If you’ve had just about enough of trying to nurture your hair into long luscious tresses for your big day, or you can’t stand the ‘nothing’ style you’re sporting since…
Written by Pam Wrigley Last updated: February 9, 2013
Most brides don’t need to be told their wedding day is THE day to look their best – and to achieve this, many brides start beauty regimes about 3 months before the wedding! The crowning glory in achieving that glowing bridal beauty is finding the perfect make-up and hair artist, who will wave their magic palette, brush and comb and make the bride feel like a true beauty that she is. But how do you find that perfect artist? Easy: by knowing what you like, speaking your mind, and asking the right questions. Pam Wrigley, the winner of U.K. Wedding Hair Stylist of the Year Award at the National Wedding Industry Awards 2013, tells you all you need to know.
Unless you are absolutely sure about what kind of hair and make-up you want to have for the wedding, you need to do some research. Have a look online and in wedding magazines to get an idea of the different looks you like, then you can start to look for your make-up artist/hairstylist.
The best way to judge someone’s work is to look at their work on real brides, so you can see actual hair hair styles that were created to last all day – not just for a photo shoot – and make-up that makes the average girl look amazing. Bear in mind that models get paid because they look fabulous on camera! By all means, if you find a look you like then make a note of it, but best examples of someone’s bridal works comes from their work on real brides.
Check make-up artists and hair stylists in your area, and look at galleries of real brides on their websites – do you like their work? Do the pictures show a variety of styles? Check their testimonials as well.
If you have a hair stylist you see regularly and you are thinking about hiring them to do the job, just ask them casually how they are at putting hair up and creating different styles – just because they are great at cutting and colouring it doesn’t mean they’ll be able to arrange your hair into an impressive style that has to last all day too!
If you choose someone from a hair salon or an agency, be sure to check that the person who will do your trial will be the same one who will come to do your hair on your wedding day – otherwise there isn’t much point to the trial!
Joining a bridal forum is a great way of getting recommendations and testing out your looks – many brides post pictures of their trials and ask for opinions from other brides-to-be, and also discuss prices and options.
Before you go to see anyone, find out the prices for trials and wedding day up front, so there are no nasty surprises when you meet up! One lady I’d met had been charged £300 for a trial that she wasn’t even happy with – they tried one style, and said that was it! She was understandably upset and disappointed.
Make sure you get on well with the person you choose – it’s as important as liking their work! You’ll be spending all morning of your big day with them, you may be nervous or anxious, and getting ready is a very important part of your day – you need to feel relaxed and at ease with the person you choose. If you’re not sure, call them before you book anything and have a chat, do they make a good impression on the phone, and come across as flexible and open, do they listen to your ideas about hair and make-up?
Image courtesy of Pam Wrigley
Here is a list of essential questions to consider and to ask when choosing your hair stylist and make-up artist:
Winner of Best Wedding Hair Stylist at the Wedding Industry Awards 2012 London & South East, Pam Wrigley is an expert in the field of styling bridal hair. With over 20 years of experience, Pam travels to meet brides throughout London and the Home Counties,
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