Trial Run | 5 tips for perfect wedding hair
I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t have a hair trial before my wedding. It was something that was important to me so I could visualize the overall look and to ensure I would feel comfortable on my big day, and like that “picture-perfect” bride I kept seeing in all the bridal magazines I flipped through weekly.
But hair trials aren’t for everyone – many brides are unable to book a hair trial for a number of reasons. Lack of time, budget restrictions and logistics – think destination weddings in another country or state. And other brides just might not feel the need to. It’s a personal decision and will depend on your circumstances and what you feel is a necessity leading up to your big day.
If you are planning a local wedding and you will be using your regular hairdresser or hairstylist, you may not feel it’s essential to book a trial. If so, have confidence knowing that your regular stylist will have a good understanding of you, your vision, your hair type and face shape since they have seen you before and know your hair.
If you are planning a destination wedding and your wedding day hairstyle is really important, perhaps consider choosing a less complex hairstyle for peace of mind. I would recommend a beautiful blow-out wave, loose curls, or even a simple bun to suit the venue and location of your wedding.
However, if you are seeking a more elaborate hairstyle, or one that’s different to what you’re used to, the following 5 tips may help ease your wedding day hair fears.
1. Do some research
Find inspiration images of hairstyles you love. Browse Pinterest or wedding magazines and gather hairstyles that you think will suit you, your hair type and the overall bridal look you want to achieve. It’s best to find a few different styles to choose from in case your favorite style doesn’t work with your hair type or length.
2. Chat to your wedding hair stylist
Either via email or over the phone well before your wedding day. Send them your inspiration images and also information about your hair length, texture, thickness and face shape. This will help your hairstylist get a better understanding of who you are, your vision and what they will be working with on the day. Browse your hairstylist’s portfolio to see if they have created similar styles for past brides. Otherwise, ask your hairstylist whether they have had much experience with this style and whether they think it will work with your hair type/length. Schedule a consultation with them to go over your thoughts and get their feedback on if the look you want is achievable and realistic.
3. Be realistic
If you have thin medium length hair, a half up half down look with long flowing curls and braids will just disappoint you. If you have naturally straight hair that won’t hold a curl, opt for hairstyles that won’t require lots of tight curls. Factor in additional time on the day so your hairstylist will have time to make adjustments.
4. Think practically
Is your venue in the middle of summer with the potential for high humidity? Or beachside? Or do you normally wear your hair up because you hate your hair getting in the way? Then an up-do might be more practical. The aim is for you to look your best, but also to feel as comfortable as possible, so pick a hairstyle that reflects you and will bring out your best. A happy and comfortable bride is a beautiful bride!
5. Plan your accessories
If you are planning to wear accessories in your hair, be sure to tell your hairstylist so they can plan for it.
Chat with your hairstylist ensure the headpiece and fastener is suitable for your chosen hairstyle. They should be able to recommend a comb, clip or another attachment that will best suit your hairstyle and hair type.
· Ensure your chosen hairstyle will support the weight of your headpiece. Most headpieces are lightweight however elaborate bridal hair pieces or extra-long veils will need to be well supported.
· If you are planning to wear long veil, practice wearing it around the house. It’s a bit like wearing in your new wedding shoes!
Your best bet is to communicate with your hairstylist before the big day. Get a feel for their personality and their working style. They will want to come prepared as best they can so they can bring your vision to life.