Good hair is one of the best bridal accessories. While hiring a hairstylist on your big day allows you to take one thing off your plate, it can be stressful not having control. Many brides choose to schedule a hair trial to make sure they love their wedding look before they walk down the aisle. To answer your questions about wedding hair trials, we went to a pro, Wedding Wingman Theresa Bullock of the Bridal Goddess. Make sure to check out bride-to-be Billie vlog her experience at her trial and ask Theresa all your day-of wedding hair questions here!
What is a Wedding Hair Trial?
A trial run with your wedding hairstylist is essentially a rehearsal dinner for your hair. Pat yourself on the back, you found The One (your hairstylist)! Now all you have to do is let them do their job.
“Trials are perfect for looking at pictures and inspiration and asking what does her dress look like, what’s the style of the wedding, what’s important to this bride, and most importantly what’s going to make her feel beautiful.”
Why Should I Book a Hair Trial?
Not only will a trial run give you peace of mind about your hair, but also about your hairstylist! On such an important day, you’ll want someone around that you get along with. You can only learn so much over email – a trial run allows you to build that special bond with your hairstylist.
Your hair trial will allow you to turn your inspiration into a reality. Sometimes a bride will be dead-set on a look, and then after their trial, decide they don’t like it. While you can always book another trial, it’s a good idea to go in with an open mind and take advice from the professional ahead of time. For example, your stylist can talk to you about adding hair extensions for extra thickness and length to make your hair more suitable for styling. If you figure this out at your trial run, your hairstylist can either do it themselves, order you some clip-ins, or refer you to a specialist.
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“It’s a really good time to try extensions during the trial run. You can see what your hair looks like with them in and how it feels. Your stylist can also show you how to put them in and take them out so you can try them at home! Also, you will then have them for anytime you would want to use them!”
When Should I Book My Hair Trial?
Before booking your hair trial run, make sure you buy your dress first. Your hairstyle and your dress should go together. If you can book your hair and makeup trial on the same day, that would be best. This will help you get the full picture of your bridal look. Set aside an hour or two for the trial – you never know if you’ll get chatty or want to try something different.
Theresa recommends booking between one and four months ahead of your wedding, depending on everyone’s schedules. “Some brides will book a trial a year in advance, but that’s usually the bride that kinda wants to get stuff done, doesn’t want to have to think about it and they know what they want.”
How Much Does a Hair Trial Cost?
Wedding hair trials can range from $75-150, depending on the hairstylist’s rates. Hair trials are also available for any bridal party members. Most commonly, Theresa says she sees mothers of the bride and groom coming in for trial runs. Since your hairstylist is providing you a service, it’s always a good idea to tip for your trial run.
What if I don’t book a Hair Trial Run?
While some hairstylists require you have one, it’s not always necessary. If you don’t book a hair trial, it’s a good idea to communicate with your hairstylist what you’re envisioning via inspiration photos. And be sure to talk about timing. The trial run gives you and your hairstylist an estimate of how long it will take to complete your look, which is important when knowing when to schedule your wedding hair and makeup. If you’re doing your own hair, make sure to do a trial run on yourself!
“As a hairstylist, a trial run is helpful because I already have a blueprint of what I’m gonna do on your wedding day. I can just jump right in. I don’t even need to bug the bride too much about it – I can just get to work and let her enjoy her friends and family.”
How Should I Prepare for My Hair Trial Run?
Look for inspiration on the Internet and in magazines. As for beauty prep, come with your natural hair clean and dry. Wearing makeup is helpful to fully envision the look on yourself.
Make sure to bring any veil or hair accessories you are planning to use, or let your hairstylist know if you need purchase recommendations. If you have accessories such as earrings and/or a necklace you are planning on wearing make sure to let your stylist know, as well as show them a photo of your dress. This information can help your hairdresser choose a style that accentuates your accessories instead of covering them up!
Three things Theresa likes to discuss with brides during their hair trial are the details of their wedding, their dress, and the bride’s physical appearance. Sharing this information with your stylist can be extremely helpful for brides who might be unsure of what hairstyle they want. Showing your stylist your dress can help you make decisions such as hair up or down based on the neckline and style. Meeting in person allows your stylist to see your face structure, work with you to find your good side, and a hairstyle that flatters it!
While you might not think your venue has anything to do with hair, if you’re going to be outside your hairstylist will use different products than inside. It’s not a bad idea to take note of the products the hairstylist is using on your hair. Then you can purchase minis for touch-ups throughout your wedding day.