How to get the best outdoor look for your wedding day

If you are hosting your wedding in the spring, summer and autumn seasons (and some of winter too) in South Africa, it’s all about the outdoors, so there is a definite lean towards everything natural! Make-up and skin should have a healthy glow. Leave the dramatic colours and bold looks for an indoor wedding and let you natural beauty shine outdoors.

For hair, the latest outdoor wedding trends are simple, from tousled waves to chic up-dos or elegant with soft flowing curls and gorgeous braids, go with what you love and what works best for you and your gown. Adding an accessory to your hair will also help to achieve a finished look and a great end result. We also love flower crowns and the latest trend is to add bling to your flower crown by using crystals, precious metals or even pearls.
Flower crowns are great for outdoor weddings. They are oh so girly and add a romantic, whimsical and fun touch to your big day.

Ensure your hair is in its best condition for your wedding day. What’s important is to pick a stylist well in advance so that they can get to know our hair and be a great stylist on the day. Choose someone that you trust, knowing your tastes and preferences, who will give you honest and professional advice. The best advice is to go with what you are most comfortable and happy with and to choose a style that will complement your face as well as the style of your wedding gown. It’s important to have a hair trial in the lead up to your big day after you have chosen your gown so you can take into consideration the style of your gown.

01 | Get regular hair cuts

Have your hair cut one month before the big day so you can allow yourself to cut a few centimetres nearer the time, to freshen up the ends.

02 | Keep your hair in top condition

Use hair masks to moisturise damaged hair or to add volume if you have fine hair.

03 | Consider the style

Make sure the style of your dress complements the style of your hair. If the dress wraps around the neck, a romantic up-do rather than a loose, tousled look would suit.

04 | Protect your locks

If you want to use straighteners, make sure you use a heat-protecting product before to protect your hair.

05 | Hair Extension – Everything you need to know!

Thinking about trying hair extensions for your wedding day? From the different types to styling tips, here’s everything you need to know ahead of your big day.
Whether you want to add thickness, or change the length of your hair, extensions can be a great way to amp up your bridal hair do.
We quizzed hair extensions experts at who’s salon-quality hair proves to be a saviour for brides-to-be looking for a shortcut to long, luscious locks on their wedding day.

How can hair extensions help a bride create her desired wedding hair style?

Many brides have a fixed idea of how they would like their hair on their wedding day and very often their stylist will say that the look could be more easily achieved if they had just a little bit more hair.

What are the different types of hair extensions?

There are five different types of popular hair extensions.

  • Flat Tip Hair aka micro bond method
  • I-Tip Hair aka micro ring method
  • Invisible Tape Hair (tape method)
  • Weft Hair aka weaves (LA Weave method)
  • Clip-in Pieces

The benefits of flat tip hair extensions (micro bonds)

Flat tip hair is bonds that are attached with a keratin resin and ideal for medium to fine hair types. Micro bonds are the most discreet method allowing you to apply in the smallest of areas. However, the hair isn’t a reusable method, so if you decide you like your longer, fuller hair after your big day, you will need new hair every three months.

The pros and cons of micro ring hair extensions aka I-Tip hair

Along with micro bonds, micro rings are also considered a permanent method, lasting up to three months. However, micro rings are reusable, so are much more cost effective if you’re on a budget and are the best option when it comes to quality hair for your wedding. On the other hand, it can be possible to lose a little bit of length (around half an inch) when you have the hair refit.

What about tape hair extensions? How do they work?

Invisible tape extensions involve two pieces of hair sandwiched together using medical A-grade tape. These are ideal for people with fine hair looking to add volume. Tape hair extensions are a great introduction for those who have never had extensions before and are considered to be a semi-permanent method, lasting between 6 and 8 weeks. It’s unlikely tape hair extensions will damage your hair if they are fitted properly, however, you may lose a little bit of length when refitting.

Clip-in hair extensions explained!

Lastly the seem-less clip ins are suitable for most hair types. These are classed as a temporary method. To avoid any damage to your hair these should only be worn a maximum of three or four times a week and always removed before bed.
These are a great option if you want to add thickness and length for a one-off occasion, like a wedding. However, you have to rely on yourself or your hair stylist to fit them, and may need some friends to be on extension watch on the big day.

What would be the best hair extensions for your wedding day?

Depending on the bride-to-be, and the desired effect, all methods have their advantage and disadvantage, so we always recommend booking in for a consultation first.
Different methods suit different people, different preferences and hair types. It also depends on what style the bride wants to achieve on her wedding day.
For example, tape extensions are great for a Boho look, adding volume to hair-down styles, but they probably wouldn’t work for sleek up-dos.
Additionally, if the bride wanted to maintain the extensions for a while after the wedding, or keep them in for the honeymoon, investing in good quality hair can make all the difference.

How to look after your hair extensions

Simple things like using a soft-bristle brush, using a good quality salon branded volume shampoo and a hydrating conditioner will help keep your hair looking better for longer.
Always drying your hair at the root and not wearing your hair in a too-high bun or ponytail will also help, particularly for those who have opted for tape extensions.