It’s Bride Blogger Ashley’s wedding month!! She recently visited the talented team at ANiU Salon for her hair and makeup trial and just as we suspected – she LOVED it. Today she’s sharing her experience, and her style team is weighing in with tips and tricks for wedding hair and makeup trials.
When asked about her trial, Ashley said, “I think that what I found most surprising was how easy and fun it was! I am a member of a ton of wedding groups, and everyone always posts horror stories about hating their hair and makeup at their trial (or even worse, at their wedding!), and having to have the awkward conversation about it after. ANiU was amazing, and really produced exactly what I had envisioned.”
“I brought pictures with me, but didn’t need to show them,” Ashley continued. “I kind of just talked through what I wanted for my hair and they just went with it. For makeup I wasn’t really sure what I wanted, so I just let her roll.”[Photos by Carol Casimir Photography]
To start, ANiU Bridal Educator Lexi shares these key points to consider when choosing your bridal style:
When choosing the perfect photo to show your stylist, there are a few things to keep in mind. Not only do you want to think about the feel and style of your day, but a realistic view of your hair is super important. Color can make a huge difference in the way a style will look. If you are a brunette, find photos of brunettes to show your stylist instead of a blonde, and vice versa. If you keep gravitating towards styles of a certain color it may be time for a hair color change before the big day. Adding dimension with highlights or lowlights can really bring out the movement and texture many people are drawn to in photos.
Ashley’s hair stylist, Stacy, offers these notes regarding bridal hair:
Hair and makeup trials are just as important for you as they are for the stylist performing these services. The more we know about you, the easier it will be for us to make you feel your best on your wedding day. Remember a trial is a trial – it is not exactly what you have to have for your wedding day. If you had it down for your trial but your wedding day happens to be 90 degrees and humid, you may want to change your style to an updo, which is not a problem.
For most brides their wedding hair style doesn’t look like their everyday hair, and thanks to Pinterest and Instagram, brides can look at thousands of photos online for inspiration. It can be overwhelming to pick the right style for you. We are here to help you decide what you want to look like on your special day.
Feel free to show us as many pictures as you would like. Even if you can’t find pictures of things you like, showing us things you dislike helps narrow down styles as well. Keep in mind that a lot of pictures you see require extensions. If the style you choose requires extensions, we can recommend the right type and where to get them before your big day. That said, not all updos require long hair. In fact, most are easier with medium length hair, and truly we can style any length of hair.
Your stylist will most likely ask you the following questions at your trial:
What does your dress look like?
High necklines may make us suggest wearing your hair all up. Open back or bohemian style dresses may lead to styles that are half up, or all down.
Where is the wedding taking place?
If your wedding is taking place by water or outside, you may consider wearing your hair up so you don’t have to worry about wind. Also, the style of your venue can cue us in to your overall style and help get the right feel for your hair, which may be casual, vintage, etc.
How do you wear your hair daily?
If you always wear your hair up, you may want an updo so you still feel like yourself. Or maybe you want your hair to look completely different than your everyday style, and that’s fine too!
Are you wearing any hair pieces, including: headbands, clips, combs, or veils.
(Please bring these items to your trial so you can see how they’ll look and feel before your wedding day.)
If you have a veil that sits on top of your head, you may not want a low style. If you have a headband, it will help determine if we part your hair or not, and how much volume you need/want.
What are your style preferences?:
- Do you have areas of your face/neck that bother you?
- Do you like to have hair covering your forehead or do you want it all off your face?
- Do you want some pieces of hair down in front?
- Do you like a lot of volume or prefer a sleeker look?
- Do you like your hair parted to the side or centered?
- Do you prefer updos that are higher on your head or closer to the hairline?
Our stylists are happy to share input and try different styles to find the right look for you! If we feel your hair is too long, too dark or too light, or maybe you need some added dimension to make your wedding style perfect, we will offer suggestions. If possible, I recommend trying your dress on after your trial appointment so you can see the look all together!
Ashley’s makeup artist, Jemree, offers up the following style tips:
While eye makeup can be adjusted and personalized to suit your look, it’s important to consider your eye shape. Looks can vary greatly on different eye shapes. As you look at inspiration photos a few things to ask yourself are:
- When your eyes are open can you see most of your eyelid?
- Are your eyes large or on the smaller side?
- Do you have round or almond shaped eyes?
This way you will have the best results and find the perfect look for you on your wedding day. Our team can help you choose the best bridal style based on the answers to these questions.
As you can see from start-to-finish, the already beautiful Ashley is positively glowing after her hair and makeup trial. She and Beau will walk down the aisle in just a few short weeks and we CANNOT wait to her bridal style all come together.
The team at ANiU suggests brides consider the following tips as they prepare for their wedding day appointments:
- Arrive with clean, dry hair.
- Wear a shirt that you can easily get off without going over your head.
- Please do not come in with your hair flat ironed, or curled.
- It is best if you wash and dry your hair day of, and avoid using any heavy smoothing products. We have products that can add texture to your hair, however we do not allow time to wash your hair, if it isn’t clean enough to achieve the look you desire.
Ready to get wedding ready with the experts at ANiU!? Contact them today!