Hair Care

By Stef Schwalb

There’s so much going on during your wedding day. Walking down the aisle, saying the vows, cutting the cake, dancing, drinking, and trying to divide your time up with due diligence between all of your guests and the groom. That leaves little time for primping and fixing or plastering in product, so when you get styled for the special day make sure to choose one that can commit to looking fabulous for the entire occasion. An updo is an elegant and traditional choice for brides-to-be, and we took one of our Beauty News readers, Donna Marino, down to the Robert Kree Salon in the West Village for a prenuptial practice run.

Photo By Angel Hess

Her special day will be during the summer time near the water, which means maybe some serious heat and wind, so we also gathered some tips from our stylist for taking on these conditions as well as how to prepare your strands beforehand. Additionally, Donna is thinking of adding some hair accessories to her look, and luckily for us, we discovered Renee Rivera. The San Francisco-based designer’s couture hair wear features handmade pieces that are elegant, comfortable, and easy to apply. The headband we chose was in a white, silk-wrapped style that had fresh water pearls attached to it. Sparking crystal-studded pins were also incorporated to the style to give it a sparkling touch as you’ll see later on in the photos below.

Donna’s hair is a dark shade of brown that has a natural wave to it and falls around shoulder-length.

Photo By Angel Hess

To achieve the updo, stylist Erica Faunt separated the strands into different sections and back-combed them to bring in some volume. She applied a soft to medium spray continually throughout the process.

Photo By Angel Hess

Once the sections were divvied up, they were pulled back and tucked into one another so that the large mass of locks that ends up remaining can then be gathered together and twisted into a sleek curl in the back. This produces a stunning and sophisticated side view for photo opps. A heavier hairspray then comes into play as the style is perfected and the bride is ready to head down the aisle. The total time for the style surprisingly took under an hour. If you desire extra sheen, Erica said you can always apply a shine and/or glitter spray to the strands (after the heavier lock-in-style spray) for extra elegance.

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Photo By Angel Hess

During the process, we asked Erica for some tips on preparing your strands for the special day. She suggested using a deep conditioner once a week at home for 20 minutes for a few months leading up to the special day. It’s beneficial to trim your hair every six weeks as well for a few months before the wedding, maybe around 1/4 inch, so that the ends appear healthy. Glossing once a month will maintain shine, and taking supplements will keep strands supple, which is a good idea as well. Using a clear gloss a few days before the “big one” helps will keep your hair extra moisturized. If you want highlights, do them about a week before the wedding.

Photo By Angel Hess

No matter what style you choose, don’t shampoo your hair on your wedding day – the look will last longer if you shampoo strands the day before. Always, always, do a trial run with your stylist before the event and wear it around for a few hours that day so you know what to expect, and so that you can get comfortable with it. It is also preferable to do your hair before your makeup on the big day. The hair styling and makeup application processes run much smoother this way – then none of the products used will get in each other’s way. If there are a few gray hairs hanging around that you want to get rid of, Erica also recommends putting in a semi-permanent color a few weeks prior to the wedding.

Since Donna’s event falls in the summer and will be outdoors, using products with an SPF or ones that are made specifically for sun care (see our Keune article, also featured in our Hair Section this month!) is something to consider investing in as well to reduce dryness and UV ray damage. Last but not least – when the event is over and you’ve celebrated the success – to keep your hair feeling as good as you do, try a detox shampoo to help you take out all of the products you put in. That will ensure many happy days to come for your mane in addition to your marriage.

The Robert Kree Salon is located at 375 Bleecker Street, between Perry and Charles. They offer numerous salon services, in addition to bridal, including hair cuts, highlights, blow-outs, perms, and more. The hours of operation are Monday 12PM – 8PM; Tuesday through Friday 11AM – 8PM; Saturday 10AM – 6:30PM; and Sunday 12PM – 6:30PM. Numerous celebrity clients have been spotted there including Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Johnson, and Keri Russell. For more information or to make appointment, call 212-989-9547.

For more information on Renee Rivera’s couture hair wear, call 1-800-797-7786. Her collection is available at Henri Bendel and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City and in other fine boutiques across the country.

Originally published May 2005
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