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12 months prior to the wedding day:
I cannot emphasise enough the importance of great condition hair, especially if you are thinking of wearing your hair down. Book an appointment with your stylist to discuss your hair concerns and formulate a plan to address these issues. If you are considering changing your hair colour, now is the time to do it! Make out a timetable for trimming, colouring, conditioning and protein treatments. I know you are thinking ” Im growing my hair, why would I need a trim” in fact trimming the hair will remove split ends that potentially travel up the hair shaft resulting in weak hair.
Don’t forget your take home products shampoo, conditioner, treatment etc.
Ensure your last conditioning treatment is at least 10 days prior to the trial day and wedding day as this can weigh down the hair.
Start collecting images of hair and wedding styles you like. Pinterest is great for this, you can save your board and share it with your stylist before your trial.
6 months to go!
You should have your dress by now (but don’t panic if you don’t !) so its time to get your hair trial organised.
What to bring along on the day:
- Veil if your wearing one
- Hair extensions if you need them
- Photos of your wedding dress
- Your Pinterest board with your hair/makeup ideas
- Hair Accessories- you may choose to purchase this after your trial as you stylist can advise you on what best to buy. if you can borrow a piece from a friend for your trial it can give you a good idea of how it compliments your finished look.
- Jewellery- that’s your earrings necklace etc
What to Wear to you trial:
Wearing a white or cream top with a similar neckline to your dress is a great way to help visualise the end result. Apply the same amount of make-up you would normally wear on a night out. if you don’t wear makeup that is perfectly fine, your stylist wants to see the real you, so be true to yourself.
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Ask questions and be honest if you don’t like the style. Your stylist will appreciate your truthfulness, we can only work with the feedback you give us. You should feel comfortable enough with your stylist to be able to chat freely, if you don’t then maybe he/she is not the stylist for you!
if you normally wash your hair daily then wash and dry your hair on the morning of your trial. I know you have heard that saying, ‘Day old hair is best for up styles’ but seriously who wants day old hair on their wedding day!! A good stylist will be well able to add grip to your hair.
If you typically wash your hair once or twice a week then wash and dry your hair the night before your trial. In both cases I would not use any product, suitable product will be added by your stylist.
For very curly hair we all know product is key to successful curls so follow your usual hair routine including your well loved products. Bring these products along with you to your trial.
Your aim/goal should be to look like a perfect version of yourself
Take photos of the finished style
You will be trying different styles on the trial day and that is exactly what a trial is all about but do remember that your stylist will be working one style on fresh hair on your wedding day so you are going to get a far more polished finish.
The photos you show your stylist are for inspiration only, its next to impossible to create an identical look due to different hair density, length and texture.
If your hair is fine, short or doesn’t hold a curl think about getting hair extensions, extensions need to be 100% human hair as synthetic hair will melt with using heat tools. Get help from the shop/salon to match up your hair colour and do think about the colour/shade it will be on the wedding day. Don’t worry if you get the colour wrong your colourist will be able to dye the extensions.
Be open to the idea that you may end up with a different style to your original idea, a good stylist will look at your features and experiment accordingly
It is a good idea to show photos of styles that you had that were a disaster!! your stylist can learn a lot from these photos.
Should I bring someone along with me?
I recommend bringing one person only, too many opinions are not always helpful!! Do make sure it is someone whose opinion you value and has not let you down in the past.
How long will the trial last?
Generally allow 2 hours, this will give you both time to get comfortable with each other. The last thing you need is to feel rushed.
Can I have more then one trial?
Absolutely, in-fact if your not 100% happy I would highly recommend a second trial. If you only have minor changes these can be addressed on the wedding morning.
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I hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any questions not addressed in this blog post feel free to contact me directly,
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