The Stylish One

BY JULIE SALDARRIAGA

Long Hair Don't Care

Julie SaldarriagaComment

For all you brides thinking of wearing your hair down on your wedding day... this one is for you. I can't tell you how many people told me I should wear it up. Traditionally, when it comes to special occasions, up was the way to go. However, if you're like me and never do that in your everyday life, wearing your hair up just feels wrong. I say, go with your gut.

If you're going to let those luscious long locks fly free, you best come prepared. Here are three tips I took away from my Big Day:

Brush it out
I don't care if it's in your clutch, your Maid of Honor's clutch, or taped behind a toilet like the gun they hid for Michael in the Godfather... bring a brush to the reception. I didn't and I suffered the consequences. Only an hour in and the ends of my hair had separated, flattened and gotten a bit messy looking. Taking photos in the rain and wearing sleeves in August may have contributed to that, but a brush would have helped sort everything out. I have to say, the photos were worth it.

Dry it up
Whether it's a mini bottle of dry shampoo spray or a small container of dry shampoo powder, have some handy. Take a moment during dinner to run to the lady's room with your girls and give it a quick refresh. I didn't go to the bathroom once (which, was probably unhealthy now that I think about it) and never looked in a mirror. Needless to say, after a few toasts and a twirl around the dance floor, my fringe fell flat, the hair was separating... it was chaos. Of course, I didn't know until after because I was too busy going "Crazy in Love" to Beyonce on the dance floor. Yes, it's great that I was having so much fun that I forgot about my hair, but a quick flip and fluff wouldn't have killed me. I probably should have gone during the fifth chorus of Apple Bottom Jeans.

Pack the pins
If you have side bangs like I do (or "fringe" as my chic Newbury Street stylist would call it) pack some bobby pins to pin your hair back once the dance party really gets started. It would have taken me all of five seconds and I would have looked a little less like Jennifer Beal dancing to Maniac.

Take a look
If you don't have time to run to the ladies room and feel bad leaving your reception, bring a small compact with a mirror to the reception. At least pretend you're taking a selfie and do a quick fix. Any girl with bangs knows the shake and pat trick. If you don't, take four fingers, shake out your bangs, and then pat them softly into place.

When all is said and done, we had an incredible time. It was so much fun that I didn't even think about my hair. It was the best day ever and yours will be, too.