Pre-wedding jitters are in a category all their own. You want everything to be Pinterest perf for your big day, and a good chunk of that means achieving hairspo galore. To make sure you’re walking down the aisle with dream tresses (minus the stress) a bridal trial is a must. During this crucial one-on-one with your stylist, be prepared to test out all possible hair looks before finding the one (not to worry, you’re good at that!). Here’s what you need to know before heading into your bridal trial, according to the Mane Masters.
There’s no such thing as being too prepared when it comes to your bridal trial—you’re testing out your best looks and how they will wear the day of your wedding. Judith Moore, Senior Stylist at the SEVEN salon, suggests asking for photos to document the style you and your stylist settle on. “The bride should ask for a full execution of her wedding day hair, and for multiple pictures to be taken from all angles so it can be duplicated,” she advises. PRO Beauty Tools Celebrity Stylist, Johnny Lavoy recommends brides come to the trial equipped with images of their ideal look. “I suggest a bride-to-be come in with some references of hair they think might work on them,” he says.
Dress, Check | Venue, Check
You should have other details picked out, like your dress and venue, before sitting down in the chair. A good stylist will find out about your wedding to get a sense of what styles are actually possible. “When the bride comes in, we consult about the outfit she’ll be wearing, if she’ll be wearing a veil or not, and if the wedding will be indoor or outdoor—all factor in to what’s best for your hairstyle on the big day,” explains Judith. “Once it’s been decided, then the style is fully executed so the bride-to-be can see exactly what her hair will look like, or what needs to be changed if the style isn’t working for some reason.” Judith recommends scheduling your trial 1-2 months before the wedding, so your length doesn’t vary tremendously. “You can also plan for any updates to color, and do any necessary reparative work.” Judith suggests prepping with SEVEN haircare’s BOND system to ensure hair is healthy.
Of course, just because you’re sitting down for a “trial” doesn’t mean it’s not a real appointment, explains Johnny. “Many people have the misconception that it should be free because it is only a trial. You’ll have a consultation and then try a couple different styles to nail down the final look. Also, keep in mind that if the stylist is doing a couple different looks, they are usually only going to be a loose interpretation of the final look because of timing. The day of the wedding you can expect a more polished version,” he says.
It’s not just up to the bride to be prepared—a bridal trial is better when you’re working with a stylist who’s eager and involved. “A stylist can make the process easier by being prepped, taking notes and taking photos of the look that is chosen for the final day,” Johnny adds. Judith builds on this point, noting that you shouldn’t expect your stylist to be silent. “Sometimes the bride-to-be knows exactly what she wants but I always get some inspiration before-hand. That way, if I’m asked my opinion, I’ve already thought about it and can answer quickly so we can get to playing with some hair!”
Clean Hair + Clear Mind
The key takeaway when you head to your trial is to come with clean hair and a clear mind. “People always come in saying, ‘I heard updos take better if my hair is dirty,’ but this is not true—clean hair is best,” says Judith, who will add product to get the desired texture. And although this may your dream day, don’t forget reality. “I always suggest that a bride be open to change. Take climate into consideration and have realistic expectations,” advises Johnny. “Don’t go into a trial with a closed mind,” he stresses. Listening to your stylist can mean the difference between what was I thinking and loving it forever. In particular, he advises trying a hairpiece. “They’re are a great way to get that dream hair you always wanted. They’re also an easy way to keep a style looking good all night long.”
Both stylists agree that the biggest mistake for bridal putting trends first—your style should never date you. Great bridal hair is less about embracing a fad and more about creating enduring elegance. “I usually recommend staying away from trends; timeless styles are best. The last thing you want to say is, ‘Ugh! That was so 2018!’” warns Judith. Johnny shares this sentiment: “You never want to look at pictures years down the road and love everything but hair and makeup. Classic never goes out of style.”