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how to find a local wedding hairdresser

If you decide to have your hair professionally styled, it is essential to find someone with the creative talent to make your wedding hairstyle truly special.

For those who rarely have their hair professionally styled it can be especially hard to know where to start.

Below is a straightforward guide to getting you the best wedding hairdresser for your big day and lots of tips to make the process fun.

how to find a local wedding hairdresser

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wedding hairdresser: When to book

Start early to ease stress and maximise the chances of getting popular and talented hairdressers. Aim for around nine months before your wedding.

wedding hairdresser costs

Prices range enormously but do not expect to pay less than £90 if you are looking for someone creative who knows to make your hair stay picture perfect all day.

A reasonable budget should range from £90 – £120.

Do expect that wedding hairdresser who comes to a venue will be slightly more expensive than salon hairstylists. The difference in this spend is easily made up by the ease you will feel on your wedding day morning though.

Additional wedding hairdresser costs

Factor in a wedding hair trial into any budget as this is a must to avoid disappointment.

Trial prices are normally similar if not slightly more to on the day prices. This is due to the length of appointment, and different styles trialled.

how to find a local wedding hairdresser

how to find a local wedding hairdresser

It is recommended to start by asking friends, family, your make up artist and venue for any recommendations.

Surprisingly photographers can also be very helpful as they have a creative eye, so it is worth consulting them too.

If this approach yields no good results, it can be worth searching online by defining the region you are getting married and also by looking at regional and countrywide wedding supplier awards.

Comparing bridal hairdressers by social media
  • Make sure they have experience with your hair type/length and the style you are looking for – you do not want to end up being an experiment

  • Make sure pictures show variance and capability to change style if needed

  • Make sure there is a shot that you love (so you know they can achieve this)

  • Make sure pictures look natural and not plastered with product
  • Also, refer to Facebook and Instagram to see popularity and comments from other brides

  • Make sure their interest is in wedding hair, and this is not just a side-line. You will want someone who understands bridal needs and is excited.

  • Look for comments about calm, supportive – this will be a morning where you will need someone low drama who can come/go and deal with changes.
  • how to find a local wedding hairdresser
    Contacting wedding hairdressers

    It is recommended to contact wedding hair stylists by email initially, so your requirements are clear. Most stylists will respond by email, which will then enable you to shortlist. What to include in the initial email:

  • wedding date and venue
  • How many of your bridal party will want hair styling (only an approximation is needed at this stage)
  • A picture of your hair/description
  • The concise reason why you like their style (to build rapport)
  • Request for cost including VAT
  • how to find a local wedding hairdresser
    Shortlisting talented hairdressers for your wedding

    After sending your email, you will receive a response and can start to filter out the approach you like.

    Some professionals will require a deposit to book them for the day and others will merely request booking after a trial.

    Once you have found a person you like, do book in a trial as diaries can get very quickly filled up in peak season.

    Try to do this around a month before your wedding if you are satisfied with your hairstylist, or very early if you want multiple options.

    how to find a local wedding hairdresser
    Having a bridal hair trial is a must

    While the additional cost incurred can be expensive, the gains massively outweigh the expenditure in the majority of instances. This will give you:

  • Confidence that you will look perfect on the day
  • Provides the stylist with a chance to try different looks, products and accessories
  • If curling; it enables them to try different approaches and see how they last.
  • Get timings sorted for the day so there is no stress.

  • A trial also gives you the opportunity to be more direct about what you like, don’t like without coming across as a bridezilla. While you can do this on the day, this can severely affect timings.

    wedding hair tip: Decide on a style before the trial

    As hair trials are limited to between one and three hours, the number of styles that can be trialled is limited.

    Therefore, it is very wise to do research and work out the rough style you want in advance. This then means your stylist can refine and adapt the style to suit you.

    how to find a local wedding hairdresser
    wedding hair trials explained

    The hair trial will normally start with a discussion about your day and style preferences.

    The hair stylist will take the lead from your ideas, but it is recommended to listen to their guidance.

    They will then start trialling out styles on your hair. In this stage, it is important to be vocal and honest, so you begin to see a style you like.

    After approximately 1-2 hours you should have a stunning look that you adore. If not, again let them know. At this point it is worth taking pictures, trialling accessories and your veil.

    At the end of the appointment, your hair stylist will discuss the running order, logistics for the day and hair prep tips. They will also discuss how to book their services.

    Details to confirm at the wedding hair trial
  • How long the hair stylist will need to cover all of the bridal party
  • Running order (expect to be either first or last dependent on your style))
  • Timing/location logistics for the day
  • Hair preparation tips for the morning
  • Important: Do make sure know how your hairstyle can be adapted for bad weather and what contingency plans the stylist has in case of sickness or delays.

    how to find a local wedding hairdresser
    wedding hair trial guidance:
  • Do not wash your hair in the morning or night before the trial

  • Wear a top with a similar neckline to see how this will work with your hairstyle

  • Bring your veil

  • Bring ideas of looks you like, a picture of the dress and your veil, so this can be tried on with the style

  • As the stylist on taking pictures, mirrors do not reflect how others will see you

  • Keep the hairstyle for the rest of the day to see how it drops with time– if you are not happy with something overtime to do keep the feedback and let the stylist know.

  • Booking a talented hairdresser

    Hair stylists are best booked at the end of the trial as this will ensure they are free. However, if you are not happy with the service, it is important to defer your decision and then politely decline by email.

    This can be done by simply saying that you want to discuss the style with someone close to you and you will be in contact. If declining, do make sure to do this promptly.

    how to find a local wedding hairdresser
    wedding hairdresser: A week before the wedding

    Normally, your hair stylist will contact to re-confirm the logistics in the week before your wedding but if not feel free to do this as it will help to keep you feeling relaxed. At this point do let them know of any changes.

    Where possible I would recommend giving your hair stylist the contact details for your wedding venue contact (if she is going there) or a bridesmaid – do expect to be busy or slightly nervous on the morning, and early delegation will help.

    wedding hairdresser: On the day of your wedding

    Relax and let them do their thing. You will have picked a stylist for a reason, and they will make sure they work to times needed. That is part of their job.

    As they are doing your hair, making this a chance to relax shut your eyes/listen to nice songs or have a nice chat. Brides that are flustered can move too much and watch each step with a critical eye won't help – hair needs time to come together entirely.

    Once all is done, ask someone to take a picture to make sure it is as you wanted. If not, be polite and ask for the changes needed. Part of a stylist's job is to make you feel great.

    It can be helpful to move around once hair has been finished to make sure that it holds. Also, do ask for some additional pins if needed.

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