I have yet to have my hair trial and I will be sure to post pics when I do, but for now I wanted to give you all a few tips for getting the look that you want just right from a stylists’ perspective. Use these tips for both the trial run and the wedding day. And while I’m sure some of them are obvious, some people forget once they’re sitting in the chair.
1. Come with dry dirty hair
Ok, not that dirty!
Clean hair is very slippery which makes it hard to pin up and create long-lasting curls. If you can stand it, wash your hair the day before, but skip the shampoo the day of. It also blows my mind when a client comes in with freshly washed wet hair before an updo. That extra time needed to blowdry cuts into the stylist’s updo-playtime, silly!
2. Bring all of your possible hair accessories with you
Bring along your veil, tiara, flowers, rhinestones, anything you may want to put in your hair the day of. Even if you bought something along the way but aren’t sure you want to use it, bring it anyway and see if it may work with the style you come up with.
3. Wear a button down or zip-up shirt
Pretty self-explanatory, but sometimes people forget. I actually did a bride’s hair that forgot this and wore a t-shirt the day of her wedding. Luckily it was an old shirt because she later told me that she had her bridesmaid cut it off her with a scissors when they got home.
4. Bring pictures
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Most stylists are visual people and sometimes the image you have in your head is hard to articulate. If you like the front of a style in one picture and the back in another, bring both pics and tell your stylist what you do and don’t like about them.
5. Talk about price when you book the appointment
Some salons will charge full price for a trial run. Others may charge less if you book your wedding day appointment. Make sure you find out before your appointment so there are no surprises when you go to pay!
6. If you have to cancel or reschedule, give your stylist lots of notice
We tend to book a large chunk of time for a trial run because we know it could take a few tries to get the look you really want. Time is money people! And it sucks to have a last-minute cancellation and end up with an hour and a half of free time. So if you have to reschedule, keep your stylist happy and call ahead! Free time=no pay=sad stylist
7. MOST IMPORTANT: DON’T BE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP
(source) – though I think this stink-face says it all
If you don’t like the way your hair looks, don’t fake a smile (or look like someone farted) and tell him/her that you love it, then walk out and bitch about how you hate it. Tell your stylist! I promise, you will not be hurting his/her feelings. I promise, I promise, I promise. The trial is all about perfecting your vision for the wedding day, so why leave with something you don’t like and risk having the same thing done on the big day? Your stylist wants nothing less than for you to be happy when you walk out that door, but remember we’re not mind readers!
I think that just about covers it. If you’ve had your trial run or even your wedding already, do you have any other tips I didn’t mention to help your appointment go smoothly?