and makeup should be the underlay or backdrop to the dress and the atmosphere of your wedding. A beach bride should opt for something a bit more playful or casual like big waves or a whipped chignon that doesn’t look too overdone. However, if you are getting married in a ballroom or a formal setting, then go for the structured updo to play up the drama and sophistication.

Hair can’t hold curl? Try these tips: Shampoo but don’t condition. If your hair has a hard time holding texture, do this just once right before your hairstylists arrives. It will not ruin your hair, instead, it will roughen up the cuticles and help hair lock curl into place. Set your hair for as long as possible. Just before each small bunch of hair is curled, spritz a bit of product on to deadbolt it into place. Then longer your hair can set, the more time it has to conform to it’s new curly or wavy texture. Once the set is taken out, the locks should be good to go for a long time.

Consider extensions. At Face Time Beauty, we often add “clip ins” for a timely and temporary boost, when hair is limp or lifeless. Just be sure that the extensions you buy are real hair (as opposed to synthetic) and the color matches perfectly.

Scheduling should make sense: Make sure you have enough time for each person to get ready. At Face Time Beauty, our “rule of thumb” is 1 hour per service for bride and 40 min per service for each other person. We also build in cushion room at the beginning and at the end. We always suggest that the bride gets her beauty services somewhere in the middle of the timeframe. For example, if there are 3 people getting hair services, the bride should be second. This way, the bride isn’t first but she also isn’t at the tail end when nerves are running high. There is nothing worse then rushing.

Book your stylist for touch ups: Hairstylists often pack up when the bride and bridal party start getting dressed, but the bride has hours before she actually gets married. Consider asking your stylist to stay until the ceremony or longer. This way, you can rest assured that your hair will be perfect for your walk down the aisle.

This afternoon we are bringing you some of our favorite styles that have graced the pages of SMP – so stay tuned! xoxo, A.Blaire.

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