I have been nervous for my hair and makeup trial for weeks. Not because I don’t have a clear vision of what I want but because my hair can be super finicky, especially my bangs, thanks to a well-placed cowlick along my hairline. I went into the appointment fully expecting the need for a follow-up — the first for the stylist to get a feel for my hair and the second to really “nail” the look. Can you tell I love to over-plan?
I am pleasantly surprised to say that the second appointment will not be necessary. One the stylist (and my new bestie) totally understood the inspo I was going for… and two, I came to the appointment well-prepared. Check out a few tips I captured along the way for a seamless experience.
- Gather inspo. I found it helpful to gather multiple photos of the overall style I wanted to achieve. There are so many factors at play (hair color, texture, thickness, even weather) it’s unrealistic to think that my stylist could copy the look detail-for-detail. However, having multiple images allowed me to speak to what I liked about each photo like the braid in one or the volume/curl style in another.
- Be realistic. I fully recognize that all of the braid inspo I brought featured exclusively golden-haired goddesses (@amberfillerup, anyone?) because lighter hair and diligent highlight routines tend to show full dimension of a style. My hair on the other-hand is almost black so I had to check my expectations.
- Bring the “goods”. You may not end up using them in the trial-run but it’s good to have your veil, jewelry, preferred lip color, etc. on hand so you can see the fully finished look.
- Don’t stress. The entire purpose of a trial appointment is that – a trial run. Make sure to schedule the appointment well in advance of your big day to allow ample time for a follow-up appointment as needed. Be sure to take pictures of both your hair and makeup at the appointment and talk through what tweaks you’d want to make the next round.
- Plan something fun post-appointment. You just got your hair and makeup done, now go show it off. See if it lasts after a few hours out and about and snap some pics at the end of the day so you can give your stylist feedback on how it all held up.
At the end of the day, it’s all about you. If you’re not loving the final look – speak up. Talk through what you like and don’t like so that your stylist can better understand what’s in your head. While no stylist is going to be a magician, if they understand what’s not hitting the mark, they can likely come up with a creative solution to achieve your desired style.
You’re the bride. You deserve to look (and feel) like the beauty queen you are. XO