Hair envy can be heartbreaking…. and I suffered it big time a few days ago. I was frock shopping with a friend when an excited lilac-tipped blonde B2B came in to make an appointment. Obviously, celebrities have been showing off rainbow hair for some time but it hit me how pretty pastel hair could look on a bride. I could instantly imagine her hair in a tousled up do or left in boho waves against a white dress. Two other thoughts sprang into my head as well. 1. I wish I’d thought of it and 2. Why am I such a coward as far as my own hair colour is concerned?
During my years on bridal magazines, editors took a different approach. “Don’t go for a look that’s too trendy because you’ll go off the pictures in years to come,” they’d say. But the more I think about it, your wedding day is this amazing, magical moment in your life when you’re head over heels happy. If that coincides with blush, lilac, mint or powder blue floating your hair boat then why change it? Photographs are instant memory triggers – one look will whisk you straight back to your wedding day.
I hit Pinterest as soon as I got home to collate a Pastel Wedding Hair board and thought I’d show you a few of my fave brides below. See what you think….
1, Here’s her ‘something blue’ sorted. I love how, rather than block colour, streaks of blue (and chocolate) have been woven through the bottom half of her blonde hair. credit: Max Timofeev & Alex Botsman for Rocknrollbride
2, Her dress is simple and her accessories non-existent. That’s because the focus goes up to hair level and her woven pink and pistachio bun. Stunning. Photo credit: Karen Buckle for Greenweddingshoes
3. Plunging for purple… I absolutely adore it (but then purple’s my favourite colour.) If a full-on purple dye job is too much, try baby steps by weaving soft streaks into your natural colour or going for an ombre effect where your roots remain your natural colour whilst your length fades to purple at the ends. Photo credit: Eleonore Bridge
4. This is hair heaven. Soft blush tinted waves with a delicate flower tiara. I want my wedding day back! Photo credit: Etsy
5. Blue’s her hue! This bride has gone bold but again, if it’s too much why not go ombre? I love her down do, but can you imagine it up in an undone chignon…? Photo credit: Weddingomania
6. A short shot of bubblegum pink to make her boy wink! Photo credit: Weddingomania
7. Mixing streaks of mint and lavender in a beachy mermaid-style. All I’d add is a veil….
8. What I love about this style (apart from the pink and the plait) is how healthy her hair looks. I’d add some subtle flower-topped hair pins and that’s all.
With any colour treatment before the biggest day in your life, I’d recommend you go pro. They can advise you on the best shade to suit your skin tone (and wedding dress!) As a guide, if you’re fair then pastels like pink, lilac or light blue will really flatter your complexion. If you’re darker toned, try richer jewel shades like emerald green and deep purple.
Back home, use shampoos and conditioners formulated for coloured hair and keep the water to a lukewarm temperature as you wash (not scrub) your hair. Invest in a dry shampoo so that you can stretch your wash days longer and avoid fading. It would be such a shame to see all that pretty colour disappearing down the plughole. So what do you think of pastel hair for your wedding day? I’d love to know….