My Wedding Hair Prep

Since, I have had to pay for my own hair care I haven’t been too concerned about spending the money to really take care of my hair.  My pre-engagement hair routine included getting it cut when I could tell the texture was getting questionable because it’s been over a year since my last haircut.  Usually, when I notice this I look for the latest Groupon or Living Social offer and go wherever I can save the most money and if there was a killer deal for highlights I would spring for it.

But, that has drastically changed since the Mr. popped the question.  It really all started when I just wanted to grow out my hair so that it would be a good length for the BIG day.  When I mentioned this to my hair stylist she said the best way to promote growth would be to get my hair trimmed ever 6 weeks.  I was a little skeptical that I would actually commit to such a drastic change.  But, I have and it seems to be working.   I have also become much more of  cognizant of the texture with my much more frequent visits to the salon I have gotten lots of tips to promote shiny, healthy hair growth.   So, I thought I would share with you my top three tips that actual seem to work:

  1. Only wash your hair 3X/week.  This was probably the hardest for me.  I was washing my hair 2X/day, so it was a pretty big difference.  I try to only wash my hair when my workouts make it impossible not to, the other days I will just rinse it out.  Also, using sulfate free shampoo has been a lifesaver: sulfate-free shampoos have been generating buzz because they gently but effectively cleanse hair without the harsh detergents that can strip away color and moisture.  I have been using TIGI Bed Head Superstar. TIGI has discontinued it so, you can find it at Marshall’s or T.J. Maxx for a good price, but any sulfate-free shampoo will work.superstar
  2. Protect Your Hair from the Heat. Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique has been a dream.  It is a heat-protective leave-in conditioner for brittle hair that strengthens and hydrates hair and protects it from heat. Plus, it is light and silky and smells like grapefruit.  But, the main reason I think it’s awesome is how it forms a protective sheath to prevent breakage during combing, brushing, drying, and ironing without leaving your hair filmy.  Afterward, hair is supersoft and bouncy.  What’s not to love?!

    Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique

  3. Keeping it silky. Another Kerastase fav is the Elixir Ultime.  It delivers a powerful cocktail of emollient and anti-oxidant active ingredients for ultimate shine and suppleness while promoting cellular renewal. The elixir brings shine, nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair while smoothing the hair fiber, resulting in incredible shine. The multi-use elixir also helps restore strength to the hair and protects it from external aggressors.kerastase-elixir-ultime


Bridal Shows: Do or Don’t

Before becoming a bride I never really had a good opinion of bridal shows.  I think it stems back to when I used to intern for this amazing cafe in London and the owner was asked to join numerous bridal shows because of the cake masterpieces they create, but he refused.  He kept reiterating the atmosphere of desperation at most shows and how it just wasn’t his scene.  So, before ever attending one I had this fear of intense sales pitches and awkward conversations…and trust me after going to 3 shows since I got engaged there are some out there like that.  But, there are some that are not.  Yesterday I was lucky enough to win a free ticket to attend the intrigued 2013 bridal fair and flower showcase.  Intrigue designs did a really fun instagram contest and lucky me won!


First of all I was so excited to win the ticket because I never win anything lol.  But, I was even more excited when I arrived; intrigue designs went all out and the florals were gorgeous! Check them out:

Also, all of the vendors that attended were really nice and conversational and of course discussed their services but, not in an obnoxious way.  I had a great time getting to know each of them.  I didn’t really have much of an expectation as far as booking anything for our wedding because most of our big decisions have been made, but I was wrong.

The ladies from Behind the Veil were awesome, I loved the ribbon back drop behind their booth.  I don’t know if they were responsible for it or intrigued but, either way gorgeous! Also, I was so excited to hear from one of their artists, Ashley, that they are able to do the finger wave.  My most coveted hairstyle for the BIG day.  I had all but, given up because I had called an upwards of 15 stylists/salons/etc. and none of them were able to do it.  I can’t wait to schedule my trial with them. Yay!

And if you love a little southern charm and really who doesn’t?!  The Cake Courtesan is your answer for dessert display and wedding cakes.  All of their treats were ridiculously good! Yesterday they were serving strawberry champagne macarons.  Need I say more.  Plus, this gorgeous cake was on display…

The Cake Courtesan

I mean look at that fondant work.  IMPRESSIVE! I am an avid cake connoisseur myself not necessary always baking but, I stalk various cake shops on instagram and such and I must say I have never seen anything like this.  It was incredibly intricate and oh so glamorous! After chatting with the ladies I learned that they specialize in upscale southern style desserts and wedding cakes. I may have to make a trip up to Bowie to taste their banana pudding dessert shooters.  How good does that sound?!

So at the end of the day I say a Bridal Show is a Do.  I would recommend going with little to no expectations and just hope for the best.  You never know what connections you might make :)

Wedding Hair Trial #1

The fun begins.  Hair Trail #1 happened this weekend among other various wedding related fun! But, more to come on that soon…

The Inspiration:

vintage wedding hair

The Results:

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

The Details:

Salon: FX Studios Hunt Valley, MD

Stylist: Kristin Lemmer

Guest: MOH, Katrina

Katrina got an early start as my Maid of Honor, haha!  Lucky her :) As most of you may know our Wedding Date is still TBD, but will probably be Spring/Early Summer of 2014.  But, what a fun way to start out at MOH! Hair Trial #1!

I know most brides hold off on the hair trials but, I am a super planner and also have no idea how I want to get my hair styled for the big day.  Hence, starting with the hair trials now! There is really only one thing I do know and that is I wanted some vintage inspiration to be sprinkled around our attire, decor, entertainment, etc.  So, I thought I would begin the hair trials with a vintage inspired do.  I loved how it turned out and lucky for me, my stylist, Kristin shares my love for vintage and we chatted about the vintage inspired fun that she incorporated into her recent wedding! While, I absolutely loved Kristin and everyone at FX Studios I don’t know if I will be able to go with them for the big day because it’s not standard practice for them to do on-site wedding day styling…a deal breaker.  But, Kristin is checking in with the management so, fingers crossed.

I must say she did a pretty amazing job recreating the photo I gave her! Check out the side by side comparison:

vintage wedding hairClose up

Let me know what you think of Hair Trial #1. Also, if any of you have any recommendations for a hair stylist that can do the finger wave curl.  I am having a tough time finding someone so, any help would be appreciated.

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