It’s uncanny how whenever summer rolls around, my mailbox starts to fill up with wedding save-the-dates and invitations. I’ve already got two on the calendar for June, another in July, and two more in August. Who can blame happy couples from wanting to take the plunge when the weather’s warm, the sun is shining, and flowers are blooming all over?
If you’re getting ready to walk down the aisle this summer, the heat and humidity can definitely wreak havoc on one part of your wedding day – your hair. That’s especially true if you’re having an outdoor wedding where you may be subject to the whims of the elements throughout the ceremony and the reception.
Planning the perfect hairstyle for a summer wedding can definitely be a challenge. If you’re stressing as you try to come up with a hairstyle that will look good in photos and withstand heat, here are a couple of ideas to ensure that your hair looks picture-perfect (and just as good in person!) on your special day.
Go for an Up Do
Whether you’re getting married on the beach with the ocean breeze all around you or just taking photos outdoors where there’s plenty of heat and humidity, an up ‘do is the best way to guarantee that your hair stays neat and frizz-free on the big day. There are plenty of pretty, romantic styles that work perfectly for a wedding – twists, buns, and knots, to name a few – and the best thing is that you can customize them to work with any hair type and accessories that you might want to wear, like a veil, tiara, or flower.
To make sure that your up ‘do is as neat and smooth as possible, you need to prep your hair properly. While it’s still damp, apply an anti-frizz mousse like the Bumble and Bumble Defrizz to help battle the humidity. Use a round brush to blow out your hair for maximum smoothness, and once your hair is dry, you can use hot rollers or a curling iron to add some extra volume. When you’ve got the right amount of body, you can add a lightweight anti-frizz serum like Granier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum to really keep the humidity from doing a number on your hair. Then pull your hair up into your chosen up ‘do and enjoy your special day.
Keep It Casual
If you’re having your wedding at the beach or another outdoor venue, fighting the heat, humidity and wind to keep your hair perfect all day may seem like an uphill battle. If you think you can’t beat them, try to work *with* them. Instead of going for a super glam, precise hairstyle like pin curls, go for a more casual look that actually benefits from being a little windswept. A casual down style might work as well, especially if your hair has natural texture like curls or waves. Consider adding a veil, headband, or even a floral crown if you want a bohemian look.
The most recent trend, Beachy Waves, are especially ideal for a beach wedding, and they can be worn for any outdoor wedding and look lovely. While your hair is still damp, apply a curl enhancing product like Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer or a texturizing product like Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray to your hair. You can blow-dry your locks with a diffuser or just let them dry naturally to keep frizz down. Once your hair is completely dry, use a curling iron with a large barrel – go for one that’s at least an inch in diameter – to create loose waves. When your hair has completely cooled, use your fingers to gently separate the curls into loose waves. Then spritz it with an anti-humidity hairspray like Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hairspray to keep it smooth and in place all day.