Hair pro Tony Mas­cian­gelo, co-owner of Toronto’s Al­corn Hair and on-set reg­u­lar with Wed­ding­bells, shares his es­sen­tial wed­ding hair “to do” checklist to en­sure you look red-car­pet ready on your day.

Wedding Bells (East) - - CONTENTS - Hair Ex­pert TONY MAS­CIAN­GELO, co-owner of Al­corn Hair

Your wed­ding hair “to-do” checklist to en­sure you look red­car­pet ready on your big day.

I’m al­ways amazed when I look ahead in the book­ings cal­en­dar and see brides’ ac­tual wed­ding-day ap­point­ments. Clients and I spend a lot of time prep­ping for this day—be­ing or­ga­nized is the key to hav­ing your dream hair. As a stylist, I per­form best and most ef­fort­lessly when I re­ally un­der­stand what a client wants, so I’m su­per con­nected to the task at hand. For me that comes from clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the bride in my chair. My mother al­ways said, “If you fail to pre­pare you are pre­par­ing to fail,” and I guess it stuck! I want to help you un­der­stand what hair­styl­ists need so they can do great work on your spe­cial day.


If you are like al­most ev­ery one of my clients, colour is a huge part of your look. Get­ting hair colour right is an art and sci­ence of the sa­lon world, and very nu­anced, which means you have to plan, plan, plan in ad­vance to cre­ate a killer look. Some things to con­sider: • If you want to make changes to your cur­rent colour, plan­ning three to six months ahead is cru­cial. Dra­matic chem­i­cal trans­for­ma­tions take time! • Spe­cial­ized treat­ments are es­sen­tial for pro­tect­ing hair’s health and in­tegrity, es­pe­cially when you have colour work done. Ask your colourist to put you on a pro­gram. • If you do not have an es­tab­lished re­la­tion­ship with a colourist, get look­ing! You will need this pro months in ad­vance of your event so you have time to con­sult and craft your wed­ding-day colour. Can­vass friends with great colour for re­fer­rals to find your per­son.


Get­ting the right hair­style for your day takes time and prac­tice. With my clients, a lot of con­ver­sa­tions about their wed­ding look hap­pen dur­ing reg­u­lar hair­cut and blowout ap­point­ments. Things the two of you should be dis­cussing: • Hair­cut op­tions that will fa­cil­i­tate the per­fect wed­ding hair­style (i.e. lay­ers around your face to cre­ate a wispy ef­fect, or re­mov­ing some length so a spe­cific updo looks smooth and not bulky). • Do you need ex­ten­sions? If so, they will

need to be colour-matched. • Should you wear your hair up or down? Dis­cuss the pros and cons of each and what is a bet­ter match for you and your dress style. • If you have hair ac­ces­sories or veils, these need to be brought to the stylist to de­ter­mine the best hair­style to com­ple­ment them.


In or­der to en­sure ev­ery­thing runs smoothly lead­ing up to your wed­ding, you need to be on top of hair ap­point­ments and also con­sider a few key things re­gard­ing time­line and bud­get: • As soon as you know the wed­ding date, book the day-of ap­point­ment with the stylist. Eight to 12 months in ad­vance is the norm. • Book a hair trial at least six to eight weeks

be­fore the wed­ding day. This is vi­tal! • Most sa­lons will re­quire a deposit to con­firm

the ap­point­ments (tri­als, day-of, etc.) • Also ex­pect sa­lons to charge the same price for a trial as for the wed­ding day, since the same time and in­ten­sity are re­quired from the stylist. • Dis­cuss if you will come to the sa­lon on the wed­ding day or if you want on-site styling. If the stylist has to travel to you, ex­pect a slightly higher cost to cover travel time and ex­penses.

Beau­ti­ful bridal hair re­quires per­fect plan­ning!

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