How To Wash Your Hair For Formal Or Wedding Styling

In preparation for your special occasion, you have selected a hairstylist, decided on your up-style and attended a hair trial.

You’re happy with everything, but you’ve realised something that could impact your hair on the day of your style.

Have you ever thought about how you wash your hair, and how it could cause issues on the day of styling?

I Am Styled is here to show you how to wash your hair with the right products.

1. When should you wash your hair?

There are many myths about when you should or shouldn’t wash your hair for an upstyle. Your hairdresser may say the day of, others will say a few days before. I Am Styled best experience is wash your hair the afternoon before your wedding or formal. This gives the hair time to settle.

Avoid sleeping on wet hair, as this can make your hair sit flat and give stubborn cowlicks. If your hair is very oily or thin, it’s ideal to wash your hair the day of the styling.

2. Preparing for your hair wash

If you’ve already spoken with your hairdresser and purchased the right products for your hair type, you’ll be well underway into having freshly washed hair in no time.

Ensure that you have your recommended hair products with you, along with a wet brush (this will be helpful after you’ve finished and remove any tangles). Plus a microfibre towel for drying.

3. Setting the water temperature

The temperature of your water can be a crucial factor in making your hairstyle sit better. 30 degrees and above is too hot for your hair, and we recommend that you aim for 24-37 degrees. The water temperature should start off warm to help open hair follicles and to get any dirt out. End your session with a cooler rinse to the seal the cuticles back up.

The longer you have your hair underwater, the more it can begin to strip out your natural oils.

4. Washing your hair

There are 3 stages when washing your hair to follow.

1st Shampoo
Rinse with warm water.
Apply clarifying shampoo (around a 20 cent piece in your hand) and begin to evenly distribute on your scalp and roots to make a slight later.
By using your fingertips, scrub your scalp to get rid of any impurities. Massage really well into your scalp.
Rinse out with warm water.

2nd Shampoo
In extreme hair cases where your hair is dry and brittle, you may need to apply the clarifying shampoo again. If not, use the recommended shampoo that has been provided by your hairdresser.
Apply the second shampoo and distribute evenly throughout your scalp and roots, making it lather in.
Leave the shampoo in your hair for 2 minutes or longer.
After 2 minutes, rinse the shampoo out with warm water and ensure that it’s coming out clear. We don’t want any soap suds left behind!

3rd Shampoo
If required, you may need to undertake a third wash.

Using Conditioner
If you find that your hair is too greasy or soft, it’s best to not condition your hair, as it can make it difficult for your hairdresser to style.
When conditioning, distribute it below the ears, focusing on mid-lengths and ends. Avoid your roots, as there are normally enough natural oils coming through the scalp.

Combing Out Knots
It’s best to comb through conditioned hair only with a wet brush. Any other type of brush can be too strong (especially bristles) and can break your hair from aggressive pulling.
Rinse the conditioner out with warm water. Once you feel as though the conditioner is out of your hair, change the water temperature to be cooler to help seal the cuticles back in.

Towel Dry
Squeeze out any excess water with a microfiber towel. As soon as you feel as though your hair doesn’t feel as weighed down by the water, begin to towel dry and then begin to comb through again to remove knots.

Adding Protection
Based on the products your hairdresser has recommended, apply either a mousse, cream or heat protector to your hair. This will help when it comes to drying your hair using heated tools.

5. Drying Your Hair

To prepare your hair for drying:

  • Part your hair to the desired position, either what you style it as every day or what has been recommended by your hairdresser or hairstylist.
  • With a round brush (the larger the brush, the larger the curl) and begin to stretch the hair out as you blow-dry.
  • The style does not have to be perfect as your hairstylist will shape it for styling.

If you find that washing and blow-drying your hair is overwhelming and takes too much of your time, you can always get your hairdresser to do it for you.

By following the above steps, you’ll find that your hair will be ready and prepared for your stylist. In some cases, if the hair is not prepared correctly for styling, your stylist may come across risks that may alter how your hair will turn out after styling.