Ex­perts and real brides on ev­ery­thing you need to know about your hair trial

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We don’t mean to be over­dra­matic, but your w-day hair­style is prob­a­bly the most pho­tographed ’do you’ll ever have. That makes your hair trial a key date to note down in your wed­ding-plan­ning di­ary. To help you get the most out of your time with your hair­dresser, we asked lead­ing in­dus­try stylists for their ad­vice on how to make sure you end up with a look you love.

Is a trial es­sen­tial?

In a word, yes. The only ex­cep­tion is if you’re go­ing for a sim­ple style (who doesn’t love a bouncy blow-dry?), cre­ated by the same trusty hair­dresser you’ve been vis­it­ing for years.

If you’re go­ing to a new stylist, or try­ing out a dra­matic ’do with your usual hair­dresser, tri­als are im­per­a­tive. It’s a chance for you and your hair­dresser to try out var­i­ous looks for your big day and work out what suits you. “Tri­als ensure that you are to­tally re­laxed and com­fort­able about the way you’re go­ing to look on your spe­cial day,” says hair stylist Alyn Water­man.

How much will it cost?

Be pre­pared for your trial to cost as much as your wed­ding day ap­point­ment. Re­mem­ber, it’s the same amount of work for your stylist, even if it’s just a prac­tice run for you. Hav­ing said that, if you plan for your stylist to come to you on your wed­ding morn­ing rather than you go­ing to their salon, your trial may work out cheaper, as you will not need to cover their travel and jour­ney time.

Some stylists in­clude the trial as part of a larger pack­age (in­clud­ing your big-day hair, your maids’ styles, and your mum’s, too), so be sure to ask about this when you’re se­lect­ing who you’re trust­ing with your tresses.

“How much your trial costs de­pends on the ex­pe­ri­ence level of the stylist,” adds Richard Ward of Kéras­tase. “Ex­pe­ri­ence is the most im­por­tant thing to base your de­ci­sion on; a sea­soned wed­ding stylist will guide you through the process with ease, in­spire you, work with your ideas and, ul­ti­mately, min­imise your stress. Go for the most ex­pe­ri­enced stylist your bud­get will al­low.”

Bide your time

Don’t plan your hair trial un­til you’ve de­cided on your wed­ding dress, as this will al­most cer­tainly dic­tate whether a so­phis­ti­cated updo or a laid-back hair­down style is more ap­pro­pri­ate. “Take into ac­count the de­sign and shape of your dress,” ad­vises Jes­sica Trainor, se­nior stylist at Live True Lon­don. “As stylists, we like to see the style of your dress, so do bring along a pic­ture,” says celebrity stylist Daniel Galvin Jr.

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to your stylist so they can de­cide how best to in­clude it. “How long be­fore my wed­ding shall I have my trial?” we hear you cry! We rec­om­mend about two months prior to walk­ing down the aisle. This al­lows lee­way if you need to go back to the draw­ing board and choose a dif­fer­ent style.

Do your re­search

Be­fore skip­ping off to your trial, scour Pin­ter­est (as if your ad­dic­tion needs any en­cour­age­ment) for hair looks you love, and take them along to show your stylist. “Come in with a min­i­mum of ÀYH!LGHDV!DQG!VW\OHV"!DV!WKLV!KHOSV!\RXU! stylist vi­su­alise the look you de­sire,” says ex­pert hair stylist Hiro Miyoshi. “Your hair may not look ex­actly like the pho­tos, but we can in­cor­po­rate el­e­ments of the style and adapt it to make it your own.”

Watch the clock

“Time the stylist when he or she is do­ing your hair; it helps you work out tim­ings for your wed­ding morn­ing so you can plan your prep per­fectly,” ad­vises Joanna Wil­liamson of Aer Blowdry Bar.

In ad­di­tion, try to book a morn­ing slot so you can see how your hair lasts through­out the day – if all those loosely tonged ten­drils are poker straight by 3pm, you might want to re­con­sider your look. “Choose a day when you have an event in the evening,” adds Jes­sica. “This helps you see if it’s com­fort­able and if it can stand up to par­ty­ing.”

If pos­si­ble, turn up with your w-day make-up in place, so you can see how the whole look comes to­gether, and wash your hair the night be­fore the trial. “This will stop the hair be­ing too soft and make it eas­ier for the stylist to achieve your de­sired look,” says Jes­sica.

Con­sider colour

While we doubt you’re plan­ning a colour over­haul in ad­vance of your wed­ding day (you want your guests to recog­nise you, af­ter all), if you’re plan­ning any high­lights or al­ter­ations to your hair hue, make sure these are done be­fore your trial. “The colour of your hair can make a style look dif­fer­ent,” says Jes­sica. “A style on dark hair may not look as good on blonde hair or vice versa. Hav­ing your hair coloured the way you will have it on your wed­ding day gives you an ex­act sense of how your hair is go­ing to look.”

Go solo

We know plan­ning your wed­ding is su­per ex­cit­ing and it’s fun to get ev­ery­one in­volved, but your hair trial might be a time to go it alone. “A lot of brides-tobe bring their mums, and they tend to have a very dif­fer­ent opin­ion on how you should have your hair on the big day,” com­ments celebrity hair stylist James Pryce (he did Kate Mid­dle­ton’s hair for the royal wed­ding!). “Some­times, dis­agree­ments lead to a bad at­mos­phere, so if you and your mum think along GLIIHUHQW!ZDYHOHQJWKV"!\RX!PD\!ÀQG! the ex­pe­ri­ence more help­ful and re­lax­ing if you come alone.”

Hav­ing said that, if you do want a sec­ond opin­ion, your maid of honour is a great choice for your trial. “As your wed­ding day goes on, you might want to re­move your veil or ac­ces­sories, and your stylist can show your maid of honour how to do this with­out caus­ing hair chaos,” says Jes­sica.


Get snap happy

Take pho­tos of your hair from ev­ery an­gle. As we said, your wed­ding day is likely to be the most pho­tographed day of your life, so it’s im­por­tant to know how your hair looks from all di­rec­tions. The pho­tos will also be good for show­ing off to your friends (and mum, if you banned her from your trial!).

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is key

It’s not nice to think that you might have a bad ex­pe­ri­ence, but don’t be dis­cour­aged if you end up de­test­ing your ’do at your trial. Be hon­est and open, and let your stylist know it’s not as you’d hoped. If there’s time, hope­fully he or she will re­jig it there and then. If that’s not an op­tion, book a sec­ond trial. If you’re still not happy, it might be time WR!ÀQG!D!QHZ!KDLUGUHVVHU'!'RQ·W!IHHO!\RX! have to stay with them just be­cause you’ve paid your de­posit. Los­ing a lit­tle bit of money is prefer­able to be­ing left with locks that you don’t love.

“The most im­por­tant thing when it comes to your wed­ding hair trial is com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” says Hiro. “If there is some­thing you’re not sure about, or an idea you’re adamant on, let it be known. Openly dis­cussing what you like and don’t like builds trust with your stylist, which will re­sult in the best wed­ding hair for your spe­cial day.”

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