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the big debate. to grow or not to grow?

May 22nd, 2015 | Julia Braime

Found on, photography by Patrick Moyer Photography

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That is the question.

Today’s big debate topic is a dilemma ladies come up against time and time throughout their lives and is a particularly tough call for brides-to-be – to grow your hair or not for your wedding day. As well as the engagement ring a signal that proposal has taken place is often a bride’s hair growing at a rapid rate as hair appointments are put on hold while operation rapunzel is carried out.

However while once long locks reigned supreme in the wedding hair world, a new relaxed and individual vibe is coming through that gives brides-to-be more choice than ever before.

So what’s it going to be ladies, long or lopped?

Found on, photography by Mango Studios

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rachel says: let it grow

Ok so I once had lovely long blonde locks, then at the age of 14 I started work in a hairdressers and before I knew it my hair was up by my chin as I became the salon Guinea pig.

While I didn’t particularly mind, the problem is I’ve never had the patience or strength to get it back to that length and so see a wedding day as a goal to get mission grow back on track once and for all.

Furthermore I feel that growing your hair gets all the more impossible the older you get making a wedding day almost a last chance saloon scenario for me to resurrect my once long trestles.

And it seems I’m not alone in this trail of thought. Many friends of mine that have gotten engaged have instantly put the brakes on their regular salon visits in an attempt to lengthen their locks for the big day, whether opting for an up or down do.

So while I’m all for brides rocking their own individual look and not succumbing to a stereotypical bridal mould, I do love to see ladies walking down the aisle with long loose waves, just as the lovely princess Kate did on her special day.

And for indecisive people like myself, long hair can act as a safety net as it gives a bride lots of different options for their wedding day look – down, partly up, or relaxed dos such as messy top knots and romantic fishtail plaits. Those with short hair however can be confined to just a handful of styles.

Now, bring on the hair boosting supplements *heads to Holland & Barret*

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julia says – it’s a no grow

You can always count on an impending wedding to bring on a princess complex.

Even if you’re an otherwise hip and happening chick who rocks a cool cut and knows her lobs from her pobs, one mention of wedding day styling and the bi-monthly trims go out of the window.  I’ve seen it happen to my best girls… and – I’ll admit – I’ve had it happen to me.

I’m just one of those girls who feels better in a bob.  Short, choppy locks suit my face shape and style.  My (sometimes almost white) blonde hair just looks cooler with a bit of bluntness, and I love an interesting neckline.

But when the proposal dropped, what did I do?  Squealed over the ring, spent my month’s wages on wedding magazines and promptly started the “must grow my hair” process.  Why?  Not sure really. Having long hair is just a thing brides do, right?


Brides Up North, I implore you… claim back your rights to a haircut.  Ditch the fish oil supplements and the coconut oils.  Be yourself.  Wear your dream dress… but with the hair that he fell in love with. Otherwise you’ll spend a lifetime looking at your wedding photos and wondering who the gal with the funny up-do is, or (worse, and like me) marvelling at your amazing tresses and wondering why you cut it all off after the wedding.

Because – and I guarantee you this – you will cut it all back off again after the wedding.

You know it and I know it, and whether you can stand to spend the next 12 months painstakingly watching your hair grow or not… some girls just aren’t meant to have long hair.  If you’ve felt the call of a bob before, you’ll feel it again.

After all, what says “Brand New Mrs” better than brand new hair?…

Save yourself the hassle and spend the supplement fund on shoes instead.  Much healthier.

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image source, photography by Elizabeth & John Craig

what you said on facebook:

Laura: “I’m trying to grow mine.  I just think my dress would look better with long hair, and if not now, then never!”

Penny: “I’ve always had short hair and it would feel weird to change my whole look just for one day”

Kate: “I’ve been growing mine since we got engaged – it’s nice to look special on your wedding day”

Jayne: “I can’t grow mine past my shoulders, so I guess I’ll be a bride with a bob!”

What’s your verdict girls?  We’d love to know? 

Found on, photography by by Sharon Nicole Photography

image source, photography by Sharon Nicole Photography

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