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

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

Colour Play

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.

Style SuPerS­tar

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!

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