“I’m always asked – if clean hair or dirty hair is best to style with. The short answer is always clean hair. The longer answer is in this blog!”
A hair trial is the best way to have a clear idea of how your hair will look for your wedding day and will give you the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have. I usually suggest seeing me as soon as possible for a trial if you are wanting to test my work before committing to a booking for your wedding day, otherwise I recommend seeing me for your trial 4-6 weeks out from the wedding day as this is when you’ll have finalised most details and have a better idea of what you want. In saying this, if you’re not sure what you want for your hair styling I’m always happy to help and have plenty of ideas to share with you.
Here are my top tips to get the best result from your hair trial:
Wash and dry your hair the day before your hair trial. Shampoo twice and do not condition your hair. If you really can’t stand the thought of not using conditioner, only apply a small amount of conditioner mid lengths to ends and rinse very well. The reason I don’t recommend conditioner or treatments is it can make the hair heavy which is not ideal if you’re wanting curls to last.
After you’ve washed your hair make sure you blow dry it instead of letting it dry naturally. Don’t come to to trial with wet or damp hair as this is also not ideal if you’re wanting your hair style to last!
Don’t apply any oils or styling products. Clean, dry hair is always best.
Other than preparing the hair there are a few other things you may want to consider for your hair trial:
Start looking at different hairstyles for inspiration, making sure you’re looking at photos that are close to your own hair colour as the same hair style will look very different on different coloured hair.
Bring any hair accessories you will be having. This could be any combination of a veil, clips, combs or flowers.
Bring your clip in human hair extensions if you want to have a fuller, voluminous or long hair look. Hair extensions, (even if bought from new), should be washed
and dried before the appointment and can be done well ahead of time. This is to ensure the hair is free of any packing chemicals or product build up so to not hinder your style.
My studio space is limited to two people plus myself. You are welcome to bring a friend you trust to support you for your hair trial, otherwise if you prefer to relax and enjoy some peace you are welcome to come solo too!
Variations to hair trial preparation:
If you have very oily hair or perspiration issues please let me know and I’ll be able to help you. If your oil or perspiration is moderate you can wash the night before the trial. If your issue is quite severe you may need to wash the morning of your trial.
If you have very short hair above the ears or are only having a blow dry, you may wash recently before your appointment and come with damp hair. Alternatively, come with clean dry hair and I can wet your hair down.
If you have afro or very curly hair and are wanting a smooth hair style you may wash and dry the day before and can pre straighten your hair if you like. A rough blow dry is usually fine for this hair type.