Curls Just Want to Have Fun
Just like delicate wedding-day flowers, curly hair takes some care to look its best on the wedding day.
Instead of using harsh chemicals or time-consuming appliances to straighten your curly locks for a look that isn’t the real you, Gina Ludwig, owner of HairComesTheBride, which offers hair and beauty products and services, advises working with your natural waves. Like any bride, your only “limitations” are your personal taste, your wedding’s vibe and your hair accessories.
“Down styles work well since you don’t have to worry about the curls falling out,” says Ludwig. “But soft, romantic updos are also a great option.”
Sarah Pena, owner of Bloom, a San Jose-based bridal boutique, salon and spa, agrees that no styles should be ruled out. She does suggest, however, that ladies with ringlets should keep their location in mind. “For example, if a curly-haired bride is getting married at the beach, soft updos like braids, chignons, knots or twists may be a safer option, as curly hair tends to frizz with moisture,” says Pena, who has curly hair herself.
To ensure your curls look their best in any setting, Pena advises using a good deep conditioner the day before you get your hair done. This treatment will both protect your hair from the manipulations in your style and help tame flyaways. Other ways to reduce frizz include applying a gel or mousse while your hair is wet to help seal the cuticle, says Ludwig, and letting hair air-dry before styling rather than using a blow dryer. Ludwig also recommends making sure you pick a professional who is experienced with curly tresses.
Regardless of whether you prefer elegantly twisted curls, a cascade of loose waves, a cute bob with a feather fascinator, or half up/half down tendrils with a floral headband, Pena tells all her brides to resist getting hands-on. “Touching your hair and moving your curls just creates more frizz.”