A sleek and sexy chignon or a mess of curls and braids? Each bride has a different vision of their wedding day hair, but they sometimes have trouble achieving that image. These do's and don'ts for hair trials will surely assist you in getting that glam look you're going for.
DO: Bring pictures.
Nothing helps us hair stylists out more than when you bring pictures with to your appointment. What you see as a chic and romantic up-do and what your stylist sees can be completely different things, so where words fail, photographs do not. You may want to have pictures of your dress and talk about the overall style of the wedding. Also, don't forget to bring your headpiece with if you're planning on sporting one.
DO: See examples of past work.
Whether you're sticking with your regular, or you're still on the hunt for your big-day stylist, always ask to see examples of their past special occasion style clients. Most stylists who have had a good bridal clientele will more than likely have photos in their portfolio. Key note: Don't just assume your current go-to for cuts and color is also bridal styling-savvy.
DO: Be completely honest.
In my opinion this is the most important thing every bride needs to remember. Our goal as your wedding day stylist is to create a look that you love, so I encourage you to always speak up during your appointment. If you're not crazy about the way the trial is starting to look, you need to let your stylist know. Be as specific as you can be, and we will try our best to fix it to your liking. I promise you will not hurt our feelings, our careers thrive on constructive criticism.
DON'T: Expect an identical style.
A lot of the pictures you find online and in magazines are of models who sport voluptuous hair extensions, and while some of us have naturally thick tresses, some of us have thinner locks that are more challenging to create up do's on. If you're really craving long waves or extra volume on your big day, you may want to discuss the option of hair extensions with your stylist.
DON'T: Get a drastic change a week before the wedding.
If you truly want to do something different with your cut or color, always do it at least a few months before the wedding. If you aren't as big a fan of your new look at you thought you would be, that gives it time to: a) grow out, or b) safely correct the color.
DON'T: Forget to take pictures.
Once your trial is over, ask your stylist to take some pictures of the style as a whole. Include different angles and try to get it in the natural daylight as well as in indoor lighting. That way you'll have something to reference on the day of.
-Book your stylist around 5-6 months in advance, and go for your trial 2-3 months before the wedding. Don't be afraid to set up a second trial a few weeks before if you feel it's necessary.
-Discuss bridesmaids. If your bridal party is small, your stylist should be able to handle the couple extra heads. A few more stylists may be needed if you've got a larger crowd.
- Give yourself an abundant time frame for the wedding day, it's always preferred to have time left over as opposed to having your stylist race the clock.
Here's a couple of shots of my stunning bride last year, Henni. She was a new client and after a thorough consultation, we concluded that we wanted to create something really organic and rustic looking. I just amped up her naturally twisted texture and she was pretty happy with the outcome. We addressed a few minor concerns and worked them out until she was satisfied. This was her final look on her wedding day, and she adored it!
When the day comes, just remember to relax and let your hair guru work their magic.
-Beauty Expert: Ari