Special to OneWed by Giselle, owner of Hair by Giselle
Pre-wedding hair trials
are essential, fun, and informative. And best of all, your trial session will give you confidence in the wedding hairstyle
you ultimately choose for your big day! Typically, you can be in and out of your trial in less than 2 hours, and it is time well spent! Armed with the top tips
below, your hair trial will be fruitful and you'll look like the blushing bride you've always envisioned when you say I Do
Bring Your Natural Hair to the Trial Table
Arrive with your hair natural so that your stylist can see your true texture and get a better sense of your hair's elasticity. Do not blow dry or flat iron
. If your hair tends to get really frizzy and you must
flat iron or apply frizz serum to even walk out the door, then do so in moderation. If your hair tends to get oily, then wash your locks the day of your trial session. Otherwise, wash the night before! This will help to work up the ‘grit’ in your hair for a natural texture, something you'll want for your wedding day, too. Use a tiny drop of conditioner, just enough to control static. Your hair will be too silky to style if you go overboard with the conditioner.
Once your wedding hairstyle (the dress rehearsal or the real deal) is complete, spray shine will applied to the finished look. Shine tends to be heavy and can weigh hair down if applied incorrectly or at the wrong time. Plus… you can't curl hair that's loaded up with shine, pomade, or heavy conditioners. So leave the shine to your stylist!
What to Expect from Your Hair Trial
Once you've decided on your wedding day hair stylist, it's best to plan an initial trial
(the earlier, the better
) to get acquainted, share your vision, and know what to plan for. Schedule your final trial a few weeks before the wedding
. Treat this as a dress rehearsal for your wedding day, and have your stylist pull the look together until you're satisfied with the outcome. At this point, your hair should be the exact length and color that it will be when you walk down the aisle. And don't forget your bridal jewelry
, and/or headpiece so you can see the final look!
Wedding Hair Trial Run Checklist- What to Bring
- so you can document different angles of your bridal updo or down 'do, and get honest feedback from your bridesmaids
2. Inspirational Photos
- tear pages out of bridal books, print images from the Savvy Scoop or my website HairByGiselle
(which features over 500 hairstyle images), bring a fabric swatch that represents your wedding vibe, and a photo of your wedding dress
3. Bridal Veil and Accessories
- The veil and bridal jewelry are not essential items for the initial trial, but don't forget to bring these to your final hair trial!