Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wedding Hair: The Trial

Choosing your hair and make up artist for your big day can be a very stressful experience for many brides-to-be. Maybe you find it hard to translate exactly what you'd like, or you feel pressured to ensure on the day all runs smoothly with you, bridesmaid and mother of the brides. I work a lot with engaged ladies planning their wedding hair, and the wedding party styles and thought I'd share some advice to help anyone out there wanting to snap some tiaras and stuff a veil in the mouth of the next person that tells them 'it'll all be fine on the day' (it will though, promise)
Pinterest. I love Pinterest, even more so as a hairstylist. It's a fantastic way to help you show your prospective hair tamer how you'd like your hair. Without the ums, ahs and descriptive hand gestures. It's also great for all wedding aspects - just don't get too caught up in the 'dream wedding' as some of this pins are something to aspire to.
Be honest. Please, please, please (can you tell I'm a big fan of honesty) let your stylist know if you aren't happy with any aspect of the trial. Luckily I've never been in the situation, but I have seen other stylists be criticised on Facebook, Twitter or even good, old, word-of-mouth when there's been a slight difference of opinion on a style. If you smile and nod, the stylist will think it's what you want. If it's not - speak up! I know it might seem hard, but believe me when you are looking back on photos and still cursing that hair you'll feel even worse than you might. Us stylists have thick skins, most won't to turn on their heel (and in ninja style snip off your ponytail at the same time) and storm out declaring you 'a fool'
'Imagine the Bride' - Now this might sound a little silly, and pretentious, but imagine the finished look. Dress, make up, the full sch-bang! 'It looks a little fancy!' is a comment I've had once or twice. Which whilst you are stood looking in a mirror wearing leggings and a five year old hoody, it will.
And most of all, remember, it's still you. I love doing trials where the bride declares she'd like a dramatic up do and tells the MUA to 'go dark and smoky' but in all honesty, if that's not you, you will probably look in the mirror and panic. Whilst it's great to try out different looks, it's maybe not a great idea on your wedding day. You'll be feeling nervous and it may make you feel more uncomfortable if you don't recognise your own reflection. Also, don't want to have the groom questioning who is walking down that aisle. 

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