Welcome! In this blog we’re joined by Pam from Sobe Brown who’ll be discussing one of the most important aspects of your wedding look – your hair colour! Making the perfect hair colour choice can significantly improve your overall appearance and help you feel attractive and confident on your special day. Whether you want a subtle alteration or a dramatic transformation, Pam will be offering advice and ideas on how to choose the ideal hair colour for your wedding in this blog. They have everything you need, from traditional bridal colours to striking and unusual tones. Get ready to be inspired and let’s explore the world of wedding hair colour together, whether you’re a natural brunette, fiery redhead, or blonde stunner!
How far in advance should a Bride/Groom start treating their hair before their wedding?
You should start treating your hair the minute you decide if you want to change it. So if you are happy with your hair when you get engaged or when you start planning your wedding and you don’t want to change it, great you need to decide on a maintenance plan with your stylist. This time is all about keeping your hair healthy, treating it every week, keeping it trimmed to keep your hair in tip top condition and always use heat protectors when heat styling. However, if you decide you’re not happy with your hair at the moment then you start to make plans, book a consultation with your stylist and create a mood board, nothing too elaborate. Just save some pictures to a folder on your phone of styles that appeal to you – tones, colours, length etc.
When would you book a hair consultation?
ASAP! Especially if you’re not happy with your hair as it is now and you feel you could get more out of it or want a change, my advice is to book that consultation appointment as fast as I could get it!
If thinking of changing hair colour, how far in advance would you recommend starting?
I get asked this question a lot and what I say to everyone is, you want to look like the best version of yourself on your wedding day so I don’t think it’s the right time for a huge colour change like going from brunette to blonde. It’s such a huge change and stress on your hair and depending on the time frame could compromise the condition of your hair – you want it to look super shiny and healthy for your big day.
How far in advance should a Bride/Groom who already dyes their hair book a consultation before their wedding?
Immediately! because the minute you decide that you want to change is the day to start planning. Regardless of whether it’s six months to go or two years. The minute that you start planning it brings to the surface immediately what you’re not happy with. The minute you picture yourself on your wedding day you pick yourself apart and want to be the most perfect so you instantly bring attention to yourself and how you look today, be it your weight, your skin or hair everything that you’re not happy with comes to surface and again it might still be two years, six months, a year away, whatever it is, get that appointment booked for at least a conversation about that goal.
Can you recommend a way to protect hair from heat damage?
The number one tip I can give here is to try to break the habit of heat styling. Lots of people are in the habit of heat styling. I’ve spoken to people who would pick up their straightener twice a day – no need!! Get the concept of that perfectly straight hair or the perfectly curled hair, out of your head and if you could get another picture in your head of your hair not so perfect because not so perfect is on trend at the minute and is way healthier! So evaluate your heat styling habits how many times a week, how many times a day do you heat style and is it necessary or is it just your go to? If you’re straightening your hair every single day but you’re washing it every day, you probably don’t have to heat style it, there’s more likely just that little bit at the front that could be re-blowdried ,so evaluate your habits first. Second, use a heat protector, this is vital.
If you don’t put a heat protector on your hair when heat styling, your hair shaft is taking the brunt of any heat tools you then use, which it’s not able for, so your hair will naturally snap or break off. Whereas if you put a heat protector this will protect your hair against any damage – usually up to about 220 degrees. Be mindful to keep the straightener gliding over a combed section of your hair – keep it moving – don’t let it linger in any one spot as this can also damage your hair.
How can Brides/Grooms promote hair growth and prevent hair loss in the lead up to their wedding?
Some basic tips to promote hair growth before the wedding are to exfoliate your scalp once a month. Into a bowl, squeeze the juice of half a lemon, a tablespoon of sea salt and some honey and mix well and with your fingertips apply to your scalp and massage in – be careful of your eyes and the lemon juice! Massage in circular motions especially around the hairline and your crown, do this for about 1 minute and rinse and shampoo as normal. The lemon will lift the dead skin, the salt when removing dead skin removes it and the honey will soothe the scalp. Our scalp needs to be treated exactly like the hair and we neglect it and one of the reasons for dull lifeless or thinning hair is that your scalp isn’t oxygenated it’s nothing to do with hair loss, it’s not being treated well so it’s not nourished and therefore it’s not nourishing the hair growing from it. SO exfoliate, use a professional gentle shampoo as the ingredients used are always respectful to your hair AND scalp.
I have created my own hair and scalp oil, Sobe Brown, Superfood, Hair & Scalp Oil. This contains 3 feeder oils, Omega 3,6 & 9, zinc and biotin, Vitamin A & E along with 6 pure essential oils – everything your scalp needs to flourish and stay nourished. By applying this to your scalp once or twice a week and allowing to absorb over-night, the natural, organic ingredients are absorbed right down through the dermal layers into the bloodstream , circulating around your scalp, the skin is hydrated, fed, and oxygenated and is the perfect environment for growing strong healthy hair.
Of course, not forgetting the old reliable – exercise. It doesn’t need to be a gruelling tip to the gym. Try a brisk walk to get your heart rate up and the blood flowing. Circulation is key to good strong healthy hair. Diet is essential – your hair is a reflection of what you nourish your body with. If it’s dull and lifeless, look at what you’re eating. For healthy vital strong hair, eat plenty of protein and fresh produce.
How often should a person wash their hair?
About 3 times per week is a healthy amount to wash your hair per week. For some folks though, depending on lifestyle – gym goers, swimmers, runners, short croppy styles or just feel the need to wash it every day!! If this is you, be particular about what you wash your hair with, again a professionally recommended regime specific to your individual hair needs. If you’re going to prioritise what you spend money on hair wise – my advice is a professional shampoo. If this isn’t right, it will unbalance your scalp and even strip your hair colour by upsetting your natural ph balance. Invest in a shampoo recommended by your hairstylist. 3 times a week is a healthy amount, with a good shampoo and conditioner and exfoliation once a month, will stop build up, is hygienic and is stimulating for the scalp.
Do you have any tips for Brides / Grooms on frizz prevention?
Frizz isn’t always bad!!! It’s usually a curl trying to get out……
Dry hair is damaged – will be dull, broken, hard to manage as it has lost its elasticity, as you brush it you will feel it stretch. Frizzy hair isn’t necessarily unhealthy hair, it’s usually a curl, wave or kink trying to form its curl pattern but it’s being brushed or straightened. The difference between damaged and frizzy hair is frizzy hair will still keep its shine when pulled together, this isn’t the case with dry/damaged hair. If you have wavy hair, use a cream or serum or Sobe Brown Superfood Hair & Scalp Oil to keep it so and brush with a wide tooth comb and only when wet. With frizzy hair there’s no in between its either let it be as natural as you can and be its natural best and enhance the curl pattern or have it blow- dried straight, if you leave it half wavy and then brush it will turn into frizz.
In case of an emergency on the big day, what is the best way to cover grey hairs?
If you see grey hair on your big day – your hairdresser has done you a dis-service!! If you are on a program this should have been spotted and dealt with before now. If you catch it the week before or your first grey hair appears a hair powder is the solution. These are easily available from your local hair salon. Gently spray on the area. If you have time your hairdresser could do a technique called ‘grey chasing’. This is isolating the grey hair and just colouring that – not an actual full colour service.
We appreciate you coming along as we explore the world of wedding hair colour! We hope Pam’s advice and suggestions have motivated you to choose the ideal colour for your special day. Remember that feeling secure and beautiful on your wedding day is more essential than whether you go with a traditional bridal shade or a striking and distinctive colour. Therefore, embrace your unique sense of style and personality and let your hair colour represent who you are. Above all else, relish the experience and have fun trying with various hues and fashions! Best wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness as you prepare to tie the knot!
Pamela Morrissey – Salon Director