When it comes to your big day, there’s not a detail you want to leave to chance. Choosing anyone to handle any aspect of the day is a difficult decision – who do you trust with photos, catering and entertainment? Planning ahead is always vital when it comes to securing the right person for every job. When if comes to your hair, you want it perfect – it’s going to be in every photo, every memory you’ll see for the rest of your life. That’s a lot of pressure for any stylist, so how will you choose? We’ve compiled a list of five qualities every bridal hairdresser needs to have.
Nerves will likely be on edge as you prepare for your big day, and the makeup and hair room can be central command for last-minute freakouts and stress. The right hairdresser will be the most patient person in the room. They’ve been through this before, they know what to do, and their patience and ability to remain easygoing, professional, and maybe even fun throughout the organised chaos can soothe frayed nerves and make things easier for everyone.
While any professional hairdresser will come in prepared, with a plan you have discussed together ahead of time, when the day comes and you’ve decided that it’s all wrong, so wrong, you’ll want a hairdresser who can adapt to your needs. Maybe you’ve added a member to your bridal party, maybe you had a hair colour malfunction the week before. The right hairdresser can accept, adapt the plan, and move forward with a great new style package you’ll love.
There can and will always be last-minute surprises. Worst-case scenarios of wedding venues being relocated, supplies not arriving to the location, things you cannot possibly predict. You’ll want a battle-hardened wedding veteran who can improvise your ideal wedding hairstyle if they have to make it happen in the back seat of your car with last minute tools you picked up at the corner shop. You don’t want bad things to happen, but having someone by your side who is prepared for them will make your day that much easier.
You might have some grand ideas about your hairstyle; you might want to try a new colour on the day. Any good hairdresser should be adventurous enough to take that journey with you, but most importantly honest enough to gently tell you when it’s not a great idea. An experienced bridal stylist has seen it all and knows what works and what’s gone tragically wrong. They’ll share that wisdom and experience with you, but will go with the plan either way… even if you simply must base your style around that pink diamond tiara you’ve dreamed of since you were a little girl.
5. Time management
Perhaps the most important skill for a bridal stylist is the ability to accurately time their plan. Will they be styling the bridesmaids, the mother of the bride or groom? From making sure any special supply needs are ordered and delivered well in advance to ensuring that the day’s timetable is accurate and achievable, experience has taught your ideal bridal stylist how to make everything work as it should.