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Celebrity Hairstylist Janine Jarman’s Guide to Picture-Perfect Bridal Hair

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.


I can’t believe it, but the day has finally come. My wedding is tomorrow (!) and I couldn’t be more excited. To ensure that my tresses are at their best before I walk down that aisle, I paid a visit to my go-to stylist, Janine Jarman of Shear Genius fame, to get a quick trim at her charming Hollywood salon Hairroin. (Fun fact: this spot is also a great place to score brilliant braids.)

Given that Jarman’s highly-publicized wedding looked like a dream, I couldn’t resist asking her for some helpful tips on hair for the big day. Read on for eight great takeaways, straight from the source.

1. Don’t hide behind your hair."Have your hair in such a way that a side of your face is exposed, because you don’t want to cover your face in pictures. If you have long hair, clear a shoulder before photos or tuck a few strands behind the ear."

2. Don’t deviate far from your normal look. “You want to exaggerate a great version of yourself, but if you’re someone that never wears their hair up, now isn’t the time to experiment. But if you really, really want to wear it up, test it by wearing it up more often leading up to the wedding. Take a few pictures, too, to make sure that that’s how you’d like to look.”

3. When it comes to hair color, stick to the classics."For my brides, I always recommend going for hue closest to their natural hair color or whatever color looks the best on them. You don’t want to look back at pictures and feel mortified!"

4. Change your look between the ceremony and reception."It subconsciously tells your attendees that the mood has changed and it’s now party time. At my wedding, I went from a very classic updo to a ponytail. It instantly loosened me up."

5. Bridesmaids hair should be consistent. “Otherwise, your eyes are drawn all over the place. It looks horrible when there’s one bridesmaid with Lauren Conrad braids, but then everybody else has their hair down. You want a style that everyone’s hair can do. It doesn’t look great in pictures when someone other than the bride is standing out from everyone else.”

6. Hair should complement the season and location."If someone is getting married outside, this is not the time to do a 1940s perfect fingerwaves look. It’s just not realistic because it’s not going to last and will likely get frizzy. Your ultimate goal is to not have to worry about your hair and makeup on the big day, so pick something that’s going to: 1) suit your hair type, 2) go with the type of wedding you’re having, and 3) allow you to look effortless."

7. Prepare for inconvenient weather changes."If it starts to drizzle, pull hair to the side or gather it in some way. Do an impromptu updo or something disheveled. The effortlessly cool, disheveled look saves everything!"

8. Hairspray is your best friend. “My giveaway to every bride is a mini can of Sebastian’s Shaper Hairspray. I always have them tuck it in their little bridal bag. With hairspray, you can spray the bottoms of shoes to make them not slippery, you can de-static a dress, and, of course, you can keep hair in place. It’s like the Windex of beauty!”

Heading to tons of weddings this season? Don’t miss’s series with great tips and tricks for brides, bridesmaids and guests.

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