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A Groom’s Guide to Hair and Skincare for Your Wedding Day


Your wedding day is one of the most significant and memorable days of your life, and you want to look your absolute best. While brides often get the spotlight when it comes to pre-wedding beauty routines, grooms also deserve attention and care to ensure they feel confident and look sharp.

This comprehensive guide will walk you through essential hair and skincare tips, providing a timeline and detailed advice to help you prepare for your big day. Whether you’re dealing with specific hair concerns, managing different hair textures, or just starting a skincare routine, we’ve got everything you need for your wedding hair and skincare covered. 

What to Consider When It Comes To Your Wedding Hairstyle

Choose a hairstyle that suits your hair texture and length

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Your wedding day is all about celebrating who you are, and your hairstyle should reflect your true self. Whether you have wavy, straight, or curly hair, understanding your hair type is crucial for achieving your best look. Wavy hair, for instance, can be versatile but may require light gels to maintain definition without weighing it down. Straight hair often looks sleek and polished with minimal effort, so lightweight products to add volume and shine for a polished look are best. Curly hair needs moisture to maintain its bounce and avoid frizz, making curl-defining creams and gels essential.

Your hair length will largely determine your styling options. Short hair is easy to manage and can look sharp with minimal effort, possibly using a styling wax or pomade for a sleek look. Medium-length hair offers versatility, allowing for both slicked-back formal styles and relaxed natural looks. Long hair can be styled in various ways, from sophisticated low ponytails to casual mid-head buns, perfect for laid-back weddings.

Don’t forget about your facial hair either. Different textures and thicknesses require different care. Coarser hair may need more conditioning and a special beard balm to keep it soft and manageable, while thinner beards might benefit from a beard elixir that adds shine. Don’t wait until the last minute to trim your beard. Plan a trim with your barber about a week before your wedding to make sure it looks its best.

Groom Hair Care Timeline 

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Six Months to One Year Before Your Wedding

During this period, you need to establish and stick to a regular hair care routine that will keep your hair in optimal condition for your wedding day. Then, you can supplement your daily routine with products designed to address your hair concerns. Here’s a basic routine to get you started:

  • Shampoo - Choose a mild shampoo that suits your hair type. Daily washing can strip natural oils from your hair, leading to dryness and damage. Shampoo your hair 2-3 times a week unless your hair is particularly oily. Focus on cleaning the scalp and roots where oil and dirt build up most. 
  • Conditioner - Conditioning your hair every time you shampoo is crucial to keep your hair moisturized. Apply the conditioner mainly to the ends of your hair, avoiding the scalp to prevent greasiness. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to deeply nourish your hair before thoroughly rinsing. 
  • Beard care - Use a gentle shampoo and beard conditioner to keep your facial hair clean and soft. Apply a beard oil daily to moisturize both your facial hair and your skin, preventing any dryness or itchiness. 
  • Gentle drying - After washing, pat your hair dry with a towel instead of rubbing it vigorously. This gentle approach reduces damage and frizz. If you use a blow dryer, keep it on a low heat setting and at a distance from your hair to prevent heat damage. 
  • Brushing and combing - Use a wide-tooth comb or brush with soft bristles to detachable your hair. Always start from the ends and work your way up to avoid breakage. 

With a regular hair care routine in order, you can start to add steps to your process to address some of your specific hair concerns. 

Hair Loss

Dealing with hair loss can be challenging, but there are steps you can take to mitigate its effects. Start by incorporating a serum, such as our Folitin Hair Growth Serum, into your routine. These serums are designed to stimulate hair growth and strengthen hair follicles. Additionally, stick to gentle shampoos that won’t irritate your scalp. Avoid hairstyles that pull tightly on your follicles.

Dry Hair

If your hair tends to be dry, take this time before your wedding to focus on hydration and moisture. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for dry hair to maintain proper moisture levels. Incorporate a deep conditioning treatment into your weekly routine to provide extra nourishment. Applying hair oils can add much-needed moisture and shine to your hair, making it look healthier and more vibrant. 

Oily Hair

Managing oily hair requires a different approach. Start by using a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove product buildup and excess oil. Between washes, apply dry shampoo to absorb oil and add volume to your hair. 

Three Months Before Your Wedding

At this stage, it’s time to finalize your look and find a trusted barber. Find a barber who understands your hair type and desired look. Book regular appointments leading up to the wedding. Work with your barber to decide on the hairstyle that suits you best, considering the overall theme and formality of your wedding when making this decision. 

Two Weeks to One Month Before Your Wedding

The timing of your final haircut ultimately depends on how fast your hair grows. Some grooms prefer a fresh cut right before the wedding, while others like it to grow in slightly for a more natural appearance. Give your cut enough time to settle and look natural before the big day. 

The Night Before Your Wedding

Avoid making any last-minute changes to your hairstyle. Stick to your established routine and get a good night’s rest. Make sure you have all the styling tools you need packed and ready to go for your wedding day.

By following this timeline, you’ll ensure your hair is in the best possible condition and styled perfectly for your wedding day. Consistency and proper care are key to looking and feeling your best. 

Wedding Skincare Timeline for Grooms

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Six Months to One Year Before Your Wedding

Proper skincare is essential to ensure you look your best on your wedding day. Start incorporating a basic skincare routine into your daily life. This gives your skin ample time to adjust to new products and for you to notice any significant changes. 

Keep your routine simple at first, and add in more products as needed. Here’s a basic skincare routine to get you started:

  • Cleanser - In the morning and at night, use a gentle facial cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and impurities accumulated on your skin. Choose a cleanser that suits your skin type—like a foaming cleanser for oily skin or a cream-based cleanser for dry skin.
  • Moisturizer - After cleansing in the morning and at night, apply a moisturizer that fits your skin’s needs. Moisturizers help to lock in hydration, keeping your skin smooth and supple. Opt for an oil-free moisturizer if you have naturally oily skin, or a richer one if you have dry skin.
  • Sunscreen - Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every morning, even if you’re staging indoors. Sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays, which can cause premature aging and increase the risk of skin cancer. 


Three to Six Months Before Your Wedding

Once your skin has had enough time to adjust to a basic skincare routine, you can now find and test any additional serums and creams that address specific skin concerns. This period allows you to identify any products that might cause irritation and switch to alternative products if necessary. 


Combat acne by using a gentle cleanser followed by an acne spot treatment containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These ingredients help to reduce inflammation and kill acne-causing bacteria. Finish with an oil-free moisturizer to prevent dryness.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, but targeted skincare strategies can significantly reduce their visibility. To tackle fine lines and wrinkles, use a moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid, which plumps the skin and reduces the appearance of lines. Consider adding a skin-firming serum, such as our Sapphire Lux Firming Serum, which promotes collagen production with our hero anti-aging ingredient, GHK-Cu

Uneven Skin Tone

Incorporate vitamin C serum into your routine to brighten and even out your skin tone. Vitamin C helps to fade dark spots and improve overall radiance. 

Inflammation and Redness

Whether caused by stress, shaving, or environmental factors, inflammation can make your skin look less than its best. Opt for gentle, fragrance-free skincare products designed for sensitive skin. Add products, like our Platinum Restore Serum, with anti-inflammatory peptides and ingredients, such as niacinamide or Syn-Ake, to help soothe and calm your skin.

Dark Circles

To address dark circles, use a caffeinated eye cream that helps to reduce puffiness and brighten the under-eye area. Ensure you get enough sleep, as fatigue can exacerbate dark circles. 

One Month Before Your Wedding

Ensure you have all your skincare products ready and stick to your routine diligently. Avoid trying new products at this stage to prevent unexpected reactions.

The Night Before Your Wedding

Stick to your evening routine and get a good night’s sleep. Your skin repairs itself overnight, so getting enough sleep is essential to look your best on your big day. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and avoid alcohol or heavy, salty foods that can cause puffiness. 

Preparing for your wedding day goes beyond just picking out the perfect suit or rehearsing your vows. Take this time to make sure you feel confident and look your absolute best for your big day. By following this comprehensive guide to groom hair and skincare, you’ll be well on your way to achieving just that. Celebrate this significant moment in your life knowing you’ve put in the effort to look and feel your very best.

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