Bridal series: Everything you need to know about Bridal hair

Along with makeup and the dress, hair plays a vital role in your big day. We all know if we are having a bad hair day, it can completely dictate our mood. On your wedding day you want to be having the greatest hair day of your life. Recently I met with Leona O’Neill to have a bridal trial. I showed her a picture of my dress, and she came up with a style that she thought would work well my dress.

IMG_8432 IMG_8431Leona did this style in no time at all. It was so comfortable to wear and didn’t feel like I had a million clips sticking into my head. It didn’t budge either. It was 100% secure and wasn’t going anywhere no matter the weather. Leona has been doing bridal hair for years, and it is very clear that she is an expert in her area.

IMG_8429 IMG_8428When I was in with Leona, she gave me her top tips and tricks for hair care and hairstyles when it comes to getting your hair ready for a wedding. Have a peek at Leona’s tips and tricks below.

What tips would you give a bride for picking a hair style for the big day?


When it comes to picking a hairstyle, the best advice I can give to a bride, is to be a version of themselves. If you are someone who wears your hair soft and flowing, don’t go for a tight pulled back look for your wedding day.

When you are going to the hairdresser for a trial, come with loads of ideas. Google or pin pictures and bring them with you. Have a number to pick from, as the idea of what you like will emerge from the pictures and the hairdresser will be able to create a version of what you like for you.

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 13.37.41Your dress will dictate the hairstyle, more than anything else. Show the picture of your dress to the hair dresser, along with your ideas and together you can come up with the best style to suit you.

How soon before the wedding should a bride think about what style she wants and when should she book the trial?

bridal hairFrom the minute you buy the dress, start googling and pinning pictures. Don’t leave your trial too late, the sooner you book your hairdresser the better, as they can book up quickly . Like with the makeup go to a few different hairdressers to see who you work with best.

How soon before the wedding should a bride start picking the colour of their hair they want?


I would recommend to start around 4 months before the wedding. This gives the bride time to get their hair into good condition and get loads of treatments done, so that the hair is looking at it’s best. Bring lots of pictures of the colour you want with you and go to a hair dresser that you trust. Once you get to the colour that you like, they will keep this on file and you won’t have to worry about anything going wrong with your colour.

How soon before the wedding should a bride get their final colour and cut done?

If you have been getting your colour in order the months before the wedding and you are happy with your colour, you can wait till the week before to get your final colour done so the hair is looking fresh. However, when it comes to getting your hair cut, do not do anything drastic close to the wedding. If you keep getting regular trims, your hair will be in good condition and you won’t have to go and get a big chunk cut to make the hair look healthy close to the wedding.

Would you suggest a bride gets extensions for her wedding?


Do not go and get extension if you only want the length in your hair for the day. There are so many other things you can do if you only want to change the hair for the day. Clip in extensions are great for the day, as well as pony tails, and even bun rings for volume. There is not need to spend loads of money on luxurious extensions just for one day.

Many brides love to wear their hair in curls, but curls often drop. What are your tips for keeping the curls in all day.


Curls will drop if they are doing to drop. To keep the curls in all day, they need to be set properly. If it drops after that then there is nothing that can be done about it. For me, hair up is easier for a bruce as it is up out of the way and you don’t have to think about it for the day. When it is up, you don’t have to worry as much about the weather, than when it is down.  If when you have your trial, the curls drop, then you might have to start thinking of a different hair style.

Any other tips for the bride to keep her hair looking pristine throughout the day?

Keep a few pins in your handbag. The weather can play havoc with hair, but a good hairdressers will be able to do that hair so that it stays in place all day long.

You can contact Leona through the Makeup Mentor’s Facebook page or on 0876558144

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2 Comments

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    Samantha
    October 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Another brilliant post – I’m loving the bridal series, can’t wait to see more x

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    hair salon
    March 8, 2016 at 11:12 am

    these are such great tips! i’ve heard that there is a specific type of foundation to avoid that reflects flash in photos and makes you look pale? is this true? choosing a great makeup artist is priceless!

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