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.
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.
THE BUSINESS OF WEDDING HAIR
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!