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Finding the perfect hair stylist

Guest blog by Viki from Vik's Hairdressing


It can be difficult to know which hair stylist will give you the right results, so here’s a guide on finding the perfect one for you with some more information on Viki's services!

Photo: Donna Pearl Photography (donnapearlphotography.com)

Hiya, thank you for taking the time to read my first ever blog.


How does the booking process work?

After filling in my online form on the website, I will be in touch to get some of those important details so I can give you a personalised quote. When you're happy with the quote, and we've covered any questions you may have, I require a £50 non-refundable payment to secure your date. This will be deducted from your final balance which is due 1 month before your big day!


The best questions to ask at the consultation.

Once the booking has been made, we can then meet up for a coffee and discuss all those small details:

  • What time will you arrive? This is something that your photographer will probably ask you also; when you’re getting ready they will want to make sure they are ready to take those important prep snaps!

  • What do I need to bring to my trial? If you have already purchased a veil to match your dress or any hair accessories, please bring them. If you aren’t sure about these before it comes to the trial, I have lots of accessories and veils we can try before you commit.

  • Do I need to know exactly what I want before my trial? Not at all! When we meet for the consultation, I will ask you to bring a long a few pictures - you don’t always have to like the whole style either. We can put together parts of different images to give you that unique individual style.

What are my prices?

  • Bridal Hair - £120. This includes a trial of an hour and a half (see tips below).

  • Bridesmaid or Mother of the Bride - £40 Per Person

  • Bridesmaid or Mother of the Bride Trial - £30 Per Hour – Per Trial

  • Additional Bridal Trial - £40 Per Hour

  • Flower Girl (under 12) - £20

Where do I travel?

I cover the whole of the UK. Travel outside of Swindon is charged at 45p per mile. If accommodation is needed, this will be arranged and put into your quote.



When should you book your trial?

I would advise booking your trial 3 months before your big day. This gives you plenty of time in case you need to have another trial before the wedding, but so far in advance that on your big day you can’t remember what you had done previously. I will always take plenty of pictures anyway, so we can quickly run through them on the morning before your wedding to double check your still happy with everything.


Bridal Hair Trial advice.

Wash and blow dry your hair the night before, without using products. If you use a flat iron to tame frizz, it's fine to go ahead and use it. But if your hair is curly, it's better to work with your natural hair texture than to fight it, especially if you're getting married in an area where humidity will come into play.


Bringing pictures is a given, but don't feel as though you need to narrow it down to just one option. Pinterest is a wonderful source of inspiration, but a lot of the pictures you'll find will only show the hair from one angle. If you love the front of one look but the back of another, we can work to incorporate elements of your favourite ideas.


Don't know what you want? Bring a photo of your dress — this can help me get a sense of your personal style. Plus, I can help you determine the best look based on your dress's neckline.

Sometimes, it can be even more helpful to tell me what you don't like — especially if you're going in without a clear vision of your dream wedding-day hairstyle. Do you prefer loose waves or tight ringlets? Sleek or poufy updos?


Be up for changing your parting or adding a few curls around the front. Some styles look better being parted in a different way or being pulled a different way. Be open to change if it’s needed to get the best look for your big day!



Your veil can completely transform your hairstyle. It's important for us to look at how your veil attaches, whether you're going to wear it all night, and if you're planning to add any other hair accessories. If you're using a jewelled clip and a veil, add the clip only after you've removed the veil. Plus, it's a quick and easy way to change up your look from day to night.


Wear a little bit of makeup to get the best feel for your hairstyle, also wear a top with a similar neckline to your dress or can be pulled into a similar neckline to the dress. This ensures you get the best possible image of how it will all look on the big day.


What happens on your big day?

I will arrive in plenty of time to set up and get organised before I get ready to turn your bridal party in to your glam squad! I will also not leave until you are ready to do the best walk of your life. I will be at the door with that last bit of hairspray ready for just before you walk out that door! I also only book one wedding a day so you have my full attention throughout the whole of your wedding morning. I will also turn up with a bottle of fizz to get the morning started properly, with a pop!


Key things to look at when booking your wedding hair stylist.

  • Do they cater for your style in mind?

  • Do you like their work?

  • Are they easy to get in touch with?

  • Do they respond in a good time frame?

Thank you so much for your insight Viki! I hope this article helps couples find the ideal hairstylist for their big day.


To find out more about Viki, please visit her website at www.vikshairdressing.co.uk and email any questions to hello@vikshairdressing.co.uk. Check out her social media pages for more tips and inspiration too: Facebook and Instagram!

 
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