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How to Nail Your Bridal Hair & Makeup Trial Run Every Time

How to Nail Your Bridal Hair & Makeup Trial Run Every Time

Before you actually hit the ground running as a bridal hair & makeup artist, it would be easy to think that being successful and having a diary full of booked clients comes down entirely to your practical skill, but as with any career involving working with people, it’s the way that you treat your clients, communicate and go the extra mile that will make the difference between you and the next stylist.

Of course, skill is paramount and you need to be ready to create that dream style for your bride (which is why, on all of our Bridal Hair Courses, we’ll teach you the techniques to be able to produce ANY style!) but you’re never going to get to that point if you don’t take the steps to ensure that your trial run is a huge hit.

As a bridal hair & makeup artist, you only get one shot at proving that you are the one for the job above all others, so before you have your next trial run, make sure that you’re clued up on how to nail it, every time.

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Prep the Bride

 

Communication is key when it comes to being an amazing bridal hair & makeup artist and this should start before you even meet your client…

 

From the first point of contact, it’s on you to not only make sure that your bride-to-be feels special and well taken care of, but that she also feels prepared for the upcoming trial run. It’s not just you who feels the pressure of getting this right – she’s eager to find that dream look too!

To effectively prep your bride, you need to fill her in on all the things she can do in advance to help her feel ready when you finally meet.

 

Laying some ground rules on how she should arrive with dry, product-free, un-styled hair preferably washed the night before will make your life a lot easier!

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Ask your bride to have a think about what’s important to her – what she loves and wants to show off and what she’s not so keen on and wants to disguise or work around. Let her know that you don’t expect her to arrive knowing exactly what she wants (this is something you’ll figure out together) and not to stress if she’s totally clueless. She wants to know that she’s in good hands as well as being part of the process.

Get Inspired

Find Gorgeous Bridal Hair Styles in the CBH Gallery

Talk & Listen

 

When the day of the trial finally arrives, you might be brimming with ideas that you would love to bring to life on your bride and that’s great! But don’t be pushy.

 

It’s a fine line between making expert suggestions and recommendations for looks that you think will look beautiful (which is usually welcomed!) and making a bride feel as though she doesn’t really have a say in the finished result.

 

Listen to her responses as you talk and as you work with both your ears and your eyes – often body language speaks much louder than words.

 

To be a great bridal hair & makeup artist, you need to be a great listener. Talk to your client about everything, not just her hair and makeup, as her overall plans for her big day should impact the style you discover together for her as much as anything else.

Be Prepared (With Pam in your Pocket!)

 

No bride wants a bridal hair & makeup artist who is unsure of themselves, so be confident by being well prepared.

 

Practice makes perfect, so work on your skills non-stop on the run up to your trials or attend one of our 2 Day Bridal Hair Courses to perfect your skills.

Our Online Bridal Hair Course is an invaluable tool for all bridal hair & makeup artists during a trial run, as you can watch our 100s of quick tip videos at any time and solve any number of issues in a instant. Keep your phone on you and if you find that you’re struggling to get a style to stay put, getting a curl to hold or any other problem you can nip to the loo and watch Pam take you through how to sort it, step by step, in just a minute or two!

Use Your Planner

 

You can now buy the bridal hair and makeup planners that Pam uses with her clients in our online shop!

 

As you’re working your way through the trial run, you absolutely must make notes so that when the wedding day comes around you can recreate the exact look that your client loved so much before, without having to try and remember which techniques or products you used off the top of your head. This will also help you to work out a timetable for the day so that you bride and the bridal party are all ready on time!

 

Buy your bridal hair planner here and your bridal makeup planner here.

10 Steps – Great Wedding Hair for your Brides!

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Wedding Hair Styles Made Easy!

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As a bridal hair stylist, you will know that wedding season will be starting again soon, and if you’re new to it all this prospect can be a little daunting…but don’t panic!!

With top tips from award-winning bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley, with over 25 years experience to share with you, your job is about to get a whole lot easier…

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The Trial Run

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You will probably find that bookings with brides tend to be a bit quieter in the winter months (Jan – March and into April), so keep yourself busy during your down-time and not overloaded during summer by filling your winter weekends with these all important trial runs.

Working with ‘day old’ and unconditioned hair will be easiest for you, but the last thing you want is the hair to be greasy, so discuss this with your bride in advance.

Ideally, your client will have clean, dry hair, washed the night before, but if your client tells you that she likes to wash her hair every day then let her – just ask her to forgo any deep conditioning treatments or 2-in-1 shampoos, as this will leave the hair too sleek and therefore un-manageable.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”16142″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1457479700065{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457478931858{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 32px !important;}”]

Be Confident

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Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know!

You might feel a bit ‘on the spot’ if she asks you what your going to do with her hair, but just be confident and let her know that you need to get your hands in her hair first and have a play around before you decide together what is right for her.

Pam explains “From my experience as a bridal hair stylist, I have found that you can force most hair types into practically any style, but you’ll find chances are if you have to force it, it won’t suit her and it won’t want to stay in! Take your time and get to know your client a little bit for best results”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”15112″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1457478684292{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457482229782{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 32px !important;}”]

Face Shapes

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457548519235{margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”]If you’ve found yourself trying to memorise which hair styles suited which face shape. . .

Pam’s advice is “don’t worry about it!”

Most people are actually a combination of face shapes and even if they aren’t, there are so many other things you need to take into consideration when it comes to choosing the right hair style: the dress, the venue, even the height of the groom!

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Get Your Bride’s Input

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457479903197{margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”]The best way to find out what a client wants is to ask!

Advise your bride to start looking for styles that she loves in preparation for her trial run and ask her to let you in on her wedding inspiration too.

Pinterest mood boards are fun to make and very useful for a bridal hair stylist to get an idea of the whole wedding theme. Get your bride to send you pictures, or invite you to share her Pinterest albums.

Once you have an idea of the sort of styles she likes, and doesn’t like, have a go on your practice head or a friend in preparation for the trial run.

You can watch our online tutorials for in-depth guidance and hairstyle inspiration, so you’ll be really confident when you have to do it for real.

Always ask lots of questions about her dress, the venue, the bridesmaids dresses, her flowers – not just about hair! Be sure to find out if there’s anything she doesn’t like too – does she have big forehead she wants to hide? Is she self conscious about her ears?

Be sure to keep an eye of your bride’s body language, as this will tell you how she’s really feeling! Ask lots of open ended questions and assume there is something she doesn’t like, to end up with a happy client.

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Natural Curls & Waves

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1481561671437{margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”]Pam says “Unless your client has really curly hair – like mine, or curlier – it is probably best to ask her not to straighten her hair before you arrive, as you will have to see the hair in its natural state so you know just what you need to do.”

If you want to add some height and oomph into the hair with heated rollers, you should start the styling process working with the natural shape and texture of the hair rather than going from poker straight and flat.

If you do find the hair needs straightening to get it glossy and shiny, you can always straighten it when you arrive and then re-curl with your tongs or straighteners before creating your fabulous hair style.

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Work With A Mirror

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457480841991{margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”]Don’t try to second guess! Work with a mirror in front of your client and always involve her in the styling process.

To make sure you give your client the best hair she’s ever had, it is the job of a bridal hair stylist to listen to her input. Try asking these questions, and add some of your own:

Where does she like to part her hair? Would she be happy trying the parting in different positions? Would she like width at the sides of the hair or would she prefer it sleek and tight back? Does the hair above her ears look better going back and down or up and back? How does she like her fringe – forward and sweeping over, to one side, or back with height?

If you ask for her input she will feel more relaxed, and between you, you’ll get the perfect style![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”15108″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1457481408834{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457480900634{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 32px !important;}”]

Sleek or Tousled?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1481561795404{margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”]Your client might have a very particular idea of what style she wants in her head, but it’s still worth trying a few different looks on the trial run. She may be surprised at what she falls in love with!

If your bride can’t decide what style she would like to have on the big day, it is possible for her to have both. She can have her cake and eat it! After all – she’s the bride…

If your client asks for a smooth sleek backcombed style, you’ll still need to curl the hair, so try a quick soft relaxed style first so she can see what it looks like. A very popular this year is the “I woke up this gorgeous” effortless beauty look, but a lot goes into getting these styles just right and once you’ve created a smooth and sleek backcombed style, it’s practically impossible to get the soft curl back again if she decides she doesn’t like it.

Come along to one of our bridal hair courses or sign up to our online tutorials to get confident with all the different types of waves and curls: soft beachy wave, soft, relaxed corkscrew looking curls etc…

Braids are a must have too! Make sure you’re happy with at least 2 or 3 braiding techniques and practice incorporating them into your soft relaxed looking styles. Not sure on these? Join us for our 1 day braiding course![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”17246″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1457482566974{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 32px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”17184″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1457482598359{margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457481570674{margin-top: 62px !important;margin-bottom: 32px !important;}”]

Keep Detailed Notes

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457481874247{margin-bottom: 62px !important;}”]Once you’ve found the perfect style, you will need to keep a record of it so you can recreate it perfectly on the wedding day. Here’s how:

  1. Taking photos is great so you can see how the finished style looks, but you need to remember exactly how you achieved that look…
  2. You’ll need to remember all the little things that you did to tailor make this style to make it perfect, so take notes! Pam says “I find it invaluable to write the detail down – how did I curl the hair, did I use a reverse wind or reverse wind with a twist? Tongs, straighteners or heated rollers? What products did I use? Does she like her ears covered to not? How does she like her fringe, her parting the height on the crown? There are so may thing to remember!

It will make your job as a bridal hair stylist so much easier on the wedding day if you know exactly what you have to do to achieve the perfect style, so write everything down in our specially designed wedding hair and makeup planners.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Wedding Hair & Makeup Planners: Available NOW!

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Wedding Hair & Makeup Planners: Available NOW!

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If you’re a bridal hairstylist or you’re starting up a new career as one after attending one of our fabulous 2 day, 4 day or online courses, then you’ll know that staying well organised is key to the success of your business.

The wedding day can be a stressful and hectic time for everyone involved and Pam knows that it will often fall on you to keep it all together! Make sure the big day goes smoothly for you and all your clients, with our brand new Create Beautiful Hair & Makeup Wedding Planners…

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Hair Planner

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£12.50 (incl. UK P&P)
50 Sheets per booket

Top tip!
Try to arrange your trial runs in the quieter winter months – Jan, Feb & March so you can save you summer weekends for weddings!

Your brides will thank you for it – it’s one more thing to tick off their ‘to-do’ list

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Makeup Planner

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£12.50  (incl. UK P&P)
50 Sheets per booket

Top tip!
You need natural light to do a beautiful makeup.
Lighting in most homes is ‘yellow’ & will affect the way the makeup looks.

Don’t make it hard for yourself – arrange the trial run for during the day.

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Joint Hair & Makeup Planner Sheets

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£29 (incl. UK P&P)

Individual Planner sheets are invaluable If you do both hair and makeup

A bit too long to be kept in a book – we recommend you keep them in an A5 folder.

50 individual Hair & Makeup sheets

Top tip!
Keep to your timetable – If you have a difficult bridesmaid and time is slipping away – promise her you’ll be back to help her once the bride is ready – and move her out of the chair!!

Remember the bride is the most important person on the big day.

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