Photo by Matt Kennedy

We all suffer from the occasional unmanageable or wild and frizzy hair day, but no bride wants that day to fall on her own wedding. So, how do you ensure healthy, shining, gorgeous locks on the biggest day of your life? We turned to celebrity stylist and John Frieda creative consultant Alain Larivée to answer our most pressing questions about achieving wedding hair perfection.

If your hair isn’t in perfect shape, how long before your wedding should you start repairing it?

AL: “I recommend calling your hairstylist the week you announce your wedding date. Book an appointment to plan out your hair care strategy — this will ensure that you look your best on your special day.”

How can you help get your hair into healthier condition?

AL: “If your locks are damaged, you will definitely have to change your habits. First off, weekly conditioning treatments are a must after getting a good cut. Also, avoid using your thermal styling tools on a daily basis. If you must blow-dry or flat-iron your hair, make sure to add John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir to your favourite stylers to give your hair some extra heat protection.”

If you want to grow your hair longer, is there a way to speed up the process?

AL: “Pick up the habit of massaging your scalp for 15 minutes every day. It will stimulate hair growth and help promote a healthy mane.”

If you plan to colour your hair for your wedding, how early should you do it?

AL: “Keep your regular four- to six-week interval between colours if you already do so, but make sure to plan a fresh colour application at the beginning of your wedding week. If you plan on changing your natural colour for the big day, give yourself enough time to get comfortable with the new look prior to your wedding day. This will also give you time to tweak the colour, if needed. In both cases, you should always use a colour-protecting shampoo and conditioner to help maintain the brilliance and radiance of freshly coloured hair. John Frieda has the perfect choice for all shades, including Sheer Blonde, Radiant Red and Brilliant Brunette shampoos and conditioners. After the big day, to keep your colour looking salon fresh between appointments, try John Frieda’s Colour Refreshing Gloss.”

When is the best time to cut your hair before the wedding?

AL: “Plan your last pre-wedding haircut for a week or two before the wedding day. This ensures that your cut will look its best for all the events leading up to the big day. This is also the best time to do your wedding hairdo trials.”

On the morning of the wedding, how should you prep your hair for styling?

AL: “I recommend that you prep your hair the night before your wedding. The stylists at my salon, CAJH Maîtres Coiffeurs in Montreal, appreciate this smart gesture because it allows them more time to focus on the finished look. Always set, sculpt or blow-dry your hair using the right styling products for your hair type and desired finish. I’ve noticed that the most popular styler used is John Frieda's Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray — this heat-activated spray gives hair the ultimate long-lasting frizz control without weighing the hair down.”

Any guidelines on how to choose a wedding hairstyle?

AL: “There are numerous factors to take into account when choosing your wedding hairstyle. But the top three factors would be making sure that your hairdo fits the theme of the wedding, understanding that your headpiece or accessory and veil will dictate the direction your hairdo will go in, and lastly, remembering that your vision of the perfect bride must be reflected in your hairdo.”

You can find John Frieda hair products at major retailers across B.C., including London Drugs.