The timeline your wedding day involves many moving parts, considerations, and anxiety-laden decisions. We're here to take the guesswork out of the ones. We covered how to pick your makeup artist, and today we're sharing the information you need for perfect wedding day hair color, with help from famed colorist Rita Hazan and her salon. Follow this advice, and you'll be golden (or brunette, redheaded—whatever your dream color could be) on your big day. Keep scrolling for every bride's must-know color tips!
Meet the Expert
Rita Hazan is a New York-based celebrity hairstylist and colorist with an eponymous salon in New York city. She has her own line of haircare products and has more than 20 years of professional experience in the haircare industry.
First things first, if your wedding isn't too far off, Hazan cautions against trying anything new. "You need to feel like yourself on your wedding day, so if you have never colored your hair, don't start before your wedding."
Instead, she recommends using a clear gloss for shine, which will enhance the color you do have without changing it, like the product below.
If you've got at least a few months before your wedding, Rita Hazan salon senior stylist Ortega says it's the time to start planning and scheduling. "I think should be on your mind as soon as you say 'yes, I will marry you,''' she says. "If you already have a great you can bring it up and talk together. If you aren't in love with your colorist, then start the search ASAP. To have the perfect wedding color, make sure you plan it out like you would any other important part of your wedding. You and your colorist should have chosen a color you love and that complements you on your big day. Most importantly, you can't just talk about it and wait to do it right before your wedding. You should have that color well in advance of your wedding to make sure it's right, and then touch it up a week before," she says.
, "The worst mistake you can make is switching hair colorists or choosing a completely new hair color right before your wedding. You should have your wedding color thought out and planned months ahead of your wedding with a colorist you trust, so there are no mistakes or surprises the day or week of."
In terms of timeline, follow this rule from Ortega: "Getting your color done two weeks before your wedding is too early, and getting it done with less than one week before your wedding is too late. You want your color to settle, but be fresh. You also want to have enough time for minor tweaking, if necessary. "One week before your wedding is perfect," she says. "I all my brides in for your final wedding day hair color appointment a week before your wedding, because as long as everything is planned out with your colorist, it's the optimal time for every color. If you're trying to conceal gray hair, then book your appointment no sooner than one week before, or the grays will start showing.
The same goes for the blond highlighted brides—you don't want your roots to show. And if you're a brunette with subtle highlights, a week is still the best, but you could get away with going two weeks before."
In terms of caring for your color, so it looks its best on the day of, Ortega says to always protect hair from the sun, salt water, and chlorine by applying conditioner before you get in the water. "This will coat your hair and help prevent any discoloration from occurring," she says. Additionally, Ortega says not to use heating tools often, which will fade your color and dry out your hair. "If this is simply not an option, make sure to deep-condition your hair at least once a week with Rita's Weekly Remedy," she says below). "It's a quick and easy at-home treatment that works wonders."
Hazan herself recommends a combination of the Ultimate Shine Clear Gloss and Weekly Remedy, for an added layer of shine and smoothness. "The combination of these two products will help hair capture light better in photos," she says.
Lastly, make sure to book your one-week-before-wedding-day appointment as soon as you book your initial consultation. "You don't want your colorist to be already booked on the one time you need them most!"
If you plan to do your own hair color for your wedding, here are at-home color mistakes to avoid.