Sorry, ladies. We hate to add more to the long list of things you need for your big day, but getting a fresh dye job before your wedding is a must. It doesn't have to be a full color overhaul, though! You just want your hair color to look as polished as possible, and to get rid of things that simple hairstyling can't hide like uneven roots and a brassy tone. While you're at it, why not add a new hair color to the equation, too?
But before we get to some ideas, you're probably wondering when you should dye your hair for your wedding. The answer is not quite what you'd expect. "I always tell my brides that if they plan to get a hair color, the best time to have it is at least a week or two weeks before the wedding day," celebrity hairstylist Mycke Arcano tells Preview. "That way, the hair color has ample time to settle and look more natural."
Hair Color Ideas for Brides
Now, let's dive in to the fun part: choosing a color. "My usual suggestion for my brides is to either go a bit lighter than their usual hair color, like a light brown to chocolate brown if they haven't tried coloring their hair, for a more vibrant aura on their wedding day," says Mycke. This subtle change will instantly make your tresses look more polished naturally, and even more so when it's styled. On the other hand, if you already have light hair or want a stronger change, the hairstylist recommends going for ash brown highlights to add effortless texture and dimension.
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1. Natural Black/Dark Brown
It sounds obvious (and maybe a little safe), but sporting your natural hair color on your wedding day is one way to not worry about it possibly not looking good you. If you have light hair and this would require you to go darker, avoid dyeing your locks jet black (here's why) unless you're planning on keeping the look!
2. Light Brown
For a straightforward hue that will do the job and not keep you in the salon for hours, opt to go one shade lighter than your natural hair color. Consult your hairdresser about choosing between a cool or a warm-toned light brown, since this would depend on your skin tone and hair habits.
3. Ash Brown
The last thing you want your color to be on your big day is brassy. And while that heavily relies on your hair care routine, a foolproof way to avoid it when going lighter is to get cool-toned shade like an ash brown, since it's less likely to turn orange than warm, red-based colors.
4. Chocolate Brown
If a dark brown is too plain for you, then the rich, warm tones of a chocolate brown color would be the next best thing. Not only is this hue easy to pull off, it doesn't hurt that it's also timeless and effortlessly sultry at once. It looks amazing on all skin tones, too!
5. Chestnut Brown
Not all reddish hues can look brassy. A chestnut brown, for example, gives your locks a subtle red tint while maintaining a medium brown shade. For a more natural effect that'll grow out gracefully, rock it in a balayage style.
Despite being very prone to brasiness, we can't deny how pretty a copper dye job can be when styled in a bridal chignon or soft waves. We recommend this to brides who already have lightened hair and can handle the extra care. But if you're a hair color newbie and you think it's worth the extra hours at the salon, we say go for it!
7. Dark Brown with Golden Highlights
For dark hair that needs a little more oomph, highlights are the way to go. A few golden streaks on dark brown locks, for example, will instantly make your tresses appear a little fuller and less flat. It'll look stunning under daylight for an outdoor wedding!
8. Ash Foilyage
Going from a bold 'do to a natural shade can be a bit of a challenge with just one solid color. To create a more seamless blend, we suggest opting for your desired base color and blending it with lighter and darker shades using the foilyage technique. This will hide any sign of uneven color or even gray hair.
Brown + Blonde = Bronde. Thanks to this color combo, you can be both a blonde and a brunette at the same time. It's a bold hair choice that requires some cooking in the swivel chair, but what we love about it is that you have free reign on how you'll wear it. You can go for a bronde balayage or bleach your ends all the way and tone the color down with a brown dye—the possibilities are pretty much endless!
10. Platinum Blonde with Dark Roots
Thinking of going platinum blonde for your wedding? Piece of cake. Just schedule your salon appointment as close to D-day as possible (preferably the week before) and ask your colorist not to bleach your roots for a wearable vibe that won't give you problematic regrowth.