How To Make Sure Your Wedding Day Hair Lasts All Night Long!

By: Stephany Donohue - Owner /Lead Hair Stylist At Magnolia & Pearl Onsite Bridal Hair Concierge

If I've heard it once, I've heard it twice and what feels like a million more times, "Will my hair hold up for the whole night?". It is with good reason, my usually anxious bride asks this question and it seems (every-single-time) like no amount of reassurance from my experience or credentials ever do quiet these fears until the proof is found in the pudding of a hair trial. Does it matter that I have been doing hair for over 10 years, and that I have a whole entire business based on only bridal work, with actual brides? The answer is a big fat, "NO!"

Image from ilovethispic.com

Image from ilovethispic.com

I really don't take it personal. After all, this is potentially the single most important time of any woman's life, where she is thrust-ed into the spotlight and scrutiny of family, friends and everyone else in between. Just as the steak and decor will be the entire week's discussion, even more will be said about her appearance and she knows it!

Brides do have much reason to be concerned about their hair holding up on their wedding day. There are surmounting factors that facilitate the chances of anyone's hair falling limp before the night is over at any wedding. For the bride, the sheer fact that literally EVERYONE practically greets her with a hug or some sort of embrace throughout the entire event and let us not forget to mention, sweat, dancing, indoor-crowd-humidity( from the dancing) and if it's summer, outdoor humidity sets her up for some pretty sad looking hair by the end of the night.

Stunning Hair Jewelry available on the Magnolia & Pearl Online boutique

Stunning Hair Jewelry available on the Magnolia & Pearl Online boutique

So How does a bride make sure her wedding day hair lasts all night?

Believe it or not, there are fool proof ways to ensure that a hair style will last all night and these measures may be employed for an optimum result:

  • Cleansing with a clarifying shampoo up to to 2 times, leaving the last shampoo in for 2-3 minutes will open and "ruff up" the cuticle layer of the hair enough to resist slippage (silkiness) during styling.
  • Applying little to no conditioner on the ends of the hair ONLY will leave hair textured and more modifiable for styling.
  • Making sure that the hair is blow dried with no hint of moisture left in the hair will be paramount to making a style last. If there is any moisture in the hair at styling you will have limp hair no matter what else you may do.
  • Applying a texture spray to hair before curling can be monumental for efforts to create long a lasting style. My over all FAVE and MUST HAVE product in this category is the Style Sexy Hair Spray Clay texture spray! It has done great wonders for my work and my brides have been grateful.
Style Sexy Hair, Spray Clay

Style Sexy Hair, Spray Clay

  • Teasing hair at the roots is essential for any style to maintain volume over long lengths of time. The trick is to tease then hairspray the teased section right after. This will ensure that the backcombed hair stays that way all through the night.
  • Another wonderful trick is using a small crimping iron at the base and under lengths of the hair before curling and styling. This technique has been revolutionary for the styling world because it essentially creates texture and volume in one instant shot.
Sam Villa Texture Iron being used on under lengths of hair

Sam Villa Texture Iron being used on under lengths of hair

Implementing these techniques can be sure fire ways to make sure any bride's wedding day hair lasts all night and possibly to brunch the next morning!


Are you a bride, planner, photographer or wedding vendor? I would love to hear from you in the comments! And feel free to share!